Mandolin Theory – The Basics

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Steps and Accidentals

As nicely described in Wikipedia: In music, an accidental is a note whose pitch (or pitch class) is not a member [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Dots and Ties

In Western musical notation, a dotted note is a note with a small dot written after it. In modern practice [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Rest Duration

A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a symbol indicating the length of [...]

  • Measures and Time Signatures

Mandolin Theory: Measures and Time Signatures

The time signature (also known as meter signature, metre signature, bar signature, or measure signature) is a notational convention used [...]

  • Notes Duration

Mandolin Theory – Note Duration

Using a set of symbols called notes the pitch and duration of musical sounds are written (notated) on the musical [...]

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Mandolin Theory – The Staff, Clefs and Ledger Lines

Some people think trying to read music is hard and difficult. There is no bigger mistake than this one. I [...]

Mandolin Theory – Rhythm and Meter

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Mandolin Theory – Odd Meters

Rhythm, in music, is the placement of sounds in time. In its most general sense rhythm (Greek rhythmos, derived from [...]

  • Simple and Compound Meters

Mandolin Theory – Simple and Compound Meters

Rhythm, in music, is the placement of sounds in time. In its most general sense rhythm (Greek rhythmos, derived from [...]

Mandolin Theory – Scales and Key Signatures

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Mandolin Theory – Key Signature Calculation

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Key Signatures

In musical notation, a key signature is a set of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key [...]

  • Scale Degrees

Mandolin Theory – Scale Degrees

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. In music theory, a scale degree [...]

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Mandolin Theory – The Minor Scales

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The notes of the minor [...]

  • The C Major Scale

Mandolin Theory – The Major Scale

Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The major scale is the [...]

Mandolin Theory – Intervals

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Mandolin Theory – Inverting Intervals – Basic knowledge you must learn

Overview In music theory, the word inversion has several meanings. There are inverted chords, inverted melodies, inverted intervals, and [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Writing Intervals – See how to avoid the common mistakes

In diatonic set theory a specific interval is the clockwise distance between pitch classes on the chromatic circle (interval class), [...]

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Mandolin Theory – Specific Intervals

In diatonic set theory a specific interval is the clockwise distance between pitch classes on the chromatic circle (interval class), [...]

  • Music Chord Theory

Mandolin Theory – The Generic Intervals

Why Chords on the Mandolin? In the 30 years that I played the mandolin and the octave mandolin in [...]

Mandolin Theory – Chords

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Mandolin Theory – Introduction to Chords – About time to learn them

Overview A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if [...]

Mandolin Theory – Understanding Chords Inversions

Overview Chords can be inverted by moving the lowest note up an octave. The lowest note after the inversion, [...]

Mandolin Theory – Diatonic Chords

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Mandolin Theory – Diatonic Triads

Diatonic (Greek: διατονική) and chromatic (Greek: χρωματική) are terms in music theory that are most often used to characterise scales, and are also applied [...]

Mandolin Theory – Chord Progressions

Mandolin Theory – Neapolitan Chords

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Mandolin Theory – How to Build Neapolitan Chords, Part I

In music theory, a Neapolitan chord (or simply a "Neapolitan") is a major chord built on the lowered second (supertonic) [...]