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Questions tagged [chords]

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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How to choose between Cdim and C#dim?

I have noticed that there is a common chord progression that exists in a few variants: C, C#dim, Dm, G7. It's often changed by changing Dm to D to give the progression a little bit more spark. However,...
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What is the chord progression for the song attached? [on hold]

I want to play this song on the guitar and need help with the three chords that are from this song? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dulnrgxek2e6dv8/AADq00EsQmBcMn4CYVOQiXqna?dl=0&preview=Die+With+You....
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Arpeggio Markings for Chord symbols

Is it common to denote a chord symbol with an arpeggio marking? How else would you indicate that the chord is to be played arpeggio?
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What are the diatonic extended chords of C major?

I saw this question about 9ths, but I'd like to know what the diatonic chords of 11ths and 13ths as well. This isn't strictly for jazz, I just want to know what the basic diatonic chords are. I'm ...
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Why do V6/V, V6/5/V, and vii°/V have subdominant (predominant) function?

In chord progressions like I - iii - IV - I64 - V - I, which occurs extremely frequently, the IV chord is sometimes replaced by a V6/V, V65/V, or viio/V chord. Regardless they are secondary dominant /...
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Whole-step technique for figuring out jazz scales?

I was watching a tutorial on how this guy finds scales to play on top of jazz chords. And I was wondering if this a good method to use, and if not how do I know which scales to improvise on chords. Do ...
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G chord guitar fingering - one finger?

I bought a guitar course on DVD and am puzzled by the way they have begun teaching the chords, specifically the G major. In the first lesson we were taught to put our third (ring) finger on the E ...
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Can I borrow chords from Harmonic minor?(Modal Interchange)

I know when using modal interchange I can borrow chords from any of the 7 parallel modes of the major scale. But I'm wondering if it's okay to use chords from scales other than the standard 7 modes. ...
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Can any chord be converted to its roman numeral equivalent?

Just a quick question, but I'm wondering if any type of chord even something complicated Gbmaj13#5/F can be converted to roman numerals? Assuming the key is given.
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Dominant seventh chord in the major scale contains diminished triad of the seventh?

The seventh chord built on the fifth step of the scale (the dominant seventh) is the only dominant seventh chord available in the major scale: it contains all three notes of the diminished triad of ...
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Do seventh chords add vocal pitches not found in triads?

I was wondering what is it about seventh notes... Fmaj7 Tall and tanned and young and lovely       G7 The girl from ipanema goes walking     &...
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How to determine a chord on grand staff? (Piano chord) [closed]

Can someone please let me know how I know what chord for example rectangle number 3 and 5 makes? Number 3 is supposed to form a chord that I don't know the name of, as well as number 5. I have named ...
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A♭ 13 Chord Notation

A website detailing piano chords uses the following pitch notation for A-flat 13 chords: A♭13 → A♭-C-E♭-G♭-B♭-D♭-F (R, M3, P5, m7, M9, m11, m13) A♭m13 → A♭-B-E♭-G♭-C♭♭-D♭-F (R, m3, P5, m7, M9,...
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Are there any chords other than the dim7 and Fr. 6 that have two overlapping tritones?

On my question Why does the French sixth sound more dissonant than the others?, I got this answer from Ben I.: It's because the French 6th chord has an extra tritone. If we take an A♭ ...
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Is the CAGED system the main way for learning the guitar's fretboard?

Just curious if there's alternatives to the CAGED system? I've googled but most alternatives aren't nearly as popular, 3NPS is one of them. So is CAGED the main way to go about learning fretboard ...
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Secondary dominants/slash notation in Elton John

Please see the section labelled "chorus" in the screenshot below: My textbook labels these same chords as follows: I V(2-4)/IV vi7 V(6-5) I(6-4) V11 V I I have questions regarding the second and ...
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Why is the vi chord so popular? [closed]

In a major scale, I understand why the I IV V are the most popular chords mainly due to their diatonic functions and they also harmonize the entirety of the scale as they are the primary triads. I ...
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How to identify the 4-part chorale?

All I know so far is how to identify triad. However, in this asisgnment, there are 4 notes for each part. So how should I identify each chord, as the question requires? Thanks in advance!
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Is there such a thing as a portable chord organ?

I have recently been playing an inherited Chord Organ, with a full set of chord buttons for the left hand and the piano keys for the right hand, however it is not very portable, has a portable version ...
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what is the difference between a flat 5 and a sharp 11

I was looking at the chords from Blue in Green and Misterioso and in one there is a B flat major 7 sharp 11 which can be played b flat, D,E,A (those are notes) And in the other there is a B flat 7 ...
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Can this note be analyzed as a non-chord tone?

I know that post-tonal and popular music can't always be analyzed through the same methods as the Common Practice Period, but I still like to see how people would try analyzing things. This is a ...
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What is meant by a M next to a roman numeral?

That is, a I or V followed by an M in the superscript.
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Is it reasonable or even possible to have a minor, major seventh chord?

To play a major seventh, we play the seventh degree of the scale plus one half step. I've never really understood why it's called a major seventh, so maybe this can be cleared up for me here. My main ...
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What is it called when the first/last note of a three-/four-note chord is moved one half-step up/down? [closed]

Is there a term for the chord or the act of moving the note? There are a few songs I know of that do this, e.g., the last chord of The Platters’ Only You and Stranger Things’ theme.
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Can there be chords in a key signature?

I know key signatures usually, if not always have a normal note in it (C, C#, D, E, etc.). But is it possible to have a chord in a key signature?
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Can we have a perfect cadence in a minor key?

I understand that, at least in the context of using a major scale, a perfect cadence is V-I. That is, if I were playing a piece in C major, I could play a chord similiar to the G major triad followed ...
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Is the half-diminished seventh chord more commonly found as iiø7 in minor than viiø7 in major in common practice harmony?

My gut feeling is the half-diminished chord is more commonly found as iiø7 in minor than viiø7 in major. In major I think the vii chord is most commonly a plain diminished triad or - if it's a ...
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How are chords assigned for song notes in a bar?

I have this piece of song for guitar: It has chords written on top of each bar. But I have pieces without chords on top of them: Is there a way to know the chords based on the notes?
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Is a Cadential 6/4 tonic or dominant function? [duplicate]

A cadential 64 would normally occur before a V, and after an IV, ii, V/V, viio/V, It. 6, Fr. 6, or Ger. 6. Does a cadential 64 have tonic or dominant function? (Or... maybe... subdominant function......
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Final cadence appears as Em7 - Am (v7 - i in A minor). Name?

I see an unusual cadence in the end of Debussy's Prelude of Pour le Piano. It is v7 - i in A minor. Is there an actual name for this? (Chord Progression: Fmaj7 - Abaug7 - Gaug7 - C9 - Em7 - Am)
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Is this an example of a Neapolitan chord?

The chord that goes on the fourth and fifth bars of my attachment above looks like a Neapolitan chord. (The C at the end of the fifth bar as a passing tone) In fact, the chord progression appears as ...
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Are these chords in the A-flat major scale?

I was searching for the chords of a song that I had in mind and I found a website that says the chords are like this : C - D - Em - G - D - Am - C the website also mentioned that the song is in the ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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Analyzing Tschaikovsky's “Der Puppe Begräbnis”

00:56 starts the measure 9 the Cm/eb , G7/D ..( is the 7th measure from the picture but I called it measure 9 because in the actual song it's measure 9 ) what is this chord progression at measure 13 ...
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Identifying this chord (Fb Db F?)

I'm practicing identifying chords from sight reading for the first time, here is what I have so far (feel free to correct any possible mistakes I might have made). I'm struggling with that last chord ...
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Complex chords: does the construction depend on scale degree? [duplicate]

I apologize for a newbie's question. Suppose we're in C major. We'd like to construct a Cmaj13 chord. For that, we take C Ionian and keep stacking thirds: C, E, G, B, D, F, A. At the same time, in C ...
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Are the terms “stab” and “staccato” synonyms?

When I look up the term "stab" in Wikipedia it says: "In music, a stab is a single staccato note or chord that adds dramatic punctuation to a composition." So I was wondering, are stab and staccato ...
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Piano arpeggio voicing

I'm composing a piano piece and I'm trying to make the accompaniment. I made this arpeggio and I had this thought that the Bb/F might not be a Bb/F. Because it's starting from the Bb. But what if ...
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Relative minor key change in chord progression

I'm writing a song in F Major key. I have a chord progression that goes Like 4/4 C7 - C#dim - Dm - Dm ( V7 - V#dim - Vi - Vi ) After this four measures, I wanted to change key to Dm for a moment. ...
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Playing a 7-string guitar song on a 6-string guitar

In this video John Petrucci tries to explain how a guy is doing a cover of one of his 7-string songs using a 6-string guitar, but I don't really understand what he is ...
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Chord has every note of the harmonic minor scale. Name? [closed]

I see an extremely strange type of chord in the first bar of the attachment below. This is the beginning of the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It has all of the notes of the D harmonic ...
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Roots of 6th chords on the guitar for different inversions/voicings

I've played piano for many years and just started learning guitar. I've been learning the major 6th chords, but I've noticed that many videos and chord charts don't have any regard for the bass note ...
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Is it true that Bach had no concept of suspended chord?

In an answer to a question in SE I read the sentence with the pretension above. Chord in the Bach d-minor prelude I think this can be easily be counter-proofed by many examples of Bach’s music and ...
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Making accompaniments (played on the piano by a beginner) sound better

After getting bored with my piano lessons a few months ago, I decided (a few days ago) that I wanted to get back into piano playing for fun. I really enjoy playing the piano but didn't enjoy the ...
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The Chord Display Changed Automatically in Garageband

I'm just starting to produce music and am loving the chord display on Garageband. The first track I made I used the chord display to keep track of what chords I was playing. Hours later I went back to ...
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Can chords be played on the flute?

I have been playing the flute for some time now, and wanted to expand my knowledge of it. To do so, I started learning more about the standard music notation. While doing so, I ran into a concept ...
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Is there a chord containing an augmented and diminished fifth?

What chord is this? There’s a chord progression often used at the beginning of a new phrase (chorus or interlude) leading from I6 to the ii: In C-major this would be: Starting: E-G-(C) ...
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Analyzing Tschaikowsky's “Mein Mitterlein”

At the second bar where the notes are A,D,C is this D/A ? but isn't the third note (F#) something you can't omit ? Through out this piece there is a bunch of sudden inversion the makes a lot of gaps....
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Why am I not hearing concepts I'm aware of? [closed]

I've been playing guitar for more than 10 years, although not very seriously. I'm not at all gifted, but I'm not tone-deaf either. I've always thought that I'm not meant to understand music, so I didn'...
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How can I construct the E7 only with theory?

I have a hard time with the following description of what a E7 consists of: What does the intervall relate to here? I try to apply it to the Notes (Töne) above it (E B d gis b e`) but that can't fit....