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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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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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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Can I use two minor scales in the same song? [duplicate]

I've been composing a song, using the chord progression Am - G#° - Dm7/A - E (i - VII - iv - V), that is using the Harmonic minor scale. The song has some melodies, that appear in different parts. The ...
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Is this chord progression possible?

recently I've been thinking a chord progression that I'm not sure whether it's correct or uncommon. I'm just a music lover and never go into music theory deep. I just play by my ear and the chord ...
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Songwriting and Chord Progressions like Elton John

I know this might be a weird question, but bear with me. Recently I've been listening and analyzing Elton John's songs. I really loved the songwriting, chord progressions and chord voicing. In an ...
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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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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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Esus4 in the key of C. How can I use it?

Recently I've discovered that Esus4 chord can be built by using notes from C major scale (Esus4 notes: E-A-B - no 'sharps' or 'flats'). But I don't know how can I use the chord in the keys of C or Am ...
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The role of G in The Sound of Silence in A minor

So the chord sequence for The Sound of Silence in Am (the key I play in because I lost my capo) is roughly Am G Am C F C F C F C Am C G Am G etc. My question is why the G before Am, "within the ...
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Can I improvise inversions when my piece has slash cords?

I'm new to learning to play piano from a fake book. I've read that when you play a slash cord, the note on the bottom of the slash is supposed to be played in the bass. However, I've also read that ...
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What key does the chord progression E, D, C#, B, E, D, C#, G belong to?

I noticed while playing guitar recently that the chords E, D, C#, B, and then E, D, C#, G sound good together although to my knowledge those chords can’t be in the same key because of the E and the C#....
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Can secondary dominants be used to tonicize non-diatonic chords?

During music theory class I was taught in C major we have six possible secondary dominant chords that resolve to non-tonic diatonic chords: A7 (- Dm) B7 (- Em) C7 (- F) D7 (- G) E7 (- Am) F#7 (- ...
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Why is the vii° chord often substituted by a V chord when the full major-key circle of fifths progression appears in modern popular music?

When the full circle of fifths progression in major keys appear in pop/rock songs the vii° chord is often replaced by a V chord. For example, in the Love Live (anime) OST "Snow Halation", ...
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m7b5 chord in a progression?

E | F# | G#m7 | D#m7 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 | B E | Gdim | G#m7 | Fm7-5 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 I'm sure that Gdim serve as a diminished seventh to G#m7, but what purpose does that Fm7-5 serves? it's from a ...
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Are there rules for voice-leading? How do you approach splitting a chord progression into different instruments? [closed]

So I write pop/hip-hop music and I'm trying to split my chord progression across instruments. How do you approach doing this well? Cheers, A
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What is IV-V4/2-iii-vi-ii-V-I called?

In many pop songs I've seen this progression: IV - V4/2 - iii - vi - ii - V - I What is this called? To me it looks like a modified circle of fifths progression.
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Melodies vs. Harmonies

Any recommendations on how to distinguish melodies from the harmony of a song? When listening to certain songs it seems as if the chord progression is acting as the melody of the song. Can a chord ...
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What is the relationship between the chords in the bridge of Frank Ocean's Sweet Life?

The chords in the bridge to Frank Ocean's Sweet Life are: ||: C#maj9 | C#m7 | Bmaj7 | A#m7 :|| Here's a link to a tutorial of the song that shows the chords: And a ...
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What is the harmony of this bar from Chopin's Minute waltz?

Consider following excerpt from Chopin's Minute waltz in D flat major. The last bar is the chord of D flat major (tonic). What is the chord of the penultimate bar? Why is there an A flat and A natural ...
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Bass notes relation to harmony?

I posted a question some time ago asking for tips And suggestions hearing chord progression. Many of the answers I received back told me to “listen to the bass note”. Anyone care to explain or ...
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Aren't Pachelbel's Canon in D chords actually V-I's?

Everywhere you look, you see that Pachelbel's Canon in D's chord progression is I-V-VI-III-IV-I-IV-V, but I've had some jazz (piano) schooling and I 'hear' that there's more to it, and it sounds like ...
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Can Aug7 chords be used in place of any dominant chord?

I am trying to analyze a chord progression that has an augmented 7 chord but since it doesn't resolve, I am trying to figure out what to make of it. Here is a part of the song that uses it. My take ...
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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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Is there a functional interpretation for VIIb in La Follia?

La Follia chord peogression is usually written as: i - V7 - i - VII - III - VII - i - V7 (first eight bars) i -V7 - VII - III - VII - i,V7 - i (second eight bars) I can understand how this progression ...
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

I have no problem identifying instruments, the different role they play in a song, the scales and modes of a song etcetera etcetera. I even understand harmony and the logics and theories surrounding ...
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Relationship between chord progression of backing track and scale of solo

I've started improvising guitar solos over some backing tracks like this one, and the videos always start by stating the chord progression and then saying which scale you can solo in for it to sound ...
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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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Help understanding the chord analysis and key of song, "You Are" by Kem

Please help if you can analyze the song "You Are" by Kem. Verse progression is | D#m | B | D#m | B | D#m | B | E |F# and the Chorus progression is |D |Em |F# |Bm |D |Em |...
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Middle 8 Confusion in "Yesterday"

In my understanding the middle 8 should provide contrast to a song with verse/refrain form. From the titles i've looked at, many middle 8's (and more generally, bridges) end on dominant harmony to ...
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Hearing the difference between VIIdim7 - Im and Vm - Im

I've been using EarMaster to practice hearing progressions. For most of them, I can pick out a certain interval and slowly improve my accuracy. Major against Minor triads — I try to pick out the 3rd ...
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How do I know what patterns to play under a melody?

So I made a melody in my head and translated it to a keyboard. I'm not sure which key it's in but I think it's in D# minor. But I just CAN'T, for the life of me, add a bass to it... I really like this ...
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Within acoustic blues guitar, why triads and inversions?

Within acoustic blues guitar how important are triads and their inversions? I have read and studied, they are mostly used on the E1st. B2nd. and G3rd. strings, I do not quite understand them, I don’t ...
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Aeolian mode harmony

I have been having trouble writing progressions in other modes, and I think this question might get me one step closer to understanding the modes (in this case just Aeolian) from a different ...
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Can a maj7sus4 chord be used like a dominant 7 chord?

I've read that dominant 7 chord drives toward some kind of resolution because the tritone between the 3rd and b7th that creates some form of tension that craves to be resolved one of these two ways : ...
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Cannot seem to discover what scale is used in a sample (Dm F Em D♯)

I've stumbled upon a sample in one of my sample packs from KSHMR it is labeled as Dm-F-Em-D♯ Progression, I'm new to music theory and just recently started learning how to find scales but this one, in ...
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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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Will a song of F-major sound higher than C-major if they are following the same harmonic progression?

When trying to write songs in F-major, I realize that by using inversions I can achieve a range that is manageable for instruments and voices to play. Yet, I notice that more often than not, my ...
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I can't hear the chords in this song, are there any or am I mistaking chords for melody? [closed]

I'm trying to train my hear to listen and separate out the chords, melody, bass, and drums in music I enjoy listening to, and practice my music by re-creating these styles. ...
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4part harmony, secondary dominant's deceptive cadence

Is it a rule that in a secondary dominant's deceptive cadence the root note goes upper one step to the target chord's root note and the 7th note goes down one step to the 5th note ? Is this a rule ...
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How do you determine the Chord progression of a song?

Any tips or strategies that you guys would like to share on how you determine the chord progression in a song or a musical composition ? Though I understand chord progressions and the musical theory ...
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IVm6 or IVm7? (in major)

(Note: using the key of C major as generic instead of roman numerals.) Yesterday I was reading the book "Hearin' the Changes" (by Coker, Knapp and Vincent), which discusses Fm7-B♭7-C as an ...
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flattened-seventh chord function [duplicate]

I this post, I received some information on the usage of a flattened-seventh chord in progressions, which, along with the flattened-third, seem to be popular choices in the rock world to add flavor. ...
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Does the subdominant prepare the dominant : a general rule? [closed]

Can we say that iv prepares the V in a minor key? Because iv is a subdominant chord and V is the dominant?
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How to choose scales for improvisation based on chords used in a progression?

When playing a tune that has both, minor and major chords, what scale would be safe to use for soloing? It seems that a Minor Pentatonic would work for the minor chords, but not that well for the ...
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Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (here is what is sounds on piano https://soundcloud.com/tomasz-jasku-a-133883769/keyboardforsolo-rzczywistosc) : Time 1 & 2: C#, ...
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Question about playing over chord changes, go to next chord

In music theory there is a process for going to the next chord that involves playing a note just before the next chord that resolves to a chord tone of the upcoming chord. However this messes up my ...
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Substitution of ♭VI for iv

Today I was listening Héctor Lavoe, accurately the song "Plato de Segunda Mesa": I heard something that captured my attention, the substitution of B♭m by D♭...
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In what language-level in Chomsky's hierarchy would the chord-progressions of classical music be categorized?

Formal languages In language-theory and grammar-theory, a language is the output generated by a grammar. Let's say "the grammar" is the rules and "the language" is the sentences and words that may ...
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Do styles have expected sounds?

I was wondering if chord progressions and melody have to sound a certain way to be part of a style of music? Like Hard Rock or Goth. Never heard of goth but if I did I would expect it to have a creepy ...
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Good reference book for the theory and chords of MINOR keys

While decoding Take Five by Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck I've been told that it's in the key of D Minor - but my books only seem to cover the Major Keys and the Major Scales - is there a good ...

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