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comment What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Example: B(7)#9b9
Yes, in my experience, chords that tell you to omit a note are usually in an "analysis" context where you try to be as exact as possible. If you were to give that instruction to an improviser, they would most likely just ignore it unless the chord by nature was extremely limiting and specific (i.e. a heavily modified pentatonic scale or something). But even then, chords are guidelines to an improviser, a skilled one can make any consonance/dissonance work for them.
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answered What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Example: B(7)#9b9
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answered What are the arguments for and against over-practicing?
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comment Why is a C7 chord named a dominant seventh chord?
I think this answer is the most accurate for the question. It really just comes down to historical context of the use of the V in a perfect cadence. The other answers however touch on the fact that human ears like to hear those half steps resolve in certain ways, thus that's why it became the most import chord.
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comment I find myself making the same mistake when practising - despite focussing on that part- how to remedy?
Yes, exactly! Perhaps I wasn't very clear, but I meant that you should start your practice groups exactly where the problem is. Think like your doing a giant puzzle, you always start with pictures, corners, colors etc., that are similar, only then do you piece them together. So if your problems are in bars 1, 7, 8, attack each bar individually, down to even just two notes as described above before you attempt to add in bars 2,3,4,5,6 as well. Another important concept is time. It very well take more then one practice session. Just make sure you never hit a wrong note. (Speed and group size).
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answered I find myself making the same mistake when practising - despite focussing on that part- how to remedy?