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Are there any established and scientifically backed-up facts about what is possible, and what time it takes for ear training? Any studies out there that look at these questions? Like letting people ...

Please answer with a simple explanation and example. Why is every 5th tone from tonic called "dominant"?

I'm really confused about what Vincent Persichetti wrote in his book Twentieth Century Harmony, where he says speaking of primary chords in modes, "The Primary chords are the tonic, plus two dominant ...

I was looking at Dvorak's Humoresque (op 101 n 7) : it's mostly in Gb major, in the middle it changes to F# minor. This would have looked more natural for me if F# major instead of Gb major were used....

I am currently working on a book on music-theory by Haunschild “Die neue Harmonielehre” (the question is not too specific so it might also have some general value for people not working with this book....

Is there any definition of tonality which generalizes beyond a diatonic scale? For instance, can you have resolution from a dominant to a tonic if you're only using a pentatonic scale? Clearly you ...

I wish to focus my ear training a little bit more on sus chords. Recognising them by ear in the first place, and, most importantly, really getting into the atmosphere they generate and "making it mine"...

I just started my journey of music, and I am wondering if the possible choices for chord sequence can be many given a progression, according to music theory. I am worried about using the wrong or ...

I can find basic chords for most of the "normal" melodies by ear, but I can't find right "Jazz" chords like 7th chords..(advanced chords). Well,I'm not bad in chord theory. What do I need to study in ...

I'm studying harmony. Most things seem to be based on the dominant resolution, but how do I get to the V7? What other root motions can I use that are also effective?

Are the primary chords of the major scale (I IV V) enough to make any major scale melody sound good? These chords together seem to encompass all 7 notes of the key. I ask this because as I'm learning ...

Assume the following rudimentary progression in a major scale: (Progression 1) I - ii - V7 - I - ii - V7 - I Progression 1 starts with the tonic. Starting with the tonic, Progression 1 may go ...

I have seen a few answers to this on the web but none seemed very authoritative. A Picardy third is the use of a major tonic chord at the end of a phrase or section in a minor key. Is there a ...

I recently sang, and separately listened to a performance of Duruflé's requiem. While listening, I was struck by the last chord of the in Paradisum, which adds an unexpected note half way through (and ...

I'm working through "Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony" by Tchaikovsky and I had a question about this section on triads (he's working with a C Major scale): The whole mass of major and minor ...

I've been making electronic music for the past year but recently decided that I need to sit down and learn some actual theory. So, I picked up a copy of Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony by ...

Instead of trying to memorize every interval out of context, a more useful ear training goal is the "memorization" of each scale degree in relation to the tonic (Movable-do solfege). Each degree will ...

I've been doing this thing lately where I randomly pick a note on the piano, and use that as the starting note of whatever melody I'm playing, every time I do this I'm in a different key. I find this ...

Douglass Green defines "chord succession" as a movement of chords that starts in a certain area and reaches the same area (I believe "area" means the classification as tonic, mediant, submediant, etc ....

I asked a similar question yesterday in regards to the major scale: Can the I IV V chords hamonize any major scale melody? And the general consensus was: YES they can. Now I'd like to ask the same ...

I tried to learn Wake me up when September Ends as arranged for Solo guitar by Ulli Bögershausen, and played by Sungha Jung. When I looked up the tabs, I found two different version for a distinctive ...

If I'm playing in a major scale, would a harmonic dissonance be caused by going to the minor side of the chords (ii, iii, vi) or would it be created from going outside my scale? And if it's going ...

In a previous question, I asked about sources of harmonic ambiguity in tonal music. (Sources of harmonic ambiguity in tonal music) While the question was closed as being too broad, I did receive an ...

In the key of D major what is V65/III but, the III is natural? I'm having a hard time with this. Also, V7/bVI?

Can anyone shed some light on what makes this chord progression work? I know that bVI is a common bit of modal mixture, and minor iv often replaces IV, but I'm wondering what makes them work together ...

What are some of the best pieces for me to practice transcription, given that I can already easily transcribe melodies, and with some difficulty can recognize simple chords in isolation, but find it ...

Is it possible for voices in one phrase to overlap with voices in another in SATB chorale style? Ex. Alto sings middle C in one phrase and in the next phrase Tenor sings D. This would be overlapping ...

How to dramatically change the feeling of a song while keeping the melody largely the same? Let's say we have a happy, upbeat pop song and we want to turn it into a sad song (or vice versa). Is it ...

What is a secondary dominant chord? What's the theory behind them? How are they used in composition?

Disclaimer I have no sophisticated taste in music, I most of the time listen to what's on the radio (which is mostly pop and charts). I have a basic understanding of what a note is and what ...

For simplicity assume we're in C major. Let's say I'm playing a song, and I want to play a basic triad chord to harmonize whatever current melody note is played. In this example say the melody is a D ...

I was listening this song; Chord progression is something like this; Am, E, F, C, Dm .(BTW His guitar is tuned half step down) And almost all solos are in A minor/...

What is diatonic substitution? How is it used in improvisation?

I was playing a song where E7 was written as 022130 as opposed to 020100 which I'm used to playing. It sounds "stronger" and "rounder" to me, similar to playing G as 320033 as opposed to 320003. I ...

The chord shape for Major 7 is this(photo only meant to show the shape) Why is the 7th[F#] the second darkest pitch, and not played on the 2nd fret of the 1st string, where it actually would be in a ...

Let's say I'm playing Dorian D mode. Is my tonic: C, because Dorian mode is derived from the diatonic scale of C? Or D, because my tonal center is in D?

I apologise if this is a dumb question. I don't know a great deal of music theory but I am interested in learning more about it. I've seen that if you harmonise the major scale you get I maj, II min ...

I'm writing a piece and I have begun exploring modality to be able to use it in my music. Actually I've used it before in a very basic way and I like how it sounds but I always end up using all "white ...

If we look at the circle of fifths and pick a key (either major or minor) then its neighboring notes are its diatonic chords. For example, in E major the diatonic chords are: E major, f# minor, g# ...

I am analysing the chords from songs I like, in order to understand why I like them and to reuse the ideas in contexts that suit my voice and playing styles better. I am going through Lush - Single ...

Sorry for the very basic question, but my only experience comes from using DAW software. The rule I use to create a triad is playing three notes at {0,4,7} semitones for a major chord and {0,3,7} ...

I'm trying to analyze a pop punk song that sounds pretty interesting. The song starts on an E chord, with a very major sounding riff that, to my ear, immediately puts the song in the key of E major. ...

I noticed some people play seventh chords as the basis for their music. I noticed this especially from jazz pianists that make most of the chords use a seventh, for example. My question is, is a ...

Hello, I'm trying to do a roman numeral analysis of this piece, but i could not figure out the first two bars. Especially the third beat of the second bar.

Generally songs have different notes one after one .Which songs had same note continuously many times without interruption by other notes?

I'm trying to apply Roman numeral analysis to some pop songs and am a little stumped on Coldplay's "God put a smile upon your face". The chords, as I understand them, are: Section A: D♭, E6, E♭7, ...

I'm trying to learn all chords in a given major key. I've been arpeggiating the chords in linear order (I,ii,iii,IV,V,vi,vii) but it's sounds a bit bland so I'm looking to try different ways to make ...

In any type of harmonic analysis the bass plays a big part in determining the function of the harmony. There are even special ways to describe what note of the chord is in the bass (known as ...

I have question about Michael Jackson's song - Another Part Of Me. Considering just first two measures (counting from drums) we have Eb in bass and this vamp playing chords composed of (to my ear) Bb-...

What are some good ways to figure out what notes are being sung? I can always tell when more than one note is being sung, but telling the difference between 2 and 3 separate pitches is very difficult ...

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