So, Michael, what is your personal take on what we call "music theory"? I've always been one of those to view theory as simply a sort of formalized, traditionalized, linearized, if you will, take on a purely abstract art. However, this is not to say it is a bad thing, on the contrary, it has kept music from falling into the pit that has overtaken the rest of the art world. Hell, they can't even define what "art" is anymore. Ask 5 respected "experts" in the "art" field, and you'll get five, very, very, different answers. Music theory has prevented this from happening by providing a systematic view point from which to base all our conclusions. This is not to say I ignore traditional music theory. I tune to A 440, and subscribe to the "beat" system. Anyhow, what do you think about it? Arbitrary, or reasoned? Both?