Music Theory Discussions

Can you give a brief idiot's explanation of modes? (Like phrygian and myxilodian?) from aennimtz


The last time I did this, it sounded bizarre.  So we’ll see what happens

Modes are scales created from scales.  

Take the c major scale  (cdefgabc)

then start on the second note and go up an octave, while maintaining the key (defgabcd)

This gives you the dorian mode in this particular key(dorian of any key is starting on the 2nd scale degree)

To produce the other modes (lydian, mixolydian, phrygian, etc) you start on different scale degrees (phrygian is 3rd, lydian is 4th, mixolydian is 5th) and go up the octave while maintaining the key.  

I hope this makes sense.  


How do some songs on guitar have only a two-chord chord progression? Or even just the same chord for a whole verse?? Are there chords in the background maybe? Thanks! from stilll-falling

There are a lot of really good two-chord songs out there.  What makes them interesting is the texture, density, and orchestration juxtapositioned with the melody.  I’ve looked at examples in classical music of this very same phenomenon, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what piece it was.  However, a solid example of a two-chord song in pop music is Green Day’s “Oh Love.”

The entire song is I and V, repeating from start to finish.

Hey, I'm new to the music community, and, well, I'm lost. I've taken an intro class for Music, but fundamentals are all I pretty much know. Where do I go from there? What things should I learn next? How do I improve further as a musician? from Anonymous

I’d go into something more advanced.  Try looking at voice-leading(if you haven’t already), and maybe some more advanced chords like augmented 6ths or the neopolitan.  Then try to find something that pertains to where you want to go as a musician.   Just explore some other things to “expand your theory horizons”.  


(1) I can't believe I just listened to an entire Britney Spears track; (2) Yes, an N chord (though not an N6, strictly speaking) very briefly appears as a substitution in one of the final choruses at around the 3:10 mark, beneath the "O" in "overprotected." from leadingtone

haha i thought the same thing

ok…thats what i was thinking…with n6 chords, i can never judge them cause they don’t always sound entirely major to me, but thats just me…



Someone told me that Britney Spears' Overprotected has a Neapolitan sixth in it... I've been listening to it, but I can't hear where it is. Could you help me? from Anonymous

I can’t figure it out, and no one’s responded so….followers?

Im thinking its either in the first line of the verse, or the second chord of the chorus…but i could be wrong


hello, i'm having a hard time writing music, (my instrument is the guitar), i've googled many chord progression stuff but nothing really helped me, i want to know how to write good sounding chord progressions, any help would be appreciated :) from reechurd

I’d experiment with different things…i dunno how much theory you’ve had, but definitely try some secondary function chords like secondary dominants, secondary leading tone seventh chords, augmented sixth chords, neapolitan…try some modulation and tonicization (emphasizing one chord)…try to go beyond a basic phrase model (I IV V  V7 I) or something a long those lines…expand on the tonic and the dominant and just basically find something you like…

If anyone has any suggestions, wants to add something, please feel free.