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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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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Question about chord progressions and scales

recently I watched a Youtube Short of a short Bossa Nova chord progression, with the chords in order as follows: Cm9 -> Fm7 -> Dm7b5 -> G7b13 -> Cm9 So I looked up the C minor scale. ...
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Why does a chord sound lower although the individual notes went up?

I was dabbling around on my keyboard and noticed a strange effect that I'd like to learn more about. I'm sure this is a well-known effect that probably has a name, but it's a little hard to google ...
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Why are triads considered perfect chords and the basis which all extensions are built off of?

Why are triads considered perfect chords and the basis which all extensions are built off of? I'm sort of posting the question from an ignorant standpoint but I do already have some prior knowledge. I ...
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Understanding a particular chord progression

In this particular chord progression (appeared in a Jacob Collier video), I'm trying to understand the meaning of all the successors to each chord. I undertand F9/A - Abm13b5 - Gm11 as II7-V7-IMaj7 in ...
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Sharp 4th sounds good in major scale lick/progression?

As part of my practice session today, I was exploring using CAGED chord shapes up and down the neck while incorporating licks in order to make melodic passages. While playing in A major, I improvised ...
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Progression iii-VI-ii-V-I too short

I'm composing a piece that goes like this for now (mainly a iii-VI-ii-V-I) AbMaj9 - Gm7 (add11) - C9 - Fm11 - Bb13 - EbMaj9- Eb9 and I can loop that. In terms of harmony, the progression goes well and ...
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What is it called when a chord progression in a specific key uses root/tonic notes that are in-key, but other members of the chord are not?

What is it called when a chord progression in a specific key uses root/tonic notes that are in-key, but other members of the chord are not? For example, say I am in the key of C major and I pay C Maj, ...
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What is the function of G Major in the key of B Major

Referencing the song in context: Yoake To Hotaru At around 3:30, the chord progression goes from Cm - Dm - EM - GM#5 - Abm from what I can see in the video. In this case, what function does GM#5 ...
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Music theory behind ChordJam

Does somebody know the plugin ChordJam? It`s a nice chord generator Plugin As you can see, I can choose a scale (C-B), a scale type (Minor, Major, ...) and additionally a ChordType (Major Scale, Minor ...
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Adequate chord progression for an intimate "bolero"-"jazz" song?

I am trying to compose an intimate song to be played by an acoustic guitar (and a piano at most) related to the genre of "bolero" or "jazz", perhaps with traces of "fado"....
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Rationale behind the modulations in Alice Cooper's Poison

I was playing along to Poison and noticed a curious chord progression: [Verse] (in Dm) i VI III VII Dm Bb F C Your cruel, device, Your blood, like ...
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How to hear chord progression

Trying to learn chord progressions by ear. Reading from multiple sources to listen for the root and so on. I tried searching for this question and couldn't get it. But do I actually listen after the ...
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What is the theory behind this chord progression with two chords from the minor scale of the same key? [duplicate]

I came across a lovely piece with the following chrod progression: Body: D Dmaj7 G Em F#m G Em D Ending: D D7 Bb C D D From the body it looks like D major scale, but in the ending two chords from D ...
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Adding a fourth chord in a 2-5-1 chord progression

Background I understand this might be a rather vague question - and I apologize if it is too much so - but I am novice music theorist and think this question does have merit to it. I am playing a 2-5-...
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Why does this vi-ii-V-I progression evoke a sense of ii-V-I-vi?

Could someone assist me in analyzing the chord progression found in 'Save My Soul, Not My Ship' by Enjoy? A brief caveat with regard to the title: please note that my analysis of the progressions may ...
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I'm so confused about modes that I can't make a specific title

I started playing guitar almost 30 years ago as a little kid. I'm not great, but I can move my fingers and I know how the scales work and that a scale uses some specific chords. Now I wanted a new ...
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Two-note-same-root chord progressions with the G and B strings

I have a question regarding two note chord progressions on the G and B strings. I have noticed this in at least two songs: The intro to Teacher's Pet in School of Rock Tab courtesy of ...
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Similarity between “Caro nome che il mio cor” and “Celeste Aida”

While listening to Caro nome che il mio cor from Rigoletto a couple days ago, I found a couple measures that reminded me vaguely of Celeste Aida from Aida. What do these two passages have in common, ...
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I have an augmented chord in a chord progression. How do I name it correctly? How do I know which inversion it is? [duplicate]

I know the basics of constructing an augmented chord. What I don't understand is how to choose between the three inversions of an augmented chord in a specific context. For example, Bb augmented and ...
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