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Old 08-19-2019, 08:34 AM   #290
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Originally Posted by chip mcdonald View Post
Learn parallel diatonic harmony, it will reveal itself.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Examples please. I could just as well tell someone who is interested in electronics: Well, if you go study particle physics you will understand conventional flow. But that tells the person nothing really, and it doesn't make the statement true. It only pushes the argument off elsewhere.
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