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Questions tagged [chord-inversions]

Playing a chord rooted with any chord degree except the root on the bass string.

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What is the thought process behind constructing shell voicing inversions on piano?

I've been practicing 4 - 5 note shell voicings for a while and I feel pretty confident going through some changes. The thought process when constructing chords is mostly the same with R-7-3 or R-3-7 ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Ballet Mécanique”

What is that Abadd9/C , Bbm add9/Db on the intro ? is it just a modal interchange chord bIIIM7 and iv from the parallel minor key ? If it is, then whats with that inversion ? does it have any ...
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could this be a half step chord progression?

At bar 3 to 4 the "Em7-5" goes to "Dm/F" could this be consider as a half step chord movement ? because the inversion bass F ? even tough "Em7-5" and the actual chord "Dm" without the inversion is not ...
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What are the uses of inverted chords?

As far as I know, inverted chord can be used to create bass line. I am wondering about the other uses of it. Does it have anything to do with the melody in term of harmony and sound effects? Should we ...
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Inversions of chords in closed/open positions

I use one of the Android phone apps for ear training, and one of the drills is to recognise chord inversions, this includes minor/major chords and also dominant 7-th chords. They conventionally label ...
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“Drop voicing” How useful it is?

"Drop voicing" How useful it is ? Sound, or Root movement or anything? I know the mean of drop2 and drop3 but I don't understand How useful it is?
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Roman Numeral Chords with Slash

This chart has a listing for a chord V/1 and I'm having trouble interpreting this chord, specifically the "/1" part. I think the "/1" part might have one of the following meanings... "the base note ...
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What do you call a minor triad with a 4th in the bass?

Is this chord still a minor triad if you use a 4th in the bass or does the chord change? Can anyone think of any examples in pop or rock music where this is used? thank you
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Paul Hindemith & Omitted Fifths

Three note voicings of seventh chords where the perfect fifth above the root has been omitted are common in jazz piano because the ear does a good job interpreting the function of the chord with or ...
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Chord inversion (and voicing) naming

I'm studying chord inversions and have bumped into naming problems. As an example I'll be using the C# minor (tri)chord and its pitch classes ordered in a list like [1, 4, 8], where a lower index ...
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Is 'fundamental frequency' the same thing as 'fundamental bass' (chord root?)

My question is based on what I read here: https://music.stackexchange.com/a/56316/23919. When I follow the link to 'fundamental frequency' it seems to be about how the partials of a single voice ...
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Is a slash chord the same as an Inversion? [duplicate]

Say we have a C/G (C chord with G in the bass). Is this a Slash Chord or Second Inversion of C Major chord? Are slash chords and inversions the same exact thing?
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If you invert a chord, doesn't it lose its defining bass note?

If we invert the chords on a simple song on the piano, then we lose the tonic in the bass. So doesn't the bass progression get lost (?) I heard somewhere that to listen by ear one has to listen to ...
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How would you calculate the name of this C/A# 7th chord?

I'm playing the following voicing of a C7 chord on the guitar: Strictly speaking this would be denoted as a C7/A♯ slash chord. But I'm trying to figure out what voicing name this would have. Is ...
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How do inversions work in relation to the root

I am learning about neighboring chords (prolongation) and I have hit a speed bump, basically it seems the only tone that needs to be consistent in an inversion of a chord is the root, all the others ...
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How does this drop 3 voicing work?

My understanding is that 'drop voicing's are the process of taking the nth highest note and dropping it an octave. e.g. drop 2 for 1,3,5,7 is just 5,1,3,7 Now, with this understanding: I've seen a ...
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Under what circumstances can a V be followed by a vi6?

My music theory textbook says: A good rule to remember is that V in root position should not be followed by vi6...The V-vi sounds fine—a good example of a deceptive progression—but the ...
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Leading Bass note

I'm having trouble understanding whether there is such a term as a leading bass note. Suppose there are three instruments: piano, bass and guitar. The piano plays A in bass and A,E,G in right hand. ...
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What are the key chords I need to know and how do I recognise them?

I've been learning the piano for about a year now and I'm familiar with the concept of the standard 3-note chord (a triad), eg. C major is CEG. I've also learnt about inversions, eg. C major can be ...
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Confused about C6/9 guitar chord

I have two questions (detailed below). So I've been watching a Frank Vignola video course on TrueFire.com and in a song called Tranquility he uses a chord which he has labelled C6/9 (he pronounces it ...
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How to write a seventh chord inversion

When writing seventh chord inversions, how do you know if the notes should be placed to the right or left side of the other notes? Sometimes I see a 1st inversion seventh chord with the root placed to ...
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Fm7 Drop 2 1st inversion confusion

I'm reading a guitar book that has started to describe drop voicing and inversions (both of which I'm already familiar with their concepts). My concern is that I think my understanding of the ...
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Should I use inversion or root position?

I'm writing a song for a project and putting piano chords under the melody. I don't know if this makes sense but for example, if I'm in C major, and there is an "E" in the voice, should I pair it with ...
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Triad inversion question - How can I tell which one this is if I know the key?

If I know that this triad is in the key of A major, how can I tell if this a root, first inversion, or second inversion? I know in second inversion, the fifth is usually doubled, but how can I tell ...
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How to understand chords in first inversion with notes out of order

I'm watching the below video about the C dominant 7th chord (C E G B♭) and its inversions. At approximately 0:40 he starts to show the 1st inversion: I would have ...
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English name for 3-tone chords that have the bass tone different from the root

I've been studying Croatian music theory with durs and mols and H-s and not English so I don't know English names. I'm encountering one problem while writing the 63 chord in jazz harmony for to play ...
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What is the basso continuo numbering of the inversions of a dominant seventh chord?

Consider for instance the following chord (C7) : C E G Bb E G Bb C G Bb C E Bb C E G How can I number these inversions? I remember it was something with a '+'.
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Harmonizing All Music with the I,IV and V Chords?

I read somewhere that any melody line can be harmonized using the I,IV and V chords of the major scale. The reasoning behind this being that any possible note played in the melody will exist in one ...
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What is a D/A Chord?

It seems like you were to play an A5, except the 5th note in the scale you actually played a major chord on top of it, instead of just the consonant note. Is this common? It seems like it could be a ...
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What chords can be played on an accordion?

I've looked into how an accordion works and I want to play one in the music school. A piano accordion with 6 rows of buttons on the left hand, to be precise. Now, I've been brainstorming about ...
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Chord inversions?

In my Chamber Orchestra, we are learning about chord inversions but unfortunately, I missed the major lesson. Based off of research I have done, here's what I got from it: How to find Tonic chords in ...
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Lilypond chord mode not rendering minor modifier in alternate chord

I'm engraving some music using Lilypond and have been requested to engrave an alternate chord name next to a chord. For some reason I can't get the output I expected. What is wrong here (with either ...
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When would you call a 7th chord first inversion a 6th chord?

I read the question C major 6th chord and A minor 7th chord: same notes but different quality, why?, and it talks about the quality of the different chords. But when would you call a 7th chord first ...
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What's the difference between chord inversions, open voiced triads and drop 2 chords on guitar?

For guitar, I'm having a hard time trying to understand the difference between chord inversions, open voiced triads and drop 2 chords.. currently I'm trying to study the essential chords in Ted Greene'...
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What is the name of following G based chord? [closed]

What is the name of following chord starting at the bottom E string of a guitar: E2, A2, G4, B3? It is found at second marker 0:36 of the following youtube video if you want to see it being played.
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Inverted 7th chords in open position

Im working through a music theory exercise book and I just need confirmation if I am not understanding something or if the book made a mistake again(there are quite a few mistakes in this workbook ...
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Understanding Inversions

I am not completely understanding how I find the major and minor chords. I understand half of what is going on, but not fully. Can someone please help.
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Do bass notes basically just accent and/or add notes to the above harmony?

I'm trying to understand how the bass timbre folds into the harmony. I understand doubling more dissonant intervals is generally bad unless creating a cool melody. Is this basically because it's "...
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Rules of how the bass should (and should not) move in chord progressions

I've seen questions and answers regarding certain rules how the bass should move and resolve from one chord to another (especially when a chord is in an inversion and the bass note is not the root ...
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How important are chord inversions as an intermediate guitar player and what are their applications?

I've been on a run to get a lot of theory down after realizing how amazing music theory is. As a guitar player going through a intermediate-advanced theory journey, I would like to know where 'Chord-...
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How can I learn more chords [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn more chords to become a better rhythm player. I can play barre and cowboy chords with ease, but simple major chords don't fit my sound. How can I learn more chords?
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What makes each of the inversions of a major chord different in usage?

In some songs that I have listened, only one inversion could be used; when one tries to use other voicings, it will sound really odd. So, when it is more preferrable, for example, to use the second ...
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Is an inversion a different chord, or a different voicing?

If I play C4, E4, G4, it's a C-major chord. First inversion would be E4, G4, C5: is this considered a different chord, or just a different voicing of the same chord? I'm thinking specifically for ...
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How to determine which inversion a chord is?

Say I'm given the notes like this. How do I determine whether it's already in root, 1st, 3rd, or 7th inversion?
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How do I find the third of the chord?

This is the exercise I'm trying to figure out. I don't really understand how to do this.
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How do I learn to detect chord voicing by ear?

When I hear music what I can consciously detect is the top melody note and the chord as a whole, for eg "that is a C sung over an A min". However, I am unable to detect how the chord is voiced, as in ...
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Retrograde and Inverted songs

As there is very few people that know about this, here is the only place I can ask. I am looking for retrograde and inverted remakes of classical songs. Even better if they are being played ...
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Classical music theory notation for chord inversions (figured bass)

In classical music harmony analysis, we see the chord inversions notated like I6/4, I6, V4/3. Examples: What are those numbers? How do they define the inversion? What's the theory behind using ...
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Correct terminology for chord inversions

I am confused with what I've read in various sources concerning chord notations. Is there a standard notation for chord inversions? As far as I understand, a chord inversion is determined from the ...
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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 ...