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

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Isn’t the root progression or chord progression of a song meant to anchor in a foundation for rest of the instruments to experiment over?

What I mean is, isn’t the idea of creating and using a root progression or chord progression for it to be the foundation for a composition. With pop music (rap, r&b, latin, pop rock, country) the ...
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What is going on theory-wise with this passage of music?

A long time ago I wrote a song, and I am just now putting it through Hookpad to see how it works musically, and there’s this one part that I have no idea how it works but it does. It goes like this: C ...
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bVI -> I which mode do I treat the bVI

I'm analyzing "Lost in the Woods" from the "Frozen 2" soundtrack and some other similar quirks in progressions and I'm wondering how to treat different modal interchanges. The Lost ...
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How would you label these chords?

The piece is in Ab major. In mm.7-8 a cadence appears and there are several non-chord tones with accidentals. I attempted to label chord symbols on my own, but they are very uncharacteristic of ...
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Knowing where you are at in a progression during Improvisation [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been asked a million times but I cant find it. I have a hard time listening and playing at the same time. Knowing exactly which beat we are on so I can play to the chord changes. I'm ...
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what scale is used for solo over bIIIMaj7 when approaching II-7?

Three ways are available when approaching II-7 via bIII. bIIIMaj7, subV/II, bIII full dim. I blindly thought that Ionian scale is used for solo over bIIIMaj7, but apparently Lydian is used. Can ...
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deciding chord symbols for chords

Deciding chord symbols for chords is always ambiguous and leaves a room of doubt. I attempted to write chord symbols for chords with pitches of mixed duration in m.1 from the second downbeat to the ...
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Help with "Copacabana" chord progression analysis pls!

I'm trying to learn by ear the chord progression of "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow. I'm having some trouble with making sense of the chorus because it feels like so much is changing so fast. ...
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What is it called when a melodic progression stays the same but the chord progression changes?

I hear this from time to time and love it, but I have no idea what this is called. The melody stays the same, the chord progression changes, and the whole feel of the song shifts. Here is an example. ...
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why does this descending whole-tone chord progression work?

i've been writing this piece and there is this section that sounds very nice to me but it goes against most of what I've been taught. here is the passage: (sorry for the poor notation- I was in a ...
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why does V/iii to IV work?

i was writing chords when I came up with this progression: IV-V-I-V/vi-IV-V-I i understand why the V/vi-IV works--because there is only a one note difference between vi (which V/vi usually resolves to)...
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Are 3 - 5 - 1 resolutions rare, or is it just me? [duplicate]

Asking this question feels stupid, but I used this 3 - 5 - 1 resolution in a song I'm making, and it sounds heartbreakingly beautiful, but when I search up this resolution online to see if anyone else ...
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what is G7-Bᵒ7/C doing in the chord progression

I was trying to do RN analysis and encountered G7-Bᵒ7/C progression. G7 can be considered as V7/VI so I assume Bᵒ7/C is C something chord to resolve G7. Why does upper structure have to be Bᵒ7 (what ...
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Building muscle memory for playing chords by ear, with piano chord inversions

I've started to practice ear training in order to be able to play chords by ear... while playing melody by ear is pretty easy for me, playing chords is harder. I started with the simple I-IV-V chord ...
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The transition from G to C in guitar chord progressions

I'm now learning chord progressions and melodic intervals. The way in which I learn chord progressions is by identifying the intervals between the bass notes, so when I play the chord C and then G , ...
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slash chord inspection

In a chord progression G(add9)/C - E7/A - C-7/F - FMaj7/G. The author says E-7/A functions as VI-7. Slash chord does not have 3, then how does one know it is not dominant 7 but minor 7? Is it ...
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What is the purpose of the A Maj chord in the key of B Maj

Referring to this video, at 1:10, I see that in the accompaniment, the left hand goes from Ab to A. I'm trying to understand what is the purpose of this chord in the progression. I think it would have ...
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Identity of scale of chord progression I created

While messing around with my piano, and experimenting with different chords, I created a pleasant-sounding chord progression. Problem is, I've spent a long while trying to identify what scale is ...
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In quartal voicings, what makes a voicing minor, vague and dissonant?

As I was reading through a book, there was this line that went "some vertical voicings are clearly minor, some are vague, and others pungently dissonant." I was wondering, which notes make ...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

As the saying goes ‘immature talents borrow; mature ones steal’. When I write songs I normally start with chord changes and try to sing something over them, but this often results in uninteresting ...
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Can secondary dominant come after target chords?

Above are pictures of two consequtive measures. It shows vi/1 - vi - V/vi - V7/iii chord progression. Doesn't it say that secondary dominant of vi, which is V/vi comes after vi, the target chord? Is ...
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Ice-cream chords- where does the name come from?

Recently, a question was asked here and the term 'ice-cream chords' was mentioned. A bit of research finds they're also known (but not to me) as the vanilla changes. Basically, it's a 1, 6, 4, 5 ...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

I’m a beginner-intermediate harmonica player. I live in a country where Celtic music is very popular and a lot of my friends and family play along with each other. The problem is very few of them know ...
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Does anything non-microtonal resolve to a neutral triad?

I have been recently looking into neutral triads and trying to incorporate them into my music composition. However, there are very little online regarding composing with them. I am trying to use the ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

I'm doing ear training to identify chord progressions. I don't have problem playing a melody by ear. my goal is to play chords by ear and recognize them in different songs. To this day, I've already ...
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How to pronounce chord progressions

I'm doing ear training to identify chord progressions in order to be able to play chords by ear. Now, I've already learned to identify I IV V triads. When hearing the progression I-IV-V, I pronounce ...
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Entering Chords With Frescobaldi

how do we insert chords over a melody with Frecobaldi/Lilypond?
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Why does Cmaj7 and Emaj7 sound good (or a name to describe this progression)?

I have an extremely limited understanding of theory, and from what I currently understand, chords will sound good together if they share a common key/scale (e.g. for C major scale, the chords that ...
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How does the sharp 4 chord function, aside from the diminished?

I was trying out some lydian chord progressions and found that a #iv (sharp 4 minor) chord sounded really nice. How does this chord, or even a major #IV chord (although that may be equivalent to the ...
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examples of I-V-II-VI in any type of song? [closed]

anyone have examples of I-V-II-VI being used? im pretty sure its just secondary dominants leading into eachother and it has a very nice sound.
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Chord progressions without the tonic chord: same key or different?

If you don't start your chord progression with the tonic chord, how do you retain the tonality / tonal center/ feel of a key? Or does the lack of the tonic chord cause the key to be a different one? ...
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Why Bb7#9 in 'Michelle' and not Bbm7?

The second chord in the first Verse of the song 'Michelle' by the Beatles is often interpreted as Bb7#9. Isn't that a bit of an overkill? I actually don't really hear the major triad dominantly and if ...
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Novice: Trying to memorize 1-4-5 chord progressions in varous keys when I discovered something. Is my understanding correct?

Absolute novice at music theory here so please be patient with me. While doing some self-practice I observed the below pattern where a 1-4-5 chord progression of a major scale is exactly mapping to 1-...
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What are ways to use permutations to explore harmonic progressions?

Permutations can be very useful for crafting varied and interesting rhythms. It is possible to explore rhythms using Pascal's triangle. Sounds and silences on two beats can be written in binary form: ...
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Anyone know what key this cadence from the SimCity 3000 theme is in? [closed]

I'm currently analyzing the SimCity 3000 theme ( ). I've noticed that the chords for the intro (by figuring out the notes for each chord and then looking the note ...
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Resolving chordal 7ths (Maj7, min7, V7, etc.) (melodic vs harmonic tendency)

I'm aware of "melodic" tendencies, where [2-4-6] all usually resolve down & [7] usually resolves up. But I cannot find any resources that explain WHY chordal 7ths, when dealing with ...
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How to know what scale to use for filler licks in a chord progression?

I learned about secondary dominants recently, and I found that this particular progression in the key of C major sounds quite nice: C - E7 - Am I - V/vi - vi I am playing it in the following voicings: ...
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A Question on Chord Progression

I've been going through the ABRSM G7 papers and have encountered a question on chord progression which I hope someone could help answer. Please refer to the image below. I've put in Roman numerals to ...
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How to Identify & Complete Sequences

I'd like help understanding the concept of sequences. I know it is considered a form of repitition, but not much else. Below is an excerpt from Bach's Invention in Dm. I am told this excerpt includes ...
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How do I make different sounds using modes when I'm using the same chords that I'm building the modes off? [duplicate]

People keep saying use modes to get a different sound. How can you get a different sound from modes when they use the same chords from whichever you built the modes off, doesn't really matter if it's ...
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How Do These Decorative Chords Contribute to Diatonic Modulation in Aldwell and Schachter's Example?

I'm studying diatonic modulation via example (e) in Unit 26 of "Harmony & Voice Leading" by Aldwell and Schachter and need some clarification. The progression moves from an F major to an ...
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ii-ii6-I progression

I've heard this progression many times and in many ways over the course of my life, but I can't seem to assign a name to it or find out any further information about it or its history. It goes as ...
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Question About Modal Chord Progressions

What is a modal chord progression? I know that some scale degrees resolve to other scale degrees other than the root note or root chord. Do I always have to resolve my phrases on the notes of the ...
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In harmonic syntax (“root progressions”), does only the root matter, or the entire chord?

I’ve read in these threads that Rameau & CPE Bach have a different opinion on wether or not more notes than the root of a chord are relevant in harmonic syntax. Here are some stand out quotes from ...
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How does Gm → C9 → Ebm → Ebm/Gb work?

I have a song in Bb major. It begins its verse in G minor like this: Gm → C9 → Ebm → Ebm/Gb Gm → C9 → Ebm → D7 I can relate that Gm and C9 are a ii-V, but it resolved not to F but to Ebm (bVII?). ...
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Does melody come from root progressions?

I’ve noticed that in a melody certain notes stand out and it’s always the root of the current chord or arpeggio. (also, are arpeggios only descending/ascending or can they be in a random order?) In ...
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Why are these two songs nearly identical for 20 whole seconds? Could there be a theoretical explanation?

Disclaimer: this question is not about copyright. I am trying to understand why the voice melodies of the two songs are so similar. I thought the chord progression could be classical, and that there ...
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Bb7 chord in C major , function

Could you please help me make sense of the accompaniment for 'Moon River' in terms of why certain chromatic chords seem to be the only solution and if certain modulations are implied when using some ...
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Explain chord progression

I'm just starting learning musical theory and trying to grasp chord progression and modulation concept. I was watching youtube video about evanescence chord progression (C-Em-C-Em), and tried to come ...
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Doja Cat - Paint the Town Red Chord Progression

What is the functional explanation of the chord progression in the Doja Cat song Paint the Town Red? I think it's in G minor and is an alternating Gm7 Am7 progression. Where does the Am7 come from? G ...
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