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Music theory will give you a better understanding of music. It is not a set of rules but a tool to help you understand, create, and communicate music.
The best is to learn music fundamentals first. The building blocks of musical compositions include:
Harmony combines chords and chord progressions. Not all harmonies sound pleasing to the ear.
Musicians combine consonant and dissonant harmonies to make music more interesting.
Rhythm is the backbone for other musical elements. Understanding rhythm can help you make great music.
Chords are the harmonious building blocks of music. Knowing how to build chords and how they interact is essential when learning music theory.
There are four basic types of chords in music:
There are five types of intervals in music: major (M), minor (m), perfect (P), augmented (A), and diminished (d). They are measured by the number of half steps and whole steps, and their position in the scale.
Intervals are the foundation of harmony (paying two or more notes together) and melody (playing single notes in sequence).
The melody of the song is often the most recognisable part. Most compositions have multiple melodies that repeat.
Two primary elements of a melody:
There are two types of melodic motion that musicians combine to give melodies more variation:
Musical modes are scales and are made from a parent scale. They use the same notes and interval patterns, but the scale is started on a different note.
The seven musical modes are:
A music scale is a set of notes within an octave and arranged by their pitch. The notes from a scale form melodies and harmonies.
The two main types of scales are major and minor scales and can start from any note.
There are twelve minor scales with three variations: natural, harmonic, and melodic.
A vertical ‘sploosh’ results from an impact with an asteroid, with the earth rising at 1000 miles per hour to create mountains taller than Mt. Everest, only to instantly collapse due to continuous explosions, leaving behind a ring known as the ‘Peak Ring’.
The impact’s energy measurement is approximately 1,300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilojoules for the size of a rock that can destroy our planet. The temperatures created on impact exceed that of the surface of the Sun.
Religions are divisions, making people separate from others. Most religions follow the concept of belief, that the truth is already there and you simply have to believe in it.
These religions have imposed beliefs, doctrines and sets of ideas that are supposed to be holding the truth, and some even have deities and other entities with divine power that supposedly protect us from the harsh truths of life: uncertainty, impermanence, death and change. These harsh truths are paradoxically essential for understanding life.
Nothing exists except the present moment, as even the past or the future need the present moment to take shape. It seems shorter than a microsecond but encompasses all eternity.
Apart from this moment, one cannot be anywhere else.
“Life is a dance, and when you are dancing you are not intent on getting somewhere… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance.”
Tao is the way of nature, and the way to be in accord with it is Wu Wei that is non-doing. This non-action, effortless effort, or actionless action goes past most western societies who are having a ‘doing’ mentality rather than a ‘being’ one.
Acting out of the result in mind is not being in accord with the way of nature, as we are already imposing something in our actions. The agenda is already there.
“Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.”
Most people are afraid of breathing, unable to exhale after they inhale, due to the uncertainty and insecurity of life. They are afraid to live, to let go and are not sure that the next breath will come, so they do what is logical: Hold their own breath.
Our fundamental misunderstanding is that we are alone in this world and must face the reality. This creates a fight between us and the world and is the basis of the ‘us vs them’ thinking that reinforces the feeling of separation, lack and disconnection.
Alan Watts was not confined to a single label and wasn’t even an expert in what he philosophized. His various recordings and books related to Buddhism, Hinduism, Zen and Taoism, however, he wasn’t an academic or a monk, not following any system rigidly.
He called himself a spiritual entertainer, though his unorthodox style, a flamboyant life and other unique traits made him one of the leading philosophers of the 21st century.
Human life and all the other life does not work in harmony when we try to force or impose something that we assume is under our control. Man has always imposed his own will and mind over nature, making a basic error of judgement in considering himself as an all-knowing God.
This also creates a barrier, a conflict between objects which are otherwise in complete harmony. Nature is not against anyone, but if a species like ours has gained sentience and decided to conquer nature, it will revert back aptly.
Emotional contagion is linked to many psychological studies on social behaviour.
Extensive studies and social experiments indicate that emotional contagion occurs across the digital landscape, in the various social media platforms on a huge scale and speed.
Emotional contagious content, both negative and positive creates strong responses and spreads like wildfire.
Emotional contagion is a phenomenon that occurs when a person or groups emotions and behaviours affect the emotions and behaviours of some other person or group. This can be negative or positive.
We often mimic or imitate the emotional expressions (smiles and frowns) of other people without even realizing it. Mimicry and copying the body language, voice or facial expressions of other people is natural among social creatures, due to 'mirror neurons’ in the cerebral cortex region of the brain.
To be empathetic, we need to feel the other person's situation, while keeping our own autonomy intact. There is a certain distance between us and the other person whom we feel empathy for.
Emotional contagion removes the barrier and the person who is trying to be empathetic starts to show the same problem themselves, drowned in the negative feelings of the other person.