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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Have I identified my cadences correctly?

I am having so much trouble with cadence identification. After hours of Youtube video explanations I think that I have this correctly. Have I? How can I make this process easier? a. Perfect b. ...
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How to use ♭III in music composition?

From the Borrowed Chords theory, I should be able to use the flat-third major (♭III) in my composition and it should sound good. However, after many trial and errors, I am unable to discover any ...
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How was this chord progression created?

The song is "Let me love you" by Mario, which is in the key of G minor. In the verse and the chorus, Cm7 - Gm7 - F chords are used, which is the iv, i and VII of the G minor natural scale. However, ...
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Beethoven “Appassionata” measure 42

I’m trying to figure out the chord progression in the highlighted measure. I know the key shifts from A flat major to minor, but what do the #c minor and A major chords do here? How can I write them ...
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Why does Am7 work in the song best part part by Daniel Caesar

The cord progression for the song is: Dmaj7, Am7, Gmaj7, Bbmaj7 And the melody is mostly from Dmaj pentatonic. So the song appears to be in D major. My question, how does Am7 work here? Since it's ...
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Playing the same melody over different chord progressions

I'm considering a structure of the following sort for a jazz/rock fusion song: Section A: 2-bar instrumental guitar line repeated a couple of times over a chord progression like C-G-C-G, followed by ...
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What is the progression from A minor to F minor called?

I'm a beginner piano player and theorist and played around on the piano and came across this progression from Am to Fm which has a very grim and black metalesque/dungeon synthy sound. I couldn't find ...
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Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression

I have been trying to analyze a score (the first one that I have attempted) and I'm a bit confused about how to analyze these chords. Here's the part (and here's the full piece for context): Take the ...
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Substitution of minor chord for major VI chord

I came up with this progression while trying to make a song that involves guitar arpeggios and string sections: Em Cm Em/B C6 Em C B-B+ Cm6 (Em/B I mean with a chord inversion and B-B+ I mean half ...
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When creating a bass line, how do I know what notes I'm allowed to use?

I've been playing bass for about two years now. I've learned plenty of beginner/intermediate songs and play with some friends about once a week. I have no problem playing the songs, but I kinda just ...
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Understanding bVII harmony [duplicate]

I was analyzing "Try to Remember" from the musical "The Fantasticks" and became stumped on what seems to be a flatted seventh major chord stuck in the middle of the song. I'd like to understand what's ...
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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. So the I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, ...
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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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Is there a standard way of singing over ii-V-I in jazz?

I am new to music theory especially jazz and blues. I have since learned about writing lyrics or singing over a traditional 12 bar blues progression using AAB form, thus repeating the first line (A) ...
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Why does this chord progression work? I feel like I've heard it before but can't find the pattern

I had this song stuck in my head all day and tried to play by ear the section that starts around 1:40 on the guitar. If I'm not wrong, the chord progression here is the following : |Am / / / |C / / /...
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What is this chord progression?

There is a chord progression in Nasty Majesty (Track 2 in Octotune, from Splatoon 2) that I am having trouble analyzing. It is: Gminor Bflat Cminor D7 Gminor and I am not sure how to analyze it. I ...
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Why do I hear a major key lament bass in Bach's Chaconne in D minor?

I noticed as I listen to Bach's Chaconne in D minor, that not only do I hear a lament bass when Bach is in D minor but also when he is in D major. But why? It isn't like the lament bass is normally ...
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What is a secondary dominant chord?

What is a secondary dominant chord? What's the theory behind them? How are they used in composition?
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Two types of chromatic chord progressions?

Sometimes chromatic progressions seem to just shift a chord a certain amount of semi-tones with no regards to the scale like chromatic mediants and chromatic planing, chromatic alterations, etc. But ...
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Is the ii V I scale based on the upcoming I scale ? Wouldn't that cause key change?

The key is in E Major. The chord progression goes like E - C#m - B/F#,F# - B I thought the chord progressions were I - Vi - V/V - I But if you see the first bar at the picture, there is A# in ...
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chorus construction in pop and rock

At the moment, I feel like my choruses are, in fact, just a slight and arbitrary variation in harmony from the verse. Switch to the ride cymbal and maybe play straight eight notes on the guitars, and ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto “Merry Christmas, Mr. Laurence”

The original song is not in C Maj key but the sheet I Have is in C Maj so let just see as the key is in C maj (The [B] part starts 1:50) How does the Gm (Vm) come ...
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Standard 12 bar blues shuffle

In a standard 12 bar blues shuffle, “A” Major, on a six string guitar, in standard tuning. When you get to the IV, I know... I can play the pentatonic major/minor, I know I can do some mode positions ...
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How would you analyze this chord progression?

I have this chord progression I need to analyze. The songs is definitely in the key of D throughout the verses and choruses, but this bridge is very crazy: Em Eb D E G Em D
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Can you help me analyse some Baroque playing?

im trying to make serious study of Ted Greenes Baroque improvisation lessons on Youtube, and am hoping someone more experienced can tell me the function of a particular two chords; The section of the ...
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Cadence I V I IV

This cadence with inversion is correct: key Gmajor G - D/F# - G/B - C? I have a doubt with the line of bass
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Did Elliott Smith use Chromatic Mediants?

Just a quick question. So I'm watching this video about theory on Elliott Smith and the guy that made this says: "I think that the number one most important thing that you'll hear in his songs. Moving ...
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Chord progression where tonic chord does not appear at all

The song Weird Fishes (Arpeggi) by Radiohead has a chord progression which has been shared in a website and I believe it is more or less correct: Em7 F#m7 A A7 A6 Gmaj7 The song seems to be in ...
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Applying some analysis to Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj

Why does Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj work so well? How can we describe the relationships between these chords? What key am I even in? Amaj and Dmaj could be I and IV in A major, or Cmaj and Dmaj could be ...
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Composing chord progressions for samba

I know that there are questions on samba chords, samba rhythm, samba shapes and samba melody but, as far as I am aware, this site does not have a question about the tonality and harmony of samba music....
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How to make a song with chords and scales?

I play acoustic guitar and have been learning a bunch of chords and scales. I can play many progressions already, and I am starting to write music. I am wondering how you would bridge chord ...
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Ending a song with a dominant chord

As far as i know, almost all songs end in the tonic chord, because this is the most "stable" condition. On the other hand, a dominant chord at the end of a progression (or song) sounds "incomplete". ...
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transition chords for the ii-V progression

Besides simple half step approaches to the next chord do you know of any nice transition chords between the ii and V and/or the V and ii when playing on a ii-V vamp?
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What is a B-flat major chord doing in the key of A minor?

The piece is Chopin's waltz in A minor op. 34 no. 2, measure 70: We seem to be in the key of A minor due to the cadences in measures 71 and 73. But B-flat major is not in the key of A minor (right?)...
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Expanding the I-IV progression

I wanted to make the I-IV progression a little more interesting by having the I fall a third to its relative minor, vi, before moving to IV (so, I-vi-IV). I do like the melodramatic I-vi progression, ...
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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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Non-repeating chord progression in pop verse progression

I am having trouble understanding a pop song verse progression that I came across. Please see the following screenshot of the sheet music: Here are the two main things I notice: 1) The first "...
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Need help analysing song

Newbie here and just stared analysing songs I came across this tune that has the following chord progression Dmaj7 Dmaj7 | Fmaj7 Fmaj7 | F#m F | D D The song seems to resolve on an A but doesnt ...
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Is this an imperfect authentic cadence in a minor key?

In the case where the chords ending a phrase (in B minor) are: | D | A | A#m | Bm | in B minor it would be III V/III(VII) #vii i In my opinion the A#m is a passing chord, which leaves me with D A ...
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Melodic minor and the ii chord

I am curious about the following. If you look at the Melodic Minor scale (ascending) it is really just Dorian with a major 7th. In Jazz we do not alter this mode when descending. In classical ...
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How does Different Chord Qualities work in Chord Progressions?

I'm curious how different types of chord qualities affect chord progressions, for example: Can an add9 chord be added into a C F G progression?
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How can I structure effective chord progressions? [closed]

I am keen to learn to produce electronic music. I have a beginner level knowledge of music theory, however, I struggle with making simple chord progressions. How can I apply music theory to help ...
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What other scales can be played over ii chord in ii-V-I besides Dorian?

Soloing over ii-V-I is usually associated with modes. Dorian-Myxolydian-Ionian. I'm trying to expand my soloing by playing "outside", so I wanted to find out what other scales can be played over ...
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Math rock chord progression analysis

I have been given this chord progression I have to analyse: Em9 | F#m7 F#7/G | Bm11 | Cmaj7 Dmaj7 | Em9 (loop around) I've got around to set E as the root since it's the one that sounds the most ...
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added tone chords

Some of my favorite songs included added tones in their chord progressions to keep things interesting. I would like to follow suit, but I tend to become overwhelmed with the options: sevenths, added-...
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Do all 7th progessions sound good as triad progressions? [closed]

I am studying non-diatonic 7th chords in chord progressions and was wondering if most non diatonic 7th chords would still sound good in their triad version? I guess the answer is yes but are there ...
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What are these chords called?

So I have these chords in my song, and was wondering what they're called. I've heard they might be classed as an 'inversion' or 'power chord', but I'm still learning musical jargon so any insight ...
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Using chord iii in a chord progression (major key)

I haven't come across music as yet where chord iii is used in a chord progression. I read somewhere that generally chord iii is not used, or very rarely used. Is this correct? If chord iii is used, ...
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Chord progression (Em7,Bm7 what next)?

I’m working on my song and need help with chord progression. The verse chord progression is : G, Cadd9, A7sus4 and Dsus4 I made a bridge with Em7 and Bm7 but I don’t know what need to come next (I ...
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What are the characteristics of Late Romantic English Music?

What common characteristics can you find in the works of composers like Holst, Vaughan Williams, or Grainger? I list these three in particular because of their propensity to build on existing folk ...

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