254 Answered Questions for the topic music theory

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
Music Theory Intervals Theory Harmony

05/28/19

Perfect fourth is dissonant when there's no note below it?

According to Walter Piston's Harmony book, a perfect fourth is dissonant if there's no tone below its lower tone, while it's consonant if there's a third or a perfect fifth below the interval. In... more
Music Theory Theory Chromatic

05/28/19

Writing E♭ Chromatic Scale in E♭ Major?

For theory practice, I am being asked to write the E♭ Chromatic Scale in the key of E♭ Major. I've learned that it is generally advised to use sharps on the way up and flats on... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Key

05/28/19

V chord becoming 7th? minor key?

Im analyzing a song that is in the key of e minor. And the chords for the song are: Em B7 Am Now, I'm no expert but from my theory I learnt a while back for a minor key the chords are: Minor-... more
Music Theory Terminology Theory

05/28/19

Other than scale-degree 7, do other scale degrees have names for their altered forms?

In a major key, we have names for all seven scale degrees: - Tonic - Supertonic - Mediant - Subdominant - Dominant - Submediant - Leading Tone To this we can add the subtonic, scale-degree... more
Music Theory Theory

05/27/19

Why is the whole note used as reference for "note length"?

We have a whole note, and then half note, quarter note, eighth, etc. I am wondering, why is it that way? If we think in term of beat, then the quarter note is the reference: there are 2 eighth note... more
Music Theory Theory Chords

05/27/19

What are Secondary Mediants / Submediants?

I'm learning about secondary dominants and noticed references to secondary mediants and secondary submediants in a resource (Wikipedia). However, I haven't found any other references to them in... more
Music Theory Composition Notation Theory

05/27/19

Understanding Time Signature: How do I identify the time signature of a song?

I have played music for years and I still don't understand what a time signature actually signifies. I understand it from a superficial sense. If given sheet music I could tell you what time... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Harmony

05/27/19

Tonicisation of Secondary Dominant in D Minor?

Okay, so I'm basically just hoping someone can tell me if I'm on the right or wrong track here. I have to implement the technique described in the title in a piece I've written for an... more

05/27/19

Trouble writing chord progressions in minor?

I've been composing in major for some time and decided to work in a minor key for practice. It's not going too well – I'm having trouble using common techniques in major, such as utilizing the... more

05/27/19

Parallel chord substitutions?

Are parallel chord substitutions common in (classical) music (if so, please share some examples)? And do they have the same function as the original chords? By saying parallel chords I am... more
Music Theory Writing Humanities

05/24/19

what are some questions I could ask regarding human culture and expression when it come to studying the song Home on the Range?

I am studying the song Home on the Range as an artifact and I need to come up with two questions regarding human culture and expression and I am stuck.
Music Theory Theory

05/24/19

Tempo and Rhythm?

If an eighth note is half the duration of a quarter note, would the duration of an eighth note played at 60bpm be equal to the duration of a quarter note at 120bpm? If yes, why was the concept of... more
Music Theory Guitar Theory Transposition

05/24/19

On a guitar, what keys correspond to different capo positions?

I've long had this question. I know some music theory, but I can only get a vague idea as to the progression of keys when moving the capo down a guitar's neck. I'm fairly certain that the guitar is... more
Music Theory Theory

05/24/19

Why is the 11th often sharpened?

A book I'm reading suggests that there are two reasons that the 9#11 chord is more common than the 11th chord, and I don't understand either. > First, the natural 11th interferes with our... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Chord Theory

05/24/19

Notes in an A13 chord?

Does an A13 chord include the 11th? Here's why I'm asking... If you google this chord for piano, sometimes the third (C#) is omitted and sometimes the 11th (D) is omitted -- but sometimes they are... more
Music Theory Theory Chords Chord Theory

05/24/19

Why does Cdim7 contain an A instead of a Bb?

CM7 - C, E, G, B C7 - C, E, G, Bb Cm7 - C, Eb, G, Bb Caug7 - C, E, G#, Bb But... Cdim7 - C, Eb, Gb, A. Why Does Cdim7 contain an A and not a Bb?
Music Theory Theory Key Harmony

05/24/19

What key is a piece in if an augmented chord is used as a dominant?

I personally think that augmented chords can be just as consonant as major if used in a certain way. For example, in the first octave of a piano, if I play an augmented chord, yes it will want to... more
Music Theory Theory Chord Theory Harmony

05/24/19

Understanding chord prolongations?

Harmonically oriented neo-Schenkerian analysis and generative theories have in common the concept that a single chord can be "prolonged" over a given span of music, even if not every (or even any)... more
Music Theory Theory Scales Modes

05/24/19

When to use different scales or modes over chord progressions?

I know my major/pentatonic/blues scales pretty well, and I can apply it pretty fluently when playing over 1-4-5-min6 chord progressions, but I find that when I try to improvise over more... more
Music Theory Theory Melody Church Music

05/24/19

Polyphony vs Homophony in Hymns?

I understand that polyphony is multiple melodies, while homophony is a single melody with chordal accompaniment (in my own words). I've read that hymns are generally homophonic, yet I find that... more
Music Theory Music

05/23/19

Music apreciation

How do I interpet the Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky. meaning the musical elementsof the song.
Music Theory Composition (music)

05/15/19

To change a natural minor scale into harmonic minor scale

Music Theory Harmonics

05/02/19

Audio Beats Per Second Question

How many audio beats per second should be heard between harpsichord notes at 240 hz and 162 hz? (The correct answer is an integer or half-integer).
Music Theory Piano Theory Technique

05/01/19

2-5-1 Jazz progression and modes?

I am classically trained and just started looking into jazz theory. I understand that the 2-5-1 progression is a good place to start. My basic understanding is to play the above progression with... more

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