Questions tagged [chords]

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Piano: Left handed Gmaj7 chord

I have trouble playing the Gmaj7 chord with my left hand. I'm using 5-3-2-1 fingering, but I can't avoid hitting the A key with my 4th finger. What exercises or techniques are used to void that?
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Messages in music [closed]

Music is recorded based on chords. These chords plus lyrics contain most of the message in the recording. While I take it for granted that opinions vary about the message a song conveys, I do believe ...
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What kind of progression is this?

Sometimes I listen to some songs and try to get the underlying features of it, and this time I've hit a bump.... I have no idea what is the progression on the following song: It's TheFatRat and AleXa'...
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Problem with determine key of a song using chords

I'm a newbie. Let's take for example Radiohead - Creep song It has 4 chords G B C Cm So i started to writing G Ionian scale progressions It seems that G and C matches, so i tried to use relative E ...
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iv7 and m7-5 function

I couldn't quite understand the movement of this progression and the function of both Abm7 and Am7-5 chord in this progression. Fm || Abm7 || Cm | Bb | Am7-5 Do they move to minor scale momentarily ...
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Beginner question - chords in the Japanese InSen scale

I'm a beginner but I've been learning music theory and practicing on a MIDI keyboard and FL Studio DAW. Just as I was learning basic chords and chord progressions in western music I was introduced ...
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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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How are diminished 7th passing chords notated?

If I am in the key of D major and I use a passing diminished 7th chord between D major and E minor, the resulting chord is an Ebdim7 or D#dim7? When I spell the chord using sharps it makes more sense: ...
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I came across this Chord notation Em7(x7x070) then (x6x070 and finally (x5x070). Is anyone familiar with this?

I found this in the song" Live like you were dying" by Tim McGraw. Can anyone help me on this? Chord notation Em7(x7x070) then (x6x070 and finally (x5x070). Thanks
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Songwriting and Chord Progressions

I know this might be a weird question, but bear with me. Recently i've been listening and analyzing Elton John's songs. I really loved the songwriting, chord progressions and chord voicing. In an ...
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What is this pentatonic scale called?

I have been enjoying a wonderful scale recently, but I am unable to find its ‘proper name’ anywhere. It’s essentially a minor pentatonic with a major 3rd in place of the 4th 1 - b3 - 3 - 5 - b7 e.g. C ...
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Arpeggiated Chords with Partial Wavy Vertical Lines

Does anyone know how to play an arpeggiated chord when the wavy vertical line beside the chord is not all the way alongside the chord? Any fingering suggestions for playing the first chord? Thank you :...
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Can I use the chord progression i - v - VII - iv? (Am - Em - G - Dm : in A minor scale)

I'm currently studing and learning about functional harmony and chord progressions. I tried the chord progression i - v - VII - iv (A natural minor scale : Am - Em - G - Dm7/A) and get a nice and ...
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Specific Roman Numeral naming for chords F and G in key Am

We know that in minor keys the 6th and 7th notes can be 'basic' or a semitone higher. By 'basic', I mean they obey the key signature. So, in key Am, would chords F and G be better portrayed as VI and ...
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Can a 3 note triad be half diminished?

This is from the book "tonal harmony", the 14th chord is vii half diminished 7; consisting of the notes D# F# A C#, with A in the bass, therefore it is vii half diminished 4 3, second ...
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Chord progressions from Augmented chords

This is my first time posting so please let me know if this is an inappropriate question. I've been starting to look into composing music, and I've been looking to compose a piece around this Eaug(...
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Diminished Triad + Major 7th =?

i wanted to ask something related to the 5 types of seventh chords. Specifically in what category would a diminished triad topped with a major seventh fall? Can it be considered a half-diminished 7th? ...
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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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Will two versions of a song, in the same key, fit together if supporting chords differ?

I get that the title is vague, but that's kind of the problem. Basically, I've learned a jazzy version of the song "Heart and Soul" on the piano (you know, the one everyone learns to play ...
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What does the chord notation X/Y (“slash notation”) mean?

Questions about slash notation 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 ...
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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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Why harmonize major scale with sus chords?

I've started reading Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book, and I have a couple questions about how he harmonizes the major scale. (Let's not even get started on the melodic minor!) First, I'm confused ...
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How to construct functions and chords of a scale?

For example I ii iii IV V vi vii ____________________________________________________ Cmaj Dmin Emin Fmaj Gmaj Amin Bdim ...
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What is the chord consisting of G F# A D?

I'm somewhat new to more complex chords. I found this chord on YouTube which consists of G F# A D (from lowest to highest notes). The person said it is GMaj9 chord, but actually it misses the 3rd, ...
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Can secondary dominants be used to tonicize non-diatonic chords?

During music theory class I was taught in C major we have six possible secondary dominant chords that resolve to non-tonic diatonic chords: A7 (- Dm) B7 (- Em) C7 (- F) D7 (- G) E7 (- Am) F#7 (- ...
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Power Chords Purposes [duplicate]

I understand the basic theory behind power chords and how they’re primarily beneficial when one wants to make chords sound fuller and richer. My questions is, why are the primarily relative to guitars?...
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m7b5 chord in a progression?

E | F# | G#m7 | D#m7 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 | B E | Gdim | G#m7 | Fm7-5 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 I'm sure that Gdim serve as a diminished seventh to G#m7, but what purpose does that Fm7-5 serves? it's from a ...
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Are there rules for voice-leading? How do you approach splitting a chord progression into different instruments? [closed]

So I write pop/hip-hop music and I'm trying to split my chord progression across instruments. How do you approach doing this well? Cheers, A
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Melodies vs. Harmonies

Any recommendations on how to distinguish melodies from the harmony of a song? When listening to certain songs it seems as if the chord progression is acting as the melody of the song. Can a chord ...
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What is the relationship between the chords in the bridge of Frank Ocean's Sweet Life?

The chords in the bridge to Frank Ocean's Sweet Life are: ||: C#maj9 | C#m7 | Bmaj7 | A#m7 :|| Here's a link to a tutorial of the song that shows the chords: And a ...
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GUITAR - C major scale progression

I am having a rough time understanding the numbers on the chord.progression as an example on the C major scale. Why is it that they are boxed in these numbers ? And why those numbers ? Why in that ...
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Do pianists look at the chord letter or notes on the stave to tell what chord to play?

I am doing a piano course and my feeling is that they try spoon feed you every step of the way by making things very VERY simple. One example is when learning chords you are taught to recognize the ...
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Naming notes - A specific song key and a chord from that key usually described with opposite accidentials

when we have the key, for example, A (so with 3 sharps), I think that we mark the notes in this key as sharp (right side of the circle od fifths), except for alterations. And what if we have a chord ...
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F#9 How to decide if it is (f sharp dominant ninth) or (f dominant sharp ninth)?

How to decide if F#9 is f sharp dominant ninth chord or f dominant sharp ninth chord? Similarily for Gb9 also
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Chord naming: “seventh flat ninth *piano* chord”

Page 164 of Pilhofer and Day, Music Theory for Dummies, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015 describes a "seventh flat ninth piano chord". Why is the name of an instrument, "...
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Core tones in chords

Hi hopefully someone can clarify this concept for me. When studying music I was introduced to the concept of 'core tones' within chords. These being the 3rd and 7th as they separately define the ...
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Tone Clusters Explained?

Can someone elaborate on tone-clusters and what exactly makes a set of notes be considered a tone-cluster? How are they similar and how do they differ from chords? To the users that are thinking of ...
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The leading tone diminished chord of Bb major

At 6:38-ish in The guy says he replaced the Gm with the leading tone diminished chord (of Bb major), but I don't get how he got that to be B-diminished? Isn't the ...
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Simplistic Gdim on a guitar, is this OK?

I'm struggling with Gdim. The way I play it is: x | | | | | | | | | | 2 | 3 | | | | 4 I use my third finger to mute the second string but I'm not sure of the open D string. I think the chord sounds ...
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

I have no problem identifying instruments, the different role they play in a song, the scales and modes of a song etcetera etcetera. I even understand harmony and the logics and theories surrounding ...
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How many semitones should I change to change melody but same chord

I want to sing a song in different melody but use the same chord. How many semitones should I increase/ decrease so that I won't sound out of tune with people singing in the original melody?
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What does syntaxes like T1, D2, and p3 mean in music notation?

I was reviewing tonal harmony basic guidelines when I came across the article Keyboard-style voice-leading schemata and it had notation like this: I haven't seen syntax like this before, what's it ...
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Sore left hand holding chords in awkward positions for long durations

The left hand tends to be sore from prolonged holding various block chords in curled finger position (sometimes looks like eagle's talons ;-)). While large spans is hard to reach, they are less likely ...
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How to make chords and melody work together to sound good?

I write melodies. Now, I am trying to put harmony to them. I learned the chord basics. Today, I have two questions to ask, hoping to get answers by your kindness. I put a chord under every accented ...
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Consonance vs Stability [duplicate]

In this source, the guitar teacher claims that the m6 chord is more dissonant but also more stable than the m7 chord. He also says that consonance is not always correlated with stability. I can feel ...
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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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What to call triads made up of first and third note on octaves and second note in middle of them?

We often find them in a classical musical.
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While playing a song / melody, Why does my timing of hitting the chords go wrong?

Hello to all the music fraternity, mentors and experts. I am struggling long time now with the problem of playing the chords correctly at the required places while playing any song or melody. I am ...
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How Roman Picisan Constructed

This is one of the "sacred" song by one of the legendary band in Indonesia. The song is called Roman Picisan. I want to know more how this song constructed especially in the verse section (...

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