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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 ...
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Determining roman numeral notation

I am just starting to learn music theory so if I'm making an obvious mistake, forgive me. Given the chord progression D major B♭ major F major C major, I have assumed that it is in the key of F major ...
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What's the difference between the Nashville Number system and a Roman Numeral System?

A question was asked ealier showing the below chart. At first, I thought this was the Nashville number system, but was informed that the Nashville number system uses 1,2,3, etc., not roman numerals. ...
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How do you build a Dominant 7th chord?

This is speaking in the key of E minor. 7th chords have always messed me up even when I think I have them right. For a dominant 7th you need 1, 3, 5, 7b, right? In E- I got E, G, B, C#. The 7b is ...
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What is this chord progression? and where do this chords came from?

( Ryuichi Sakamoto "Loneliness" ) after the sudden change to [B] part at measure 7, a chord progression Dbm7 Fm6 F#m7 F#m6 appears. I can't figure out where this chords came from. Edit: We were ...
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Why do modes sound so different, although they are basically the same as a mode of another scale?

I know my question sounds a little bit confusing, hence I don't have any idea how I could google that. Soo for example: a G Major Mixolydian scale has the exact same notes as the C Major Ionian scale....
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Compelling Use of Non-diatonic Chords in Rolling Stones

"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones is in C major, but makes forays into E-flat major (based on the preview of the sheet music at least!). My guess is that the inclusion of these chords can be ...
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Difference between iii/IV and vi in analysis?

I am trying to follow along this music theory video. The song analyzed is Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The main chord progression is IV - iii/IV - iii - vi - V7 My question is ...
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Weird question for scale degree name

I am taking AP Music Theory at school, and today, during a diagnostic test, I came upon a question that I have never encountered. I was to name the scale degree name for a chord, consisting of C#, E, ...
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How to calculate a simple chord progression (C major) [duplicate]

Good day, I don't remember and cannot find any information about the "formula" I got from my music teacher very long time ago which establish a simple chord progression, let's say in C C major, D ...
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Guitar chord notation with numbers

I play moderate level guitar in church. In relation to the numbering system for musical notes, I have seen in songs showing the chord changes, there would be an E2 or an A2 chord along with an E or A ...
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Why does the standard fingering / strumming for a D maj chord leave out the 5th string?

See below the chord diagram for a D Maj chord on guitar in standard tuning. Notice how the 5th string is X'd-- not to be played. But the 5th string is A when played open, which is part of a D Maj ...
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Would the notes used in this chord make up just a plain G chord?

I am transcribing "Bell Bottom Blues" on the guitar. In the intro picking I think they're using this chord that just uses the notes in this order: G, D, B, G. Would this be called a G chord? The ...
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Calculating consonance/dissonance (i.e. need for resolution) from list of frequencies [duplicate]

Is anyone aware of any formulas that can be used to calculate consonance or dissonance from a list of frequencies (in hertz)? I realize consonance/dissonance is a somewhat nebulous concept. What I ...
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How does a minor major seventh chord have tonic function when it's so unstable?

In a minor key, the chord built on the tonic can be a minor sixth or a minor major seventh chord, both of which are supposed to have tonic function. To my ear, the minor sixth chord can feel like "...
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Guidelines for writing a chord progression

I am trying to understand how does notes relate to each other when writing a chord progression. I understand that when composing on a Major scale chords acquire a function depending on the degree of ...
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Exercise from second chapter of Harmony by Walter Piston

Exercise 7, j. : With G sharp as the soprano note, write in four parts a triad in first inversion, with the subdominant of G sharp minor in the bass. It seemed to me that such a chord does not exist. ...
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Personal Taste or Something Else (9th and minor 7th chords) [closed]

Probably this is a matter of personal taste, but I thought I might ask to be sure that there isn't a more in-depth explanation out there. To my ear, 9th chords and minor 7th chords are oddly ...
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What are the different qualities of the intervals? [closed]

I know that a 3rd decides the emotional quality of a chord, but what about the 5th? What does the 7th do? The 2nd, 6th, and 9th?
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In the key of Eb, need help identifying chord, F Ab Bb Eb

So I started with this: Eb G Bb Eb. Easy. Eb major. Then I moved to this --> Left Hand G | Right Hand F Bb D My inclination is to write that as a Bb/G, but any MIDI chord identifier calls it a ...
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How To Build and Name 7th Chords

I am trying to understand how to properly build and name 7th chords, the way of doing this is by adding a major/minor/diminished seventh to a triad, so having 4 chord qualities gives a total of 12 ...
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Preparation of Chordal 7ths in Classical Harmony

What is the proper practice for preparing chordal sevenths in dominant, diminished and other chords in classical 4-part harmony? In The Complete Musician (4th ed.) by Stephen Laitz, he states on page ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. how could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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Get Chord Name From a Given Set of Notes

I am trying to come up with an algorithm that gets the proper chord name given certain Notes, user may or may not inform which from the notes is the root. I suppose that the process in recognizing a ...
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Standard Chord Naming Conventions

I am developing some software for music production, I am now coding some classes for Chords, but I came to realize that I understood much less than I thought. What I am trying to do is to rip apart ...
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What is the harmonic function of this?

What is the harmonic function of the boxed beat in the fourth measure?
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Chords Piano Right Hand

Is there a diagram of all chords with the same melody note on top? with voice leading? with 7th? Eb G C | E G C | E A C | F A C | F A D | F# A D | b3 5 1. 3 5 1. 3 6 1. When one is ...
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Where to get the chords of a song in roman numerals instead of regular chords

In web pages like https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ you get the chords of a song (see this for an example). And that's enough if you are aiming to be a campfire guitar player. But when looking for ...
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Are extended chords assumed to have each extended interval below it and a 7th? [duplicate]

For instance, is a 13th chord assumed to have an 11th, 9th, 7th, 5th and 3rd along with it unless otherwise noted? And a 9th is assumed to have a 7th along with the triad, an 11th is assumed to have a ...
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Analysing harmony in music [closed]

I've read books like Theory of Harmony, Tonal Harmony, The Complete Musician, and just started reading structural functions of harmony. But I still find myself confused on those weird out-of-key ...
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Are there J.S. Bach pieces that do not start with the tonic chord?

I know some simple pieces where the initial phrase starts in the IV chord or the V chord, but I'm wondering if Bach used to do that.
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Use of sharps and flats when writing altered notes to chords in key

A quick question about the conventions of writing music. I have a song I am working on where I am going from a G major to a F#-b9. The song is in G major for most of it before going into a middle ...
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♭VII-I Cadence, ♭III-I Cadence: Name?

I've gone through a bunch of ♭VII-I and ♭III-I cadences in rock music. In C major, they are B♭-C and E♭-C. Is there a specific name for the two cadences? So far, I've been calling them authentic ...
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Letters m, n and v above roman numerals in functional harmony notation

I'm reading a functional harmony textbook and found the notation in the following passage confusing: Consecutive VI and VII degrees in melody are harmonised with chords IV-VII6 (in minor: IVm-VII6) ...
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Are all diatonic chords in the diminished scale diminished?

I think there's some confusion about the definition of the word 'diatonic'. I'm not using it here to refer to the the prominent primal pattern of the heptatonic scale that has a group of two and three ...
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How do certain chords get such prominent names?

A musician friend just mentioned that "F major is my favourite chord (or tonality)". Regardless whether it makes sense to have a "favourite" chord, this got me thinking. There must be many, many ...