Questions tagged [chord-progressions]

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 should also be tagged with Roman-Numeral and analysis if applicable.

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Ambiguous chords in Bach's "Ich dank dir lieber Herre" setting (BWV 347)

The image above shows, from Bach 371 Chorales, No. 2 "Ich dank dir lieber Herre" in A major, measures 11 and 12. I'm very confused by this part. 1. first red square, Is that chord I or vi56? ...
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weird way resolution and preparing of 7th note in 7 chord

i read a part of book of Theory of Harmony (i'm not read entire book because just some guy scanning book for me for answer my question) and i saw so many weird resolution and preparing of 7 tone in 7 ...
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Is there such a thing as a tonic 42 chord and how would it work in a functional chord progression?

For a melody harmonization, I wrote a 2 bar bassline using half notes with scale degrees ^1 ^7 3^ and ^5 and wanted to write chords for these bass tones. For the first bass note I chose the I chord. ...
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what's the role of Ebmaj7 on this Ebmaj7 D7#9 Gm9 progression?

I'm trying to understand this chord progression: Ebmaj7 D7#9 Gm9 Ebmaj7 F#dim7 Gm9 Bb13 I know from D7#9 to Gm9, that's a V-i. But where's the Ebmaj7 coming from? Does it come from the relative major ...
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why does this Aminor "augmented" progression resolve in Gmajor?

I am currently discovering the fretboard through the lens of the augmented chords, meaning that I am playing around with augmented triads and by lowering/raising a note here and there creating minor/...
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Harmonic analysis: Bm7b5 E7 Fmaj7 [closed]

Bm7b5, E7, Fmaj7 are of course the 2nd, 5th and 6th degree of A harmonic minor, but if I'm in Fmaj what are they?
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Difference between bVII and vii (diminished 7th) triad

I came across a chord progression called the Mixolydian Vamp denoted as : I bVII IV I, but I don’t recognize bVII. What is its relation to the diminished 7th diatonic triad (vii degree)?
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Harmonisation when ascending with melodic minor

I've just learned that baroque music often uses the melodic minor when ascending but the natural minor when descending. But what I don't understand is how the harmonisation is since I assume ascending/...
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What's the turnaround in Glorious by Ella Henderson? [closed]

I've got these chords in Ab for Glorious by Ella Henderson: ii V I vi I can't figure out what the little turnaround or harmonized arpeggio is at the end of the fourth bar of the progression (also ...
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C7 - Ab maj resolution

I came across this resolution while listening to Ambiguity by Rainie Yang (starting at 0:47). The chord progression here is in Eb major. This is what I hear: Eb - Bb - Bbm - C7 - Ab - Eb - Fm - Bbsus4 ...
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From a D7(#9) to E6

I am trying to identify the resolution between the D7#9 to an E6. In roman numeral would I consider the resolve as: bVII7 to I? Also, does the #9(F) of D and 6(C#) affect the kind of resolution this ...
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I would like more information about the chord progression ivm7, IV, VIIM7, II, I, III

I've written a song with a chord progression in E major (I think) using borrowed chords from the parallel minor key. The progression is: C#m7, A, D#M7, F#, E, G#. I translate this Roman numerically: ...
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Voice Leading and chords without naming

I have the hobby of playing the bass guitar since 4-5 months, and for deeper knowledge of music I'm studying harmony. I have no formal education on music so please be patient. I've choosen Autumn ...
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What is the chord progression Gbm - E - Dbm - D called?

The roman numeral form doesn't seem to yeild any results when I search it up. Is this representation correct: i - VII - v - VI Are there any popular songs that use this chord progression? I got this ...
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chord alterations to popular progressions

Using the jazz progression (iii7 - vi7 - ii7 - V7 - I7) in C Major, we have (em7 - am7 - dm7 - G7 - CMaj7). But... I often see this progression wrote or played as: (em7 - A7 - dm7 - G7 - CMaj7) So, ...
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Ascending bass and chord progression in harmonic minor (example)

Hello again! Here is another simple harmonic minor progression with ascending bass. Questions: Is bar4 viio in second inversion? In bar6 there seems to be VI (Fmaj7) but at downbeat there is b and d. ...
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Is this diminished II7 or VII in harmonic minor?

1: [] Hi, I have some problems to analyze 2nd and 4th bar chords in this example in A minor (harmonic). For my understanding, 2nd bar chord can be either diminished chord in ii or vii. What about the ...
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How to choose the major, minor, diminished chords, etc. along the chord progression

This is a typical circle of fifths chord progression. My question is how do we choose the chord to be major, minor, or diminished along with the progression: A -> D -> G -> C -> F -> ...
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How is an "eight-bar blues" different from just eight normal measures of music?

Just about everyone knows the twelve-bar blues, a common example of which would be something like: I | I | I | I | IV | IV | I | I | V | IV | I | I || I completely understand how this can be ...
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In major can ii V I support ^6 ^7 ^8?

Is there any reason why this progression should be a problem in major keys? The other harmonizations I have for this soprano according to "Harmony and Voice Leading" by Edward Aldwell and ...
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What is the function of this diminished 7th chord in KV 332? [duplicate]

Consider the following cadence from the 3rd movement of Mozart's piano sonata KV 332: What is the function of the diminished 7th chord B D F Ab?
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Why does V7 resolve so well to VI∆7?

One progression I come across often (in tonicizations or modulations) is V7 to VI∆7. For example: G7 to A∆7. In playing with it, I notice that the V chord can be in many different forms, including ...
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How to write a chord analysis when tonicizing vi

I wanted to write a short harmony exercise in 4 parts where there is a brief tonicization or modulation to the relative minor and then back to the original major key. I am not sure if I have labelled ...
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Harmonic Analysis of "An Eagle In Your Mind" by Boards of Canada [closed]

Introduction After having fully transcribed the song An Eagle In Your Mind by Boards of Canada, I've been trying to figure out how to interpret some of the harmonies in it in order to understand how ...
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VImaj7-V7-i What is the role of the VIth?

I'm analyzing the first movement of "Suite del Plata Nº1" by Máximo Diego Pujol called "Preludio" that it's on D minor, I have encountered the following progression i-VImaj7-V7, I'...
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How to harmonize ^3 ^2 ^1 in minor while tonicing III

Obviously if I was in minor and this was a cadence then a dominant chord would be used for ^2 and a i chord or i6 chord for ^1 but I cant use this because then the progression is going to make i ...
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Where does the second chord progression in the song imagination by Labrinth come from?

In the song Imagination by Labrinth, there's a chord progression that I didn't understand. The first progression in the song is I iii ii V in the key of D major. but then the second progression has ...
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Analysis of a jazz chord progression

Can you please explain the role of that Em7b5 in the following jazz progression in terms of functional harmony? | Cm7 | Em7b5 | Bbmaj7 | G7 |
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Can a secondary dominant be a regular major chord rather than a seventh chord? [duplicate]

Song name: Marriage Key of D D - F#M - Bm - A(or A7) Is F#M a secondary dominant to Bm? It is not seventh chord, but can major chords also work as dominant chords for the six chord?
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About Mode scale and keys [closed]

So if there is a C Mixolydian(or F major scales), is the key considered as F major or C major? Chord progression: C - Bb Do you guys see this as 1 and b7 in c key or 5 and 4 chords in F key?
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Is it mulitple Key change?

Zion. T - Snow Chord progression: Am7 - D7sus4 D7 - Gmaj7 - E7sus4 E7 Am7 - D7sus4 D7 - Gmaj7 - E7sus4 E7 Am7 Bm7 - Cmaj7 D7(9) - Gmaj7 - Fmaj9 Fdim7 (Interlude:) Cm9 ...
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Why Does Blues Have the first 4 Bars on the I chord?

Why is it so common to hold the I Chord for 4 bars? See other variations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-bar_blues
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How to recognise chords and chord progressions by ear? [duplicate]

I am pretty comfortable with playing melodies by ear, but when it comes down to the next level, chords and chord progressions, i fumble pretty hard. I tend to pick up the 3rd of a chord and play it as ...
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what process do you go through when deciding whether move up or down in a progression? (ue move up a 4th or move down a 5th?)

The question sounds pretty dumb I'd imagine & I'll have a hard time trying to convey my thoughts, but I'll try... Those of you that are experienced in writing, what kind of thoughts go through ...
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What do the ending numbers (e.g., Db 1; Db/F 1/3) written below the chords mean?

What do the ending numbers written below the chord in this video really mean? Video link: Db 1, Db/F 1/3, Gb 4, Ab 5, Db 1, Db/F 1/3, Gb 4, Ab 5, Fm7 3m, Bbm7 6m, Gb ...
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Regarding Resolution, "downwards" is how a dissonance "wants" to resolve, rather than moving UP.... so help me understand B up to C (G7-C)

During a V-I resolution in C Major, the Leading Tone is B. B is the 3rd of the G7 chord. It wants to resolve to the Tonic note of C in C Major (C-E-G) But, I've often read that dissonances want to ...
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Can someone describe the theory behind this progression? F#m, C#m, D, A, F#, C#, D, A

Can someone describe the theory behind this progression? F#m, C#m, D, A, F#, C#, D, A It feels like it resolves on A. I assume it's in key of A, but my theory is weak and forgotten. I normally loop it,...
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Trouble understanding resolution direction and general definition of when someone says to "resolve down to the 3rd"

When creating a chord progression, how do you determine whether the notes that make up the chords should resolve downwards or upwards? For example, a Perfect 4th interval, when it’s formed from the ...
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How to determine whether song is 16 bar blues or 32 bar form?

I'm analyzing blues in the Mississippi Delta tradition and the hardest/most subjective aspect I am running into has to do with songs with measure numbers divisible by 8. For example, we can use "...
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If I'm playing the V in G can I use the D major scale to transition back with a fill

If I play a melody on the V that leads back to G is it incorrect to play the major scale from D since it contains a c#?
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Does this type of chord progression have a name?

I listen to a lot of pop punk/emo type music. I’ve noticed theres a specific change in chords that I hear a lot and really like, but I don’t know much about music theory. Here are some examples: g em ...
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Why is the i–VII–VI–VII progression written as Am–G–F–G in puget sound's music theory book?

I was flipping through Puget Sound's free music theory book, and saw this page https://musictheory.pugetsound.edu/mt21c/i-VII-VI-VII.html Why did he write the i–VII–VI–VII progression as Am–G–F–G ...
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How to harmonize a bassline with a scalar soprano

Here is an exercise I am working on and I can't figure out the second bar that has a bass that goes ^4 ^6 ^5. If I am right, the scalar soprano should start on ^6 and work its way down to ^3 over the ...
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Secondary dominant of a minor tonic?

While trying to analyze Mike Oldfield's Nuclear, I got stuck. The main chord progression is Fm-Cm-Bbm-C. Up until C, it looks like in Fm (natural) key, i-v-iv-.... C would look like a V (which Fm ...
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How to analyze mm. 5-8 in the first movement of Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 8

Everything makes sense until mm. 5. It looks like it moves from c minor to Eb major. Suppose we're in Eb major starting at mm. 5 From the end of mm. 5 to the very beginning of mm. 6, it's a vii°7/vi ...
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Are big inner voice leaps permissible in the vi - V progression?

I am harmonizing a melody and that ^1 in m. 2 is supposed to be harmonized with a chord other than a tonic so I figured it must be a vi chord. The ^1 ^2 ^3 in the soprano usually works well with vi V ...
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What do you call it when the chord progression from I to the VI but major?

I think there's a similar question to this. But I couldn't pick up the exact answer that i can fully hold on to. I became more curious after listening to 'Circle of Life' where the Chord progression ...
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How do you know what chords to use for a song/melodies you don't know?

I was given this exercise but unlike the other questions, this didn't have the title of the song in it. I thought it was just something I had to analyze and try to put chords that fit with the melody. ...
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What is a I♭ chord?

I was watching Music Matters' video on counterpoint when I came across this chord progression: | I V | I V IV | II♭ V I VI I♭ | II♭ V I || My question is what is a I♭ chord. Is this chord common? Is ...
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Understanding the chords of "Paradise" by Daniel Caesar?

The song is based on this 4-chord loop: Abmaj7-Db9-Gmin7-Gbmaj7 I've liked this song for a while and its chords have always mystified me. Why does this progression work? Any help would be appreciated.
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