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Jun 05, 2018

Dotted note values

What is the dotted note value of a semibreve?

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May 17, 2018

Definitions for 7th Chords

What are the definitions for E7 F7 G7 Bb7... etc.?

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Nov 03, 2017

Mr. Robert Cooke

Hello, I have just purchased your iBook 'Essential Music Theory Volume 1', I am enjoying the style and quality of the work, unfortunately though, none

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Aug 08, 2017


How many Sharps are on key of A major

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Aug 08, 2017


What is an ostinato bass?

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Feb 02, 2017

Perfect intervals

In your Perfect Intervals section it says: If an interval is a unison ...... it is called a perfect interval both notes in a perfect interval are in

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Dec 08, 2016

3 notes played that has the value of a fourth

Hello. How is it called the structure where three notes are played that have the duration of a fourth ? Thank you !

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Nov 30, 2016

I can't seem to learn to read music?

Hi, The question I have is I have never been able to learn how to read music, I have tried many times, I've tried to learn how to play piano, clarinet

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Nov 08, 2016

Half-Double Smile mark between measures

In my sheet music I have a smile mark located at the end of a measure that looks like a dot, a slash, and then a half-slash. Located at the beginning of

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Aug 16, 2016

Perfect intervals

Why are the 4th,5th and 8th considered perfect?

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Jul 03, 2016


what is c major iv chord

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Jul 03, 2016

Seeking feedback on my completed phrases - page 54 - 'Essential Music Theory'

Hi Simon I'm working my way through 'Essential Music Theory' and it's been very good. I've just done the exercise on page 54 where you complete the six

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Jun 25, 2016

-3 notation over an eight rest on beat 4

What is the meaning of -4 when written over an eighth rest on the last beat of a 4/4 measure in swing. IE Dotted half note, eight rest and eight note;

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Jun 25, 2016


How do we determine the key signature for flats with 2 or more flats?

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May 02, 2016

Stave Notes

I know what a stave looks like but I cant figure out where all the notes go. I have been looking every where but they don't explain it enough for my understanding.

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Mar 16, 2016

Key transition (Modulation)

How can I transition from 2 flats to 4 flats?

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Feb 24, 2016

Note values

How many quavers are there in a minim?

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Feb 23, 2016

Grand Staff Guitar

I am learning guitar { see a grand staff with 3 staffs connected witch one is for guitar or piano.

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