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    Favorite key to solo in?

    What's your favorite key for soloing?

    I love D minor. It just feels right, especially with a drop D string, which can make a nice drone if playing classical style. I also like how there's both a...
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    I graduated yesterday with a B.A. in Mathematics,...

    I graduated yesterday with a B.A. in Mathematics, beginning my M.A. program next month. I find Math expands my understanding of music theory to even further depths than i imagined possible. I want to...
  3. Sounds like it's in C# minor not E Major. Same...

    Sounds like it's in C# minor not E Major. Same key signature, common accidentals are A# and B# which makes it melodic minor. The resolution to C# minor at the end...
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    Greensleeves was more Renaissance era. Medieval...

    Greensleeves was more Renaissance era. Medieval music is pretty primitive to our ears, are you sure you don't mean renaissance music?
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    Medieval music will generally be modal,...

    Medieval music will generally be modal, discluding ionian, aeolian, and locrian. And including the plagal modes, ie. Hypodorian, Hypophrygian, Hypolydian and Hypomixolydian. Early polyphony was...
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    There are sus2 and sus4 chords and whatever else...

    There are sus2 and sus4 chords and whatever else the composer's and theorists decided to call them in old music, if they are called a sus4 and resolve like a sus4 according the definition of a sus4,...
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    Harmonizing improperly, depending on the style. A...

    Harmonizing improperly, depending on the style. A mix of 4ths,5ths,3rds, and 6ths would probably give you a better second line. Unless you're going for a quartal sound.

    If you're set on always...
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    Don't key change just to have a key change. Go...

    Don't key change just to have a key change. Go where the music is leading you. Trying adding a flat or a sharp or two and see what keys that can bring you to if it works aurally for the song.
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    Yeah it's a G/B chord and a Bb/D chord. The...

    Yeah it's a G/B chord and a Bb/D chord.

    The Bb is borrowed from G minor. standard stuff.
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    Michael Romeo is such a badass. Seen him in...

    Michael Romeo is such a badass. Seen him in concert twice, the guy doesn't make mistakes :)

    Lots of key and time changes in Symphony X's music, to the OP - I'd post a tab of a specific section...
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    It really depends on how dense the music is too....

    It really depends on how dense the music is too. When I do solo guitar stuff, I mix major and minor all the time, as long as the chord is deadened, the minor scale can provide a lot of interest....
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    You'll have to forgive me as I am a mathematician...

    You'll have to forgive me as I am a mathematician as well as a theorist, but:

    Say you have two vectors that span a plane: any multiple or addition to those vectors is still in that plane.
    ...
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    Why limit the definition to one or two octaves?...

    Why limit the definition to one or two octaves? For example you could define the Overtone Series as a scale spanning multiple octaves. Depending on the definition of scale. Can the first octave of...
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    What if I have 7 enharmonic spellings of the same...

    What if I have 7 enharmonic spellings of the same note... C..B#...Dbb etc.

    They sound the same but are intended by the composer to be thought of differently... is this a scale?
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    What constitutes a scale?

    I am speaking of notes played horizontally.

    Clearly 2 notes is an interval, 3 notes is a triad or chord arpeggio of some kind.

    Is 4 notes by definition still a chord such as a 7th chord? Or...
  16. well it'd likely be the key of Eb Major or Bb...

    well it'd likely be the key of Eb Major or Bb Major with the G chord as a secondary dominant of vi or ii.
  17. Agreed. They are in step 1 as a way to get the...

    Agreed. They are in step 1 as a way to get the fingers moving and keep the beginner's interest. You want to give the beginner the feeling that they can be successful at this.

    As teacher of 7...
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    I did mean chord tone arpeggios, didn't want to...

    I did mean chord tone arpeggios, didn't want to confuse the guy, he seems to be seeking some basic theory knowledge. I've done all my college theory work btw so I realize all of that.

    Anyway yeah...
  19. That's a blues progression. Modern music breaks...

    That's a blues progression. Modern music breaks the "rules." The only theory you can study formally at 99% of schools is Classical theory (and some jazz theory). The rest comes on your own.

    You...
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    Arpeggios are pretty much everything in melody....

    Arpeggios are pretty much everything in melody. Arpeggios are your "stable" notes, anything else is "unstable."

    Focus on learning your arpeggios and the rest is just filling in the blanks.
  21. 1: learn some songs with tablature 2: learn to...

    1: learn some songs with tablature
    2: learn to read all major and minor chords and strum out some songs
    3: learn to read notes
    4: learn some songs reading notes
    5: learn chord and scale theory ...
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    I stumbled on this 6 years ago in college and...

    I stumbled on this 6 years ago in college and hoped no one else had noticed it so I could one day throw it in one of my books. I showed the idea to a handful of my music teachers and none of them had...
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    Simple.. take any 3 notes from your scale to make...

    Simple.. take any 3 notes from your scale to make a chord. You should probably learn how to tell what quality the chords are (ex. major minor diminished) but don't worry too much about theory just go...
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    Ok so you are talking about melodic intervals,...

    Ok so you are talking about melodic intervals, not harmonic, that makes sense. I will have to try it out, thanks.
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    Could you post a note or tab example maybe? Not...

    Could you post a note or tab example maybe? Not sure what you mean confining all the 6ths to an octave, would you switch them to 3rds at some point?
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