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Music Theory

Harmony and rhythm. Voice leading and cadences. Music theory can be a complex subject. Ask anything you need to know about it here.

Asked in Scales and Key Signatures, Music Theory

What Two pairs of notes exist as semitones and do not require accidentals?

The white notes E -> F and B -> C are a semitone apart. They do not require accidentals when present in any key in which those particular notes are not altered in the key signature, but do require accidentals if the corresponding notes in the key signature automatically raise or lower them by a semitone accordingly. ...
Asked in Musical Instruments, Singing, Music Theory

What are some examples of performing forces?

Using the term performing forces usually refers to singers and vocal powers of a piece. In this case, the performing voices are usually the standard: SATB or Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. If one is speaking very generally, however, this term can be loosely applied to any instrument partaking in the performance of said piece which may have strings, brass, keyboard, timpani and more. ...
Asked in Musical Instruments, Music Theory

What does it mean when there is a flat sign beside a bass clef?

If there is a flat sign by the bass or treble clef, it depends on what line or space its on. Whatever note's line or space it's on, that note is played as a flat the whole piece. That is, unless there is a natural sign. Its the same way with sharps. So if a sharp or flat sign is on the f line/space, f would be sharp or flat for the whole piece IN BOTH THE BASS, AND TREBLE CLEF....
Asked in Piano, Scales and Key Signatures, Music Theory

How many keys and scales in harmonium?

There are three scales- low, medium and high. There are around 30 keys all together. ...
Asked in Music, Music Theory

What is the full meaning of 2 over 4 as a time signature?

A time signature in two-four indicates that there are two beats per measure and that a quarter note is considered one beat. A two-four measure can consist of one half note, two quarter notes, 4 eighth notes, 8 sixteenth notes, and so on. A quarter note is also called a crotchet in some places. The song "Keep right on to the end of the road" is an example of 2/4 time. ...
Asked in Performing Arts, Music Theory

What are the six kinds of vocal timbre?

From highest to lowest, Female-male: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano (sometimes just referred to as Mezzo), Contralto (usually referred to as an Alto), Tenor, Baritone, Bass. However, these are only the most basic & most frequently mentioned types. The German Fach system, commonly used in Europe, has about 32 specific categorizations for vocal timbre across these six broader categories. Also, male voices before they change are called trebles instead of sopranos. Contralto and alto are not actually synonymous; "alto" refers only to range, while "contralto" has more to do with timbre. ...
Asked in Music Theory, Musical Chords

How do you build a french sixth chord?

The "French sixth" (notated Fr + 6 or Fr in 4-part chorale) is made up of 4 notes: ♭6-1-2-♯4; in the key of "C", that would be A♭, C, D, and F♯ ...
Asked in Music, Music Theory

How long is a dotted crotchet rest in beats?

If you are in 4/4 time/ common time, a dotted crotchet rest (or quarter rest) is worth one and a half beats. A dot adds half of the note or rest's origional value. So if a crotchet rest/quarter rest is worth one beat, the dotted crotchet rest/ quarter rest is worth one and a half (1.5) beats. But be careful! If you are not in 4/4 time, the number of beats it is worth (but not the value when compared to...
Asked in Technology, Audio Editing and Recording, Music Theory

What is an analog mixing desk?

Analogue - In audio terms, this means that the audio signals will be stored, reproduced, or transmitted physically on or in something (i.e. vinyl records). Mixing Desk - A mixing desk is where an audio engineer controls and edits several audio signals simultaneously for recordation or transmission. Therefore, an Analogue Mixing Desk is used to control and edit analogue audio signals simultaneously for recordation or transmission. ...
Asked in Musical Instruments, Music, Music Theory

What are the different types of clefs and what do they mean?

The types/kinds of clefs are: G-clef/ Treble clef- The line on the staff representing the note G is encircled by the curl of clef c-clef-that passes through the center of the clef F-clef/ Bass clef- The line on the staff representing F is between the two dots of the clef Once one of these clefs has been placed on the the staff, the lines and spaces can be read in relation to it. A clef is a musical symbol used to indicate the...
Asked in Music Theory, Scales and Key Signatures

Is it true that there is no relationship between tempo and key?

Yes. Key refers to the music scale or chords that are dominant in the music, while tempo refers to the speed of the piece. ...
Asked in Example Sentences, Music Theory

What is retrograde in music?

The term "retrograde" can be used in (at least) two contexts. First, a retrograde progression refers to chord root movement that is opposite to the usual direction of resolution. The most common example is a subdominant progression (IV -> I). Alternatively, the term may be applied to a sequence of notes which is a reversal of a previous fragment in a melody, theme, voice or motif. ...
Asked in Music Theory

Does music count as fine arts in college?

Yes. In any major college a music degree will be a fine art. That's why the degree will be a "BA" - Bachelor of Arts ...
Asked in Hip Hop and Rap Music, Music Theory

What comes first The Beat or the lyrics?

The beat is way more important than the lyrics-- if anything the vocals are the least important part of any song. <3 Luv Clo ___________________________________________________________________ Generally speaking I, respectfully, could not disagree more with the statement above. Well... wait a minute... I suppose it depends on the music genre. With R&B and rap you could argue that the beat is the most important- and in fact, that IS how those genres of music are made. They lay down the beat first and then record tracks...
Asked in Music Theory

What is a song for solo voice called?

It is called an Aria. That depends. If the song is part of an opera, it is an aria. If it is not part of an opera, it is called an art song. Art songs in different languages have different name; for example, if you're singing in German, you are singing a lied. ...
Asked in Music Theory

What song starts with a minor seventh?

star trek theme
Asked in Lyrics and Sheet Music, Music, Music Theory

In sheet music what note is E double sharp?

E double sharp is simply the note E double sharp. On the piano keyboard it is the first black note in the grouping of three black notes (just to the left of the note "G"). In 12 tone equal temperament it has the same pitch as F# and Gb. It is a very infrequently used note in diatonic music; mostly just in A# minor (and usually as a chromatic alteration of an already altered chord), but it sometimes shows up in...
Asked in Musical Instruments, Music, Music Theory

What is a pause fermata sign?

A sign indicating that a note or rest is to be held. Generally, the note or rest can be held anywhere from the length of time given by the rhythm of the note or rest to as long as the performer desires. A typical length could be twice the marked length, although generally the performer gets to "feel" the appropriate length rather than calculate it mathematically. Also commonly known as a "bird's eye." ...
Asked in Music Theory

What note has the value of a crotchet?

A crotchet is the British term for a quarter note. It's equivalent would be two eight notes, four sixteenth notes, etc... The same goes for rests. ...
Asked in Music, Music Theory

What is the structure of a waulking song?

They are usually some sort of call and response/question and answer. I.e. one woman sings something and the other women will all sing something back. There is always a distinct banging in the background, which is the woman 'waulking' the tweed and it is always in Gaelic. ...
Asked in Science, Physics, Music Theory

What part of a waveform describes a sound's frequency or pitch?

It depends upon how many oscillations per second. 50 oscillations per second = 50 hertz (hz). ...
Asked in Music Theory

What is layered ostinato?

Ostinato is where musical instruments come in at different intervals and play different patterns over and over again throughout the song. i think that they still play in time and in the same key as each other though. ...
Asked in Music, Piano, Music Theory

What is the enharmonic equivalent of b flat?

A-sharp, C-double-flat or in some northern European Countries, B.
Asked in Music Theory

What does musical texture refer to?

The musical texture means how the music is shaped with dynamics, phrasing and staccato note etc. Hope this Helps ...
Asked in Music Theory

What do two dots under a musical note mean?

The dot under a note adds one extra beat to the chord.