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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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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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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Theory behind the change from a major chord to the same in minor

In many songs I hear the change from a major chord to the same, but minor. For example F A Bb Bbm. It sounds really nice to me and I'm wondering if there is a theory behind it. Is there a genre ...
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Curious about the logic behind this chord progression

https://takenote.online.berklee.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/berklee-piano-voicing-fig10-7.svg (Cmaj7 -> F#m7(9) -> B7(13) -> Em7 -> A7 -> Dm7 -> G7 -> Cmaj7) I get the B-E-A-D-...
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Why the chord on the third degree is major in this progression?

I came across with this video The chords are E - G♯ - C♯m - B My question is: why is G♯ a major chord in this progression? I thought that since ...
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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?

I was jamming with some jazz guys yet I'm not so good in jazz so I made a bunch of mistakes. One of the things they told me is is how inside of a chord progression, you then spread each chord to its ...
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Word for the entire chord progression of a song?

What is the word for the entire chord progression of a song? Small sequences of harmonies are called progressions; can we also call the entire sequence of chords in a song a progression, or is there a ...
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Love Shack Chorus Chord Progression

I've seen this chord progression pop up verbatim in a few songs I've been learning recently. It's (in a major key) I - bIII - IV - bVI then back to the tonic. My question is: is there a name for this ...
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Function of C# chord in the key of Dm

I came across a chord progression in the bridge of a song called "Sweet Tooth" by Intervals. The progress goes Gm - A# - Dm - C# in the key of Dm. Afaik, the first three chords would be iv - ...
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How do pianists think about chords?

Coming from guitar I have memorised many chord variations, and I felt this was acceptable as the shapes are the same along the neck (for most jazz chords). However, now that I’m learning piano I’m ...
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When changing chords on a guitar, do we play according to the main chord's scale for the entire song, or the current chord? [closed]

I'm currently trying to transpose songs from numerical notes(doremifasolasido) into fingerstyle guitar tabs. However, I have absolutely no experience in music, so I am now stuck because I do not ...
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Question about IV chord in minor key

Key of A minor: Am - Em/G - F - D - Dm - Am/C - B - E How would you describe the D chord? I'm not sure. Is it from a melodic minor? Is there any specific reason why this progression works well? ...
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Identifying chord and understanding its function in Loco's “Can't Sleep” [closed]

I am trying to identify the four chords in the beginning of this song. My guess is Emaj7, C#m11, C#m/G#, B11sus4 Is my guess correct? I am must uncertain about the third chord. I am having trouble ...
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Is there any other blues chord progression?

I've seen many blues songs, with progression: I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | IV / / / | IV / / / | IV / / / | IV / / / | V / / / | V / / / | I / / / | I / / / | or I / / / | I /...
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Block chord progressions on piano: how to improve landing fingers accurately and timely one after another

I dread block chords (just beginning to learn piano). They are much trickier than broken chords, as they require placing multiple fingers on respective correct keys all at once and land on the next ...
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How does James Bay's song Let it Go sound sad in a Major key? [duplicate]

If you listen to James Bay's - Let it Go, it sounds sad yet written in major key. In general, not just for this song, what in theory makes this happen? I've read people suggesting flat majors make a ...
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What chord progressions are used in traditional Celtic music?

What chord progressions are most often used in traditional Celtic music, such as aires, jigs, and reels? For example, harmonies in classical music are dictated by the common practice rules and focus ...
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Help Understanding Chord Progression

Hoping someone can explain this chord progression to me, I'm used to standard progressions such as I > IV > 5 etc. Cmi9 > Ab9 > Cm11 > C7(#9,b13) Would this be essentially I > vi >...
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How does the concept of functional harmony help me pick the next chord while composing?

I'm trying to understand the concept of functional harmony as it pertains to composing chord progressions, in order to compose my own progressions. I've read a few articles and watched some videos, I ...
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How does tonality work with chords?

By tonality, I don't necessarily mean 'tonal music' but rather the actual functionality of tonality in music. If you were to play a chord progression with no melody notes, is a tonal center ...
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Can someone talk me through the music theory behind Overwhelmed by Royal and the Serpent [closed]

Interested to hear the theory breakdown for the whole song - but specifically the theory behind the chorus harmonies ( @ 0:42) I am trying to develop my music theory ...
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Can the same song be written in a minor key and major key with the progression written differently?

quick question that's been bugging me lately. When it comes to a songs key specifically major and minor relatives- is it correct to say it can be written in two different keys with the same ...
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Is this an example of III7 augmented chord?

I seem to have come across a III7 chord in A harmonic minor, and I'm not quite sure about its function. I initially thought it might have been V7, but there is a leap of a third between the C and E in ...
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Replacing “D-minor” and “G-Major” with “F-major” and “G 7 no 5” (in a 2-5-1 chord progression)?

This "warm-up" video first goes over what it calls as "bookkeeping" (from 21-to-35). They establish that the "warm-up" will take place in c-major and will follow the ...
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playing basic tunes on piano reading sheet music using chords

I’m an accomplished jazz trombonist and not actively playing anymore. I would like help improving my piano playing, especially my left hand chord fingering. I can sight read and play just about ...
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How was “Last Train Home” composed? [closed]

I'm interested in learning how this song is composed. Specifically I'm interested in understanding how such a song could be created from scratch. Typically what I've been told is that most music first ...
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How to make the Bass in SATB move more smoothly?

While writing for SATB, I realise I have a few chords where the Bass part is moving down in intervals of 6ths or 7ths from one chord to the next. For example, I have a chord progression iib in F ...
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D7 to F in C major: Secondary Dominant, or something else?

In the Cee Lo Green song “Forget you”, the chord progression is C - D7 - F - C, the D7 has an F# which is out of key. Within the limited music theory I learned so far, the closest thing I can relate ...
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Why do parallel keys matter?

I am learning about borrowed chords and all explanations state it's done in conjunction with a parallel key. Why? Wikipedia says: "In the early nineteenth century, composers began to experiment ...
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Why are four-chord songs (I-V-vi-IV) so prevalent?

Over time, many musicians have experimented with various chord progressions, but none has stood the test of time as the four-chord song. What is it about this progression (and its variations) that ...
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What kind of progression is this?

Sometimes I listen to some songs and try to get the underlying features of it, and this time I've hit a bump.... I have no idea what is the progression on the following song: It's TheFatRat and AleXa'...
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How to use Jim Fleser's chord wheel for minor progressions?

I'm using the chord wheel by Jim Fleser to try figure out some chords that would go well with a baseline I played. But, I don't understand how minor progressions work with this chord wheel. Where ...
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iv7 and m7-5 function

I couldn't quite understand the movement of this progression and the function of both Abm7 and Am7-5 chord in this progression. Fm || Abm7 || Cm | Bb | Am7-5 Do they move to minor scale momentarily ...
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Intro of A Whiter Shade of Pale: is my analysis of chords correct?

I wonder about 2 points in this intro (I can ask them in to different questions if desired) I'm not sure whether I hear this progression correct ... The beginning ...
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How can you listen and judge where you are in the music whilst improvising?

When improvising over a chord progression, I have a hard time knowing where I'm at. I'm thinking about what I am trying to play and not listening to what going on in the background. I know this comes ...
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What is a chord progression?

I do not know about chord progressions. What is a chord progression? What is an example of chord progression?
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D major in a C major Chord progression?

on this site It gives a chord progression in C major by default(C G Am F), and I'm interested in one of the "Alternatives" it offers for the progression: G,D,Em,C the progression is also quoted in ...

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