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How Roman Picisan Constructed

This is one of the "sacred" song by one of the legendary band in Indonesia. The song is called Roman Picisan. I want to know more how this song constructed especially in the verse section (...
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Why is there such a thing as a 6 chord when it is just an inverted minor 7?

Is there ever a time when a six chord is something other than an inverted minor 7 chord? Why do my songbooks have these chords notated this way when they are just inverted minor 7 chords?
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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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Rules for making guitar chords playable on the fretboard

Background: A program that generates common chord progressions given a key. For example, in the key of C major, one of the popular progressions we have is I – vi – IV – V (C – Am – F – G). My goal is ...
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What is the physical mechanism by which a chord has a root?

When the tones C, E and G are played, C is perceived as the root. In the case of this major triad, the root is easily identifiable. However, for many chords, there is no identifiable root. For example,...
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Trouble Defining a Triad's Name

This triad chord shape is B, I'm almost sure of that. But how come there are no accidentals? Both B minor and major have accidentals, so why haven't they printed them onto the stave? If it's a ...
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How to distinguish between a minor triad and a maj7 chord with same notes but without the root

I am learning chords on the baritone ukulele and which is essentially the 4 top strings of the guitar. If I finger the notes E (2nd fret D string), G# (1st fret G string), C# (2nd fret B string) and ...
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Is it correct to refer to a third/fifth/etc even if they're on black keys?

As I understand it, the terms "third", "fifth", "seventh", etc. all refer to the n-th white key relative to the root note. To demonstrate this, let's observe a C major ...
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Why is this chord notated as an Emin7 when it has no Es in it?

So I was analyzing "Yesterday" by The Beatles when I got to the word "Why". How come it has Em7 over the note when the score doesn't feature the note E? It doesn't look like an Em7 ...
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Why do a 1, 3, and sharp 4 work well in this piece?

I recently came across a short piece which I decided to try and analyze, but I have some questions about it. I am still a bit new to music theory but if I'm correct, most instances of non-diatonic ...
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In 4-part harmony, Vii's 5th note (V7's 7th note) should also resolve down?

In 4-part harmony, isn't the Ⅴ7's 7th note supposed to resolve by going a step down? If so, because the ⅶ is the substitute of the Ⅴ, shouldn't the ⅶ's 5th note (Ⅴ7's 7th note) also resolve down? ex: ...
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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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Chord progressions

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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Guitar D9 without 3rd and 7th?

I've seen D9 on a guitar expressed as D A D2 E2 A2. So I see no 3rd and no 7th. I've seen some topics talking abouth 12th and voicing, but still have no idea what that is all about and how it works. ...
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How many G7 chords are there, and when to use which?

Some books say G7 chord is B F G, some say it's G B D F. Are there even more? Does this only happen to G7 or others as well? How will I know which one to use if "G7" is indicated on a sheet ...
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Applied Chords - can ( I / III ) be a valid formula for an applied chord?

I have a 7th chord: A-C#-E-G , in the key of F# minor and would like to symbolize it using the Functional Chord symbol: ( I 7 / III ). Would it be correct to identify it this way ? Using the root ...
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What is the word to describe the aspect of a chord being either minor or major?

I am looking for the noun that is the thing that is either major or minor in respect to a chord such as a triad. I suppose it could also be an adjective. It would be 'x' in the following question: "...
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What are the capitalized roman numerals in a minor key [duplicate]

I've heard that for major scales, the capital letters are always I, IV, and V. What are they for minor scales?
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Slur or tie rule for chords in piano

I know there are a lot of questions asking related points but I haven't found an identical question to mine. Question: Is there a rule for identifying a tie from a slur in piano chords? Do you need ...
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Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor?

Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor , not 3rd diminished ? and what is the name of this chord : root + 3rd diminished + 5th diminished?
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Blues harmony: readings to learn more [closed]

Reading from similar posts in this site I understood that the standard harmony tools can't explain the typical blues sound made by dominant 7 -chords progressions. But it's clear that these ...
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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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Modes over a simple chord progression

Suppose that we have the following chord progression with one measure for each chord: C Dm Em F G Am B° and that I always play the C major scale in each measure. Would it be correct to say ...
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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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How would this chord from “The Chamber of 32 Doors” by Genesis be analyzed?

I'm trying to analyze a song I recently discovered, "The Chamber of 32 Doors" by Genesis. Here is the song link: At 1:02, there is a chord progression with a ...
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What is the correct name for this chord?

C E D B Db F Here are some attempts at naming this chord from four separate conversion web apps: Dm9/13/C add(7) Cmaj9 (11,b9) Sorry, no matches found CM11 (b9,add9) I find it interesting how ...
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Sus2 doesn't exist?

On this stack post answer: Chord naming conventions: add2 versus add9 And on this website: https://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/spelling.htm The writers imply that sus2 chords actually do not exist. ...
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Is there a recognized standard for absolutely correct chord spelling?

I can't seem to find a definitive guide on the nuances of spelling chords. Every resource I find contradicts another. Some use things like sus9, some are liberal with adds, and others are so strict ...
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Chord naming convention for repeated intervals

I keep seeing around the place that chord names shouldn't describe the voicing of a chord, but simply the intervals. If this is the case, why do the intervals ♭13, ♯11 and ♯9 exist? ...
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Can you Help me Understand this Chord Progression | Gospel

I keep hearing the same little chord progression all over the place and I want to understand its function from a music theory perspective. Also I want to understand if there's some cultural reason why ...
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What is this chord in Schubert's D. 531?

Consider following extract from Schubert's Der Tod und das Mädchen (D. 531) : I assume that the indicated chord in the penultimate bar can be seen as a transition between the chords of D major and A ...
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Tritone sub for a minor chord

I was reading http://www.thejazzpianosite.com/jazz-piano-lessons/jazz-chords/passing-chords/ The article writes: Tritone (of next chord) | CMaj7 - A♭7 | Dm7 | Is this a mistake? As far as I am ...
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What is the correct way to notate a no3/sus chord?

If I have a chord made up of the root, 5th, 7th and 9th intervals, what would be the correct way of notating this? I have seen two different conventions that are as follows: CMaj9 (sus) or CMaj9 (...
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How would you analyze this chord progression and the function of Am7 here?

Disclaimer: Novice songwriter here. I've started to write a new song, started with a 16 bar funky bass line in C natural minor and kept adding some chords which I think might not be fully correct but ...
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Chords within harmonic minor. Naming problem

While writing a modal interchange table including harmonic minor I came across a naming problem which rules I can not figure out. The chords in question are V and VII. The table's upper row shows the ...
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How can you tell if a note is major or minor?

People always say stuff like minor sixth, and I get that they mean the sixth note from the root but how do you know if that note is minor or major exactly?
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Playing a D Major in D minor

So there's this song called "Tell Me What's On Your Mind" by Allah-Las. I'm pretty sure the song is in D minor. At least the lead melody is, and the Internet says so as well. But their main Chord ...
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Adding tension to V7 chord

I understand that the V7 chord contains two tendency tones (^4 and ^7), which for a tritone in major keys. The ^4 forms a dissonance with the bass and the ^7 tends strongly to move to ^8. For these ...
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What key can I write a melody/solo in for this chord progression? [closed]

I started learning theory for a few months now and I came with a chord progression but I don't know for sure what key to make melodies in. I figured out D minor can be a candidate but I like to check ...
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Question on antecedent phrase and Secondary Dominant Chord

I am interested in the discussion entitled "Proper Uses of Minor Seventh Chords" in this question proper uses of minor seventh chords. Chord I7 is "secondary dominant" meaning that it has dominant ...
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Question about chord placement in “Vienna” by Billy Joel

I'm doing an analysis of "Vienna" by Billy Joel to help improve my music theory, and I am confused about the presence of the A♭ Major chord in the song's verses. The song is in the key of B♭,...
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Diminished major seventh chord function

I know that a diminished chord can function as a rootless dominant 7 b9 however i was curious as to how the diminished maj 7 chord functions. In the key of c a C dim maj 7 is spelled C Eb Gb B. Does ...
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The initial phrase in Mozart's Alla Turca

In the initial phrase, if I just saw the melody, I would have been sure that, in the third full measure, the melody switches to (V). Yet the accompaniment stays firmly in (i) and it sounds great. Does ...
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Characteristic chords of a mode/scale

What makes a chord a characteristic chord of a mode? Apparently, the characteristic chords of Lydian is I and II, why is that? Why not, for instance, vii, as Lydian is the only mode that contains a ...
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What are these octave like shapes used in popular indie rock?

I've got 2 octave(?) related questions. One about starting on the A string and one about starting on the E string. Regarding the A string: there's a specific part of a Strokes song called "Reptilia". ...
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A question about Liszt's sonata in b minor

I’m doing a studying about Liszt's sonata in b minor. In the andante sostenuto part (and many other parts) Liszt used F sharp major (or D sharp minor). I still can’t comprehend why. Is it because it ...
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Going from ♭VI to I

I have seen and heard a bVI -> I progression in quite a few scores to create an inspiring feeling (for example, from an F major chord to an A major chord) and was wondering how this could be ...
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What is so special about Am G F E chord progression?

I wonder why these 4 chords sound very good together and very common. No matter what kind of music I look at to I usually see these chord progression and very large amount of pop songs using this ...
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A curious chord progression, and a particularly curious chord. Why does it sound great? [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this chord progression ever since I happened across it. I am a relative newcomer in the established theory community, so I'm not sure if the question I will come to ask ...

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