Music Theory

Explore the captivating world of music theory on our blog, where we unravel the mysteries behind melody, harmony, and rhythm, making complex concepts accessible and engaging for both beginners and seasoned musicians alike

Music Theory: Lesson 18 – Introduction to Chords

Overview A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.These need not actually be played together: arpeggios and broken chords may, for many practical and theoretical purposes, constitute chords. Chords and sequences of chords are frequently used [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Inverting Intervals – Basic knowledge you must learn

Overview In music theory, the word inversion has several meanings. There are inverted chords, inverted melodies, inverted intervals, and (in counterpoint) inverted voices. The concept of inversion also plays a role in musical set theory. Focusing on intervals, an interval is inverted by raising or lowering either of the [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Writing Intervals – See how to avoid the common mistakes

In diatonic set theory a specific interval is the clockwise distance between pitch classes on the chromatic circle (interval class), in other words the number of half steps between notes. Although this sounds simple and clear, it is very common amongst theory students to do mistakes when writing intervals. Why? Because [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Specific Intervals

In diatonic set theory a specific interval is the clockwise distance between pitch classes on the chromatic circle (interval class), in other words the number of half steps between notes. The largest specific interval is one less than the number of "chromatic" pitches. In twelve tone equal temperament the largest [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Key Signature Calculation

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, although they can appear in other parts of a score, notably after a [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Key Signatures

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, although they can appear in other parts of a score, notably after a [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Scale Degrees

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. In music theory, a scale degree is the name given to a particular note of a scale to specify its position relative to the tonic (the main note of the scale). The tonic is considered to [...]

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Mandolin Theory – The Minor Scales

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The notes of the minor scale, unlike the notes on a major scale that sound bright and cheerful,  sound solemn and sad. In music theory, minor scale may refer to the natural minor, harmonic minor, and [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Odd Meters

Rhythm, in music, is the placement of sounds in time. In its most general sense rhythm (Greek rhythmos, derived from rhein, “to flow”) is an ordered alternation of contrasting elements. The notion of rhythm also occurs in other arts (e.g., poetry, painting, sculpture, and architecture) as well as in nature [...]

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Music Theory: Lesson 1 – Measures and Time Signatures

The time signature (also known as meter signature, bar signature, or measure signature) is a convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each bar but also which note value constitutes one beat. In a musical score, the time signature appears at the beginning of [...]

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