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I am able to volunteer my expertise in music composition, music theory, and songwriting. NOTE: I am *not* able to offer expertise in singing. I answer a variety of questions. I have multiple music degrees and years of experience in the field.

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Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

To appreciate something you must first understand it. If a style of music has not yet lost grasp of your interest or preference, try getting a deeper understanding of its meaning and purpose. This may find you with the freedom to appreciate and enjoy more styles of music than you thought was possible.

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2015-02-12 Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song:

Without getting into a long-winded discussion on music theory, I can provide some pointers that you could use as a quick reference:    * The first and/or last chord of the song might indicate the key that

2014-05-14 orchestration:

Regarding "a)":    For reference, the link that you provided redirects to "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 OST -02- Brotherhood Assault (1080p)".    The composition includes a synthesized instrumentation

2014-03-05 music:

There are technically more than 7 modes, although the 7 that I listed are the first set of modes that students usually learn when learning additional scales. Those modes do not apply exclusively to medieval

2014-02-23 music:

There is some debate as to why we have the natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales and how they came to be, although here is a fairly common interpretation:    The natural minor scale, also called

2013-09-26 From a minor scale to a major scale:

Take a look at the chords in a major key and in a minor key.    Major key:  I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii (dim.)  Root of each chord:  C, D, E, F, G, A, B  or  A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#    Minor key:  i, ii


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