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Difference between V7 and Vmaj7 chords?

Im looking at this modal chord chart, and not really sure of the notation. What is s the difference between the 5 chord in the Ionian mode (V7) and the 5 chord of the Lydian (VM7)?
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Constructing “add” (and other extended) chords confusion

I've been struggling with this for a while. When building add chords like CaddX or dominant like CX do i always use major scale? Let's say i have C and Cm chords - shouldn't it be done accordingly ...
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Extended chords in modes

Im slightly confused E-aeolian, Em9- E G B D F#, Em9/b9- E G B D F If im using E-phrygian the 9th is already flatted does it mean Em9 in phrygian is Em9/#9? Or should the calculation of 9/11/13 ...
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Are interval Vectors used as a tool to determine how Consonant or Dissonant a Horizontal/Vertical Sonority is? [closed]

I've been looking into set theory and am trying to understand it, whilst also find applications of its use in my own composition.
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Adviced learning path: from electric guitar tab player to real electric guitar and music knowledge

I’m decided to take up playing (learning) electric guitar. I have basic knowledge of sol-fa (I can read music), but not that much of advanced sol-fa (scales...) I’ve played for years using tabs ...
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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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When to use different type of chords in composition?

I want to know when to use (i.e., situation and feel) different type of chords listed below. Could you please help me to know that? Major - Bright - Happy Feeling, Minor - Dull - Sad feeling, ...
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Finding the corresponding chords from sheet music

I am a beginner in reading sheet music. I can understand what each notes are and one stave has a G clef and the other an F clef. I am trying to solo this on guitar and was wondering if there is a ...
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Minor Second Chord (or Microtonal) Dissonance Exploration

I have been fooling around with some minor second dyad chords and am coming up short on what to call the resulting sounds they produce. For instance on a piano/keyboard, a chord made of middle C and ...
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Why does a C7(b13/#9) use numbers higher than seven?

why does a C7(b13/#9) use numbers higher than seven? the notes (from a recent Adam Neely video) are, (I think, from watching the video "a few" times) from bottom to top C G | E bA bB #D ... Thanks
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V7 and the minor scale

I am reading through Mark Levine's Jazz theory book, He says there is no workable dominant 7th chord in the minor scale. OK, that is true if you look at the descending melodic minor / natural minor ...
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What is a “indeterminate chord”?

The sheet below is depicting a "inderteminate chord": the piece is in F# minor and the chords have 2 notes each: F# and C#. THE CHORD DOESN'T INCLUDE THIRDS:
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What are the best mathematically enriched books for music theory? [closed]

I have very basic knowledge about music theory but have a rich background on math. I was looking for books that explains music theory with the some sophisticated mathematical structures. Thanks in ...
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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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What is the logic behind a chord consisting of the 3rd, 5th, and 7th of a chord with the root of the chord in the bass? [closed]

What is the logic behind a chord consisting of the 3rd, 5th, and 7th of a chord with the root of the chord in the bass?
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Function of Minor sixth chords

What are the precise harmonic functions of the Minor sixth chord? I remember that I read somewhere that they play often the role of the I degree in a chord progression (like the often used 6/9 chord) ...
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Diminished 7th notation, match the key or key signature?

I'm planning on using a diminished 7th to modulate out of Eb minor and into Eb major. I'm thinking of using this diminished 7th or one of its enharmonic equivalents: This chord could then resolve to ...
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Is a I sus2 chord the same as a Vsus4 chord?

I am learning a song that has a V sus 4 chord and then in the guitar version of the same song the person who notated it used a Isus2 chord instead... I realize they sound very similar. Are they the ...
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How would these chords from “Christmas Time Is Here” be analyzed?

I'm wondering how to go about analyzing some of the chords from this piece. I have a lot of tonal harmony knowledge, but am a little limited in my knowledge of jazz theory. However, I'd love to hear ...
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#14 in a chord?

I have a chord consisting of G, B, D, F, B, D#, F# and makes the polychord B/G7. The G7 at the bottom resolves to a C chord, and the top B chord shifts chromatically upwards into a C chord as well. Is ...
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difference between b10 and #9? [duplicate]

What is the difference between b10 and #9? In answer to the question Why does E7 sharp 9 have a G? Matt L. writes: I think the real question is whether that chord should be called E7(#9) - as is ...
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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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Why does E7 sharp 9 have a G?

For the E7 sharp 9 chord, I don't understand how it has a G in it. The ninth note on the E scale is F, so that would be F sharp. How is it G?
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Chord naming. 6ths, 13ths. What's the difference [duplicate]

Is the chord of the notes C E G Bb A, a C7th add 6th or is it a 13th? The main point of my question is do you need the 9th and the 11th to diffrentiate? And is that critical? In other words are music ...
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What is the music theory behind substituting the IV chord in a I-IV-V progession in A for a G7 instead of D?

The other day I was playing guitar and messing around with adding various embellishments to a blues I-IV-V progression in the key of A. One I particularly enjoyed was substituting the D (IV) chord for ...
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Gb with polychord next to it2/#4?

So, I'm arranging a medly and I'm very new to music, so sorry if this is common knowledge but... I found this chord I understand it means to add 2 and #4 but, I don't know what it is called. If ...
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What's an “add” chord?

The name implies that you are adding a note, but we already notate that explicitly in the chord name and quality. We say Cm7, not Cm add 7. If we want a 9th, we can go Cm9, but is Cm add 9 correct ...
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if chords are not only linked to the major scale, then why scales at all?

I have been playing guitar for years now and I thought I -at least- knew music theory basics... I was told a long time ago that chords were built upon scales notes yet I stumbled upon this question ...
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What is this chord in Grande Valse Brilliante?

The chord circled in red is what I am asking about. I know that in the measure before, there is a diminished seventh chord. I'm certain that this is a dominant function chord(or at least, locally to ...
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Is Alberti bass really a type of arpeggio?

When I hear the term "arpeggio", to me, it is much more specific than just a broken chord. A broken chord, obviously is any chord that isn't played as a block chord. This could mean anything from ...
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Is there such a thing as a flat15 chord?

If I'm playing a G9, then want to add a major 7th to it, the notes would be: G B D F A F# Could we notate that as G9 add b15? Is there a more correct name for this chord?
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Does the voicing of a chord affect the name it's been given? If not, what does?

So I came across a YouTube video where the guy kept referring to a chord as Cm♭6 (C minor flat 6th). However, it seems to me that with a little rearranging this could also be written as a simple ...
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Explaining the Meaning of the G#6b5 Piano Chord played in the Key of C Major

How does one explaining the meaning of the G#6b5 Chord to another with little to no musical background of Chords?
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Correct chord name for Am(maj7)add9?

Given the chord notes A-C-E-G#-B, what is the correct chord name assuming the song is in the key of Am? It is an E/Am polychord and the dissonance between the C and the B is the sound I'm seeking, ...
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What's the root of this chord progression

I've encountered a chord progression, but I'm not quite sure to which key it belongs (I discovered it by playing around on a guitar). The chord progression sounds like this: Amadd9 Em/G F#7add11
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Understanding Cm7-F7-F#Maj7-G# progression

I recently started studying music theory, and while exploring inverted 7th chords, I put together this chord progression simply because it sounded quite good to me. What I can’t get is how to ...
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Why can some 5ths be replaced with 6ths in an extended chord, but not all?

I want to get more comfortable playing a wider variety of chords voicings, so recently I've been playing around with lots of different chord progressions in my warmups. A pianist I like put out a ...
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What is an altered chord?

A chord can be altered in many ways, but not all alterations make a chord an "altered" chord. Which alterations actually make a chord an altered chord? Do altered chords have special notation?
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Notating “enharmonic” chords, e.g. iv7 vs bVI6

I've seen those two chords bVI6 and iv7 used interchangeably for what seems like the same context following I -> IV chord movements in B sections (sometimes continuing to the dominant, sometimes ...
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In chord symbol notation, how far is “7/6” normally taken?

Wikipedia has an article on the 7/6 chord. It only shows chords built on major triads with added major sixth and minor seventh intervals. For example, a C7/6 chord is comprised of C E G A B♭. How far ...
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Why are second inversion triads considered less consonant than first inversion triads?

Can anyone help me understand why second inversion triads are considered less stable than 1st inversion triads even though the intervals between the bass (chordal 5th), root, and chordal 3rd of a ...
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How to determine passing chords

How do you determine passing chords from one chord to another, as I've seen how most gospel/jazz pianists do? So far, I am familiar with progressions such as the II-V-I as means to go from one chord ...
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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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Play right handed guitar upside down strung same way as a right handed guitar but I’m also right handed

I Play right handed guitar upside down strung same way as a right handed guitar but I’m right handed. I’ve been playing this way for about 8/9 years I first played a left hand guitar left handed but ...
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Is there a way to make a Minor key sound “less dark”?

So I have been tasked with trying to write a thing over a backing track written in G minor (scale is harmonic), and I have been asked if there was a way to make it sound "less dark". My question is: ...
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How to accompany with piano in latin music when given only chords?

Say we want to play piano and we know these things: We have a I-IV-V-I chord progression We we want to play a measure in C major (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) So if we look at I-IV-V-I in C major from the ...
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In chord construction, in a Adim, for example, is it indifferrent to have instead of A, C, D#, have, A, C and Eb

In chord a construction, in a Adim, for example, is it indifferent to have instead of A, C, D#, have, A, C and Eb?
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Transcribing Take It To The Head By Dj Khaled [closed]

I know you all are pitch-perfect, and can literally discern the note of a hi-hat being played next to white noise so I had some questions about transcribing the highlighted areas on the gyazo links.. ...
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Suspensions in 'The Long and Winding Road'?

Ian MacDonald (music critic/author) writes of the "heartbreaking suspensions" that characterize the harmony of "The Long and Winding Road". I was curious about this, so I printed the first page of ...
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How the position of a chord's notes is determined on the guitar fret board?

It seems the position of a chord's notes on a guitar fret board should obey some rules! As an example; why, in Cm chord, the G note on lower E String is not in count? I'll be thankful if anyone can ...