Zoomba7 2011-04-05 - 2:25pm

Does anyone know what they are doing?

 Does anyone else out there find it interesting the way in which Music Theory is intertwined in every note that is ever played? Whether the note is a mistake or a perfect compliment to the harmonic progression, every note has its purpose. If I have it correct, Music Theory is the study of the relationship between the melodic and harmonic structure of music, taking into consideration rhythmic and other nuances, as it appeals to the ear.

 Does anyone else out there find it interesting the way in which Music Theory is intertwined in every note that is ever played? Whether the note is a mistake or a perfect compliment to the harmonic progression, every note has its purpose. If I have it correct, Music Theory is the study of the relationship between the melodic and harmonic structure of music, taking into consideration rhythmic and other nuances, as it appeals to the ear.

I say this because I was having a discussion with a buddy of mine about modern musicians (guitarists, bassists, bands, songwriters) and whether or not the majority of them follow the traditional "rules" of music theory or whether they just play what sounds good. Music theory, in theory, has an exact answer to everything from tonal to atonal composition. So whatever anyone is playing, there is always an explanation for the types of frequencies and note values being played.

But the question is this, when YOU write music (to those of you who do), do you process in your heads the traditional methods of analyzing chordal structures and use these tools to help you write? When the lead guitarist of your favorite band busts out the most insane of riffs ever heard to man, does he know that he is playing a diminished seventh arpeggio and resolving it irregularly? Or is he just simply using his god given technical ability and amazing ear to manipulate the abilities of the guitar in any way to sound unique and interesting?

 

Open to discussion, and tangents alike!

 

Stephen Mucciolo
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