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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 ...
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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 ...