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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How should I write a tutti chord?

Somebody commented on my Pathetique Sonata orchestration that it is all wrong and how it is wrong. Here I will focus on the part of the comment related to tutti chords. Here is the link to my ...
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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 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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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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Do we hear bass/baritone solo melody lines as being implicitly “on top of” the accompaniment, for harmonic purposes

I admit that the title of the question sounds a little strange, but I wanted to posit a more general question based on a specific song I was looked at. I was looking at this arrangement of Chega de ...
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What should one keep in mind when writing the Neapolitan 6th chord in a chord progression?

So I have just started reading about the Neapolitan 6th, & I'm new to this topic. I know that it is generally used in its first inversion, & is often followed by chord V. Thus it is used in ...
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C major chord in four-part, close harmony

What tones would you use if told to strike the common chord of C in four-part, close harmony, using the root for the highest tone?
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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 to make the Bass in SATB move more smoothly?

While writing for SATB, I realise I have a few chords where the Bass part is moving down in intervals of 6ths or 7ths from one chord to the next. For example, I have a chord progression iib in F ...
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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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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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Is there a piano exercise to develop chord change/voicing proficiency? [closed]

I want to become better at playing chord charts and lead sheets, so was wondering if there are any exercises that target ones ability to shift between chords with lots of extensions, clustered ...
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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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How to apply Barry Harris 6th diminished voicings and maintain chord functions?

The Barry Harris diminished 6th voicings are popular voicings in Jazz, often related to Bill Evans when using drop 2 's. In essence, these are harmonizations of the bebop scale using the I and V7b9 (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transcribing Jazz Piano Chord Voicings

I have just started to play jazz piano after many years of classical piano and one of the big things I have to do as a jazz musician is to transcribe (by ear) famous jazz recordings. When I am ...
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Default left-hand piano voicing for Dbmaj7 Eb7-9 Abmaj7

I came across a lead sheet for a jazz tune ("Haunted Ballroom" by Victor Feldman) in which the following chord symbols appear: Dbmaj7 Eb7b9 Abmaj7 I am an amateur jazz saxophonist and a not so ...
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What percentage of the time did Bach and others use chord inversions in chorales?

I know the frequencies of his "Normal Fundamental Harmonic Progressions" i.e., the progression of chord roots. I'd like to know the percentage of time that he used 1st or 2nd inversions in his ...
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Can I use a B7 chord voicing in the key of Bm?

Hi just starting out in guitar and songwriting. I 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 (on the last word I'm ...
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Dictionary for Reverse Chord Lookup

I've been searching for some information regarding reverse chord lookup and various libraries that might help me with some software I'm writing. I've tried tonal.js and various other JS music theory ...
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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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13 Chord Voicing Without Root, 3rd or 5th

I've been improvising over Hoagy Carmichael's Heart and Soul and I came across a chord voicing that seemed a little strange to me. As shown below, the C13 is voiced F-Bb-D-A, using the 7th, 9th, 11th ...
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What's the difference in sound between the shell voicing of a minor 7th chord vs a half diminished 7th chord?

I am learning about shell voicings for 7th chords. I understand that you you remove the 5th because it makes no difference in the quality of the chord. That leaves me with Cmin7 being C Eb Bb C half ...
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What are voicings in jazz and how are they different from chord inversions?

I've began studying jazz and I came across to something called "voicings","drop 2 voicings", etc. To me, voicings seem like chord inversions but from what I've found online it seems to be something ...
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Is there a certain way to voice chords for an orchestration?

I am new to composing, and I am working on a piece for an orchestra. Currently, I am working on the string section. I have four parts so far (violin, viola, cello, double bass). I am considering ...
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Stretching on Ukulele: How Far is Fair?

I've noticed that I play a lot of chords on ukulele with larger intervals in them, and often the chord voicings have big stretches from the lowest notes to the highest notes. Obviously, I know ...
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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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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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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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When using “Evans” jazz voicings what voicings should I use for half-diminished ii chord in minor and tritone substitution chords?

Below is a chart I made of the standard Evans A and B forms (which I have only seen in method books using major key harmony) and my own possibilities for voicings for half-diminished and tritone ...
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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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Do descending drop chord voicings in the blues work?

Here are two well known descending chord patterns: Diatonic seventh chords. Sequence of dominant seventh chords. The voice leading is smooth in both and basically each voice just steps down to the ...
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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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Does every chord have inversions?

I know triads and 7ths chords have inversions, and their inversions even have names(64, 6, 65, 42, etc.) My questions are: Do the triads' and 7th chords' inversion names also apply to non-major ...
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Non-cadential use of 6/4 chord

I guess the 6-4 chord in common practice music is typically seen as a "cadential" 6-4, used to embellish the chords around it by means of bass arpeggiation. In rock music, however, a I chord in ...
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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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Jazz piano: improving voicings

I run into these two problems related to chords: My accompany with my left hand conflicts/try to occupy the same tones as my right hand, melody. My voicings are boring and dull. Very standardised and ...
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What does the author mean in these examples of chorales & harmony?

This is an example in G major. I am learning about Bach's chorales & how he uses modulation. I came across a page online (choraleguide.com), & in one example given, I couldn't understand what ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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Jazz: Getting a feel for chords/harmonies

I have played the violin for several years so I have fundamental knowledge in some areas, however chords are currently opaque. For instance, I can play the melody line for any jazz standard by ear ...