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For questions about sequences of chords, and the relationship of one chord to the next. Typically questions about chord progressions should also be tagged harmony if asking about in depth concepts about them. Questions that are about abstractions of chord progressions use Roman Numeral analysis ...

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Why does C to F# work?

What's the theory behind this? (Or does it NOT 'work'?)
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identifying chord in guitar study

I am unsure about which chords I am playing in the guitar study I below Especially I'd loke to know: is the chord in the 3rd bar on beat 3 and 4 a dm7b5 or rather an inversion of an Fm6 or something ...
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Why does it work? [on hold]

"Why does it work?" Possibly the most common four words on this forum. Someone comes up with a non-diatonic chord sequence. We generally manage to label it for them - "Mixolydian" or "Modal ...
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How to modulate from minor to parallel major

I'm trying to find a good modulation from Dm to D. I know that I could use Dm-A7-D but it feels a bit to unsophisticated. I thought that I maybe could do something like Dm-X-C-X-Em-X-D where X is ...
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How to Analyse a Chord Progression of “Nature” by Rega Dauna Project? [on hold]

I have a question of the chord progression of the tune called "Nature" by Rega Dauna Project. ( ) I don't know how to analyze the chords of Harmonica solo section from ...
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Why does this harmony work?

Here's Soma by The Strokes. If I'm not mistaken, the verse progression moves simply from a G chord to an F chord repeating. If the key is C, then this is just V-IV-V-IV etc. Since the chords are only ...
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melody starting point on song parts

Hi I'm writing a song in a Bb Major key and the chords goes something like EbM7 , F7 , Gm7 and the first note of the melody starts with G note. (this is the main chorus part) And if the verse part ...
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Using Roman Numeral Notation with Notes in the Bass (not figured bass)

I have a situation where I want to use Roman numerals to express a chord progression. In the jazz Real Book, this would look something like this: (key of A major) A A/G A/F# A/E I imagine this ...
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Asymmetric ease of improvisation during modulation

I've been learning about modes, and one thing I was interested in at first was to change modes while improvising (to get to know them better technically as well as to have a better understanding of ...
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Is GbM7 to DbM7/F also a chromatic movement?

I was writing a song in Bbm key. And the chord progression goes something like. Bbm,GbM7, DbM7/F In this situation does the GbM7 going to DbM7/F also consider as chromatic progression ? If it is,why ...
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Chord Progression Analysis: AbJo [closed]

One of my favorite musical artists (Abjo), writes chord progressions that have always really resonated with me. I've always been curious to hear an analysis of the theory behind them (as I do not know ...
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Common Diatonic Chords Progressions? [closed]

The chords shown below are already compatible with the C Major scale. These are the diatonic chords. I ii iii IV V vi viidim C major = C , Dm , Em , ...
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How to use Jim Fleser's chord wheel for minor progressions?

I'm using the chord wheel by Jim Fleser to try figure out some chords that would go well with a baseline I played. But, I don't understand how minor progressions work with this chord wheel. Where ...
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Pentatonic Scale and Chord Qualities

I am trying to play the pentatonic in the Key of G-Major. But like in Major scales we have the sequence Maj-min-min-Maj-Maj-min-dim, is there something for Pentatonic as well.?
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An Odd Question About Genre [migrated]

I am trying to identify the genre of music my grandpa used to play on the piano. He is no longer around and no one in my family knows. After a lot of looking I was able to find one example, 'This ...
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What do we call a chord progression that doesn't have a tonic chord?

I came up with a chord progression the other day: Fm7 Ebmaj7 Abmaj7 G7 It's clearly in C minor. But instead of resolving to Cm, I was looping through it. What catched my attention was that it ...
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Trouble writing chord progressions in minor

I've been composing in major for some time and decided to work in a minor key for practice. It's not going too well – I'm having trouble using common techniques in major, such as utilizing the ...
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Getting fingers to land in the same place

So, I can't seem to get my fingers to land in the same place when changing chords no matter how many times try. As an example, I can play a two-chord change if I practice it for 10 minutes. But I'll ...
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The major to minor/minor to major switch

From my previous question I decided to search for some info on switching between major and minor and the other way around. Unfortunately, I cannot find anything. And unfortunately, I couldn't find ...
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Odd chord progression sounds perfect to my ears

I was playing yesterday and made up this 4 bar chord progression: Cm, F, C, Fm It's odd I guess, but it sounds perfect to what I am singing over it. Does it comply with music rules and is it anyway ...
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What's the theory behind Chim Chim Cher-ee?

Chim Chim Cher-ee has a fantastic chord structure: i, IIIaug, III, IV, iv, i, II7, V Most of those transitions make sense to me. However, there are three transitions that I don't quite understand: ...
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Reharmonization of pop songs, chord substitution

I watched the video where the educator showed a (diatonically ?) reharmonized version of the minor key pop song 'Shape of You' where the original harmonies were: Dm | ...
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...
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theory - D major in F major chord progression?

I am taking a music theory online course and there is an example I don't understand. The chord progression is: F Bb C F D Gm C7 FMaj7 The first 4 bar is just I-IV-V-I and the last three bar is II-V-...
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Is there any compendium mapping chord progressions to mood and sentiments? [closed]

Came across an Android app that enlists chord progressions with a mapping to mood or sentiment that it conveys (or expected to convey, I presume to certain audience). For various reasons, I am bit ...
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Tension due to Chords of major scale

Why the chord iii doesn't have pull towards chord I? just thinking so because Chord iii contain leading tone in it... eg in a key of C major...Chord E {E,G,B}
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What is Vincent Persichetti saying about finding primary chords in the modes?

I'm really confused about what Vincent Persichetti wrote in his book Twentieth Century Harmony, where he says speaking of primary chords in modes, "The Primary chords are the tonic, plus two dominant ...
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Is this pattern between Primary and Secondary chord notes important?

I recently noticed a pattern between the Primary (I IV and V) Chords and Secondary (II III VI VII) chords as they are further harmonized in 3rds all the way to 13ths. Starting with the basic triads ...
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Are there many alternatives of chord sequence given a progression?

I just started my journey of music, and I am wondering if the possible choices for chord sequence can be many given a progression, according to music theory. I am worried about using the wrong or ...
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F Dm Am C (Lydian?) Progression

I've been recently wrapping my head around the analysis of the following progression: F Dm Am C. Would you agree it's got an undeniable lydian vibe? I know an explicit lydian progression should ...
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Chord progressions and rules

In chord progressions, can a chord move to any other chord or is there any strictly rule? Can chords freely for to other chords?
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How do I add a solo section (chord progression) to Real Book lead sheet?

Is there an easy way (for beginners) to add a solo section to a piece of music, like a lead sheet from the Real Book? I am thinking in terms of a chord progression. Would I repeat a progression from ...
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Can anyone help with the use of a “Non Chord tone” in Arctic Monkey's “R U Mine?”

I've recently had a go at analysing Arctic Monkey's song R U Mine and was wondering about this part shown here: The key of the song is F# minor and and the measure shown starts with a non-chord tone....
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Chord Succession vs. Chord Progression in Douglass Green's “Form in Tonal Music”

Douglass Green defines "chord succession" as a movement of chords that starts in a certain area and reaches the same area (I believe "area" means the classification as tonic, mediant, submediant, etc ....
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What are ways to “decorate” a chord progression played on guitar?

I picked up the guitar half a year ago. Much of my playing is me playing a song's chord progression and a friend singing over it. Some ways that I've been experimenting with to "decorate" my playing ...
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The sudden switch from C major to C minor in Wake me up when September ends and a Solo Acoustic version

I tried to learn Wake me up when September Ends as arranged for Solo guitar by Ulli Bögershausen, and played by Sungha Jung. When I looked up the tabs, I found two different version for a distinctive ...
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Why does Cm -> Am sound good? [duplicate]

To me it sounds quite dark and brooding, but also sounds like a resolution. As far as I can tell, it doesn't really fit in to any modal scales. I guess it fits in an A blues scale, but it doesn't ...
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Classification of/Formulas for reinterpretation of harmony

In a previous question, I asked about sources of harmonic ambiguity in tonal music. (Sources of harmonic ambiguity in tonal music) While the question was closed as being too broad, I did receive an ...
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What are the four chords that so many pop songs are based on?

Apparently, a lot of pop music is based on the same four chords, the video does not say which those may be. Any idea what four chords they are talking about?
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Why does this chord progression work?

I have been playing this chord progression that I came up with (which is almost the same shape constantly), but I want to understand why it sounds good. The progression is: DminAdd9 C Bb6 A7
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What music theory helps me to understand an Em - Cm progression?

I find this progression quite beautiful to improvise with. I would really love to know if there is a theoretical way to understand it. It is outside of any tonality that I know about. What is the ...
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How should I name the chord in the following progression? Dsus4/Bb? Bbmaj13?

I'm struggling to work out how to name the second chord in the following progression from a song I am transcribing: It's a sort of Dsus4 inversion with a b6 in the bass. My best guess is that it ...
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How do You Internalize a Song Progression While Soloing?

Here's my problem. I hear a song and I can immediately hear a solo in my head, even anticipating chord changes. It's beautiful. Everything goes to sh*t when I actually start soloing. The song ...
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How do I correctly borrow chords from one key to another?

So how does one decide to borrow chords? Let's say I am in the key of C Major. Can I borrow chords, say, from the G Major key? How does this work?
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Analysis of borrowed chords in Lush's “Single Girl”

I am analysing the chords from songs I like, in order to understand why I like them and to reuse the ideas in contexts that suit my voice and playing styles better. I am going through Lush - Single ...
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How Can I Make my Solos Sound Like an Actual Song?

What's wrong I know the chord shapes in my progression (G C G Am D G), the scale pattern underneath and I know the song I'm playing by heart. And yet - while I start soloing the song is gone. I can't ...
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E7 F chord progression in key of C

What's the theory behind and E7-F chord progression in the key of C? Shouldn't E major and E Dominant 7th chords be followed by an A minor chord?
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If the bass moves chromatically is any chord progression possible?

Let say there is a chord progression something like (C Major key) C - Bb7 - F/A From Bb7 (SubV7) which would probably go to A. Will it be ok to resolute only the bass to A and go to a different ...
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What is it about the blues chord progression that makes the blues feel?

I was reading a book and I saw that in a common 12 bar blue chord progression which is I7 , I7 , I7 , I7 IV7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 V7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 You're allowed to change other chord except the 5th ...
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Why does D in the chord progression “Cm Eb F Bb7 C D” sound correct?

I'm writing a song in C Aeolian/Dorian (the verses are in Aeolian and the chorus is in Dorian). And I came up with a weird chord progression for the end of my chorus: Cm Eb F Bb7 C D My question is ...