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Old 08-19-2019, 06:55 AM   #287
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Originally Posted by brainwreck View Post
I never really understood the names of chord functions. It seems that there are implied meanings, but I don't know what they are.
Learn parallel diatonic harmony, it will reveal itself.

There are tons of examples where language of a system causes confusion (and
The major problem, pun intended, is treating "music theory" as "music rules" when it's not. It's just labels. In turn people want to stick things together based on syntax "this is major, so it must go together with this other thing that's called major". There are different contexts, and an overall bias towards Indo-European classical music.


artificial barriers). But sticking to music here, how about the names of the modes? Are the modes not functional as well? Then why continue with
The original Greek "modes" are not 1:1 equivalent to Indo-European nomenclature. As a label for chord function relative to a song I think they're just as good as any other name.


the archaic naming that describes nothing logical/functional? We might be better off describing them as the first mode, second mode, etc. And the same
Theoretically out of context we would, but with an ancient, archaic name that you don't encounter daily it works better IMO as a differentiator.

There are people who are numerologists that would prefer a "base 12" system, "because it's logical". Except it's not, because it's not *practical*.

Labels allow humans to do sub-conscious parallel processing. They're like objects, structs in programming. Without the labels it gets impractical to discuss or manipulate.

Maybe some people like the aesthetics of these naming conventions, but they are vague or meaningless in reasoning.
They are, if you're not aware of the context, then they're just labels WITH meaning.

Again, the overlap of "major/minor", relative to the Indo-European bias, makes it confusing. If you only studied "European pop music between the years 1680 to 1810" it would make complete sense.
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