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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 there's what appears to be an arpeggio ...
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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 ...
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Help with playing a solo- need tips on improvising.

I'm trying to play the sax solo part (with trumpet) on 'Hey Laura'- Gregory Porter (my own improvising), and I'm not sure exactly how the piano's supposed to back me. I think the chords are D, f#m, ...
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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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Piano - Hand position when playing “double octaves”

While looking online for some fun pieces to play I came upon this section of music from This will be the day [RWBY] (https://musescore.com/user/3321186/scores/1094386). In this music there is a common ...
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Guitar chords high on the neck

Apologies, this is an incredibly vague question, but any help would be appreciated. When watching skilled acoustic guitar players, I regularly see them playing chords high on the guitar neck (ie ...
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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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technique(s) for developing ninth chord voicings on guitar

Recently, I have added more rigor to my personal guitar chord library with the addition of inversions. I developed the "drop 2", "drop 3", and "drop 2 and 4" voicings for all seventh chords. For ...
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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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In any major key, what Roman Numerals indicate the major, minor, and diminished chords?

I was wondering what the Roman Numerals are. I though it was I,III, V, for major key but that was not it.
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As a beginner guitarist is it worth learning to play lead guitar early on?

I started to learn how to play guitar a month ago, but being in a busy science program in college I have limited time to practice. I would like to eventually play lead rather than rhythm. I am using ...
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Diatonic chords: Definition, purpose, and application

I'm struggling to understand how and why diatonic chords work and what their purpose is within played music. To my understanding, diatonic chords are a triad on any degree, in any scale, where each ...
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What is a Neapolitan 6th?

In studying music theory I have heard the term Neapolitan 6th quite a few times, but I'm not quite sure what it is. What is a Neapolitan 6th and how is it used in a composition?
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7th Chord Question - Roots and thirds

In a 7th chord, particularly minor 7th or major 7th chords, can the actual root AND the third function as the root/tonic note? For example, a Cmin7, C and Eb can both function as root/tonic? I ask ...
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Changing guitar chords from the key of flat

I have a song with chords cm-fm-G7-cm-cm-fm-Bb-Eb-fm-G7-cm-Bb-Ab-fm-G-Ab-G7-cm and the chorus is fm-Bb7-Eb-cm/Eb-fm6-cm/Eb-D-G These are pretty difficult to play on guitar and i was wondering what ...
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Beginner difficulty in barre on higher frets on guitar

I'm trying to play this song and the capo on 9th, 8th, 6th fret is killing me. I have to press so hard in irder to get clean good sound. Of course I'm not an advanced guitar player, but it seems to ...
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Should I practise chords as a beginner?

I've been playing guitar for two months now. I'm able to play some basic chords, a couple of simple songs, etc. A little bit of everything, really (or nothing). My goal is to play lead guitar and ...
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How are 13th chords with alterations “shorthand” written?

My question is a general curiosity because on StackExchange and other sites I haven't found a complete answer that I can get my head around. I've read through the existing 13th discussions and am ...
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Is there an equivalent of Ted Greene's “Chord Chemistry” that uses scale degrees? [closed]

I love Ted Greene's "Chord Chemistry" but the problem with his fretboard diagrams is that they show dots instead of the scale degrees for each note in the chord. If I see the scale degrees, it would ...
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Why is the tonic chord of a key formed with the 1,3 and 5 notes of the key but the major chords in that key are the I IV and V?

The tonic chord in a given key is formed by using the 1 and 3 and 5 notes of the scale in whatever key you are in. However, in chord theory, the Major chords that work in that key are the one, four ...
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VST/AU equivalent of Fruity Loop's stamp tool

Fruity Loop's Stamp tool basically has different chords you can select and then it give you the midi for them. Does anybody know if there is a VST that does this or an ableton equivalent?
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What is an Em chord plus the G on the high E string called?

I was thinking Emadd10 ... is this right? Wasn't sure since the third/tenth is minor in the Em chord. This would be implied since I have already specified we are talking about Em, right?
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How to play these overly extended intervals on piano?

There are two images I have attached. In the first one it says, I guess, play the top note on the treble clef with your left hand (cross hands). But how on earth am I supposed then to play the chord ...
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Why do low chords sound muddier than high chords?

In most styles of music low notes seemed to be spaced more sparsely in pitch than high ones ie. a piano piece might have octaves in the left hand and dense melody in the right hand. This spacing is ...
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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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Harmonical analysis of Fm D♭ E♭ B♭

How should I analyse this chord progression: Fm D♭ E♭ B♭ ? Is it (in A♭ major): vi IV V II ?
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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 chord is formed by the open strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning?

Here is something that I have been wondering about for a while: If you strum all six strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning what chord would you play? I think it would be some variety of a ...
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Do different minor chords (vi, ii, etc) convey different nuances?

I came across some postings discussing whether different minor keys produce different moods, but i have not found one that compares different minor chords. As each minor chord has a different sound, ...
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A triad is 3 notes, but on guitar, we strum more than 3 strings?

In music theory, I see that a triad is a chord built with three notes. Take Emaj in example; it is built with E,G#,B. But why when we strum all the six strings of the guitar does the harmony still ...
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Tonal harmony, counting intervals and confusing about Perfect Fifth in C Major

Distance from E to F is a half step because no other notes fall between them. Why are we using the G note as a perfect fifth in C Major chord? Shouldn't be G sharp?
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Is it possible to find the correct chords from melody notes alone?

I'm caught up in this thought. My friend gave me just the melody notes of a song. Here it is, So, here is the problem: "without having the chords supplied, there is no way of knowing what the chords ...
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Tritone substitution in a ii-V-I progression and chord names

I'm learning a bit about chord progressions right now and so I stumbled across tritone substitutions. I tried applying those to a ii-V-I progreesion in G-major, but I'm not sure if I did it right, to ...
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Best name for a chord consisting of D - E - F?

What is the best notation for this guitar chord? V о─┬───┬───┬───┬───┬── e ──┼───┼─•─┼───┼───┼── f ──┼───┼───┼─•─┼───┼── d о─┼───┼───┼───┼───┼── d ×─┼───┼───┼───┼───┼── ×─┴───┴───┴───┴───┴── ...
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Music Theory, Circle of Fifth, Chords that fit, Exceptions and example song “Sultans of Swing”

I am playing guitar for some years now, mostly self-taught. I had never studied that much of music theory, but now as I want to improve my improvisation skill and want to get a broader view I started ...
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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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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, ...
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Improvisation on Piano

I've been playing the piano for around 7 years now. I took some lessons when I first started, but other than that I haven't had any lessons. In other words I'm pretty much self-taught. I have a good ...