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For questions about the theory behind building and naming chords.

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expansion of the tonic

Another analysis of Strokes songs here. I love this band! Looking at the choruses of Hard to Explain, Barely Legal, and New York City Cops, I see similarities. It appears that the boys are just ...
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Why does it work? [on hold]

"Why does it work?" Possibly the most common four words on this forum. Someone comes up with a non-diatonic chord sequence. We generally manage to label it for them - "Mixolydian" or "Modal ...
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How to Analyse a Chord Progression of “Nature” by Rega Dauna Project? [on hold]

I have a question of the chord progression of the tune called "Nature" by Rega Dauna Project. ( ) I don't know how to analyze the chords of Harmonica solo section from ...
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Harmonic Analysis of Chopin's etude op.10 no 5

In the circled part, what is the harmony? Is the E-flat a non-chord tone or is this just some weird chord? (I've only learnt basic harmony.)
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Is GbM7 to DbM7/F also a chromatic movement?

I was writing a song in Bbm key. And the chord progression goes something like. Bbm,GbM7, DbM7/F In this situation does the GbM7 going to DbM7/F also consider as chromatic progression ? If it is,why ...
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Make Songs from Major Scale sound like Romany/Balkan/Hindi

We are trying to make songs sound "gypsy". We tried using double harmonic scale, but we're not sure how are we gonna make the chords fit the scale. Most of the songs we play are on major scale. ...
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Common Diatonic Chords Progressions? [closed]

The chords shown below are already compatible with the C Major scale. These are the diatonic chords. I ii iii IV V vi viidim C major = C , Dm , Em , ...
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Understanding chord prolongations

Harmonically oriented neo-Schenkerian analysis and generative theories have in common the concept that a single chord can be "prolonged" over a given span of music, even if not every (or even any) ...
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How are chords named?

I'm trying to understand this but I've not been very successful. For instance, this is a chord I took from something online to demonstrate: This is in the Bass clef, no key signature, and called F (...
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Pentatonic Scale and Chord Qualities

I am trying to play the pentatonic in the Key of G-Major. But like in Major scales we have the sequence Maj-min-min-Maj-Maj-min-dim, is there something for Pentatonic as well.?
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Does the harmony change in this part?

In the circled part, does the harmony change to ii or is the D an échappé (escape note) to the dominant?
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Is Cmaj7 in the C major scale different than the Cmaj7 in the C Dorian scale?

I was told that the 7 in Cmaj7 indicates the 7th scale degree. But here's what's confusing to me: in the C major scale, the 7th scale degree is B. And the interval from the root note of the Cmaj7 ...
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The major to minor/minor to major switch

From my previous question I decided to search for some info on switching between major and minor and the other way around. Unfortunately, I cannot find anything. And unfortunately, I couldn't find ...
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What is the use of the minor V chord in this song?

First of all, I would like to say hi since this is the first question I've had on this website. I recently came across Officially missing you by Tamia and when I look up the chord progression on ...
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Odd chord progression sounds perfect to my ears

I was playing yesterday and made up this 4 bar chord progression: Cm, F, C, Fm It's odd I guess, but it sounds perfect to what I am singing over it. Does it comply with music rules and is it anyway ...
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Chords with both major and minor sevenths

i was messing around trying to write a weird chord progression and i came across something i hadnt seen before. i played an E7 chord on the guitar but i played a D# on the b string, so the fingering ...
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Other than the Maj7, what other chords can create others by altering only one note?

So I have done this great exercise where you alter one note at a time to create a new chord: Cmaj7 C E G B C7 C E G B♭ Cm7 C E♭ G B♭ Cm7♭5 C E♭ G♭ B♭ ...
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Can use a B7chord voicing in the key of Bm?

Hi just starting out in guitar and songwriting. Was told that my song is in the key of Bm . In my Chorus section, my chords are Am-Dm-Bm-Am-F-F# and I wanted the last chord (one the last word I'm ...
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theory - D major in F major chord progression?

I am taking a music theory online course and there is an example I don't understand. The chord progression is: F Bb C F D Gm C7 FMaj7 The first 4 bar is just I-IV-V-I and the last three bar is II-V-...
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Chord Sequence of “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters

"Learn to Fly" of the Foo Fighters is in the key of B The sequence of chords of the B scale harmonized is B - C#m - D#m - E - F# - G#m - A#º - B I - IIm - IIIm - IV - V - VIm - VIIº - I But ...
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What do the R, 3m, and 5 mean in the Am chord?

I know as much that R means Root note, but what does the rest mean?
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Is there any compendium mapping chord progressions to mood and sentiments? [closed]

Came across an Android app that enlists chord progressions with a mapping to mood or sentiment that it conveys (or expected to convey, I presume to certain audience). For various reasons, I am bit ...
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Diminished key?

Why can't a song be in a half-diminished, diminished, augmented, or altered key? Or technically, why aren't songs in half-diminished, diminished, augmented, or altered keys? I've asked one of my ...
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Tension due to Chords of major scale

Why the chord iii doesn't have pull towards chord I? just thinking so because Chord iii contain leading tone in it... eg in a key of C major...Chord E {E,G,B}
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What if musical piece not ended with tonic chord?

I've a chord progression G, A, Bm, A, repeating itself throuh whole song in a key of B minor....i mean How it will affect the listener and how they feel ..
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What is the real meaning of “dominant” in music? [duplicate]

Please answer with a simple explanation and example. Why is every 5th tone from tonic called "dominant"?
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Removing a note from a chord

I was playing around on the piano and decided to write some chords down. One of the, I couldn't find anywhere, nor figure out what it's called. This lead me on a research spree which left me with two ...
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Are there many alternatives of chord sequence given a progression?

I just started my journey of music, and I am wondering if the possible choices for chord sequence can be many given a progression, according to music theory. I am worried about using the wrong or ...
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F Dm Am C (Lydian?) Progression

I've been recently wrapping my head around the analysis of the following progression: F Dm Am C. Would you agree it's got an undeniable lydian vibe? I know an explicit lydian progression should ...
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Slash chords and notation for A/C (according to Haunschild Book)

I am currently working on a book on music-theory by Haunschild “Die neue Harmonielehre” (the question is not too specific so it might also have some general value for people not working with this book....
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What is the connection between a key and chords outside of it

I'm writing a piano app for a high school class I teach and I'm trying to figure out the best algorithm to name chords related to a specific key. I'll use C major as the example for this question. I'...
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Final chord of Duruflé Requiem

I recently sang, and separately listened to a performance of Duruflé's requiem. While listening, I was struck by the last chord of the in Paradisum, which adds an unexpected note half way through (and ...
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Why is the third triad dominant?

I'm working through "Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony" by Tchaikovsky and I had a question about this section on triads (he's working with a C Major scale): The whole mass of major and minor ...
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Are chord symbols just a guide for players?

Is it correct to say that a chord symbol in all cases is just a guide on what notes you can play? In other words, a C major chord is C E G, but when I see C written on the sheet music, I am free to ...
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What does IV/IV signify in a chord progression?

I have a chord progression here: This is the verse of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" I have put a flame emoji over the spot I'm confused by. The chord doesn't belong to the original key. From ...
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What are the four chords that so many pop songs are based on?

Apparently, a lot of pop music is based on the same four chords, the video does not say which those may be. Any idea what four chords they are talking about?
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How should I name the chord in the following progression? Dsus4/Bb? Bbmaj13?

I'm struggling to work out how to name the second chord in the following progression from a song I am transcribing: It's a sort of Dsus4 inversion with a b6 in the bass. My best guess is that it ...
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Dm9 chord - the fifth and the seventh

I'm looking for the naming background behind the Dm9 chord (perhaps some others also but this one got me confused). Here is the example: This translates to: d2 - root (for the D in the cord) f2 - ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning being E, A, D, G, C, F (the high E and B strings being raised a half-step from standard tuning). One reason to do this is ...
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What do two flats next to each other mean?

I'm looking at a definition/formula for a chord tone: Diminished 7th Chord Tone Formula = 1, Flat3, Flat5, FlatFlat7 of the major scale Do two flats next to each other mean descend by two semi-tones?...
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Why does a C Major chord work in the key of D Major [duplicate]

I apologise if this is a dumb question. I don't know a great deal of music theory but I am interested in learning more about it. I've seen that if you harmonise the major scale you get I maj, II min ...
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How do I correctly borrow chords from one key to another?

So how does one decide to borrow chords? Let's say I am in the key of C Major. Can I borrow chords, say, from the G Major key? How does this work?
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Analysis of borrowed chords in Lush's “Single Girl”

I am analysing the chords from songs I like, in order to understand why I like them and to reuse the ideas in contexts that suit my voice and playing styles better. I am going through Lush - Single ...
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Chord sounding weirdly/ how to read those notes (Piano) [duplicate]

So I've got some notes I would like to play on my piano, but when I do, it sounds quite weird. Maybe I'm not playing to good notes, maybe I'm mistaking when I'm reading the sheet. The two sharps at ...
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How do I find a closely related key to C minor?

In a minor key there is no chord on the second scale degree. Why? Is it because it is a diminished chord?
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Why do we have same chord but different name?

Recently I found that Cdim7 chord and Cm7b5 has same set of notes in their chords but they have different names. So, are they same ? In general, do we find chords that have the same set of notes but ...
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If the bass moves chromatically is any chord progression possible?

Let say there is a chord progression something like (C Major key) C - Bb7 - F/A From Bb7 (SubV7) which would probably go to A. Will it be ok to resolute only the bass to A and go to a different ...
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Is it CMaj9/B or Cadd9/B?

Because the /B is the Maj7, is it better to say Maj9/B or add9/B? I feel like the first is redundant, but the add9/B makes it sound like it omits the 7 until you realize that the /B is the 7th. Which ...
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What is it about the blues chord progression that makes the blues feel?

I was reading a book and I saw that in a common 12 bar blue chord progression which is I7 , I7 , I7 , I7 IV7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 V7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 You're allowed to change other chord except the 5th ...
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Does Vm7 in minor key function as dominant?

I heard Vm7 in minor key could be used insted of V7 but In Cm key doesn't it have to have the natural B note to function as dominant ? But how does it work ? If it does not function as one what's its ...