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Does a broken chord, alternating up and down intervals, have a name?

It's like an arpeggio but doesn't go straight up or straight down. I want to call it a non-linear arpeggio but I completely made that up. So is there a name for the pattern?
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Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord?

So I have this chord progression in A minor: Am, Fm, Dm, Gm, Gmaj The first three chords are fine in roman numerals: i, VI, iv However at Gm I got stuck, as none of the online analysis generators did ...
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A major in a C# major progression

I am trying to understand why in a progression in C# major there is an A major chord, the chords are to be precise: C# Bbm F# A, where did this A come from? I thought it might be a secondary dominant ...
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Are the functions of substitute chords different in minor and major?

I am studying substitute chords, and secondary triads with two common notes can substitute primary triads. I know that a chord, in which the root and third notes are common, has a stronger surrogate ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

I'm confused with how to identify chord scales because there are a lot of modes and combinations I have to consider. For example, Cmaj is C Ionian, and C13 is C Mixolydian, etc., right? Basically ...
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G Chord Question

The song I am learning on guitar goes from G to C, but in between those two chords, the artist is placing his pinkie on the 3rd fret of the D string, which would be an F, and he is only striking the E,...
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Scale with major, minor, diminshed and augmented chords in it [closed]

I am looking for a well-known example of a scale, which has a minor, major, diminished and augmented chord in it. I mean the following: When I write down the scale and write down the triad on every ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

I was figuring out how to play the chords of The Phantom of the Opera with my guitar. If the I-chord is eg. D minor, then when the song goes "the phantom of the opera is there", at that &...
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Music theory? Parallel chords [duplicate]

I hope someone can clarify me this(Borrowed chords) Let's say I'm in the key of C# minor so i can use the home chord which is A major but if change it as parallel borrowed chord it becomes A# minor ...
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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

I am a self taught keyboard player, and thus humbly request for guidance. While trying to learn Preludio in C Major (also, Prelude) by J S Bach, I was trying to note down the chord each bar has been ...
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How do you write a chord that has add#9, add-9 at the same time? [closed]

I'm confused about how to write a chord that has add#9 and add-9 at the same time. This is an example. What are the notes?
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Question regarding "Dark Necessities" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The song is written in C-minor. This, to me, means that most of the music will be playable on a E-flat major scale. I understand that not all chords will necesarily be found in this scale (borrowed ...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

I've got a song on the piano, which I've been learning for years now and for which I just recently decided to actually dive into a chord analysis. Early on in the piece, there's this climactic build ...
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How to display Alt chords in Lilypond?

I can get Lilypond to display Alt chords on a lead sheet by explicitly spelling the Alt chord, but this seems like a real nuisance. Here is an example: \version "2.22.2" \header { title =...
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When playing from a fake book, how strict should I be about the root note?

I'm learning about playing from a fake book on piano. A lot of the stuff I've read emphasizes voice leading and picking inversions so that your chords don't jump around too much (for example, a C ...
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Chord progression question

Dmaj7 - Emaj7 - Gbmaj7 - Gbmaj7 x repeats What is this chord progression? I could not figure out its key and know nothing about this one. It is from this video.
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What is this chord? [closed]

I just want to know what is that chord. At first, it looks like F7, but there is no 3rd Note ( A ), So i can't be F7. Then, What is it?
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Question about the "allowed" chords in a minor key [duplicate]

As I understand it, the natural minor key will allow these chords: i, ii0, III, iv, v, VI and VII. So, for example, these are the possible chords in the 'natural' Cm scale: Cm, Ddim, EbM, Fm, Gm, AbM,...
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How to play diminished 9th chord in guitar ( chord shape )? [closed]

How to play diminished 9th chord in a guitar ? Please provide some common shapes to play...
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What is my 7 if a chord does not specify the 7th?

I'm learning jazz and playing from lead sheets and am confused about how to handle triads that do not explicitly say what to do with the 7th. If the lead sheet I'm playing from just describes a chord ...
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why does this Aminor "augmented" progression resolve in Gmajor?

I am currently discovering the fretboard through the lens of the augmented chords, meaning that I am playing around with augmented triads and by lowering/raising a note here and there creating minor/...
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What letters are used for guitar chords in Ukraine?

There are Ukrainian refugees in my town and I may have the opportunity to give some guitar or ukulele lessons. Language is going to be a bit of a problem but I expect music to transcend that. If I ...
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What chords/scales in guitar to play if I have a key of C harmonica?

I do not have musical theory knowledge but I enjoy playing instruments being self-taught but now I am facing some limitations being non-theory musician. I have a harmonica which is in the key of C, ...
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Harmonisation when ascending with melodic minor

I've just learned that baroque music often uses the melodic minor when ascending but the natural minor when descending. But what I don't understand is how the harmonisation is since I assume ascending/...
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Inversion and alternative bass note

On the Am/G: Is this an Am with 2nd inversion and an alternative bass note G? On the C/G: Is this a C with an alternative bass note G?
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Harmonic Analysis: How would you interpret these 4 bars? Var. 18 Rhapsody by Rach

Great community I've stumbled upon. It's been some time since I've done harmonic analysis and I'd appreciate some thoughts about these four bars towards the end of the 18th Variation.
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Should I hold down Arpeggios for their duration?

Their are 2 Arpeggios on this picture: I know I should play their notes from the bottom to top very quickly BUT should I hold each note pressed down for their duration (dotted half note) OR should I ...
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what are Major triads with an added minor 6th called?

Im researching types of 6th chords & have not come across any site referencing such a chord. Does a Major triad with an added m6/b6 not exist?
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Is a diminished chord ever considered an incomplete dominant 7 chord?

I noticed that if the root note of the dominant 7 chord is omitted, it makes it a diminished chord. Here is an example: if the G note in the G dominant 7 chord is omitted, it becomes a B diminished ...
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C7 - Ab maj resolution

I came across this resolution while listening to Ambiguity by Rainie Yang (starting at 0:47). The chord progression here is in Eb major. This is what I hear: Eb - Bb - Bbm - C7 - Ab - Eb - Fm - Bbsus4 ...
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Melody Notes With Borrowed Chords [closed]

If I got a chord progression and I borrow a chord from a parallel mode is the tension/harmony between the melody and the underlying chord to the parallel, or the original chord, or both? Let's say I ...
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Getting \displayLilyMusic to output chord symbols

I have a simple jazz-style lead sheet with a melody and chord symbols. I need to transform the input in a way that every note/chord gets its duration printed (and also its absolute pitch). For ...
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Why does my power chord sound higher when I play the same notes on a different string on my electric guitar? [duplicate]

For example I play the B power chord by pressing the 2nd fret on the A string, 4th fret on the D string and the 4th fret on G the string. It sounds higher than when I play the power chord by pressing ...
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Voice Leading and chords without naming

I have the hobby of playing the bass guitar since 4-5 months, and for deeper knowledge of music I'm studying harmony. I have no formal education on music so please be patient. I've choosen Autumn ...
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Ascending bass and chord progression in harmonic minor (example)

Hello again! Here is another simple harmonic minor progression with ascending bass. Questions: Is bar4 viio in second inversion? In bar6 there seems to be VI (Fmaj7) but at downbeat there is b and d. ...
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Does vi6 exist?

My textbook "Harmony and voice leading 4th edition" (by Aldwell/Schachter) says that vi6 chords do not exist and that any such chord should be seen as a tonic chord with a non chord tone. ...
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Is this diminished II7 or VII in harmonic minor?

1: [] Hi, I have some problems to analyze 2nd and 4th bar chords in this example in A minor (harmonic). For my understanding, 2nd bar chord can be either diminished chord in ii or vii. What about the ...
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M / M7+ / M7 / M6 or m / m7+ / m7 / m6. How do you call these kind of progressions, what is it?

Several songs have this kind of progression: M, M7+, M7, M6 or m, m7+, m7, m6, for instance: First verse of Sinatra's "My way": And n[D]ow the end is n[D7M]ear and so I f[D7]ace the final ...
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How to choose the major, minor, diminished chords, etc. along the chord progression

This is a typical circle of fifths chord progression. My question is how do we choose the chord to be major, minor, or diminished along with the progression: A -> D -> G -> C -> F -> ...
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What is the function of this diminished 7th chord in KV 332? [duplicate]

Consider the following cadence from the 3rd movement of Mozart's piano sonata KV 332: What is the function of the diminished 7th chord B D F Ab?
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Why does V7 resolve so well to VI∆7?

One progression I come across often (in tonicizations or modulations) is V7 to VI∆7. For example: G7 to A∆7. In playing with it, I notice that the V chord can be in many different forms, including ...
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Does this mode of voice have a name and a use?

I found when I was a child that if I attempt to sing a note in a particular part of my vocal range, I can produce a chord rather than the usual single note. I can even speak in this mode. It is ...
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How to write a chord analysis when tonicizing vi

I wanted to write a short harmony exercise in 4 parts where there is a brief tonicization or modulation to the relative minor and then back to the original major key. I am not sure if I have labelled ...
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Questions on Chord progression in "Cocaine Blues"

In the song "Cocaine Blues" (in the style of Townes Van Zandt) the opening chord progression (transposed to C) is C - E7 - F. That is a I - III7 - IV or a V - VII7 - I, depending on what ...
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Help identifying chords/scale [closed]

I'm new to music theory and I am trying to reproduce parts of a song for practice. I really like the chords/scale that kick in at 2:36 of this song: Open Form - Lost Desert, Amand, Reigan: https://...
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What is an altered diminished chord?

I was playing today exploring some new chords in G minor and accidentally found a really beautiful chord, and when I searched it on google I found that it is called: F#dim6(b13,no5). This confused me ...
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VImaj7-V7-i What is the role of the VIth?

I'm analyzing the first movement of "Suite del Plata Nº1" by Máximo Diego Pujol called "Preludio" that it's on D minor, I have encountered the following progression i-VImaj7-V7, I'...
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What does a 7 - 6 mean in figured bass?

Here in this voice leading exercise I am doing I have 73 going to 63 in the figured bass but I am not sure what this means for the voice leading. I understand the 7-6 means that the 7th above the ...
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Playing mandolin just strumming [closed]

I don't understand how to play chords on mandolin, the most of the tabs avaiable are with mandolin chords but I know it is possible to play a song just strumming, and I find that way so much easier... ...
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Can a secondary dominant be a regular major chord rather than a seventh chord? [duplicate]

Song name: Marriage Key of D D - F#M - Bm - A(or A7) Is F#M a secondary dominant to Bm? It is not seventh chord, but can major chords also work as dominant chords for the six chord?
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