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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Naming/understanding this dominant chord with quartal upper structure

I'm trying to understand an interesting non-diatonic chord in the chord progression at 0:30-0:45 of this video; my rough transcription of the chords is as follows. As far as I can tell, the non-...
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Why is V7->i considered a better resolution than others like vi dim->i in a minor scale?

I've seen multiple sources and videos where V7->I (major) and V7->i (minor) are said to be the strongest resolutions. In the case of the minor scale, I hear vi dim->i (where vi is minor of b6)...
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What is the name of this chord

I'm sure this has been asked before but I cannot find in anywhere. Say you are in the key of C major. What is the name of a dominant chord on the 6th scale degree, i.e. A C# E G. This device is ...
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anybody know what song this is? [closed]

I can't seem to find out what song. All's I really have is roughly the chord progression that I can work out. Seems to be a vi-V-vi-I Or Am Am GM - Am Am CM - If it's in c major/ a minor key. It has a ...
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What are the earliest examples of using the circle of fifths in western music

While reading about Vavilov's "Ave Maria" previously attributed to Caccini, I met an interesting argument, that probably nobody in the USSR and maybe later in the western countries noticed ...
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Is it bad practice if guitar plays lowest root of a chord different note than the bass? [duplicate]

I recall somewhere from my guitar lessons that if bass is playing a root note, than guitar should not already repeat it on a lowest string. I'm putting some progression, where it ends somewhere ...
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Help identifying cadences and modes in iidim7 - i - vidim - vsus4

I'm a beginner when it comes to modes and cadences, and I want to understand them better to improve my song-writing as a metal guitarist. While fiddling with my guitar today, I "wrote" this ...
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What is this chord progression/ascension called?

There is this specific sequence of chords that I have always liked, it ascends by fifths at the same time it ascends by whole tones, ending on a melodic minor scale, scale which has always been my ...
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Can I use the chord progression i - v - VII - iv? (Am - Em - G - Dm : in A minor scale)

I'm currently studing and learning about functional harmony and chord progressions. I tried the chord progression i - v - VII - iv (A natural minor scale : Am - Em - G - Dm7/A) and get a nice and ...
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How do you define Harmonic Retrogression with regard to intensity?

I was doing some practice problems in the AP Barron's Music Theory book, and one of the practice problems asks: “When harmonies within a phrase move from a strong intensity to a less strong intensity [...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

Let me start off by saying that I have no folk background, and I am not aware of the rich tradition of folk or folk-rock. That being said, I understand that, similar to the blues tradition, there are ...
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Chromatic Mediant modulation: Can I use an omnibus progression for this?

So, I am composing a piece representing winter and I am right in the middle of the piece (the piece is in Rondo form and I'm at the C section). I started off in E major, then after being in the ...
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Help with the last chord in progression

I have following progression: G-Em-Bm-C G-Em-Bm-C G-Bm-F#m-A D-Bm-F#m-??? G-Em-Bm-C... I am happy with the progression and it works well, but struggling with the last chord. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Forbidden/shunned harmonic progressions in 18th cent. counterpoint

I'm going through Kent Kennan's book on 18th century counterpoint, and early on he touches upon some finer points concering agreeable or not-so-agreeable chord progressions. Only a handful of ...
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How to approach Iminor - VIImajor progression in a functional harmony way

I am wondering how one would approach a Iminor - VII major progression. In a simple form something like: Am Am G# G# (just triads) The idea rose from practicing melodic minor (in a jazz way, so same ...
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Beginner's theory: Emaj7 - Em7 - A what key am I in?

I've only very recently started to learn about music theory so forgive me if this is a stupid question. I was playing around the guitar and was very fond of the following chord progression: Emaj7 - ...
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What is the tonalilty/mode of Sitting on the dock of the bay -Ottis Redding? [closed]

I was wondering what is the tonality of Sitting on the dock of the bay ( ) since no diatonic scales fit the chord progression. Here is the chord progression : G | B7 | ...
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The bIII chord followed by the ii chord, and the bII followed by the V chord in major key?

I am analyzing the music of [Name of Life arranged by Makiko HIroHashi] (https://musescore.com/user/4622501/scores/5038709). From measure 32 - 35 it goes from : (First half of 32): Gb [IV] (second ...
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the II chord followed by the IV chord in a major key?

I am analyzing the music of [Name of Life arranged by Makiko HIroHashi] (https://musescore.com/user/4622501/scores/5038709). From measure 29 - 30 it goes from : (First half Measure 29 ): Eb minor [ii] ...
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Beatles - Because: Chord progression

I am currently looking at this tune but I'm a bit confused by a part of the progression. It seems to be using chords built mostly from the C# harmonic minor scale. So, my current understanding ...
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Ascending and descending chord movement and its effect on harmonic function

Is the cadence I to V the same regardless of its position relative to the tonic? E.g In C major C4 E4 G4 --> G4 B4 D5 vs C4 E4 G4 --> G3 B3 D4 The thing that has made me question this is the ...
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Chord progressions in Harmonic Minor

I'm a noob at music theory, so I want to stick to basics and stay inside the lines (for example, stay diatonic for a given scale) until my knowledge is more advanced. I've seen a chart all over the ...
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What is the I-vi-ii-V Chord Progressions?

Are there any scales that work well over this progression? My Mistake!! I was thinking of the song Breezin' by George Benson!!
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“Andalusian cadences”: How are they commonly heard?

The "Andalusian cadence" I-bVII-bVI-V is commonly heard as a repeated figure in Flamenco music as well as many pop songs, e.g. "Hit the Road, Jack": In trying to ...
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Missing I (1st) chord in the progression: an example

Could you indicate an example of a song in a certain key that doesn't express the tonic chord (I chord) in its progression? Are harmonic progressions of this type possible in pop music?
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Why does G-Major work well within a C-Minor progression?

I have been playing and composing Piano for many years, but never actually learnt any music theory! So, recently, I started reading up and comparing with things I've written to understand the theory ...
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If chords progressions belong to more than one key, would tonality come from the melody?

In popular music, lets say I have a song that appears to be in C major. The progression could be something like C > Em > Am > G. This progression could also be in G major However. So, let's ...
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Understanding the Construction of minor7 Chords on Guitar

I was watching a tutorial for Viceroy by Mac DeMarco with the following chord construction for a C#minor7 chord with the capo on the second fret: I was confused by this chord construction considering ...
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How does this chord work in the progression?

So, if you're playing in a major key, say C major, and you play a I IV V chord progression but before you go to the V you play a bVI7 chord. So, C Major, F Major, Ab7, G Major. How come the Ab7 has ...
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How to produce tension and resolution

I'm beginning to enter the concept and science of tension and resolution and would like some context entering this section. Thus far what I have gathered is the following.. Tension and Resolution is ...
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How do you determine what chord the main progression starts on

For example this song I can't tell if just starts on the A A#dim as a lead in or if Bm G D A A#dim is the actual main progression order I hope this makes sense
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How can one analyze the chord progression from “Your Affection (from Persona 4 soundtrack)” by Shoji Meguro?

I've been listening to Persona 4 soundtrack by Shoji Meguro recently, and soon got hooked on a song called "Your Affection". It's a J-pop song whose catchy chorus intrigued me with a ...
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How to spot scale degrees in all scales fast?

Let's say you want to play a chord progression like 1-5-6-4 in all major and minor keys with inversions. To do this one should be able to spot the scale degrees in every scale quickly. How does one ...
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What key is the chord progression of Ab, Bb C?

I was playing around on the piano, looking through some old grade 3 books, and came across the chord sequence of Ab, Bb, C. It sounds quite heroic, almost John Williams-like, something that would ...
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Eartraining: What to learn after mastering interval recognition? [duplicate]

(This is for relative pitch, absolute pitch gods please don't descend from heaven) I've been learning to recognize intervals for the past year or so, and I have to say I'm very good at it. (Mostly by ...
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Are inversions for making bass-lines nice and prolonging functions?

I'm taking notes on chord inversions in common-practice period music and I noticed that the four categories of inversions (well, 6/4 chords at least) suggest 2 different purposes: a) making bass lines ...
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How should the chord progression in United States of Eurasia be interpreted

Trying to harmonically analyze the first 9 measures of Muse's United States of Eurasia, arranged by Mathieu Hussong. I've come across a few ambiguous chords, and I can't identify correctly the ...
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Circle of fifths rules

I'm trying to determine the correct algorithm for using a classical circle of fifths and create chord progressions please. I understand that we can navigate clockwise (5th) or counter clockwise (4th), ...
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Analysis questions about a transcription I made (Jade's Desert - Mortal Kombat Trilogy OST)

I transcribed this song recently and I wanted some insight for analyzing it. It seems to me that it is a diminished riff, using some tritones and chromatic stuff and major seconds. However, beyond ...
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How is D7 functioning here? Applied chord both kind of does and doesn't fit

I am composing this Adagio piece in E Minor and there’s one chord in the starting chord progression that I can’t seem to figure out the function of, that being D7. It seems on listening to be an ...
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Why do many songs in major keys use a bVII chord?

Based on my understanding of chord theory, the chords used in most modern popular songs are comprised of notes that occur in the scale of the tonic key for that song. The I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, and ...
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Why does C9 sound so good resolving to D major 7

So, I have been playing this chord progression in the key of D major with the chords DM7, Bm7, GM7, C9, and I can't seem to figure out why the c9 resolves so nicely to the D major 7 chord. Is it just ...
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Name of #vio7 in chord progression?

Anybody happen know if the #vio7 chord has a name like the Italian, French, and German augmented sixth chords? I'd like to read up on it and how it is used in chord progressions, but my searches aren'...
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Extended chord types for all major scale degrees

I am trying to chart the types of extended chords for all scale degree of the major scale. I have come up with the chart below. A few questions on this: Have I got the chord types correct? In a chord ...
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What's the most useful way to think about a song that progresses from C to D and back again?

I am thinking of a song that goes back and forth between a C major chord and a D major chord. It resolves to C. Does it make sense to still think of it as movement between tonic and supertonic, or is ...
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Chord progressions that cover every scale degree? [closed]

Could anyone recommend some progressions that go through every scale degree in the major/minor scales? I’m trying to get more acquainted with chords on the piano, and would love something that sounds ...
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song form in pop/rock music

I am stuck with one of my songs, and I believe this question relates to form--an area which I don't know much about. The form of the song was as follows: Intro Verse Bridge Chorus This part is then ...
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Is this chord progression really iii-V-I?

I've found a really cool chord progression that I've been playing on guitar that goes Bm-D-G-G. I'm trying to create a chorus to go with that chord progression, and I've settled that I'm playing in ...
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How do I determine the key of this given only an E7 secondary dominant chord

How am I supposed to determine the key with the only given E7 chord, which is used as an extended dominant in this case .
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Beginner question - chords in the Japanese InSen scale

I'm a beginner but I've been learning music theory and practicing on a MIDI keyboard and FL Studio DAW. Just as I was learning basic chords and chord progressions in western music I was introduced ...

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