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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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Why does C to F# work?

What's the theory behind this? (Or does it NOT 'work'?)
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expansion of the tonic

Another analysis of Strokes songs here. I love this band! Looking at the choruses of Hard to Explain, Barely Legal, and New York City Cops, I see similarities. It appears that the boys are just ...
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Dominant seventh vs Dominant function

I saw how in the major scale the diatonic functions are: I - tonic IV - subdominant V - dominant and the V7 is called a dominant seventh Also in the natural minor scale the diatonic functions are: ...
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Should I strive to create more complex harmony? [on hold]

I was watching a video with Jacob Collier on how he goes about playing Amazing Grace with a bunch of 7th chords, add chords, slash chords, sus chords, and everything but the kitchen sink. But to me ...
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What is a chord consisting of C E G C ? Cadd8? C raised 7th? [duplicate]

So it's a quite forward question. However I cannot find anyone calling this chord a Cadd8 or C raised 7th on google.. so there must be another term
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Chord Theory Basics [on hold]

I really do not understand piano chord theory and how to do inversions (are first and second the only ones?),and the numbers on chords (i.e. Cm13; C Sharp 7 etc.) how can I make myself understand this ...
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Harmonic Analysis of Chopin's etude op.10 no 5

In the circled part, what is the harmony? Is the E-flat a non-chord tone or is this just some weird chord? (I've only learnt basic harmony.)
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Names of textual chord notation systems

I use three types of textual chord notation. For example in the key of C: Nashville number system: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 C Dm Em F G Am Bdim I ii iii IV V vi viiØ or I IIm IIIm IV V VIm VIIØ What do you ...
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Is GbM7 to DbM7/F also a chromatic movement?

I was writing a song in Bbm key. And the chord progression goes something like. Bbm,GbM7, DbM7/F In this situation does the GbM7 going to DbM7/F also consider as chromatic progression ? If it is,why ...
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Should I know the chord name and scale degree when I play by ear?

Just to give a bit of context; say I'm playing a song in a certain key, F major. and let's say I'm playing the I IV V chords. I'm playing a song I learned by ear, right now it happens to be bicycle ...
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Diatonic chords

My understanding from the circle of 5ths is that there are 6 diatonic chords for each key, is that because the the 7th chord is diminished?
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Theory E Minor Dominant First Inversion

I was wondering that the procedure to these type of questions. You have to take special care for these questions. Dominant in a minor key. Because i know you have to raise the 7th in a dominant triad/...
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Make Songs from Major Scale sound like Romany/Balkan/Hindi

We are trying to make songs sound "gypsy". We tried using double harmonic scale, but we're not sure how are we gonna make the chords fit the scale. Most of the songs we play are on major scale. ...
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How to use Jim Fleser's chord wheel for minor progressions?

I'm using the chord wheel by Jim Fleser to try figure out some chords that would go well with a baseline I played. But, I don't understand how minor progressions work with this chord wheel. Where ...
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Accidently touching adjacent string while playing guitar

While playing basic Chords like A, D , E etc. my finger-tip touches the adjacent string and thereby the note tone is ruined. So my question is should I continue playing and practicing chords or I ...
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harmony tricks in cool rock chorus [closed]

here's a cool song by the growlers: Can someone help me unpack the chorus? It happens at 1:08. It has this sort of back and forth feeling--tension/release/tension/...
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How are chords named?

I'm trying to understand this but I've not been very successful. For instance, this is a chord I took from something online to demonstrate: This is in the Bass clef, no key signature, and called F (...
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What are the uses of inverted chords?

As far as I know, inverted chord can be used to create bass line. I am wondering about the other uses of it. Does it have anything to do with the melody in term of harmony and sound effects? Should we ...
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What exactly is block harmony?

I heard of block harmony when I was experimenting with the dictionary in my Yamaha PSR 192 Database, and later when I went on Wikipedia. Both of these things told me that blocks are harmonies made up ...
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Are there any alternatives for the resolution of the leading tone rather than to the tonic?

If we are not making the vii/ leading tone resolving to the tonic, then how can I make the transition of vii chord to iii without being too awkward with the voicing? Do composers make it natural minor ...
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Inversions of chords in closed/open positions

I use one of the Android phone apps for ear training, and one of the drills is to recognise chord inversions, this includes minor/major chords and also dominant 7-th chords. They conventionally label ...
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Which chords belong to a mode?

My guitar teacher - in my short student days - told me that each mode, in order to be expressed, have to be played over a certain chord. That chord can either come from a second guitar, or from one ...
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Is Cmaj7 in the C major scale different than the Cmaj7 in the C Dorian scale?

I was told that the 7 in Cmaj7 indicates the 7th scale degree. But here's what's confusing to me: in the C major scale, the 7th scale degree is B. And the interval from the root note of the Cmaj7 ...
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Can't seem to figure out the key of a chord progression?

Ab min7 - Db min - Eb min7 - Gb7 I looked it up and it said it was in the key of B and Ab min? Not very good with theory so I don't know how it could be a major and minor key at the same time. ...
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How to approach piano chords that require you to press high in the keys

I am currently learning a piece where at one point I need to play.. F# C E ..with my right hand. Not only that, but the chord itself is played on the lower side of the piano (3rd octave) which ...
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How to notate a diminished run in G♯ minor?

I'm trying to transcribe Brothers by Yngwie Malmsteen and have a question regarding the diminished run he does 29 seconds in to the song. The song is in G♯ minor and he's playing the notes A♯, C♯, E ...
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Thinking of next chords messes me up

So as an example of a song I'm trying to learn. Still got the blues for you by Gary Moore. Chords played as arpeggeos with all notes ringing out. On one hand I'm trying to fix some problems with ...
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The major to minor/minor to major switch

From my previous question I decided to search for some info on switching between major and minor and the other way around. Unfortunately, I cannot find anything. And unfortunately, I couldn't find ...
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Quick question about fingering chords

I've done a search but couldn't find anything so here I go - is it nessesary for both hands to finger the chords the same way? I have small hands and can only reach an octave comftably and am ...
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Odd chord progression sounds perfect to my ears

I was playing yesterday and made up this 4 bar chord progression: Cm, F, C, Fm It's odd I guess, but it sounds perfect to what I am singing over it. Does it comply with music rules and is it anyway ...
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How do I understand chords without reading music?

I read music and that's the problem, I don't want to read, I want to be able play without. But, I need to know what chords go with the melody and I do know the chords for the scales but they don't ...
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How to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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Chords with both major and minor sevenths

i was messing around trying to write a weird chord progression and i came across something i hadnt seen before. i played an E7 chord on the guitar but i played a D# on the b string, so the fingering ...
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Other than the Maj7, what other chords can create others by altering only one note?

So I have done this great exercise where you alter one note at a time to create a new chord: Cmaj7 C E G B C7 C E G B♭ Cm7 C E♭ G B♭ Cm7♭5 C E♭ G♭ B♭ ...
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How to C#dim7 & half-diminished chord

I find this guide really useful until I find it kinda weird and "wrong" to apply it on key like C sharp half-dimished or diminished chords. I find that I have to double-flat C natural to get the Bb ...
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Porcupine Tree - Buying A New Soul. Why do I hear (prominent) a Gm in this song [closed]

For all the chords that I have checked out for this song seem to begin at a Dsus. However, whenever I hear it I feel like a Gm. If that is indeed the case, How can I improve upon this ? Here is the ...
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...
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theory - D major in F major chord progression?

I am taking a music theory online course and there is an example I don't understand. The chord progression is: F Bb C F D Gm C7 FMaj7 The first 4 bar is just I-IV-V-I and the last three bar is II-V-...
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What songs start on a minor second chord? [closed]

I came across the song El Shaddai ( ) and was amazed that such a natural sounding melody started on the minor second chord. I can't think of any other songs that do ...
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I still don't understand the explanation about How does one play music when both hands are to play the same notes?] [closed]

[ I've read the previous posts on how to do this and don't understand in this situation how to play them when both hands are to play the same note. Please help by explaining very simply
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Is the V chord still dominant if it is a major 7 chord?

I just read another question about dominant chords and in reading the answers this question came to mind for me. Can a V chord still be considered dominant if the seventh in that chord is not flatted?
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Does any set of notes qualify as a chord?

I decided to learn to play a guitar, I definitely will explore more into theory but for now I just want to get familiar with the instrument and play a couple of melodies so please don't judge this as ...
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Chord Sequence of “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters

"Learn to Fly" of the Foo Fighters is in the key of B The sequence of chords of the B scale harmonized is B - C#m - D#m - E - F# - G#m - A#º - B I - IIm - IIIm - IV - V - VIm - VIIº - I But ...
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What are power chords?

I have heard about power chords being used in a lot of metal and similar music but I have no idea what they are.
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Is there a guitar chord lower than E minor in standard tuning?

I had a tune in my head I was trying to play and it had a G followed by a C then Em but the tune goes lower than that. I am pretty new to guitars and music in general so I am trying to keep everything ...
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Problems with left hand chords on the keyboard

I'm a beginner keyboard player and I'm having a hard time hitting the correct keys on the left hand while trying to play chords with the left hand and melody with the right. Do you have any tips ...
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Tension due to Chords of major scale

Why the chord iii doesn't have pull towards chord I? just thinking so because Chord iii contain leading tone in it... eg in a key of C major...Chord E {E,G,B}
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Should I avoid using my index finger on non-barre chords?

I'm a guitar beginner who knows the basic, non-barre chords and is now learning some barre chords. I've noticed that, usually, barre chord shapes are just like non-barre chords but shifted. For ...
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How if I don't want the note of a particular chord to be played, and how should I write the notation for it?

For instance, the chord Cmaj9, I do not want the E note to be played in this chord, then how should I write the notation to indicate this so that the player knows it? And for "rootless voicing", it ...
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What is Poly-valency?

I recently heard of something called "poly-valency" which wikipedia describes as being two harmonic functions from the same key played simultaneously. Does that mean playing the I and V chords ...