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For general questions about chords like how to play them, construct them, or what symbols represent them. For more in depth analysis of the ideas behind chords themselves, please use the chord-theory tag.

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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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Implied notes in a chord

Often, especially in jazz, and on guitar, the P5 of a chord can be omitted. In jazz, it's because there are sometimes quite a few other notes attached to particuar chords, on guitar it's because of ...
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is this song written in dorian or mixolydian mode?

i have a question about the modes hopefully someone sees this if a song follows a chord progression of verse Bb-Ab-Eb Bb-Ab-Eb then pre chorus Ab-Eb-Bb // Ab-Eb-Db-Eb and then the chorus is Bb-...
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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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Can't seem to play this chord on fingerstyle

I've been trying to get my fingers to play this chord (you have to pluck all of them at once) but it's just not working out. My pinky doesn't reach all the way to the fourth fret when I put my other ...
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Applying some analysis to Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj

Why does Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj work so well? How can we describe the relationships between these chords? What key am I even in? Amaj and Dmaj could be I and IV in A major, or Cmaj and Dmaj could be ...
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Economizing finger movement in exercise vs following the book

In Al Di Meola and Bob Aslanian's books "Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios" there's an exercise to strum a chord four times and move from one form to another, fluidly. Below is ...
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A Minor Pentatonic Scale confusion

Hey, I'm starting out with scales, and I've been learning the Minor Pentatonic scale pattern 1 first. I've read that, the root note defines what scale you're playing. So, if the root note is on 6th ...
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Constructing “add” (and other extended) chords confusion

I've been struggling with this for a while. When building add chords like CaddX or dominant like CX do i always use major scale? Let's say i have C and Cm chords - shouldn't it be done accordingly ...
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Are 7th chords made up from 4 notes?

I'm new to guitar, and I have been learning basic chords over the months. I know that C Major is made up from C E and G When learning C7, there's an extra finger and that makes up 4 notes, so, C E G ...
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Triple stops in Bruch's violin concerto

I've been finding it hard to find a good fingering that lets me play this sequence in Bruch's violin concerto. Moreover, I'm finding it hard to actually hit all three strings simultaeneously on a ...
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Extended chords in modes

Im slightly confused E-aeolian, Em9- E G B D F#, Em9/b9- E G B D F If im using E-phrygian the 9th is already flatted does it mean Em9 in phrygian is Em9/#9? Or should the calculation of 9/11/13 ...
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Does C° also indicate a major seventh chord?

I had always thought that this notation indicated a major seventh chord: [C°]. At least it seemed to make sense that way in some of the chord sheets I have used in the past. I am now finding that it ...
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Em in fingerstyling, is it different?

I am fairly new to guitar, and I've been learning the basic chords for a month and so now, and I came across this yesterday, when trying to learn a song. It says it starts with an E minor, but that ...
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Finding the corresponding chords from sheet music

I am a beginner in reading sheet music. I can understand what each notes are and one stave has a G clef and the other an F clef. I am trying to solo this on guitar and was wondering if there is a ...
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Extended chords: What is the difference between dominant, major, minor, major-minor chords?

Extended chords (7th or higher) have 4 basic modes: dominant, major, minor, major+minor. What is the difference between them?
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Is there a reason an arranger/composer will choose a particular chord voicing when charting chords for guitar on a particular song?

When I look in music books for guitar or chord arrangements (or tabs) online for songs I want to learn to play on guitar, I notice that often a specific voicing for each particular chord is indicated. ...
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When do we use other chord qualities? [closed]

If an harmonized chord scale (don't know if it's the right term) is : I ii iii IV V vi vii° ( we see they are restricted to maj/min/° ) how/where/when does one use the other chords qualities ? like ...
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What is the significance of triads in western music?

I am a beginner to western classical music. In Howard Goodall's The Story of Music, he mentions “Triads are the chords around which every harmonic, or chordal, journey is structured, in virtually all ...
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How do the chord progressions in the song “Raw Sugar” by Metric make sense in theory

The song is Metric's "Raw Sugar" How is this song constructed? I really like the progressions. The chords seem to be: Verse: Bb - Am - E - C - Ab Pre-Chorus: Bb - ...
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How do I contextualize chords from different keys that sound good together?

For instance, an E major triad followed by an A minor sounds really good to me. I don't believe these can belong to the same key, because you can't have a sharp g and a natural C in the same scale as ...
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Tritone substitution in minor, just change the root or change the chord quality too?

Recently I've been practicing rootless ii V i in minor jazz from Jerry Coker's Jazz Keyboard. Here is the rootless chord chart... Unless I missed something in the booklet, Coker doesn't ...
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What is a “indeterminate chord”?

The sheet below is depicting a "inderteminate chord": the piece is in F# minor and the chords have 2 notes each: F# and C#. THE CHORD DOESN'T INCLUDE THIRDS:
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What is the chord of the second bar of KV310/1

The score of the beginning first movement of Mozart's KV310 sonate can be seen and heard here. The first bar is the chord a minor, but what about the second bar (mi sol# si re la)?
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Do extended suspended chords higher than ninth (9sus*) exist?

There are extended suspended chords, essentially suspended chords with added tones higher than the 5th degree of a scale. The only extended sus chords I know are 7sus2 (C-D-G-Bb), 7sus4 (C-F-G-Bb), ...
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What is the name of this chord? (Csus2+4)

The chord, is a Csus2+4 combination without the perfect fifth. The inversions are Dm7 (without fifth) and F5 (with major sixth). WhatI want to know is the name of this chord?
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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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What are these chords called?

So I have these chords in my song, and was wondering what they're called. I've heard they might be classed as an 'inversion' or 'power chord', but I'm still learning musical jargon so any insight ...
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Is there such a thing as Fsus♯4?

I have been working on the excellent book 'Melody' by Rikky Rooksby. There is some work on suspended chords and one example on a score showed the chord Fsus♯4. Now, working on the definition ...
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Need help analysing song

Newbie here and just stared analysing songs I came across this tune that has the following chord progression Dmaj7 Dmaj7 | Fmaj7 Fmaj7 | F#m F | D D The song seems to resolve on an A but doesnt ...
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Is it technically correct to consider the following chord progression a use of the Embellishing (Pedal) 6/4?

I am currently enrolled in a Music Theory class, and today we were doing drills on the three different uses of the 2nd Inversion on Primary Triads. For the Embellishing 6/4 in Bb Major, I constructed ...
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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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Why does Eb7 have a Db and not a D? [duplicate]

To build a 7th chord, my understanding is that you take the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th notes of the major scale. So C7 would be C D E F G A B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Applying this to Eb: Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb ...
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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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I need help understanding how to assign roman numerals to a key as well as how to do a melodic analysis [closed]

Here is the link to the questions: https://scontent.fybz2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/s2048x2048/76767498_631590154044645_5429312693389492224_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=...
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Music engraving - chord with different note lengths (half and quarter)

Another engraving question arised from the same book Sebastian Lee; Op. 70 In Nr. 40 there are two chords, containing half and quarter notes: since this is a cello score, and you can not play three ...
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Are intervals the same as chords?

So are harmonic intervals the same as chords? I understand that an interval is the difference between two notes (pitches?), and to get them you have to play these two notes simultaneously. Isn't that ...
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What is this chord in Haydn's Symphony No. 94?

Can anyone tell me what chord is in bar 115 of the attached image, and how it relates to the key of F minor (just edited, accidentally said F# minor at first) (which is also the subsequent chord)? It ...
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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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What guitar chord is this? [closed]

Tony Joe White played Rainy night in Georgia ( Germany '92 ). I'm wondering what chord is this? The chord is at 1min:30sec on video:
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Enter Chord with top and bottom modifiers in Musescore

I have a few old printouts of music pieces, which I am trying to enter into Musescore. (The paper prints are old and won't survive much longer with any use.) While everything is going fine, I'm ...
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In guitar, why some players “pulse” a chord? (press while strumming, relax, press it again)

Why some guitar players "pulse" a chord? (pressing down while strumming, relaxing for a split sec, press it again for next strum) Is it to mark the beat, relax the fingers, silence the strings, all ...
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Why are there notes in my guitar chord book that are not part of the chord's formula?

Q: I see chord formulas (Hal Leonard guitar instruction books) that I use to create chords, but when I see illustrations of chords elsewhere, I see notes that don't appear in the chord formula. Here ...
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What is the finger position of this tab?

I don't know how to mute the first string using my left hand. I looked at a video on youtube. It looks like the guy doesn't use fret 11 at all. Why? Sorry I don't know too much music theory. Here's ...
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Chord symbols don't match tabs

Im trying to learn Pure imagination on guitar following the tabs. Im going well, but I realised that when I see the fret board numbering with words above them like Fmaj7, Am and C, following the fret ...
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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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Intonation of string instruments in chamber music

Recently when playing in a piano trio as a cellist, my teacher told me that a note can have a small range of correct pitches depending on the chord. Shouldn’t everybody try to play exactly in tune ...