Not Just The Interval: What Determines The Feeling Of One Note

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Most people think that music theory is all about “mathematical harmony”.

As if musicians really needed to do a lot of math to compose their music…

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… no wonder that many today don’t see why music theory is useful.

(This is all because how music theory is taught today… but that’s a story for another time)

Sure, there are technical (or even ‘mathematical’) aspects to music theory… but that’s not the point.

The point is music. And the point of music is to communicate emotions.

So music theory is (or at least should be) about the emotions that you can create with music – and not about “what is the correct name of this chord here?”

Music theory should answer (and does answer, if you do it the right way) questions like:

  • “What is the emotion of a single C note played without context?”
  • “How can we change the emotion that this very same C note expresses?”
  • “What are the notes best suited to express what I want to express?”

Sounds strange? Well you can find some answers in this video:

Does it end here? No, of course not. Music is infinite and so it does not end here!

What is the next step? This is probably a good one:

Have fun!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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