287 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

Music Theory Jazz Theory

06/12/19

How can I pick a minor II - V on a Real Book standard?

I'm having trouble understanding when to play minor7♭5 and dominant7♭9 chords. This is definitely because I didn't pay enough attention during my lessons (sorry teachers). I'm... more

06/12/19

Can chord substitutions take place unrestrictedly without invalidating a progression?

Can chord substitutions take place unrestrictedly without invalidating a progression?

06/11/19

Formalizing "surprising, yet inevitable"?

My music teacher told me that one property of great music is that it is both surprising and inevitable - you don't expect something, but looking back you see that it has been carefully prepared... more
Music Theory Theory Arpeggios

06/11/19

Is it possible to accomplish a Shepard tone effect with arpeggios instead of scales?

Is it possible to accomplish a Shepard tone effect with arpeggios instead of scales?
Music Theory Theory

06/11/19

How are Dorian and Aeolian different?

In, e.g. the Drunken Sailor, we start the melody on a Dm chord then go down to a Cmajor chord. Well, it ends the melody on the D note but...we seem to rest a bit on C as well. It's like C is not... more
Music Theory Theory Scales Accidentals

06/11/19

Correct Notes for C## in Harmonic Minor Scale?

Is the following scale correct for C## Harmonic Minor? C##, D##, E#, F##, G##, A#, B# I read on a good music theory page and they had B## as 7th note in the key, so I was wondering, but I'm... more

06/10/19

Are chord progressions used in classical music?

Apart from Pachelbel's Canon which uses (I V vi iii IV I IV V) I didn't see any other classical music that uses chord progressions (?) Think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart kind of classical. Would it be... more
Music Theory Theory

06/10/19

Can songs in a major key be sad?

Can songs in a major key be sad?
Music Theory Theory Transcription Rhythm

06/10/19

How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature; even if different parts of the song have different time signatures, there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing... more
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

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