Questions tagged [chord-voicings]

For questions on how to arrange the necessary chord tones among an instrument or ensemble. Some questions may also require the voice-leading tag.

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Which D do I use with choral tenors

I'm writing an SATB choral piece and I want the voices to end on unison D's. I'm going for a low, rich, sonorous, powerful, truiumphant sound. I'm planning soprano and alto on D4 (just above middle C)...
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Use of natural and/or flattened/sharpened extensions

Im studying Paco de lucia at the moment and trying to dissect his songs and see what I can soak up and add to my wisdom of the guitar. I notice there are flattened and sharpened extensions literally ...
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Why is this a Gm7 chord?

I am studying some jazz piano licks and there are these inversions/variations and trying to understand how this is considered a Gm7 chords. There is no G in the chords and C which is not in a Gm7 but ...
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starting point for keyboard spread voicing

What is the best way to start learning open voicing (spread voicing) " Learning all nine chord types with all 4 formulas in 12 keys " is not for me ,as being of a senior age, I don't have ...
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Intervals and Inversions

I thought I had a pretty good understanding of inversions, until I ran across this tutorial video where he plays the following "inversions" I understand that these are close triad voicings. ...
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How to choose the major, minor, diminished chords, etc. along the chord progression

This is a typical circle of fifths chord progression. My question is how do we choose the chord to be major, minor, or diminished along with the progression: A -> D -> G -> C -> F -> ...
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Shell and inversion notation for lead sheets

I am a beginner piano player here. I have been studying Barry Harris’s maj 6/ diminished chord approach. It seems that often you can have a shell in you left hand and different chord in the right ...
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Difference between *block chords* and *Barry Harris* voicings

I’ve been wondering for a while about the main differences between the so called block chords, and the also famous Barry Harris diminished voicings. I use Barry Harris voicings all the time and the ...
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Notating the 3rd and 5th of an augmented chord

I am transposing a piano solo which is in A major. At a certain point (3rd beat of bar 7) the piano plays a dyad which consists of what I would normally call Eb and G natural (a major third apart). ...
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Voicing Freddie Green-style rhythms in jazz arrangement

I'm working on a jazz arrangement and i was thinking of a walking bass, brushes on the drums, some chord stabs and fills for the piano, but as for the guitar it's a bit difficult. I want to write in ...
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How to harmonize ^1 ^2 ^3 with VI V i in minor

I tried my best to harmonize this in minor and the best I could come up with was a VI without a 5th and a doubled 3rd. I am not sure if this is right. And did I write the doubled F correctly in the VI ...
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What is the function of Horace Silver playing a C Major 7 over a D7 chord?

In Oleo by the Miles Davis Quintet at 0:17, Horace Silver plays a C Maj7/D voicing during the D7 chord at the bridge creating a ?D11 chord (if I am transcribing it correctly !). My question is what is ...
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Completing a chord progression

I am looking to complete a chord progression of 3 chords that I try to identify first before continuing the progression. However having no theoretical background I am struggling if you could please ...
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Do the inversions of V7 always support the other 3 tones of the chord?

Since you can only use 4 notes in 4 part writing and the inversions of V7 must be complete then is it correct to say that V65 supports ^5 ^2 and ^4 V43 supports ^7 ^4 and ^5 V42 supports ^5 ^7 and ^2 ...
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Having trouble identifying the chords of sheet music

I've been having a problem trying to find the chords of sheet music. For example, the song, All the Things You Are. Question: How did the person writing this know what chord is in each measure, it's ...
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Is it always necessary to include the root in a slash chord?

Is it always necessary to include the root in a slash chord? I see slash chords sometimes that do not contain the root note. Is it conventional to do that in certain contexts? Here is an example. ...
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Why are scale degrees 1, 4 and 5 normally doubled in 1st inversion chords?

From what I understand, it is the 3rd scale degree along with the 1st and 5th scale degrees that are the most stable tones in a key so why in my textbook does it say that the 4th scale degree is used ...
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Equivalence of intervals with octaves between them

Say we play C4 and G4 on the piano at the same time, stop the notes, then play D4 and A4 simultaneously, then the quality of this sound is the same as the quality of the first. To understand why that ...
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difficulty with chord spelling and voicing in Neumeyer's Hindemith analysis

This post is in reference to David Neumeyer's The Music of Paul Hindemith. Please refer to the third chord of m.1 in example 3.12 (below). I see this chord spelled as C E E Bb. Having said that, I ...
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Not following Hindemith-type analysis

I am having trouble following the analytical methods applied in David Neumeyer's The Music of Paul Hindemith. Please refer to example 3.12: I would like to use one of the chord changes to put my ...
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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note

the E7 chord includes E G# B D. If we play E7 on the 5th fret, it is missing a B note. Could anyone please explain that?
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Chord progression versions and categories

I'm having trouble interpreting this chord progression. For example, the three different iv chords shown: does the bass note not affect the right hand? I can see that they are only using "A-E-C&...
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How to choose a chord voicing for a melody?

I am a songwriter and I'm trying to learn song arrangement and how best to voice chords for my vocal melody part. What considerations should I make when choosing a chord voicing for my melody? For ...
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Doubling notes in orchestration - inversions and extensions

Just a very quick question, because I've found similar answers about doubling notes (for instance, when arranging for four- or five-part harmony), but nothing specifically involving inversions. So, ...
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Chord voicings used by backup trios in Motown girl groups?

On songs like Be my baby by the Ronettes or Will you love me tomorrow? by the Shirelles (a Carole King tune), there seems to be a standard style of arrangement where you have the lead vocals sung by ...
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Find a chord progression [closed]

I am looking for the chord progression that appears in this audio file. There should be : G/D - Bm/F# - F#m, but I am missing one. Thanks in advance !
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How do I fix a last chord that has a doubled leading tone?

The chord is "V6 (i.e., first inversion) in Bb major", and has a "2/4" time meter. So far I have been able to set up the four different voice parts as follows: -Soprano: C -Alto: F ...
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Do 11th chords change depending on genre?

In my training, I've always learned (and I still teach) that 11th chords don't have the chordal third; the dissonance between the 3rd and 11th (an octave-displaced fourth) seems to weaken the chord, ...
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What chord is Dm7 with a Bb?

If I have a Dm7 chord played on the 5th fret of a guitar as a barre chord and move my pinky to play the Bb note next to the A on the 4th string I have the notes D Bb C F A so basically a Dm7 with an ...
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Chromatic Passing notes in Tchaikovsky's Harmony book

From Tchaikovsky's harmony textbook, "Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony", page 98: In the image below, why are the bars contained in the red box of example 258 considered good? The ...
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Why do open voicings of chords sound less dissonant/more harmonious?

I have been thinking about why open voicings of chords are considered to sound better than close voicings. Is it just because the frequencies are farther apart and thus we have a more harmonic sound, ...
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(How) Do the terms "open" and "close" position apply to chords with multiple doublings?

Based on Open/Close Position Chords: What I am missing? a simple triad (no doubling) is in "close position" if the chord tones are packed as closely together as possible, and in a four-...
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Single Step Voice Leading on Piano

I'm trying to figure out how to "properly" use voice leading. Specifically, I'm wondering how to progress by a single step (is that the correct way of saying it?). For example, say I want ...
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Which minor scale/mode do you use to harmonize the chords, when improvising in minor key?

When improvising in minor key (let's say classical harmony, non-modal), I guess the minor melodic scales (asc. and desc.) are used to play, well, the melody (hence the name melodic?). Or is the ...
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Removal of the 5th in extended chord voicings

I regularly see the 5th of the chord being omitted/replaced in extended chords. Is this common practice? Examples below (there are others I've seen but I cannot recall them): Video by Adam Neely on ...
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How to characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar?

As set forth in the title, how might might one characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar? And is there a systematic way to characterize the voicing of these and other chords? In the ...
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What does "non-conformant" harmonization mean?

In context with this question: Take 6: What chords are making this style so jazzy? I came across the term non-conformant harmonization: Non-Conformant Harmonization: The Real Book in the Style of ...
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When the tones in a chord are packed together, is it in "Close position" or "Closed position"?

When a chord is written such that the chord tones are as close together as possible, like this... X:1 K:C M:4/4 L:1/1 [CEG] | [EGc] | [Gce] | ...what is the correct term: "Close position" ...
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How do I describe this chord (A in bass with F# upper structure triad)?

I'm trying to expand my harmony (past the 7ths/9ths/sus4 which have served me fine for pop), and I constructed something funky. I never really got into chord vocab, so I don't know how to describe it ...
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What is going on in this left hand comping by McCoy Tyner (Bb minor blues)?

I understand the basics of fourth-voicings and mccoy's style, moving fourth voicings diatonically through a scale, and occasionally using chromaticism to shift and play out. I find this though very ...
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Voicing in the Finale of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"

In the opening bars of the last movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th, the strings have some four-part writing with a melody "F# E D C# B C#." However, the score reveals that the first and second ...
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Can I improvise inversions when my piece has slash cords?

I'm new to learning to play piano from a fake book. I've read that when you play a slash cord, the note on the bottom of the slash is supposed to be played in the bass. However, I've also read that ...
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What does the chord notation X/Y ("slash chord") mean?

Questions about slash chords are frequent enough that this question was created to answer the general concerns as well as link to related or more specific questions on the topic. Chords notated like ...
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Should the comping instrument ever double the bass player?

I was taught that when comping along with a bass player, I should (generally) avoid playing the same note as the bass. Are there times when this is desirable, recommended, or even necessary? If yes, ...
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How do inversions of extended chords work?

I am trying to understand what is the main difference between inversions and voicings, The way I see it is that the inversion will establish the lowest note on a chord, while the voicing is the ...
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A database of every guitar chord? [closed]

For a tool I'm developing, I'd like to have a database of all playable chords (and voicings) on guitar. "playable" would mean either : any position that the human with the biggest stretch ...
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Jazz piano: chords and melody in right hand. How?

Aiming for being capable of playing solo and in ensemble, a jazz pianist is exposed to the following: Bass player is playing the root tones, hence the pianist can play rootless When playing alone or ...
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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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