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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Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (this is not how actually it is played, it just showcase different notes used) : Time 1 & 2: C#, A#, D#, B, F, C Time 3: E, C#, ...
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Jazz piano: chords and melody in right hand. How?

Aiming for being capable of playing solo and in ensemble, a jazz pianist is exposed to the following: Bass player is playing the root tones, hence the pianist can play rootless When playing alone or ...
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What's the proper notation for holding one note of a chord while playing the other notes staccato?

I want to hold down the A key on the piano for 3 beats. During the first of these 3 beats ONLY the A key is held, but during the second and third beats I press the C and E keys staccato on the beat. ...
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What type of chords does Charlie Puth is using here in these two songs? [closed]

These chords doesn't sound like simple major or minor triad. Can anyone tell me what type of chords is he using? I have heard these before but can't figure it out. Are these some kind of jazz chords?
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Rewriting slash chords with chromatic descending bass

I am trying to transcribe a chord progression that appears here (timestamp 0:44). I'm having trouble naming some of the chords below. I think the last two are correct, and function as the ii-V of B ...
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Should I recognize notes combinations by chords, or just by counting?

I'm a very new piano player and I have a little bit of a struggle understanding one thing. I recognize notes on the sheet pretty fast now, but only if they're single notes. I've learned about chords, ...
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Jazz piano: problem remembering harmony, melody is fine

In my quest to become a general jazz pianist I practice jazz standards. Having several years experience with violin, a melody instrument, I have no trouble learning and remembering melodies but the ...
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What is the proper way to fret (R-3-m7-9-5) chords (on the fifth string)?

I'm sorry about the somewhat vague title, but my knowledge of chord notation is somewhat limited. I've always had some issues when it comes to fretting this type of chord. If I leave the fifth out ...
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What is the correct name for this chord?

C E D B Db F Here are some attempts at naming this chord from four separate conversion web apps: Dm9/13/C add(7) Cmaj9 (11,b9) Sorry, no matches found CM11 (b9,add9) I find it interesting how ...
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Sus2 doesn't exist?

On this stack post answer: Chord naming conventions: add2 versus add9 And on this website: https://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/spelling.htm The writers imply that sus2 chords actually do not exist. ...
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Question about Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond Take Five

I’m trying to decode "Take Five" and so far I have (for my version) it in the key of F with one flat (B-Flat) and the initial phrase (A Section) is based on a D minor which is the natural minor 6th of ...
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Is there a recognized standard for absolutely correct chord spelling?

I can't seem to find a definitive guide on the nuances of spelling chords. Every resource I find contradicts another. Some use things like sus9, some are liberal with adds, and others are so strict ...
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Chord naming convention for repeated intervals

I keep seeing around the place that chord names shouldn't describe the voicing of a chord, but simply the intervals. If this is the case, why do the intervals ♭13, ♯11 and ♯9 exist? ...
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Chord change question (C#m, F# and G#)

So this song is a no capo song. It’s an all barre chord song, it’s simple but a pain. The song is 8 minutes long of all barre chords. It’s a C#m, F#m, A (barred version), and G# in that order. My hand ...
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Tritone sub for a minor chord

I was reading http://www.thejazzpianosite.com/jazz-piano-lessons/jazz-chords/passing-chords/ The article writes: Tritone (of next chord) | CMaj7 - A♭7 | Dm7 | Is this a mistake? As far as I am ...
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What is the correct way to notate a no3/sus chord?

If I have a chord made up of the root, 5th, 7th and 9th intervals, what would be the correct way of notating this? I have seen two different conventions that are as follows: CMaj9 (sus) or CMaj9 (...
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Help naming/analyzing sus chord and possible secondary dominant

I'm having trouble figuring out how to name the chord in the third measure below. I initially guessed G7sus2 which would make a recognizable IV-V-I cadence, but then I am unsure how to analyze the ...
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Writing down chord names and understanding their function in an example

I've been trying to learn more about music theory by transcribing songs. I am not bad at writing down the notes, but have a lot of trouble understanding the chords/harmony. Below is a sketch of one ...
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How do I convert Piano songs for Guitar?

I am learning Guitar on my own so far I have learnt everything basic. Song I want to play was Pusher - Clear ft. Mothica I searched for acoustic guitar chords everywhere but only thing that came up ...
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A Dorian scale/chord progressions

So I'm currently jamming a song in G Major with focus on the A Minor. The chord progression goes Am C D. I know that the A Minor Blues Scale sounds pretty sleek, but I just have the feeling that A ...
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Is B♭ chord in C major related to Neapolitan chord?

I know what a Neapolitan chord is and know how to use it in some usual ways. But I want to talk about the B♭ chord in C major. I think B♭ here is very "Subordinate". And we can see it always ...
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Playing a D Major in D minor

So there's this song called "Tell Me What's On Your Mind" by Allah-Las. I'm pretty sure the song is in D minor. At least the lead melody is, and the Internet says so as well. But their main Chord ...
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A very specific bar chord problem

There are loads of posts about bar chords but this one is a specific problem. So I can bar all strings on each fret without any trouble, not even much pressure, even without using my thumb on the ...
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Functional harmony: extending the minor triads in Minor Swing

I was having a go at this tune Minor Swing which solo sections follow this utterly simple changes: I've been soloing over that using a backing track and also I've been playing simple voicings of the ...
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Help with understanding the theory behind this chord progression - James Blunt

I cannot find an answer to some of the chord relations that are present in this song, so any assistance would be great! Particularly in reference to the harmony and theory behind the progression. The ...
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How can I play these notes on A and G strings?

I came up to these tabs showing a power-chord like chord on A and G strings. How exactly can I play these without interfering with the D string?
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Why I feel like my guitar strings are very hard?

I bought an Acoustic guitar six months ago, and I am trying to learn with the help of YouTube videos. And in those videos, it seems like it is not hard for them to press the strings for a chord. ...
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Can an Augmented triad be called a Quartal chord?

Since a Quartal chord can be defined as diminished, perfect or augmented fourths, can an augmented triad be analysed as a quartal chord with stacked diminished fourths enharmonically? Also is the ...
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Best position for play Power Chords standing

I usually play standing and the guitar body is somewhere around my belt. For power chords, I use the index finger and pinky, but some chords I play with the ring one. In every tutorial, teachers show ...
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F-chord on Ukulele (hand position)

I'm a ukulele beginner and I'm finding it almost impossible to play the F-chord without my finger accidentally touching the A or the C strings. I have looked through YouTube but no matter what, I can'...
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Passing note vs changed chord

I'm pretty new to theory, so apologies if this is a stupid question but I can't seem to figure this out. Let's assume I am in the key of C major and I want to play the following progression on guitar:...
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Advice on fingering for “alternating” chords

First time posting on this stack exchange so if this question is better suited for somewhere else or is in need of rephrasing, please let me know and I'd be happy to fix it. There is a particular ...
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Is it ok just to play the Melody instead of the main grand Staff?

As A total novice I'm attempting to play the look of love by Bacharach. I have the music in front of me and I notice a Treble Clef above the Grand Staff. I quickly Google this and find it is the ...
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Dominant 7 alt vs tritone sub

Why do we use Dominant 7th alt term. Because the dominant 7th alt is basically the tritone sub but with a natural and flat nine and flat five with the flat 5 in bass. I mean i guess g7alt is better ...
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What key can I write a melody/solo in for this chord progression? [closed]

I started learning theory for a few months now and I came with a chord progression but I don't know for sure what key to make melodies in. I figured out D minor can be a candidate but I like to check ...
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Chords available in a certain Key?

I am a total beginner here so please bear with me. When you have a certain key, let's take C, we have C D E F G A B C Looking at the wheel of fifths, my available chords are F C G major D A E ...
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What chord can go lower than E major (in standard tuning) [duplicate]

So I am trying to play a song that I believe is in open D tuning. In open D you can play the first chord without putting a finger on the guitar. However in standard tuning, the song is in E. You can ...
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Question on antecedent phrase and Secondary Dominant Chord

I am interested in the discussion entitled "Proper Uses of Minor Seventh Chords" in this question proper uses of minor seventh chords. Chord I7 is "secondary dominant" meaning that it has dominant ...
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Does a chord progression happen before the lyrics? [closed]

This is just an example from Alphaville - Forever Young: C           G Forever Young           &...
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Common jazz chord progressions [closed]

I am familiar with circle progression (ascending 4th descending 5th) and secondary dominants but i was curious about other more advanced progressions.
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Dominant 7th #11 vs ♭5

Why do people always say dominant 7th ♯11 and ♭5 are the same because obviously they aren't. A flat 5 means the fifth is flat and natural 4th is still present and vice versa for ♯11. ...
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Barre Chord Problem Higher Up the Guitar Neck

So I just got my F and F#m barre chords to ring out nicely recently. I tried going up the neck towards the bridge using some different shapes. But as I went closer towards the bridge (around 10th fret)...
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The initial phrase in Mozart's Alla Turca

In the initial phrase, if I just saw the melody, I would have been sure that, in the third full measure, the melody switches to (V). Yet the accompaniment stays firmly in (i) and it sounds great. Does ...
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How should I shape my left hand when playing power chords?

So I've been casually been playing guitar for a few years. I've recently realised my hand position when playing power chords feels and looks wrong. All the desired strings play clearly but the ...
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Characteristic chords of a mode/scale

What makes a chord a characteristic chord of a mode? Apparently, the characteristic chords of Lydian is I and II, why is that? Why not, for instance, vii, as Lydian is the only mode that contains a ...
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How exactly do the rules of traditional voice leading apply to broken chords?

In Gore Ouseley's Treatise on Harmony (p. 194 of the 1868 edition), the author states: When chords are broken, care must be taken, first, that every note requiring any fixed progression or ...
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A curious chord progression, and a particularly curious chord. Why does it sound great? [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this chord progression ever since I happened across it. I am a relative newcomer in the established theory community, so I'm not sure if the question I will come to ask ...
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Major scales are used to build harmonized chords, so what about the other scales?

Harmonized chords are made from major scales, right ? I stumbled on this page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_scales_and_modes there seems to be a a lot of other scales out there, so....
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Backdoor cadences - what would be the ♭VII chord in A major?

So I'm currently learning about using resolution in guitar chord progressions, and so far I have learned about tension chords which is usually, but not limited to, the fifth chord in the scale that ...
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“When The Sun Goes Down” by Arctic Monkeys Chords

Where do these chords come from in "When the Sun Goes Down" by Arctic Monkeys? The chords do not line up with the key of B. I am confused. Here are the song chords used: B, D#7, Emaj7, D#m, C#m, F#...

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