Sequences of chords, and the relationship of one chord to the next

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The Chords in this progression sound great but don't belong together - so why do they work?

I am a songwriter and compose my own music to go with my lyrics. Most of my chord progressions follow common patterns like using a I V IV or I IV V with an occasional ii or iii or vi chord thrown in ...
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Chord progression in Brangane's warning

I have been interested for quite some time in the harmonic progression in Brangane's warnings in the second act of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. My question: how can one analyze the chord progression ...
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I, (II), III major chord progression?

In Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers, the introduction alternates between D and F# chords, with an E in between as a passing chord in some cases. There is also a g# passing note played over ...
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Do diatonic chord types influence progressions?

Does the sequence of chord types (major, minor, diminished, augmented) in a key (major, minor, melodic minor etc) influence which chord progressions works well for that key type (e.g. a I-IV-V perhaps ...
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Mixing Diatonic chord with blues chord in the same progression [closed]

there are chord progression in which are mixed both diatonic chords and blues chords in order to switch from the diatonic scale to the blues scale? Could you provide me eventually some song example ...
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Which scales for particular chords [Piano]

Two part question: If I'm playing a ii-V-I (e.g., Dm7, G7, CM7) and just want to improvise, what scales can I play with my right hand while on each chord, and why (so I can follow the logic and ...
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Ear Training: How to figure out the key signature and chords used in a song

I have just started learning music but i find it very difficult to recognize the chords used in a song and its key signature when it seems to be far too easy a task for other students. Is there any ...
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Dominant 7th chord fingerings for piano

What are the fingerings for dominant 7th of C major? Is it 1234, 1234, 1234' 1234' 1234? Or is it 4 instead of 3? My piano teacher said something about 3 but I'm not so sure whether it's a 3 or a 4. ...
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From Scales and Chords Theory to a chord Progression

I'm a beginner at music theory and started learning it just about a week ago. The whole thing with the piano scales and chords is really difficult to understand, but I have a lot of fun learning it. ...
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Substituting all chords with relative minor/major…?

I was mucking around with Oasis' "Don't look back in anger" on the acoustic guitar/vocals. I was using these chords, but on capo 4 as I reworked the song a bit: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/o/...
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I have written a song with the chord progression of G, D, Bb, C and A. What key is it in? [closed]

I am trying to harmonize with a vocal box and nothing seems to work right. Is there a key that is close?
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What do 7th chords generally resolve/lead to?

Particularly Major 7th chords. I've been messing around in the key of E major and have decided to start of the bass line of this bit of experimenting with the Emaj7 chord and I'm trying to resolve to ...
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Modulation via a major chord, then another major chord a half step down

In Nick Cave's "Darker With The Day", there's a modulation at the end of the chorus which sounds very good (to me), but I don't understand why it works. The verse is more or less in G major: GM ...
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Are chord progressions based off of one chord used?

I was fiddling around with chords on the guitar and "variations" of the D chord. After a bit I noticed the following progression was pretty good: D - Dsus2 - D6 - Dsus4 In tabs it is: D ...
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Question on blues chords

In most blues the chords are I-IV-V. I am learning Help me through the day by Freddie King. I looked at the intro of this song and the chords are B minor, E minor and F sharp 7th. What key signature ...
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How to improvise chord progressions?

I know how to make a chord progression, but when playing in a certain mode, how can I know instantly which chord is the ii and which chord is V, etc?
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Role of Dominant 7th chord in particular progressions

Examining this progression in F: | F | A7 | Dm7 | Bb, Bbm | | F, E7 | Gm7, C7 | F, D7 | Gm7, C7 | In the fifth measure I really don't understand what role has the E7 chord because I can't ...
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Chords derived from uncommon scales

I came across an unusual chord progression in an A minor track: iv-I. Correct me if I'm wrong, but my first guess is that the I is borrowed from the major key. However, after thinking a while, I ...
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Guitar chord progression and key conundrum

I have a guitar chord progression: F# sus2, C# minor, B minor, E sus2. Over this I have a nice melody played within the c# pentatonic (starting at fret9). I really like what I have so far and wish to ...
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How can I learn the theory behind chord progressions?

How can I learn about the relationships between chords to build chords progressions? Every book I read explains how to build chords, but they don't teach how to put the chords in progression. They ...
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Theory behind the change from a major chord to the same in minor

In many songs I hear the change from a major chord to the same, but minor. For example F A Bb Bbm. It sounds really nice to me and I'm wondering if there is a theory behind it. Is there a genre ...
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Can one measure the “distance” between chords? If so, how?

I was reading an article an the author gave the following sequence of chords: C A7 Dm G C I would like to measure the "distance" if there is such a thing between C and A7. Can this be done? In ...
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Why the chord on the third degree is major in this progression?

I came across with this video The chords are E - G♯ - C♯m - B My question is: why is G♯ a major chord in this progression? I thought that since ...
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Is there a name for this kind of prolonged tension?

There's this song I really like, with a fairly long and elaborate chord scheme in a major key (probably C, but I'm not too sure). The last two lines of the chord scheme sound very common, however: |...
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What key fits with the chords Em7, F#m7, and B7#5?

I'm trying to find some good places to start an electric guitar solo for the song Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai . The solo will go over the verse progression. The verse progression seems to be some sort ...
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How to use power chords with pentatonic scale? [closed]

For example, which power chords can be used over C minor pentatonic scale?
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When/how to switch in between major and minor pentatonic

I'm trying to figure out how I can mix major and minor pentatonic scales and was wondering if someone could explain the underlying theory concepts that would dictate under what chords/chord changes ...
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Arpeggio theory and chord sequences

I can play a little piano by ear and have always been fascinated by arpeggios, particularly in electronic music. The following notes played as a chord sound 'good' to me and I'd like to compose a ...
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What is a chord consisting of Root, 9th and 11th called?

I'm playing the following progression: Bm chord, with these notes: from low -bass- to high: B D F# in which: B: Root D: minor 3rd F#: 5th Bm11 chord, with these notes: from low -bass- to high: B ...
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Is this an 8 bar blues chord progression? How to know if it is or isn't?

I just read sheet music from a book on country piano with this chord progression: C-C-F-F-G-G-C-G. This is 8 bars long. Would you call this an 8 bar blues chord progression? All the examples I found ...
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What type of songs frequently use chords that are a half step apart (like the E and F chords)?

I have heard some songs where chords like "E" and "F" are often used (some times the progression is like, "Am, G, F and E"). The main song relays on these two chords(E and F). For example, you ...
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How can I find a chord to go to after any other chord played on the piano?

For example if I played a Dm triad, how would I find a/the chord this one would resolve to?
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Why aren't unusual leading tone cadences more common?

As far as I understand, the main reason why an authentic cadence (i.e. V–I) works well and is so common, is that the dominant chord contains the leading tone, which resolves very strongly to the tonic....
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What is the difference between a chord progression and a riff?

I am just wondering what the difference between a chord progression and a riff is? My assumptions are that riffs are generally 2 measures long, and they are pretty much classed as being played over a ...
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How are phrases used in Rock music? [closed]

My assumption is that what constitutes a phrase is a full riff, or full chord progression?
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Why and when to use 12-bar blues?

Why and when do I use 12-bar blues? I know it's used with pentatonic and blues scales, but people like Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante, and many others use pentatonic and blues scales with other chord ...
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Does the rule regarding consecutive octaves/fifths actually hold any weight?

I have a melody in which I am trying to write a chord progression for. One of the rules of thumb is to finish a chord progression on the tonic if it precedes a chord of a 5th, and especially of a ...
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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Chord progressions : which note resolves to which note

In the key of C , going from G to C, note B resolves strongly to note C. How should the note D resolve? (To note C or E? I guess it should be to note C, assuming the key note has higher "priority". ...
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How does one go about harmonizing stepwise melodies?

I possess a whole book dedicated to harmonising. It coverrs perhaps if not all chords and how they can be harmonized with a melody. However, all the examples given so far, is only concerned with ...
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Word for the entire chord progression of a song?

What is the word for the entire chord progression of a song? Small sequences of harmonies are call progressions, can we also call the entire sequence of chords in a song a progression, or is there a ...
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How would you go about writing a a chord progression properly using the circle of fifths in the phrygian mode?

My question is: How would you go about writing a a chord progression properly using the circle of fifths in the Phrygian mode? I have seen many discuss the circle of fifths using Majors and minors but ...
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If F followed by Fm resolves to C, What do F# and F#m resolve to?

Firstly, apologies if I am using the wrong terminology here. I am a beginner guitarist and only know a little music theory. Considering the example of 'I will Follow you into the Dark' by Death Cab ...
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Locrian Harmony

I like utilizing modes in my the pieces I write, but there is one mode I've never been able to fully grasp and utilize and that is the Locrian mode. The chords that naturally occur in the Locrian ...
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How to make a song with chords and scales?

I play acoustic guitar and have been learning a bunch of chords and scales. I can play many progressions already, and I am starting to write music. I am wondering how you would bridge chord ...
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Scale degree in minor key

I am just beginning my ear training and I have a question about hearing minor scales. Music theory tells me that minor scale degrees work similarly to major scale degrees. For example in the key of ...
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How to know which chord shape to use for each root note in the scale?

I know the modes from Ionian to Locrian, and I know 1-4-5(major) rule. My question is how can you apply diminished or dominant 7th chords in these modes. Shall I apply 1-4-5 all being major 7th chords ...
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What determines whether a chord progression makes sense?

From musical theory I know of no reason not to use any of the chords of the key in any order. Yet actual music tends to be strongly restricted both to a limited set of chords and to a limited set of ...
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Relation of the diminished chord to the circle of fifths?

Within each key there are seven chords. If I understand it correctly the "first" six correspond to the minor and major variants of the current key and its immediate neighbors in the circle of fifths, ...