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Super crash course in Music Theory.

A quick lesson in theory; in music there is something called a pitch. A pitch, corresponding to a letter, is a frequency that the human ear can recognize, which is also consistent through something called Octaves. There are seven unique pitches, ranging from A-G. When these pitches are used, they are referred to as notes. The space between notes, so going from an A to a B, is called an interval. When you stack a series of notes in a specific way, with a strict rule of how the intervals work, you get what is called a chord. An example of a chord is a C major chord, which requires the C note, the E note, and the G note. The way the chord feels when played is what dictates why we call chords Major or Minor. The most important part in theory is the pattern or route a series of chords takes. This is because of two points of interest; tension and resolution. Tension is when a chord is unpleasing to the ears, and demands a change to a different sound. Resolution is only possible after tension, and is when the chord is what the ear wants to hear. Most charts (songs) have what is called a Chord Structure, which is a set pattern of chords, going from the starting chord, to a build up, followed by tension, and resolving back to the starting chord, which generally acts as resolution.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ansac11 I've been in music for a number of years now(play the B flat tuba), and have read a few music theory books so this is nothing new. However it's cool to see that there are other Band Geeks on this site. [/quote]I play electric guitar mang But I learned music in percussion from 4-8 grade
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] AgentCOPP1 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] lI Maverick lI [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] AgentCOPP1 Why do chords sound major (happy) and minor (sad)? I've never been able to discern why they sound that way.[/quote] Well, if you take a chord like CEG, it's a Major, or "happy" chord. Once you flat the third, E, to Eb (E flat, lowering it a half step), it becomes minor and "unhappy". That's the theory part, but for why beyond that it sounds sad? Idk, I guess it's how minds interpret the sound.[/quote] No, I know WHAT makes a major or minor chord, I just don't know why it sounds happy/sad to the human ear.[/quote] Who knows. It seems the human mind deems certain tones as happy or sad.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ansac11 I've been in music for a number of years now(play the B flat tuba), and have read a few music theory books so this is nothing new. However it's cool to see that there are other Band Geeks on this site. [/quote] Band as in school band? Not me. I play teh guitarz. I don't like playing wind instruments lol.
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  • I've been in music for a number of years now(play the B flat tuba), and have read a few music theory books so this is nothing new. However it's cool to see that there are other Band Geeks on this site.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] lI Maverick lI [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] AgentCOPP1 Why do chords sound major (happy) and minor (sad)? I've never been able to discern why they sound that way.[/quote] Well, if you take a chord like CEG, it's a Major, or "happy" chord. Once you flat the third, E, to Eb (E flat, lowering it a half step), it becomes minor and "unhappy". That's the theory part, but for why beyond that it sounds sad? Idk, I guess it's how minds interpret the sound.[/quote] No, I know WHAT makes a major or minor chord, I just don't know why it sounds happy/sad to the human ear.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] edableshoe [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] spirit of sand Honestly what is the point of this if you only go through like a third of the basics?[/quote]Because that's not even a third, and because that's all anyone who slightly cares about music would need in order to survive an even slightly substantial discussion on the subject.[/quote]I meant a third of the very barebones babbys first instrument basics. And I rarely hear anyone discuss theory while discussing music unless they are discussing song writing. [Edited on 10.07.2012 6:35 PM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] AgentCOPP1 Why do chords sound major (happy) and minor (sad)? I've never been able to discern why they sound that way.[/quote]The notes that make up the chord create a brighter sound in a major chord, and darker in a minor.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] AgentCOPP1 Why do chords sound major (happy) and minor (sad)? I've never been able to discern why they sound that way.[/quote] Well, if you take a chord like CEG, it's a Major, or "happy" chord. Once you flat the third, E, to Eb (E flat, lowering it a half step), it becomes minor and "unhappy". That's the theory part, but for why beyond that it sounds sad? Idk, I guess it's how minds interpret the sound. [Edited on 10.07.2012 6:34 PM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] An Eagle Goose [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] BlackHeaven But you forgot 7th chords and rhythmic patterns![/quote]He's doomed us all. Oh, and without sus chords and chromatic scales we're screwed.[/quote] Chromatic scales aren't even used that much though.
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  • Why do chords sound major (happy) and minor (sad)? I've never been able to discern why they sound that way.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] BlackHeaven But you forgot 7th chords and rhythmic patterns![/quote]He's doomed us all. Oh, and without sus chords and chromatic scales we're screwed.
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  • What about Major 7th, Dominant 7th, Augmented, Diminished, Half Diminished, and Fully Diminished chords? YOU LEFT ALL THOSE OUT! Oh, and minor chords and minor 7ths. And 6th chords, 9ths, ect AND a blues scale progression! [Edited on 10.07.2012 6:28 PM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] spirit of sand Honestly what is the point of this if you only go through like a third of the basics?[/quote]Because that's not even a third, and because that's all anyone who slightly cares about music would need in order to survive an even slightly substantial discussion on the subject.
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  • Honestly what is the point of this if you only go through like a third of the basics?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] BlackHeaven But you forgot 7th chords and rhythmic patterns![/quote]Yea, I skipped over scales, and pretty much the basics, but no one wants to sift through all of that right now. ;D
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  • I am pleased with myself that I knew all of that.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] MKScorpion [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] razzat thats cute[/quote] 'music is die' 'no'[/quote] Haha :P I think I went a little overboard by making three threads, everyone seemed pissed off at me
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  • But you forgot 7th chords and rhythmic patterns!
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] BROWN HAWK Notepad-ing this.[/quote]I could totally go all out at some point, and give a seriously useful rundown. It'd be a little longer, but a tad more functional than this. What I gave here is just something to refer to for help at points.
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  • Notepad-ing this.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] razzat thats cute[/quote]ur cute ;)
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] razzat thats cute[/quote] 'music is die' 'no'
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] MickelPickel [url=http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/009/993/tumblr_m0wb2xz9Yh1r08e3p.jpg]Wut[/url][/quote]Dude, I love Jackie Chan!
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  • [url=http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/009/993/tumblr_m0wb2xz9Yh1r08e3p.jpg]Wut[/url]
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  • Yes yes.
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  • Thank you for enlightening me, Master.
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