Tutor profile: Tera C.
Subject: Music Theory
What is a German 6th chord?
A German sixth chord is a kind of augmented sixth chord in Music Theory. Although it is written differently from a Dominant 7th chord, they sound exactly the same. The main difference is the function. A German sixth chord is not meant to act as a dominant chord. In C major, the German sixth chord would be spelled Ab, C, Eb, and F#. If this chord was spelled with a Gb instead of an F#, it would be identified as a dominant 7th chord of Db Major (which usually leads back to the tonic Db major chord). The German sixth chord Ab, C, Eb, F# would resolve to the dominant in C major (which is G major).
What is the difference between a violin and a viola?
The main difference between the two instruments is the range. A violin's lowest note is a G3 (which is its lowest open string) and its highest note depends on the player, but it can go as high as E7. A viola's lowest note is a fifth lower than the violin at C3 (remember, C4 is middle C). Its highest note is lower than that of a violin, usually around A6. Because the viola has a thicker string on the bottom (C string), it typically requires a bigger body in order to have fuller resonance. It is typical for a viola to be bigger than a violin. Violas generally have a richer, darker tone to them, while violins have a brighter tone. One thing these two instruments have in common is that they share three of the four strings. Both the violin and viola have an A string, D string, and G string.
What is the difference between their, there, and they're?
'Their' is a possessive word. It is used when you want to indicate something that belongs to a subject. Here is an example: "The students got their tests back today." In this example, the subject, 'students', and the object is 'tests'. The word 'their' shows that the tests belong to the students. 'There' is used for many different reasons. It can indicate a location, such as: "The monthly bill is over there on the counter." It also generally demonstrates the existence of something. "There is" or "There are" is a prime example of this. 'They're' is a contraction for "they are". The main rule of thumb is to replace 'they're' with 'they are' and see if it makes sense. "They're going to the mall tomorrow" turns into "They are going to the mall tomorrow," which makes sense. However, "The car is at they're repair shop" is not correct. Once replaced, the sentence would read "The car is at they are repair shop." This is not proper English. The correct sentence would be "The car is at their repair shop."
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