I'm getting deep into music theory and I'd like to update my RSS feed accordingly. So what are some great blogs that post things like discussions of music theory books, musicological analysis of popular music, music theory related trivia, etc? How can I be more of a nerd in this way?
I'm looking for the best app to help a middle-school age kid learn the very basics of music theory. Assuming virtual lessons + practice mode and a virtual keyboard of some kind?
Where do music and piano teachers of beginners get their goodies - the piano key charts, the very basics for teaching music theory and the scaffolding that enable the path toward reading (and understanding) music? [more inside]
The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
So I'm discussing Walter Benjamin. Has anyone else heard the story of a guy winning the copyright to a song and choosing never to market it? [more inside]
In More Than a Feeling, the chorus, a simple I IV iv V (G C e D), finished off with an Eb chord - totally not in the key - and then transitioning to em7. What is this transition to Eb, which is not at all part of the key of G, called?
Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
Through "Girl From Ipanema" found This phrase in particular: "Romantic music continues with this progression, naturalizing the upper relatives, too" leaves me baffled. Lendvai's Axis System: http://www.mi.sanu.ac.rs/vismath/lends/ch1.htm. Music theorists, help me with simple examples!
Help me get my head around chords in music. I think I understand the basics, but then get confused when thinking about progressions, inversions, root movements etc. [more inside]
What is the best way to master scales, chords, and chord progressions on the piano / keyboard. More specifically, help me create harmony and melody. My husband and I are starting to create music on our computer. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good, but I feel like a complete hack on the keyboard. I would like to become proficient at hitting keys that sound well together or next to each other. I am studying basic theory, but where does the rubber meet the road? Is it simply muscle memory? I am not really interested in playing a piece of sheet music, but if that will help, I will learn. I just want to create my own music. I know I have to practice, but practice doing what? I would be rather proud of myself if someone told me drop and play I V vi IV in F Major and I could do it without thinking.
I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
I listen to a lot of 'contemporary' music (not classical), but how do I better understand music reviews and explain what I hear to my friends and peers ? [more inside]
Given a set of guitar chords, I want to know how I can determine what key a song is in. [more inside]
Where did Bob Dylan's use of the fourth scale degree originate? [more inside]
What books or websites do you recommend that look at popular music (I really mean 70s and 80s) from a music theory perspective. For example, [more inside]
So I've become pretty obsessed with 'I Want You Back' - the Jackson 5 song. How do I play and write that kind of music? [more inside]
Guitar tuning through harmonics: Could you fine fine folks explain the physical/mathematical principles behind the increased "distortion" as two guitar strings being tuned through harmonics approach being tuned? [more inside]
Help me learn/improve on vocal melody writing techniques. [more inside]
What's the relationship between the melody of a song and its chord structure? [more inside]
How does software which tries to detect the key of a piece of music work (and how reliable is it)? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a theory about the arts in which the progression of a genre moves through various well-defined stages... [more inside]
Why are C and F the notes without corresponding flat keys on the piano? [more inside]
In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
I want to do ear-training while driving to and from work. Several $20+ books come with CD's but I am just positive there is a free CD image somewhere I can make my own with. Anyone? [more inside]
I need help identifying the notes in a snippet of Indian music. [more inside]
Is there a technical name for a song in no particular key? [more inside]
[MusicTheoryFilter] I listen to techno music quite a bit and a little while back I realized that every techno song had some sort of change every 32 beats (or some multiple of 32 beats) [MI] [more inside]
Beat the Profs: I asked all my music professors this one, and none have an answer. Why is Western music based around C major rather than A major? (More inside) [more inside]