by David W. Maves
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This online monograph will be a compilation of notes added to from time to time. They are here in order that my (theory) students may use (or complain about) them. Gradually they may evolve into something more useful and/or printable. Until then WYSIWYG.
Rules to live by:
EXCEPTION: DON'T DOUBLE THE LEADING TONE (primary or secondary--as in tonicizations or modulations).
MAVES' MINDLESS RULES OF CHORD CONNECTION (PROGRESSION)
MAVES' TERMS TO LEARN/MEMORIZE/UNDERSTAND
Part I: (first semester theory 246)
Part II: (second semester theory 247
Antecedent Phrase, Consequent Phrase. = Musical Period
Antecedent Period, Consequent Period. = Double Period
The Meanings of Music Terms for Country Music
Musical Terms Commonly Misunderstood by Country-Western Musicians,
With Their Translated "Country" Definitions:
Diminished Fifth -- An empty bottle of Jack Daniels
Perfect Fifth -- A full bottle of Jack Daniels
Relative Major -- An uncle in the Marine Corps
Relative Minor -- A girlfriend
Big Band -- When the bar pays enough to bring two banjo players
Pianissimo -- "Refill this beer bottle"
Repeat -- What you do until they just expel you
Treble -- Women ain't nothin' but
Bass -- The things you run around in softball
Portamento -- A foreign country you've always wanted to see
Conductor -- The man who punches your ticket to Birmingham
Arpeggio -- "Ain't he that storybook kid with the big nose that grows?"
Tempo -- Good choice for a used car
A 440 -- The highway that runs around Nashville
Transpositions -- Men who wear dresses
Cut Time -- Parole
Order of Sharps -- What a wimp gets at the bar
Passing Tone -- Frequently heard near the baked beans at family barbecues
Middle C -- The only fruit drink you can afford when food stamps are low
Perfect Pitch -- The smooth coating on a freshly paved road
Tuba -- A compound word: "Hey, woman! Fetch me another tuba Bryll Cream!"
Cadenza-- That ugly thing your wife always vacuums dog hair off of when
Whole Note -- What's due after failing to pay the mortgage for a year
Clef -- What you try never to fall off of
Bass Clef -- Where you wind up if you do fall off
Altos -- Not to be confused with "Tom's toes," "Bubba's toes," or "Dori-toes"
Minor Third -- Your approximate grade at the completion of formal schooling
Melodic Minor -- Loretta Lynn's singing dad
12-Tone Scale -- The thing the State Police weigh your tractor trailer truck with
Quarter Tone -- What most standard pickups can haul
Sonata -- What you get from a bad cold or hay fever
Clarinet -- Name used on your second daughter if you've already used Betty Jo
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