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How to identify the root note of a chord

I struggle with chords on the staff because I'm not sure which note is the root note. Is it the top note with the rest of the notes falling below it? E.g., if the top note is C, and bundled below it ...
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Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?

If I play the chord: GBDA, then this is considered a Gadd9. But if I play the 3rd above the 5th (GDB), it is not called a 10th. Why don't we refer to all notes by 1-7, and is there a system to ...
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How to play power chords without fretting hand getting tired?

My brother and I sat down to play electric / bass covers of Bad Religion together and by the end of the two hour session my hand literally died - like a tingling sensation and a sharp stinging pain. ...
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Why is this minor subdominant chord being used in a major key? [closed]

On a nostalgic whim, I was playing around learning this piece of music from Final Fantasy 7, as I was interested in the chord changes that happen (specifically, the first two chords in the tune). ...
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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 ...
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Side effects of power chords

I started learning guitar on an acoustic one nearly 2 years back and recently I bought a new electric guitar. I started playing too much of electric distorted stuff, especially the drop d tuning which ...
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How to automatically create guitar chord diagrams for site? [closed]

I have a site where i talk a lot about guitar chords (theory, fingering, etc.). I'd like the ability for visitors to mouse over a chord and see the fingering (maybe even hear the correct notes too). ...
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Automated way to recognize musical key given chords?

Assuming I have access to the chords of a song, I 'know' (based on my own experience and training) what key the song is likely to be in. And for pop music, the recognition rate is easily above 95%. To ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I have started learning to play piano (I am from a poor family and can't afford a teacher). So,I've learned some popular songs and the notes from the internet. From there I started listening to songs ...
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How do you modulate between modes?

I'm confused about how to switch modes in song. When you switch modes, will it switch like this (C Ionian -> C Mixolydian) or like this (C Ionian -> G Mixolydian)? Also, how will you formulate chords ...
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7th chord notation confusion

I simply cannot understand the notation used in this question: I need to express this chord in 4-part, open or closed position; I just can't seem to understand how the notation works. I know that ...
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What are the most common ways to “decorate” a melody?

Yes, I know, there are way too many possibilities and it depends on the style of the music... I would be happy with an incomplete list for beginners (like me). Here is what I have so far: ...
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Soloing / leads over chord progression with vi chord a major 7th?

I've written a song that's based largely around G major, with some C major parts. However, the G major progression utilizes a B7 chord, so it sits outside a normal G major scale. I've heard lots of ...
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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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Piano chord made of 2 notes an octave apart

How can one build a chord made of 2 notes an octave apart from more basic chords, inversions, and deletions? E.g: a chord made of C-C. For example, one can smoothen a V7 chord by omitting the 5th and ...
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Chords in the chromatic scale [closed]

In a major scale, I know the chords to be: major, minor, minor, major, major, minor and diminished. What are the chords for the chromatic scale...using the C-major scale as reference...?! What I ...
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How to learn chords for piano?

I am starting to learn some music theory and improving other things in my piano playing, and I've decided I will begin by learning chords. I've read a bit about them and I know, more or less, how they ...
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Tonicisation of Secondary Dominant in D Minor

Okay, so I'm basically just hoping someone can tell me if I'm on the right or wrong track here. I have to implement the technique described in the title in a piece I've written for an assessment. In ...
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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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Can any diminished chord be used as V anywhere?

I've been playing with diminished chords as 'V' in ii-V-I progressions. I often use one of the three diminished chords in a ii-V-I progression -- I sharpen the 5th note of the scale and hang a ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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Naming two-note chords

Is there a convention about how to name two-note chords? I noticed that software like Apple Logic Pro names two-note chords like this: Db C = Db no 3 ma7 C Eb = Cm So I'm assuming the dynamic for ...
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Song is described as C# is this C# major, minor or?

I am learning to play "Every praise by Hezekiah Walker" and the gentleman in the video describes the song in C# with the chords F, Eb, F#, is he referring to C# Major or Minor? I understand C# is ...
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Better way of playing major Barre chords

I generally play barre chords by using all my 4 fingers. For example I play B-major chord in this fashion: So as you can see, I use all my 4 fingers. But recently while I was learning to play a ...
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What is an A minor Chord played at 3rd fret?

I am playing an Am shaped chord on guitar at 3rd fret but I dont know what this chord is called. Does anyone know the name?
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Tips playing F barre chord

Any tips for a newbie in playing the F barre chord. I find it very hard to put my fingers in place. I've got a strat. I hear you can move it up and down the neck for other barre chords.
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Problem with F minor 7 guitar chord [duplicate]

I am having some problem with an E-shaped F minor 7th barre chord. No matter what I do, it seems impossible to barre 5 strings (and even if I manage somehow to do it, it's very shaky and not clean at ...
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Can a chord progression of a minor scale be transposed to become one of a major scale?

Let's take the I-IV-V-I progression for example. Can the I-IV-V-I progression in a minor key, after some transposing, sound like the I-IV-V-I in a major key?
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Making part of a triad chord sharper, but is it counted as minor?

I'm confused about the transitioning from Major triad chord to Minor triad chord ("Triad Chord" means playing 3 notes/keys at once to form a chord) So in band (Not those type of Rock Band,the one ...
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What's the term for the intervals between notes within a scale that produces a chord

I probably described that poorly in the title, and I'm not even sure there is a word for what I'm thinking. Lets say you're playing on just the white keys on a keyboard. C E G is C major, and D F A ...
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Finger landing order for D#m chord (and similar)

Which one is a faster finger landing order for this and similars chords: 4-3-2-1 or 3-4-2-1 (4 is a pinky finger). I play 3-4-2-1(somehow faster for me)
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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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Are there chords that cannot be realistically played by humans?

A very plain definition of chords would be, three or more notes played together and which sound musical right. So could there be chords that have so many notes in them (>10) that they cannot be played ...
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how to find right chords for a riff

Right now I'm playing guitar fine and I'm coming up with various riffs and I'm quite enjoying them however simplistic they may be. But when I'm trying to get some chords to fit for my riff (well I ...
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Why does the V6 chord sound so different from the plain V chord?

I am a twelfth year pianist, and I have done a fair amount of composition. However, I have no idea why the major five chord sounds so much different when played over the major seventh in the bass. ...
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How to use chords notations in the tab?

Most guitar tabs I've seen contains a chord notations(in the top of the tab), but I don't know how to use them. For example I'm reading Love Story Francis Lai, Should I play(Em,C,B7 and Am) chords ...
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Why can my guitar tuner correctly name major chords?

Why is it that when I play a major chord on my guitar, the tuner shows the correct chord, even if the root isn't in the bass ?
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Why do notes have multiple names?

I've seen the same note called different names for example the note F# can also be written as Gb. Why is this the case and are there times to use one name over another?
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How do I make piano chords sound interesting when playing along with popular songs?

I'm wanting to start playing along with popular songs and the easiest way to find lyrics and music only has guitar chords. I can play those chords on the piano but it just sounds boring. How should I ...
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How to formulate a chord on the piano?

I play guitar, and am attempting to teach myself the piano. Which notes from a scale form the chord on the keyboard? Is there a common rule for this?
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How to make a melody line more full and interesting (piano)?

I'm a beginner piano player and just for fun I like to cover cool songs for piano. I can find chords for left hand and I can find melody line (single voice) by ear, but the problem is how to make ...
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Is there an easier way to remember the notes in 11th and 13th chords?

Is there an easier way to remember the notes in 11th and 13th chords, like maybe an alteration of a different chord or a combination of two triads? For example, if I see a 13th chord, I have to think ...
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Why do many songs in major keys use a bVII in the chord progression?

Based on my understanding of chord theory, the chords used in most modern popular songs are comprised of notes that occur in the scale of the tonic key for that song. So the I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, ...
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What does a plus sign denote after a chord's name?

Under the Bridge features a chord called 'E7+' What does this plus sign mean and how is E7+ different to E7? Is this a dominant or augmented chord?
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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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Is this an error in Guaraldi's Christmas Time is Here?

In the following fragment of Christmas Time is Here in Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is in the key of F, there's a chord that is notated D♭9 but is written with a natural A giving it a ...
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What's with the chords in this video?

The song is in the key of C: At about 30 seconds, he plays the chord D major(not in the key of C), with the notes C G and E (all non chord tones). Soon after ...
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Playing a Coltrane polychord and the limits of space

As I was the reading sheet music for John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, I noticed a chord I had never seen before. It looks like this: I'm familiar with slash chords, but never had to practically ...
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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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I am playing a song in D Major, and it contains an Am. How do I notate this in roman numerals?

I am learning music theory and I was told to transcribe some songs and also note the chords as roman numerals. The song I have is in the key of D Major, but contains an A minor, which to my ...