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Why does a C Major chord work in the key of D Major [duplicate]

I apologise if this is a dumb question. I don't know a great deal of music theory but I am interested in learning more about it. I've seen that if you harmonise the major scale you get I maj, II min ...
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Which key signature to pick for this chord progression?

I wrote a song, with a simple four-chord progression. The chords are A - G - D - E and back to the A. Now, I am trying to identify the key of the song, and I have run into a problem. I originally ...
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Why is IV-iv-I an effective chord sequence in a major key?

An example of this is the song Nobody Home by Pink Floyd. The last line of the intro is, in a C major key: F Fm C % I think this sounds great, and in fact I often use such passages when ...
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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 ...
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Will a song written in a key only use chords in that key?

When you figure out a key that a song is written in. Will the entire song use the chords in that key? With maybe an accidental?? I've tried several different methods.
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What's the logic behind chords building patterns that are in key?

I've found multiple resources on the internet that give you this pattern for building chords in a key, i.e. for the Major Scale: 1st Major, 2nd minor, 3rd minor, 4th Major, 5th Major, 6th minor, 7th ...
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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. ...
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What to Play Over a Dominant 7#11?

I'm currently working on an arrangement of Christmas Time is here that is in the key of E. The first chord played in this arrangement is an Emaj7, followed by a D7#11 which is not diatonic to the ...
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Using F major chord on a song in the key of G

So I was looking at the chords of a simple song in G major scale. The only 3 chords it's using are G, C and F, all major. i don't understand from where you get the Fmaj? if it was F#min, that makes ...
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Would it be better to learn songs rather than learn chords

I'm still in the learning area but I was like "screw it, I'm just gonna do songs". I can play sunshine of your love intro and i love rock n roll intro. I usually do not have time to practice because ...
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What kind of chord progressions am I using?

I taught myself music theory mostly by playing with chord progressions and writing music based on what I like. (I've since learned music theory proper.) As a result, I prefer to use some chord ...
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What key is the chord progression of Ab, Bb C?

I was playing around on the piano, looking through some old grade 3 books, and came across the chord sequence of Ab, Bb, C. It sounds quite heroic, almost John Williams-like, something that would ...
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In which key are cadence of major chords: G D F C?

I like a lot Pink Floyd's "Fat Old Sun" song from Atom Hearth Mother album. Its end is constructed around a quite usual cadence of major chords: "G, D, F, C". I wonder if this cadence is on the key of ...
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augmented sixth chords

I recently wrote a song in the key of E major, but I augmented the 6th chord and made it a major, so my progression for the chorus is E major, B major, D major, A major. Is this unusual to do? If not, ...
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In C major, how might the use of A#sus2 → E major be described from a theory standpoint?

I have the progression C G Am G D G then C G A#sus2 E F G Am So this is suppose to be in C major from what I know the D is a secondary dominant since it resolves to the G(I suppose), but the A#...

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