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How do you read chords with beams?

I am having a trouble reading chords with four-noted beams. Do they divide up in half as marked in the picture? And also, the score is in non-SATB setting, I assume it is because "Harp" is ...
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Is a “minor Seventh Chord” basically just a combination of a “minor Triad” and its Relative “Major Triad”?

Is a minor Seventh Chord basically just a combination of a “minor Triad” and its Relative “Major Triad”, (or a combination of a Major Triad and its Relative minor Triad)?
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Is there a way to describe this type of non-functional music?

As far as I could tell, this instrumental piece has the static chord vamp Bbmaj9-Am7 that never deviates in any section (let me know if I'm wrong). The main focus that the composer has chosen here is ...
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How to convert notes into chords?

My level: beginner. I am learning with the easiest version of song, which consists only of single notes. I thought I convert LH notes into chords, treating the given notes as root notes of the chords ...
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What does "prevailing harmony" mean?

While I was reading up on passing tones, I encountered this example: Example 15–7 presents an expansion of a C-major chord over two beats: the lower voice leaps down from the third of the chord to ...
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Does a chromatic chord have tensions diatonic or chromatic to the key?

In the book that I am reading, the author says that secondary dominant's root is diatonic whereas its tritone substitute's root is chromatic. And therefore tritone substitute's tensions need to "...
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Are 3 - 5 - 1 resolutions rare, or is it just me? [duplicate]

Asking this question feels stupid, but I used this 3 - 5 - 1 resolution in a song I'm making, and it sounds heartbreakingly beautiful, but when I search up this resolution online to see if anyone else ...
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For chord voicing, why can I not use 5 and b13 at the same time?

above is a picture of chord scales for primary dominant from the book I am reading. Chord scale is just a scalar information of notes acceptable for making a chord. The author says 5 and b13 cannot be ...
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How do I read chords with beams?

When I am to assign a chord to a stacked notes, if a beam is present, do I include the notes connected by the beam(the red box)? or do I ignore them(blue box)?
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How do I read inversions fast?

picture above is D minor in 1st inversion. I usually find inversions by stacking up notes in a closed interval, but it takes too much time. Is there a fast way of discerning inversion chords and ...
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LilyPond – mark chords style

How can I get LilyPond to have colored chords frames in a handwritten style? I think this is a known style but I have not found any more info about it. Very cool, very jazzy!
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Why does the C# dim chord include a minor third?

My understanding of chord building must be wrong. If I read a chord is dim I understood it meant that I needed to take the chord and flatten the fifth, so I would look for my root, third and fifth ...
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What do you call a Cadd9 that also includes the 8th?

The other day I stumbled onto a chord I played between Bb and Dm. It is a Cadd9 but I also played the upper C, so the 8th. So it's C E G C D. The 8th is important to how it plays with various bass ...
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What chord symbol would you use to describe this voicing?

Actually this is one of exercises in the book that I am reading, and I have encountered this piece. The chord symbol given is D7. The chord written is B/D. How could (D F# B D#) be considered same as (...
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The transition from G to C in guitar chord progressions

I'm now learning chord progressions and melodic intervals. The way in which I learn chord progressions is by identifying the intervals between the bass notes, so when I play the chord C and then G , ...
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slash chord inspection

In a chord progression G(add9)/C - E7/A - C-7/F - FMaj7/G. The author says E-7/A functions as VI-7. Slash chord does not have 3, then how does one know it is not dominant 7 but minor 7? Is it ...
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How can I find a chord's root note?

I want to make some cool songs but I need one of the bass parts to sound almost the same as the main part (except lower and instead of chords I need a single note). I am very new to advanced music ...
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How do you identify chords?

I was reading on modal progression, and I encountered above example. In a bar with C7 symbol, I understand that the first voicing with C in the bass is C7, but the second voicing with D in bass is ...
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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

I am listening to Ballade pour Adeline for piano and specifically to this version on YouTube. After the quick introductory arpeggio, the main part starts with a dyad of G and E played with the right ...
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

I am learning chord notation and I noticed that the Wikipedia page does not mention any specific notation for a chord where the root is omitted. Omitting the root note seems to be quite commonplace, ...
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LilyPond - how to force C#m7(b5) instead of C#ø

I want my score to show C#m7(b5) instead of C#ø. As per Lilypond- Half diminished Seventh symbol, I've created the following exception: chExceptions = { <c ees ges b>1-\markup {"m7(" ...
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Lilypond - Combining expressions without duplicated noteheads

I'm setting a piece and want to have the parts all printed out separately but also a main score with all the parts for the conductor. Here is my try for the combined score: \version "2.24.3" ...
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Is secondary dominant in fact resolving V chord of major scale with I chord of different mode?

I just saw the chord scale of five of four. It used C mixolydian chord scale. So 'IV' of five of four is the F Major scale, and the target chord is F Lydian chord scale. Does that mean I chord from F ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The first four bars of the Bminor blues are Bm7 / Em7 / Bm7 / Bm7 What does the 7 mean? Does it indicate that the 7th note of the Bminor scale (A) needs to be included in the chord and the same for ...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard

I started 1 year ago learning keyboard -the method being Full chord with prominence for melody note with right hand , and left hand with root note ( with fixing last finger on tonic note ). For eg: if ...
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How do I play this chord? [duplicate]

How would one play this chord? I am 6'2" and have medium to large hands but there is no way I can reach from the E to G#. Is there a trick to it?
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How do these auxillary notes make sense harmonically?

I'm studying Andantino no. 15: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what chords would be under the 3s. I think they are auxiliary notes but since they are on the ...
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What are these chords?

I'm studying Andantino no. 15: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what the chords are under the ones, the two and the four. I think 1 could be ii diminished but I ...
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What are the chords here?

I'm studying Andate no. 6: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what the '?' chords are. He could be syncopating but I feel that is unlikely because this was written ...
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Dominant seventh without dominant of dominant

It is to say a dominant seventh without the degree II of root tonality. For example, in Clara Schumann's lied Was weinst du, Blümlein, we have B-A-B-D#. In this bar we are in E major ; this chord ...
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What tension(s) do we usually use for i (minor of 1st) in a major-scale modern song?

I am a beginner in modern (Jazz?) piano and I am wondering how I should add tension(s) for "i" (minor of 1st) in a major-scale song. I am aware that, e.g., for I and IV (major of 1st and 4th)...
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what is a sus2 chord with minor 2nd?

I am going over an exercise in a chapter about sus2, sus4 and chords without 3rd and 5th note. The exercise below is to write down roman numerals for each chord symbols, and I found out that for ...
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Are suspensions 9-8, 7-6... ignorant of Major or minor intervals?

In the above picture in measure 2, suspension 7-6 is shown. It is from E to D and C. I counted the semitones, they turn out to be minor 7th and minor 6th apart and not Major 7th and 6th. So I wonder, ...
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Is Ab/Bb chord in C Major?

above picture has "C major: " in the measure 5. It seems to say bVII9no5sus4 is one of C major chords, and I can't really see how it is one of C major chords and not one of C minor chords. ...
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Major chords on bass guitar

So I've been playing the bass for about a year and a half, I play most nights and play with friends as often as I can. Until now I have only played songs I can get tab for, and spend time learning it ...
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In modulation between minor and Major, is V7 considered minor or Major?

In the little piece below, E7 can either by five chord of Major or harmonic minor. Is it identified as Major chord or harmonic minor chord? Or maybe it does not really matter?
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what is the slash in roman numerals?

I know about V/V and slash chords, which are another key chord and inversions, but the symbol in the picture throws me off. 'A major' triad does not have G in it. What do A/G and then its Roman ...
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Why does this Roman numeral chord have a ♯ prefix?

These are the chords for some A minor scales: For melodic minor, why does the F♯o diminished chord have a '♯' in front of the Roman numeral, and the G♯o diminished chord does not?
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Ice-cream chords- where does the name come from?

Recently, a question was asked here and the term 'ice-cream chords' was mentioned. A bit of research finds they're also known (but not to me) as the vanilla changes. Basically, it's a 1, 6, 4, 5 ...
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What makes vi chord tonic or subdominant?

vi chord has both tonic and subdominant functionalities, and iii chord has both tonic and dominant functionalities. What decides vi(or iii) chord tonic or subdominant(or dominant)? For example, in the ...
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How to convert @tonicjs/tonic chord data to guitar chords?

I am looking at https://github.com/tonaljs/tonal/tree/main/packages/chord which has a lot of music theory I'm less familiar with. When I was playing the guitar for many years 20 years ago, I learned a ...
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How would you name F#7 to G in C major?

How do you name what F#7 is to G in C major? I was thinking it may be V/iii/V but that seems complicated and inefficient.
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Using iv/x to tonicize a key?

Because V/x is so popular and useful, would iv/x have a good function as well? I’ve found that V and iv have very similar effects in terms of tension toward the tonic. Also, would V+/x be ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

Is there a strategical reason when composing for the key to commonly be the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?
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Is it efficient to visualize chords on sheet music as notes on a piano to know the qualities of it?

For example, say you see sheet music (you are not in front of a piano) and you see the notes D F A . Is it efficient enough to visualize these notes as on a piano to determine that they are a minor ...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

I’m a beginner-intermediate harmonica player. I live in a country where Celtic music is very popular and a lot of my friends and family play along with each other. The problem is very few of them know ...
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What chords am I using here?

I am composing a marimba solo in A minor (it uses a decent amount of chromatic notes but otherwise stays diatonic) and I wanted to analyse the chords. In this measure, I got stuck on the third chord ...
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Is there a difference between C6sus4 and an inverted Fadd2?

I was playing with a sequencer and added a sixth to a C6sus4 to get C F G A. I liked the sound, so I did some basic research to find that C6sus4 chords are a thing. But then, taking a second look, I ...
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Help undestanding these ties on notes and chords

There's so much happening here. I sense two voices on G staff, one of which has a mixture of notes tied to chords and I'm unsure how should I approach this or if this score is properly written Thank ...
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