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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
0answers
24 views

Recognizing modulation style / pattern in Steely Dan's “West of Hollywood”

I'm a fan of Steely Dan's music, but I find analysis of their music to be difficult from a tone-, modal-, and chord-theory point of view. But perhaps the complex jazz-influenced M7/M9/M11 chords ...
1
vote
5answers
142 views

Creating a simple melody out of random notes

I recently watched a movie entitled "Frequencies" and there is a scene where one of the main protagonists, as a kid, is enticed to play the piano, he is told to play any notes in any order and in any ...
0
votes
4answers
64 views

E Flat Major - Guitar chords in roman numeral notation?

Is there a way to write guitar chords, for example E7, in roman numeral chord numbers like I and II etc. ?? And if so, how?
2
votes
3answers
96 views

How many times am i allowed to repeat Chord progressions within a 6 song catalogue?

i am attempting to write a 6 songs for perfomance of about 22 min live set.. but i keep beating myself up over my "artistic integrity" when i repeat progressions that i enjoy... for example, say i ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Battle for Britain, David Bowie

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in David Bowie's song, Battle for Britain. (The intro ends at 0:35 or so.) These are the chords, near as I can tell. One chord per measure. En B F# A A ...
9
votes
2answers
907 views

What chord progressions are used in traditional Celtic music?

What chord progressions are most often used in traditional Celtic music, such as aires, jigs, and reels? For example, harmonies in classical music are dictated by the common practice rules and focus ...
3
votes
2answers
52 views

Working with Secondary-Dominants

I was wondering about using secondary dominants in a chord progression. I suppose anything can be redundant if used too often, but, can someone give me some insight on using secondary dominants in a ...
24
votes
5answers
22k views

How to turn any (pop) song into a jazz song?

Quite often there are pop songs wich get covered in a jazz style. These covers are seen from youtube to tv. Now I tried doing something like this, with for example Bad Day by Daniel Powter. It's ...
5
votes
4answers
226 views

Piano question (walk-ups and downs)

Well I'm trying to write a song and the chord progression is D, Bm, G, A. What I'm not sure about is that I'm trying to do a walk down from B to G with A and G#, but G# isn't in the D scale, so I'm ...
2
votes
2answers
260 views

Practice chord progressions along with scales?

The Question Are there any standard exercises where you play a chord progression with one hand while playing a scale with the other hand? I'm adding the usual I–IV–I–V–I at the end of each scale (...
2
votes
2answers
116 views

What is the proper chord interpretation for the intro to Stairway to Heaven?

The opening sequence in Stairway to Heaven is an A minor chord followed by something strange followed by C/G, D/F#, and Fmaj7. I've seen the second chord notated as Am/G#, G#aug, and even Am/maj7/add2....
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Is this chord progression III I II III?

I've always been a keen music listener but never paid much attention to music lessons back in high school. Now I've decided to (attempt to) teach myself music theory with the hope of developing some ...
0
votes
2answers
38 views

Can 2 single notes be considered as cadence?

I was studying a tutorial about phrases and cadences. I faced following image : Here [I] means first chord of F Major scale so it's F Major Chord. So is the next note (A) also considered as [I] or ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

What do people mean when they ask me what the chord progression of a song is?

I an amateur pianist and I have theory knowledge. I know what a chord progression is. Although I mostly read from score I can easily listen a music and reproduce it on the piano. People often ask me ...
-1
votes
4answers
172 views

What key is this chord progression?

I'm a beginner guitar player and I am just now foraying into theory / keys / chord progressions. I've seen this grouping of chords in several songs: E - C#m - G# (or Ab?) - A (Where Is My Mind - ...
1
vote
5answers
201 views

What exactly is a Major scale?

So, typically you compose a happy song in a major scale, or, in my case Progressive House, in a Major scale. But, if C# major's relative key is A# Minor, what exactly is a major scale and how do you ...
5
votes
2answers
107 views

Are there scales and chord progressions particularly used in Rag music?

I am interested in the underlying scale and chord structures of ragtime music . For example, I was reading in my book Jazzology last night that ii-V-I progressions are frequently used in Jazz. I am ...
5
votes
4answers
564 views

Chord progression if the chords are not part of the scale?

I've been learning about harmony, and the harmonisation of major scales. I can recognise simple chord progressions, and I try and practice by listening to popular songs. For a major scale, we have:...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

How do I find the chord progressions for sheet music?

Just wondering if someone could give me some steps to working out the chord progression of sheet music ie. chord IV or II etc. How do I know what is what?
8
votes
7answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
10answers
1k views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
59 views

Could I have a list of chord progression patterns for Electro and Progressive House? [closed]

I mainly like these two genres: Progressive HouseElectro House And I was wondering if I could (or where I could find) the most common chord progression patterns for these genres.
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Could you have a minor chord in a Major scale song?

I haven't experimented with this much - so, the reason for asking this is in order to know whether it is even possible: Could you have a minor chord in a Major scale or no? I am thinking more in ...
0
votes
2answers
48 views

C6 chord followed by Am7

C6 chord over D and 3 C notes in right hand, then Am7. The chords contain the same notes. The proximity to the right hand doesn't allow for rearrangement of chord notes. Why does the author not just ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Chord transitions

In A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, fake book notation a D13(#11) chord is followed by /C chord. This is an awkward transition. How is this /C change for D13(#11), played on piano?
0
votes
0answers
68 views

Chord progression analysis

In the song "If You Have To Ask" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers there is this instrumental funk interlude with a bunch of seventh and ninth chords and I want to understand this progression more by ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Is this chord progression in A minor, or C major? [duplicate]

I got in an argument with a buddy of mine over whether the chord progression I had written was in C Major, or A Minor. I've read up on what makes it one or the other, and I strongly feel it is C Major....
0
votes
3answers
143 views

Chord progressions [closed]

I am keen to learn to produce electronic music. I have a beginner level knowledge of music theory, however, I struggle with making simple chord progressions. Any advice on how to learn to make good ...
9
votes
2answers
364 views

Melodic Minor - Uses

The one problem I have with the Melodic Minor is that I just don't know how and where to use it. From my comprehension, it is the Minor scale when descending and when ascending it has a maj6 and maj7. ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
737 views

How to identify a key given a certain chord progression

At the age of 53 I'm new to music theory and in particular to chord progressions. While playing around with the piano, I've noticed that I like the sound of this progression Cm Gm AM Dm I have ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

What is the term for a chord change from 0-5-7 to 0-4-7?

From what I understand, the 0-5-7 triad is a sus4 and 0-4-7 a major. So if I have C-F-G and descend a semitone from F to E into a C major chord what would be the technical term for it? I like to use ...
2
votes
3answers
356 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
299 views

Is there another way to go through keys instead of 4ths or 5ths?

I recently saw a video of someone playing Dorian licks on YouTube. They were going through all 12 keys, but they ascending or descending chromatically, by 4ths, or by 5ths. What is this pattern? C-...
0
votes
1answer
66 views
3
votes
1answer
97 views

Playing Over Changes and Subsitutions

Im a fairly advanced guitarist/musician and love improvising, as most of us do. However, when a progression goes out of the main key, such as borrowing or subsituting, I tend to get lost in my head. ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

How to pronounce chord numbers

When someone says "one four five" chord progression, could that refer to a "i-iv-v" chord progression? Do I have to say "minor one, minor four, minor five"?
4
votes
4answers
1k views

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. ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Why does the IV - V♯ - I chord progression work so well?

The song Long Away by Queen does this, but it's a pattern you'll probably find in many songs. Basically, I've noticed that when moving from IV to I, a V♯ or V♯maj7 chord is sometimes used as a ...
3
votes
2answers
370 views

How to analyze a chord from Beethoven sonata no 8 (Pathetique)

Looking at a chord towards the end of the development in measure 169, beat 2, spelled C♯-E-A♭ over the G pedal. How would you analyze this in the context of the harmonic progression at ...
1
vote
4answers
420 views

Harmonizing All Music with the I,IV and V Chords?

I read somewhere that any melody line can be harmonized using the I,IV and V chords of the major scale. The reasoning behind this being that any possible note played in the melody will exist in one ...
0
votes
2answers
73 views

Chord Progression: I iv bVI V

Can anyone shed some light on what makes this chord progression work? I know that bVI is a common bit of modal mixture, and minor iv often replaces IV, but I'm wondering what makes them work together ...
0
votes
1answer
195 views

Examples of popular songs with fast chord progression [closed]

In the context of a study on harmonic similarities between classical music and popular music, I am wondering if there are some "fast harmonic rhythm" popular songs (pop, rock, variety, etc. - ideally ...
2
votes
4answers
354 views

Is this a C chord or an Em chord?

A nice little progression on acoustic guitar is to play a regular C chord (omit/mute the bottom E string), then slide your 3rd finger (A string) from the 3rd fret (C) to the 2nd (B), then play Am7 (...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Tonality of a song given some chords

I have this notes I extracted from a song using Adobe Audition’s frequency analysis. D F# A C# (Dmaj7) E G B D (Em7) F# A C# E (F#m7) G B D F# (Gmaj7) A C# E G (A7) B D F# A (Bm7) C# E G B (C#...
2
votes
2answers
543 views

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?
5
votes
5answers
3k views

How common is the complete circle of fifths progression?

A complete circle of fifths progression would go (I)-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I, and it's taught that way in textbooks, but it seems to be rare in actual music. Could you give me any examples of songs that ...
2
votes
2answers
202 views

In what octave am I supposed to play a chord progression?

If someone asks me to play I VI II IV in C minor, am I supposed to play them in the same octave? Like, if I start with C minor in the third octave, do I then move 6 steps up to play G# major or can I ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

How do I determine the chord progression Roman numerals?

Let's say I'm playing the chords D, G, A and Bm. I know that D is my key, which would be Roman numeral I. How do I associate the other chords with their proper roman numerals? How would I determine ...