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Quiz me for my music theory class

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by santucci218, Aug 30, 2007.


  1. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    im not doing too great in my music theory class guys. :meh:

    we are doing key signatures, triads, scales and intervals right now

    so if you guys could link me to a site that could help me pratice, or even just make up questions to ask me, please help me out. Also, if you have any tips for helping me grasp this stuff more easily, let me know. Thanks a lot, Paul.
     
  2. HaVIC5

    HaVIC5

    Aug 22, 2003
    Brooklyn, NYC
  3. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    that helped a little, but it doesnt really quiz me at all, just shows me concepts i understand already.

    i just want to pratice the concepts i know, get me? like...to put them to the test, if you will.
     
  4. DocBop

    DocBop

    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    You need to quiz yourself that is how I drilled in this stuff. I used quiz myself driving to school and other places. I would spell all the triads and do them in the order of the Circle of Fifths. I would repeat the Circle of Fifths and ask myself the related key signature. For intervals I would use the bass in my head and see a major scale fingering and work out the intervals between the root. Also sing the major scale and then sing sequences and intervals. If I wasn't sure of the pitches I would sing simple nursury rhymes or songs I knew the intervals of to check myself. Funny how we can screw sing intervals if asked to do it, but can remember them when in context of a song.

    I would make up drills like above on what ever I needed to work on and use anytime that normally would be wasted as time to drill myself. Forcing myself to have figure out the answers the stuff really sticks. I also came of with ways to check myself like trouble spelling a scale, well I could spell the Maj7 chord of the scale, so there were half the notes. Reverse it can't spell the chord but know the scale okay think the scale and drop every other note. Circle of Fifths I would use the bass in my head and "see" the V down to I and figure out the answer.

    There are quizes and practice test around, but just drill your self I think works best. Also the best way to learn something is to teach it. Find someone who is trying to learn this stuff and teach it to them or just talk about it and explain this stuff to them. If you can explain it you know it. Also sometimes in explaining it you discover a new way to look at things that helps you too.

    Quiz thyself grasshopper!
     
  5. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    lol, thank you much Doc.
     
  6. PocketGroove82

    PocketGroove82

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chicago
    Here is one for ya:

    What is the inversion of a Major4th? :ninja:
     
  7. DocBop

    DocBop

    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not sure where you are going with that one. Up a 4th becomes down a 5th, up a 3rd down a 6th, up a 7th down a 2nd are the intervals flipped?

    Also note to OP one of the things you learn from drilling, notice how all the intervals up and down add up to 9. One of those tricks you can use to check yourself with. Music is math.

    Or PocketGroove82 thinking Tritone and the notes repeat?
     
  8. goolimari

    goolimari

    Jun 19, 2007
    I am kinda surprised at why people do not stress learning scale degrees..I feel it's probably the most important aspect of learning scales..learning degrees will help you in construction chords, doing chord progressions etc etc a breeze..

    I wrote a simple microsoft excel program to quiz me on scale degrees.. its quite simple..the first column is all the scales, and the second column is all the degrees..

    just click the button and a random scale appears below , with three random degrees. you have to name those 3 degrees of that scale.

    for e.g., when you click the button and get

    C II IV VII

    you need to name the second, fourth and seventh degrees of C scale (which would be D, F and B)

    you can start simple by having just one scale in the first column. delete all the scales and just put the scale you want. You can do the same with degrees .like put only C in first column, and II, IV in second column. once you have mastered this add more degrees. Once you have all the degrees of a scale, add the second scale..then a third..

    its quite frustrating in the beginning, but believe me, if you do this for about half an hour a day for 3 weeks, i can BET you will be a pro..

    once you have the degrees, then chords is a breeze (major chord?? no problem! that'd be I, III and V notes of the scale.. for F# scale that would be F#, A# and C#! )

    here's the file

    http://www.mediafire.com/?5mmwww9cc4c

    NOTE: If you get a message box in the beginning saying "do you want to run macros?" click on enable macros..i have a macro in there to generate random numbers..dont worry its safe..i wont hack your computer and steal all your porn!)

    -gooli
     
  9. TheBassBetween

    TheBassBetween

    Jun 25, 2005
    Practica Musica is the program that my AP Music Theory class used. It's really a great program for aural as well as written exercises.
     
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    OK, here's a question...name three types of chords that go well with Aeolian mode.
     
  11. !Rob!

    !Rob!

    Mar 2, 2007
    explain the following symbol:

    15va-----------
     
  12. PocketGroove82

    PocketGroove82

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chicago


    Ok..here is the answer.

    It's a trick question. :ninja:

    You can't have a major 4th, and if you say major 4th (or 5th) to your teacher, he will probably cringe! 4ths and 5ths can be Perfect/Diminished/Augmented, but you won't be coming across any major or minor 4ths or 5th, ever. :ninja:
     
  13. !Rob!

    !Rob!

    Mar 2, 2007
    I was waiting for you to do that.

    Nice one, even though he answered with the right idea, he was still wrong.

    I give my students that "trick" question all the time.

    Well Done!
     
  14. PocketGroove82

    PocketGroove82

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chicago
    lol...i hear ya rob.
    I had a teacher who made students run to the open window in the back of the classroom and yell,
    "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MAJOR 5TH!"...any time they accidentally said it during a class period. haha.
     
  15. Evo 911

    Evo 911

    May 18, 2007
    Lahore
    Ok I got one... Name the intervals of an Am6 chord.
     
  16. DocBop

    DocBop

    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Okay want to go that way...

    Write out an ascending and decending A Melodic Minor scale.

    Write out an F# harmonic minor scale.

    What note is a minor 7th above Db?

    Okay off topic, but fun... Who was first composer to write bass part that required a low C and the 5-string bass was created to handle it?
     
  17. !Rob!

    !Rob!

    Mar 2, 2007
    Great questions, I wish he was online (oh well) I'll check his answers later, but the trivia question is interesting, I think I know, but I'd be guessing. Can I PM you my guess?
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    So this dude blows us off without answering the questions? Whut up wid dat?
     
  19. KayCee

    KayCee

    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    That one could have two correct answers, since the descending is often the same as the ascending in modern music.

    I assume that, though, you mean in "traditional" harmony.
     
  20. KayCee

    KayCee

    Oct 4, 2004
    Shawnee, KS
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood?
     

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