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Thread #30201   Message #388729
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
02-Feb-01 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: Help: What is a Chord?
Subject: RE: Help: What is a Chord?
I believe that 'music theory' is a generalization of that which has been found to work in practice. It's usefull for analysis, but no predictor of what a composer should do (except to avoid those concepts that didn't prove to be very good). As far as I'm concerned the 7 'greek' modes are just tags that have been accepted through long usage, so it doesn't matter if any Greeks ever heard them. They're still moderately useful as a starting point for a classification scheme (as they would be by any name, except maybe for locrian, as there are several 7 note scales that would be far more useful).