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Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?

I know that if I played C and B together they would be very dissonant compared to if I played a G or C one octave up. Is there a quantitative way to describe that sort dissonance? Edit: I understand ...
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: ...
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Is this chord a Maj6 (no 5) or inverted minor triad?

An interesting three-note chord is the following on guitar (in standard tuning): ...
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Knowing what chord to play next?

This is a question I've had for a long time but I've never really found the answer other than following some suggestions on chord sequences like 1,3,2,5 and 1,4,5, but I'm sure there must be another ...
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Deciphering the notation of this slash chord

I’m having a hard time “really” understanding the following slash chord: Notes in order: Ab Eb Gb - Db F Gb Bb My logic is telling me it's a Gb maj7/13 / Ab, butI would like to give this ...
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Forcing a slide between different chord shapes

The style of an acoustic song I'm working on benefits (in my opinion) from overemphasised/rough slides between delicately picked chords. In other words, delicate notes interspersed with ...
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Open (position) chords an intermediate guitar player needs to know [closed]

I have a list of open position chords: A7, Am7, Am, A, Asus2, Asus4, B7, C7, Cadd9, C/G, C, D7, D/F#, Dm, D, Dsus2, Dsus4, E7, Em, E, Esus4, Fmaj7, (F), G7, G/B, G When the question is, which open ...
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Chord in the Bach d-minor prelude

I'm playing the prelude in Bach's d-minor suite. My teacher and I were wondering what the third to last chord is. We didn't find that A, E and D form a chord, but do they? Is the D maybe a "queuing" ...
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What is the origin and advantages of this system of chord naming/ notation? e.g. G7 is major minor seventh not Dominant 7th

I've received a few emails through my website asking me what a major minor seventh chord was. At first I thought they had mixed up the sequence and were referring to the A-#7 chord (root chord of ...
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Why do I see different tabs for same C Major scale and which one should I use?

I was reading 10 minute guitar workout and I'm doing some exercises to understand how to create a Cmaj6 chord for example, from a C major chord. When I was reading online for tabs to understand which ...
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Best method to learn to play barre chords?

I've been trying to learn the F chord for a while now, and I am having a very hard time playing the barre chord. I've read that pulling back slightly with your finger and using the body of the guitar ...
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Chord symbols for diminished and half-diminished

An augmented sign can be '+', which signifies a larger interval in an augmented chord in comparison to , say, the major. But where did the 'o' sign originate for the opposite - diminished? Is there a ...
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Guitar : Difficulty in chords shifting

I have started learning guitar basics,since last couple of months. I am facing huge difficulty in shifting chords. I have started playing simple open chords like C,Am,Em,Gm. I am practicing for these ...
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Playing Barre Chords

Is barring only the four top string (E, B, G, D) in playing barre chords wrong in both acoustic or electric guitar?
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How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?

Christmas is coming and I'm the rhythm guitarist for our school production of 'The Wiz'. I'm not amazing but I consider myself quite good at guitar but I can't get funk. It just baffles me! I am a ...
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How do I make Chord shifting easy in guitar? [duplicate]

I am newbie in Guitar playing. Although, I can play Guitar leads really well and also perform spider exercises and legatos but I am not getting comfortable to shift chords in guitar. Are there any ...
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Music Harmonic analysis: Chord identification

I'm struggling with identifying the chords in these measures because the notes on the base clef staff are not part of the chord in the top staff. This piece is in F# minor, so the top chords by ...
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Why do so many symphonic works that are named “minor” end “major”?

For example, Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in d minor has the 4th movement end in D major. There are many many other examples that I have seen of this pattern; some that end on the major version of the ...
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Why do we call the Hendrix chord 7#9 instead of 7b10?

The Hendrix chord is usually mentioned when a harmony contains both the major and the minor third, together with the minor seventh. Were it a major seventh, I'd say we have an augmented 9th and thus ...
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V chord becoming 7th? minor key

Im listening / looking at a song that is in the key of e minor And the chords for the song are just Em B7 Am Now..im no expert but from my theory i learnt a while back for a minor key thr chords ...
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Is there a constant relation between a song notes and its chords progression?

Please forgive me in advance if I am using the wrong terms to describe something, I am not a professional musician. Sometimes I can play a song notes on the guitar (same notes the singer sings) and ...
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How to interpret this ASCII tab?

I'm a begginer guitar player and I was trying to play this tab. but I don't understand it. which strings to bar? why the name of strings are not as normal ? and what that 3/2 means ? thanks in ...
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Am I allowed to add a b9 to a maj7 chord in Jazz?

On Jazzology chapter 2, exercise 6, example 2, I have to identify this chord (if it exists): I thought that it was Cmaj7(b9). My train of thought was (from the lowest to the highest note): C -> ...
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Locked Hands Passing Chords

For the "locked hands" block chord style, I've noticed that diminished chords can be used as passing chords to get from one chord to another or one melody note to the next if staying on the same ...
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Music Theory on guitar chord progression

If you are playing in the Key C major, a chord progression can be as simple as C-F-G7-C or C-Am-F-G7-C. What are the principles while using chords like Am7,Am6, Cdim7,Csus4,Cdom9,C13,Bflat,Aflat etc ...
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When playing in a minor key, will the chords be minor as well?

I've been jumping into music theory myself and I've been stumbling on creating certain melodies and such. I've played guitar all my teenage life and not once have I ever sat down and said I'm going to ...
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What is a “7-9” chord? (G7-9, etc..)

There's a chord in the Lennie Niehaus arrangement of the Stan Kenton Orchestra version of Laura, written by Johnny Mercer and David Raksin. This chord is written as G7-9. In googling, I get G7(#9) a ...
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Why can a C major chord be played C-E-G-C-E instead of just C-E-G?

C major chord should be (C E G), But some play (C E G C E). How does this comply with the theoretical definition of the C major chord, which is (C E G) ? What is the concept behind playing 4,5 or 6 ...
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Barre chords, how to avoid or simplify?

Any way to avoid them or at least a way to make them a little easier?
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Why are the white and black keys on the piano placed the way they are?

I am pretty convinced it is not just for historical reasons. I have found a mathematically-sound explanation of the twelve-tone musical scale, thanks to this question. Does anyone know a similar, ...
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How to soften half-diminished IV in a minor key

I've read that in a minor key iim75b can be softened to bVII7 and vii° can be softened to V7. What do I do with a ivm75b? Can it be softened to bII7? Are there cases where this approach results in ...
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How to play chords from a tab where a capo is used

I am using Ultimate Guitar to get chords to play songs. I have noticed that most songs start out by giving you a background, tuning, and where to put the capo. Afterwards, it gives you the chords and ...
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How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?

This chord diagram is from the GarageBand chord trainer (I'm a beginner). How is it possible to put a barre down on the third fret without also muting the top E string?
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What's the theory behind using a B major chord in Bb major?

If you're in Bb major, how can you use a Bb major chord and a B major chord? Bohemian rhapsody is a good example. |B Bb A Bb|B Bb A Bb| ...
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Debussy's 'sneaky Tristan' in his own performance of 'Golliwogg's Cakewalk'?

I don't understand this comment under the piano ROLL recording on Youtube : User [Henry Baxter]: Sneaky bit of tristan at 1:10 Am I right that 'tristan' refers to the Tristan chord? Even ...
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Small hand substitutions… any rules?

I'm a self-taught hobby pianist with small hands, which means that often I need to substitute notes to be able to play something comfortably (or at all). E.g. in Traumerei, there is a 10-note reach ...
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Is there a name for this phenomenon in the circle of fifths?

I've recently come across some interesting properties of the circle of fifths in relation to diatonic modes. I'm wondering whether this has been noted elsewhere and if so, in what capacity? A name to ...
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Melody in Diminished Scale

I came up with a cool melody and just find out it is a diminished scale. The melody has the following notes: D D# F G# A. Most scales containing these notes are diminished (I believe all of them are ...
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Barre chords kill my thumb!

I played guitar for about a year like 2 or 3 years ago, and then my guitar broke while I was moving, and I just bought a new guitar last month and started playing again. I am facing the same problem i ...
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Why does a Cm13 chord use A instead of A♭?

Why is the 13th (or the 6th) of a Cm chord A, not Ab?
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In Bach's Prelude in A Minor, what chord is B D G# and what's its function?

A Piano Beginner: I am playing A Bach Prelude in A Minor: Bar 1 A C E, Bar 2 A D F, Bar 3 B D G# Bar 4 C E A. The G# chord has been described as a VII dim (G# dim) and a ii dim 7 (B dim7) giving ...
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More dissonant chords/intervals in the bass clef when frequency proportions are the same?

Take for example C augmented. It sounds more consonant in the treble clef above middle C and more dissonant in the bass clef. However the proportions of the frequencies are exactly the same. This ...
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Major Seventh chord with root note as melody : why the dissonance?

In wikipedia page - jazz chords : Major Seventh it is said that "if the melody note is the root of the chord, including a major seventh can frequently cause a harsh dissonance". But since the root ...
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How would you finger this Cmaj9 chord?

In this video, I'm having trouble with a particular chord. The first chord is here: e|-3-| 3 B|-3-| 3 G|-4-| 4 Fingers D|-2-| 1 A|-3-| 2 E|---| The G on top is giving me particular trouble. ...
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C major 6th chord and A minor 7th chord: same notes but different quality, why?

Simple question: many have noticed that the A minor 7th chord is the an inversion of the C major 6th chord. However, the more interesting this is why they have different quality (as minor and major) ...
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Can a chord contain both the C and C♯ notes? (as opposed to containing C and D♭ notes)

Can a chord contain both the C and C♯ notes? Or do you always have to use D♭ rather than C♯ in a chord that already contains the note C? I'm guessing the answer is no, both C and C♯ should not be ...
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Guide-lines for creating a simple chord-progression?

I am working on a computer program that generates a simple melody, based on a simple chord progression of four chords taken from the 7 triads of the C Major scale. The program is also supposed to ...
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What should I practice before getting into the chords

I am a newbie in Guitar Music. I have an acoustic guitar with me and I am doing a self learning. However as you all have gone through, I am troubling with hitting chords perfectly. When I do ...
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Is it normal for most people to play root or inverted chords?

I play mostly inverted chords. I find it much easier, as it allows me to stay centered around middle C. I can feel my way around, and don't have to look at the keys. Is this normal? Do most people ...