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Thread: Hi, music theory/knowledge lovers!

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    Hi, music theory/knowledge lovers!

    I like all kinds of music, but mostly the language/languages of music (rhythm, harmony, timbre, dynamics). i'm interested in basic stuff like the roles of the diatonic or chromatic tones in a key. like what's the role of a C in a Aminor key for example. also i'm fond of Hindemith's interval root theory. this is harmony, and i'm also very interested in rhythm which i study, or research i should say, because i can't find theories about it. this is also about basic (but hard-almost impossible) stuff. like the rhythm of a motif or a musical sentence, and how it differs/contrasts from another. i read a book about this -Generative Theory of Tonal Music - F. Lersahl, R. Jackendoff , but i think my research is more advance. for years i've been trying to find a buddy to help me with my research in rhythm, but right know i almost 80% nailed it. < very underrated this rhythm theory.
    yes, so this is me.. i hope i can find someone that is interested in the same things i'm in and we work together to find the answers.
    Last edited by James Shaormer; 07-21-2016 at 01:17 PM.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I Will say, if you don't know what the role of C in the key of A Minor is, then "generative theory" might be a little advanced in relation to that. Yes you are right - rhythm is "understudied" compared to pitch and harmony. But I suppose it depends on what your "research" and "theory" delves into.


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    i'm always taking long breaks from music study so i keep forgetting or better said transforming information in my head. i red a few conventional books in the distant past about harmony but i found them unpractical (for me). they quickly get to fancy stuff like modulation or avoiding parallel fifths etc. that's like trying to write novels when you can't write a basic sentence.
    oh about the C tone, it's pretty complex i red, that's why i gave this example. while the root between A and D interval(forth) is clearly D, and it has a "subdominant" feeling or in my terms an "away" feel, Hindemith calculated the root between A-C (a minor third) interval to be neither of them, but a major third down the low tone, that would be F. (basically saying they belong to a silent F-A-C harmony in which F -the root is missing). he says that if we were to choose, A would be a better choice for the root, but my ear doesn't help me.
    anyway i have to brush up on my knowledge before i start asking (painful) questions on this forum.
    thanks for the reply.
    Last edited by James Shaormer; 07-21-2016 at 07:25 PM.

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