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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What is this chord and its harmonic function? [closed]

In this part of the song, it goes from an F#m to what I think is an Edim7 chord to a D. I hear a tritone between E and A# but I'm sorta guessing on what the other notes are. ...
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Do the notes of triads created from key signatures stay within that signature

F sharp minor has F# G# A B C# D E and finally ending on F# again I know chord progressions follow as Major minor minor major major minor diminished But my g# minor triad goes G# B D# but D sharp ...
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Progression I-VII°-bVII7 or I-VII°-vi

Do you think these progressions make sense in tonal harmony? I tried playing them on guitar but I'm not totally convinced.
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Lydian mode alleviates the clashing between the (M3) & (P4), but creates just as much between the (#4) & (5)?

I'm very confused when choosing modes to solo over my chord progressions. I've read that the Lydian scale is often used over underlying Major or Major 7th chords, to cut down on the natural clashing ...
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Would anyone be able to help name this progression?

I've had trouble coming up with a name for this progression and was wondering if there is a jazz term or if it's a type of cadence. Cm7 D7 Gmaj7
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chord progressions in minor with the 6th degree rasied

The obvious one is using ii as a minor triad and IV as a major triad but are there some progressions where the raised ^6 is in the bass? I guess the ii and IV would be in inversions then but I can't ...
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Is the chord progression of this short piece C-G7-C?

Is the chord progression of this short piece C-G7-C? I'm new to music theory and want to confirm my understanding.
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Deceptive Cadence second inversion in Secondary half-diminished 7th chord

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 227) shows Deceptive Cadence progressions of Secondary half-diminished 7th chord As you can see, the progression in ...
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In modal harmony, what are "modal tonic chords"?

I'm going through this video: "How to write a MODAL chord PROGRESSION (that sounds modal)", which is very interesting, but at a certain point it refers to: a. Modal Tonic Chords - chords ...
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A chord Progression question [closed]

I know that there is lots of chord progression out there that worked and suit many new pop songs. And I know about formulas, but I just came to a chord progression that suits the exact way I want to ...
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Preparation of I7 second inversion in minor

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 139) shows progressions 7th chords(I7), and inversion The book explains that such a process on the second image cannot ...
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Dm in the key of Em

I am trying to analyze the song 505 by Arctic Monkeys. And as many do, I went to Ultimate Guitar (UG) to look the chord progressions for the song. The song has only two chords, Dm and Em and UG ...
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resolution of vii 7th chord 3rd inversion

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 130) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords 3rd inversion But there seems to be another solution,...
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Why are there different voicings in this example?

The image above (from Korean composer Byung Dong Paik's Theory of Harmonics, page 127) shows progressions diminished and half-diminished 7th chords What I'm curious about here is that the positions of ...
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What do we call a chord progression that consists of descending by one semitone? Is there any notation for jazz grid?

I was wondering if there was either a name or a notation for a chord progression that consists of the same chord played one semitone lower each time. Here are some examples to clarify my question: ...
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is Secondary chord (triad, seventh) can overlapping Fifth when is not substitute chord?

i giving the situation. image is a resolution of V34 left case of the image is 'D-F' in V going to 'E-E' in I as contrary motion. and from that position, a 'harmonic connection' (any notes shared ...
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Is the Chorus Key of Toto - “Africa" ​major or minor?

How do you distinguish between major and minor keys? Please tell me which chord progression is correct for the chorus of “Africa” by Toto. For A Major → 6-4-1-5 ? For F♯ Minor → 1-6-3-7 ?
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Is this chord progression correct for "false ending" (Ⅴ-Ⅵ)?

Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved Chords key:E♭m [Cm→A♯]←I want to check this chord progression. link ; https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/maroon-5/she-will-be-loved-chords-995857
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Is there a name for the progression Ⅰ-Ⅶ?

Taylor Swift - willow This chord progression is used in the song VERSE1. https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/taylor-swift/willow-chords-3461768
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Can you help me analyze I-bVII-IV6-III?

Playing around today I really liked the sound of C-Bb-F6-E as a four chord loop and I really don’t understand why. Maybe calling the third chord Dm7/F makes more sense? I think each transition is ...
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Why does this intro chord progression work?

I use this sequence of chords, Dmaj7, C#mi7, Emi7, E7, Eaug, Amaj7(A C# G# E), A#5#3 (A F A D), Amaj7 as an introduction for songs "Try a Little Tenderness" and "No, You Don't Know Me.&...
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Use of natural and/or flattened/sharpened extensions

Im studying Paco de lucia at the moment and trying to dissect his songs and see what I can soak up and add to my wisdom of the guitar. I notice there are flattened and sharpened extensions literally ...
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Examples of music using II-V-III-IV major chord progression [closed]

I happened to play a major chord progression of the type IIm-V-IIIm-IV (for example in C major: Dm-G-Em-F) and it sounds really good, I was interested in one thing in particular: a list of songs that ...
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Is it possible to determine the major/minor key of a song by just looking at the chords?

I play the piano and I'm new to musical theory but I have a basic understanding of chords and keys. At the moment I'm looking at pop songs and trying to analyse the chords of the songs, determine the ...
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What chord completes this chord progression? [closed]

Not sure how to complete this chord progression in guitar tab. I think the chord on the left is CaddG followed by a Cadd9. What comes after that? 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 3 3 x I ...
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What it's the key and chord progression of this four part harmony music [closed]

I'm trying to write a four-part harmony song with some suspended chords and stuff. I'm having some problems identifying the chords, I'm also not sure if the key is in F. Can anyone help me? I'm also ...
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Why does this IV-iii-i6-ii chord progression work?

I've been listening to a lot of jpop and I've heard a lot of this chord progression, which is basically IV-iii-i6-ii. In the song that I've linked below, I think it's in G, so the progression is ...
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Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord?

So I have this chord progression in A minor: Am, Fm, Dm, Gm, Gmaj The first three chords are fine in roman numerals: i, VI, iv However at Gm I got stuck, as none of the online analysis generators did ...
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What key has dma7-fma7-gma7-Bb?

I am Trying to figure out what key this chord progression is in. DM7-FM7-GM7-Bb
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A major in a C# major progression

I am trying to understand why in a progression in C# major there is an A major chord, the chords are to be precise: C# Bbm F# A, where did this A come from? I thought it might be a secondary dominant ...
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Is the I-IV-viio-I progression never usable?

This question arose while studying the circle of fifths. Along with the cadence, I learned the progressions below. viio - iii - vi - ii - V - I I - IV - I I - V - I I - IV - V - I But if 'I - IV - V ...
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Unanswered questions about Second Inversion and Perfect fourth

image above is show how used the triad second Inversion. and source is page 76 of paik byung dong theory of harmonics by Byung Dong Paik (Korean composer). 1. I've always wondered, there's an ...
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What is the principle of I46 progression to I7?

The above image is called a secondary 7th chord solution by Anton Bruckner. But there is an I46 there, and there are many ways to use the I46, but I've never seen it used this way, so I don't know why ...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

I've got a song on the piano, which I've been learning for years now and for which I just recently decided to actually dive into a chord analysis. Early on in the piece, there's this climactic build ...
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Can the final cadence of Dvorak 9 Finale (D7/A - E) be viewed as a plagal cadence?

The finale of Dvorak 9 in E minor cadences D7/A - E. I heard from somewhere that it can be viewed as one kind of a plagal cadence and I'm wondering if that's true.
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Does a I V bVII V (F C Eb C) work? And if so, why? [closed]

Was wondering if it would work and why.
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overtake a voice(part), unexplained chord progression,

Above image is 'Bach 371 Chorales No5 An Wasserflüssen Babylon' in G major 1. The first red box I think I saw the rule not to overtake other voices. second measure in the first red box the bass ...
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Chord progression question

Dmaj7 - Emaj7 - Gbmaj7 - Gbmaj7 x repeats What is this chord progression? I could not figure out its key and know nothing about this one. It is from this video.
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unexplained sus4 progress in bach's choral

score is measure 2 in Bach 371 Chorales No.5 'An Wasserflüssen Babylon' in G major i think beat 2 is v7sus4 but if G in DDGC is suspension note, G in previous chord(AEGB) is must be Harmonic Tone in ...
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Can a melodic minor chord be a pivot chord?

The image above shows, from Bach 371 Chorales, No. 3 "Ach Gott vom Himmel sieh darein" in E Minor. I think my analysis is totally wrong, but I just wrote it down on the image to try it out. ...
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Replacing chords with riffs

I'm kind of unsure as to where I can look for help regarding this but I've become very interested in the guitar playing of Jack white and Dan Auerbach. Both seem to have this amazing playing style ...
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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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