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Questions tagged [chord-theory]

For questions about the theory behind building and naming chords.

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What characteristics make a chord change sound scary/evil? [closed]

I realize that my question is inherently subjective to some degree but I think there might still be some prescriptive techniques to be gleaned from it from experienced composers. I know that ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Ballet Mécanique” 3

(listen from 2:31) I don't get how from the [D] part's last bar BbM7 (IV) you could go to the [E] part (Ab/C). And if you see the [E] part, you could see that I analyzed it as a modulation to Ab ...
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How does G/B get to A/C#?

(Listen from 0:50) The song is in F Major if you see at bar 4 from [B] (Gm7 G/B A/C#) I don't get the G/B, How could G/B get to A/C# ? Is it actually E7/B without the G# ? I don't get it and if ...
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How to name this ninth chord?

C-E♭-G-B-D How should this chord be named? This chord has a root of C. It is used similarly to Cm(maj7) in G major (think Great Pumpkin Waltz by Vince Guaraldi's B section: G Cm(maj7) G [this chord])...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Ballet Mécanique”

What is that Abadd9/C , Bbm add9/Db on the intro ? is it just a modal interchange chord bIIIM7 and iv from the parallel minor key ? If it is, then whats with that inversion ? does it have any ...
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Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's “The Bygone Days”

( Play it from 1:12 to start from the [B] part ) what is that D#m7(11) ? how does that leads to Gmaj7 ?
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G-D-A naming convention

I've tuned my guitar to CGCGGe in order to learn 'Head Down' from Soundgarden, and are now experimenting a bit with that tuning. While in that specific tuning, and you hold a normal power chord rooted ...
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Definition of Functional Harmony

In a recent conversation I had, there was a disagreement regarding the definition of Functional Harmony. As I've understood it, Functional Harmony would be defined by chords having a function and is ...
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Is this chord bV° or something else?

I don't know much about music theory so I need some explanation! While playing a tune, I came across this: (in F minor) Bbm / Bdim7 / C7 / Fmin Where is that Bdim7 coming from? Would I call it a bV° ...
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proper use of secondary dominant

I'm writing a song--the photo posted below is the last two measures of the verse and the first measure of the chorus (this is a reduction). I wanted to create some extra tension before playing the A ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto “Merry Christmas, Mr. Laurence”

The original song is not in C Maj key but the sheet I Have is in C Maj so let just see as the key is in C maj (The [B] part starts 1:50) How does the Gm (Vm) come ...
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My Favorite Things - Harmony Theory-Modal Question About E-7->F#-7

It's my understanding that the standard My Favorite Things is in the key of E minor and then modulates to E major. Since E-minor is the relative minor key of G major, from the major scale perspective,...
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Is there a specific name for the use of IV chord over the V in the bass, e.g. F/G in the key of C

You see this chord a fair amount, usually leading to the tonic as a sort of souped-up plagal cadence (plagal in the treble, perfect in the bass). Is there a specific name for this, other than "4 over ...
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Is tension always present?

I tension always present in a music? Sometimes I hear a simple acoustic song that has only two or three chords. What's more these chords are played in sequence: I -> ii -> I -> ii Is there any ...
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Leading tone and resolving tension

Is it always a third that "leads" to the root? For example, if we have GBD, it's B that leads to the C. Could it be also BDF that leads to C, or EGB? All of them contain B, a tone that leads to C. Do ...
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Chord that does not fit into any scale

I thought that to create a chord I am supposed to use one scale. And then I saw this chord, called Eb/E that is made of Eb E G Bb notes. They seem not to fit to either major or minor scale (I cannot ...
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could this be a half step chord progression?

At bar 3 to 4 the "Em7-5" goes to "Dm/F" could this be consider as a half step chord movement ? because the inversion bass F ? even tough "Em7-5" and the actual chord "Dm" without the inversion is not ...
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Name for changing middle note in chord

I want to know how the name of the chord would change in an Fmaj for example. let's say that instead of F , A , C I played F , A# , C What would it now be called? Sorry if it's obvious, ...
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Is there a G D F chord?

I've been learning how to play Imagine by John Lennon and in the video showing the chords I've noticed this sequence of notes (for right hand): G D F. I am confused because I've never seen this kind ...
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When were chords invented?

I'd like to know in what period/year chords were invented and by whom. Did musicians like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven think in chords to harmonize their melodies or did chords only emerge in the ...
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What is a common triad?

I have seen in some music theory books triads are called common triads or sometimes I see common chords. What does common exactly point to? Does common chord mean a complete chord? in that case do we ...
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step-wise vs. circle of fifths movement in bass line

This post got me thinking about root movement. It has been said time and again that root movement of an upward fourth and descending fifth are particularly satisfying, and obvious choices when working ...
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Term for two differently named chords that contain the same notes

Is there a musical term for two different chords that contain the same notes? E.g., Bdim7 is B D F A♭ and Ddim7 is D F A♭ B. They both have the same notes but their names are different.
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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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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 ...