253 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

Music Theory Notation Theory Tempo

06/10/19

4/4 corresponds to 12/8 but 4/4 =/= 12/8?

How is it possible that a 4/4 signature corresponds to a 12/8 signature ? 4/4 is equal to 1 and 12/8 is more than 1 . If i try to divide a 1/4 in 3 notes i get 1/12, not 1/8 as the 12/8 should be.

06/10/19

Is interval always related to a scale?

Is music interval always a concept in terms of scales and do we always have to take the first note as tonic? What would be the interval between D note and E note in C major scale?
Music Theory Guitar Theory Octave

06/08/19

Does octave not matter when tuning?

Why does it not matter what octave you're tuning to? If you wind a string to two different octaves of the same note, surely it's going to have a big effect on the sound, no?

06/05/19

A question regarding transposition and fugal answers?

Is it compulsory to introduce the answer of a fugue at +5 or -4 scale degrees relative to the home key? I'm not asking whether it's necessary to transpose the answer; my question is whether... more
Music Theory Composition Theory Chords

06/05/19

Is it Acceptable to Build Chords on Accidental Notes in Classical Music?

I'm writing a clarinet solo with piano accompaniment in B minor. Is is normal to use a D minor chord (or just the first two notes) in classical music (specifically romantic)? I do have a regular... more
Music Theory Theory

06/05/19

Did the ancient Hebrew modal music precede the ancient Greek modes?

Did the ancient Hebrew modal music precede the ancient Greek modes?
Music Theory Theory Pitch Scales

06/05/19

How to reference or calculate the percentage pitch change between two notes?

I'm building an arpeggiator software. So to start off I have a note for a piano sample, call it 'piano-base-note.mp3'. and I have a script to increase / decrease the pitch of an mp3 file by some... more
Music Theory Intervals Theory Chords

06/05/19

Does the bass note in a "slash" chord really have an associated interval?

I have a question about "slash" chords. Look at the chord E/G: <pre> E G♯ B G 1 3 5 ? </pre> G is the minor 3rd interval (♭3) in the key of E. However, I would have thought by... more
Music Theory Theory Time Signatures

06/05/19

Is a whole note always four beats?

Is a whole note always four beats?
Music Theory Composition Theory Chords

06/04/19

What are the different ways of adding non-diatonic chords?

I'm trying to add more detail to what I'm playing by using non-diatonic chords. So far the main ways I have found are: 1. Borrowing chords from parallel key (mode mixture) 2. Chromatic Mediants... more

06/04/19

Pentatonic Scale and Chord Qualities?

I am trying to play the pentatonic in the Key of G-Major. But like in Major scales we have the sequence Maj-min-min-Maj-Maj-min-dim, is there something for Pentatonic as well.?
Music Theory Intervals Theory

06/04/19

Statistics about the frequency of different type of intervals?

Do you know if any statistics about the frequency of different type of intervals in music (of a certain period or by a specific composer) exist? For instance, suppose you have this piece of music... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Harmony

06/04/19

What are weak and strong chords?

I'm reading Jazz Theory by Stuart Smith. In the chapter on functional harmony the author introduces the notion of strong and weak chords: > I, II, and IV are generally treated as **strong... more

06/03/19

Odd and Even Harmonic Theory?

I've been thinking of ways to harmonize melodies. One of my ways is to not think in terms of the seven diatonic chords, but to just think of in terms of "odd chords" and "even chords". Let's say... more
Music Theory Piano Theory

06/03/19

Theory: How to tell major, minor, melodi, harmonic, natural apart?

I'm currently learning theory and need some help. I can't necessarily tell apart Major and Minor scales (from the key signature and the scales) nor can I tell the harmonic form. I remember my... more

06/03/19

What's the exact difference between modulation, key change and tonicisation?

I've always regarded a key change as the use of a completely different set of notes for the following music - definitely in a different key. Was in C, now is in C#, with no reason to suppose a... more
Music Theory Theory Practice Bass Guitar

06/03/19

Practicing triads/sevenths or both?

For eg, if we are learning the key of C, do we need to Learn all triads ie. ceg, dfa etc or can we just learn 7th chord qualities like CEGB, DFAC etc. and those will indirectly give access to the... more
Music Theory Theory Scales Key

06/03/19

When we play the C mixolydian mode, are we still in the key of C?

Whenever we discuss the key of a piece, we usually describe it as either a major or minor key. And then, based on the intervals of the major or minor scale and the root note we define, we can... more
Music Theory Piano Jazz Theory

06/03/19

To get to jazz do I just add a seventh?

I've been up until now just practicing triads on all major/minor keys. If I wanted to play jazz do I just add sevenths (ie dominant7, major7, minor7) to chords in my chord progressions or is it... more
Music Theory Composition Theory

06/01/19

Tension and Tonic?

It is widely known that music "wants" to be resolved on the tonic. But does it mean that I can end with the tonic, let's say, one/two octaves higher or lower than the whole melody that is being... more
Music Theory Jazz Theory Chords

06/01/19

Sharp 5 or flat 13? Sharp 9 or flat 10?

Let's say I'm in C major. I have a dominant altered chord built on G. This very popular voicing has the following tones (I'm including both enharmonic spellings for the accidentals): G B (D# or... more
Music Theory Frequency Theory Octave

06/01/19

Speed of playing notes in different octaves?

Is it common for pieces to have lower notes played slower? Do instruments with lower registers typically play slower? I ask because notes in lower octaves are closer together in frequency. For... more
Music Theory Intervals Theory Scales

05/31/19

Why do notes have multiple names?

I've seen the same note called different names for example the note F# can also be written as Gb. Why is this the case and are there times to use one name over another?
Music Theory Guitar Theory Chord Theory

05/28/19

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning being E, A, D, G, C, F (the high E and B strings being raised a half-step from standard tuning). One reason to do this is... more
Music Theory Theory

05/28/19

Notation without flats or sharps in equally tempered tuning?

Considering only equally tempered tuning, do full notes such as C, D, E, etc have any special characteristics compared to flats and sharps, so that they 'deserve' a separate letter? If no, would... more

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