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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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I need help analysing weird chord progression

Here is the progression, bar-by-bar (newline after each 4 bar phrase): Verse: D | Bm7 | Gmaj7 | Em9 D | Bm7 | Gmaj7 | Fmaj7 Chorus: Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 | Abm7 | Abm6 Ebmaj7/G | Ebmaj7 | F7 | F7 Fm7 ...
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Determining the seventh chords of a key

I know that every key has a set of 7 chords by taking each note of the scale as a root. I also know that the pattern for naming these chords go as follows: Major, minor, minor,major,major,minor and ...
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To Slash or not to Slash?

In years gone by, when I saw a chord marked, for example, A, I would use any inversion or voicing I felt was appropriate - still do; it doesn't have to be root position. Or does it? Is there an untold ...
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Chord transposition table

Is there a finished table somewhere? For example: Maybe someone is using the chord table too.
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What to teach after scales and chords

I’m teaching piano. So far all scales have been covered and soon all family chords will also be done. I’m not trained in reading sheet music and so can’t teach that. So what else to teach now...?
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Help with Mozart 6 bar long chord progression?

Can someone please explain what chords progressions are happening in this 6 measures ? My guess is that the first measure is a A chord and the last one is a V going to I . My confusing is regarding ...
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What is the main note you hear when hearing a chord?

I've done experiments on my friends and myself, and when listening to chords, the note we end up hearing at the forefront (in other words the note we hum when reproducing the song) is actually the ...
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how to assemble chords when having bass and treble cleff notes

when you have notes in the bass and the treble clef how do you determine the chords? should I look only at the treble clef to determine the type of triad or 7th and look at the bass clef as just an ...
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Can someone help me figure out this music theory KEY finding question

Messing around Sunday I came up with a song that has the following Chord Progression. I'm just learning music theory and am having trouble on identifying the key. The chord progression is: C7 D7 F7 ...
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How to copy paste chords into a part in Musescore?

One very common situation when I use Musescore is that I have created a tuba part with chords, and I want to copy only the chords into another part that also contains notes. I want to transform this ...
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Why does it sound muted when I play a bar chord?

I have occasionally played guitar and the first bar chord I came across was Bb major. If I remember right, it is a bar chord across the first fret. I tried and I got like a muted staccato sound even ...
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What does a “repeat” symbol on the chord section mean?

In the following picture, there's a "repeat" symbol on the chord section. I know the meaning of repeat symbols in the measures, but I don’t know what it means in the chord section. Does it mean to ...
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Confusion about C Major Chord on guitar

I was reading the article about major scales here -> https://www.lotusmusic.com/lm_chordnames.html and was trying to look at the C Major chord on my guitar. In the article it says that the triad ...
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Notes in an A13 chord

Does an A13 chord include the 11th? Here's why I'm asking... If you google this chord for piano, sometimes the third (C#) is omitted and sometimes the 11th (D) is omitted -- but sometimes they are ...
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F7 -> A7 -> Bb7 -> A7 what kinda progression is it

I am trying to understand the first couple of bars from Hancock's Driftin. How should I interpret it ? If I look at it as a F major then what is the function of A7 there ? Here is a link for the ...
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How can I write music by chord progression?

The title is a good representation of what I want to do. Is there a standard way of testing out my chord progression so that I can hear it without having to write it down on a score? Writing out the ...
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What are Secondary Mediants / Submediants?

I'm learning about secondary dominants and noticed references to secondary mediants and secondary submediants in a resource (Wikipedia). However, I haven't found any other references to them in ...
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How does one transpose the guitar accompaniment for “Aura Lea” without making it sound like crap?

Aura Lea, a.k.a. Love Me Tender, is a wonderful song: simple, melodious, and fun. When I play the chords in F on the guitar, it sounds gorgeous. Now I would like to take it down to C. And suddenly ...
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Sight reading chords—pay attention to bass, treble, or none of the above?

I am currently a very novice piano player trying to get by with Czerny's Op. 599 Practical Exercises for Beginners. As suggested, I'm playing the exercises by sight reading the notation, minimizing ...
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How is this type of chord progression notation called?

In France, a lot of guitar/bass (pop/jazz) musicians use a graphical way of representing a songs chord progression. It is called the "grid" ( translation of "grille"?) of a song. It looks like this (...
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Is the guitar a dead end for me?

I'm getting sort of proficient with the guitar but there is one thing stopping me from learning a song I wanna learn. Bar chords. I have short fingers so I can't use a classical guitar but my fingers ...
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Are Major Flat 6ths ever in music?

I know that I have heard Ebb6 on the start of star wars theme song and I heard Bbb6 on another music at the end. C Major 6th contains C, E, G, A. Normally mb6 chords are used I have heard them in ...
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How to use solfège to identify chord inversions

my music teacher states that to differentiate first from second inversion triads listen to where the perfect fourth is. 1st inversion it is on top second inversion on the bottom. the tonic note is ...
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Odd and Even Harmonic Theory [closed]

I've been thinking of ways to harmonize melodies. One of my ways is to not think in terms of the seven diatonic chords, but to just think of in terms of "odd chords" and "even chords". Let's say we ...
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Does flatting or sharping a roman numeral indicate modal mixture?

I'm wondering when I see chords in the form of: bIII, bVI, #v. Does that mean I am borrowing a chord from the parallel key? I am currently thinking that "b" is only used when I am currently in a ...
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Why is there a preference to odd notes in a scale?

I noticed there's a preference towards the odd numbers when forming chords: 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 And chords are usually built with 1-3-5, 1-3-5-7, 1-3-5-7-9 and so on. And they like to talk about 7th ...
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Can't understand parallel progression. Can explain with example?

I'm sorry, I'm very noob at music theory. I know major scales, minor scales (natural, harmonic and melodic) and them chords. Since yesterday (so funny) I believed that to compose a track (I love ...
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Does the flat (b) in bIII flatten all the notes?

Say we're talking about C major. In C major the III is E major (a non-diatonic chord) which consists of the pitches: E G# B If we do bIII, does that b mean I should flatten all the notes in the ...
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Do seventh chords and extended chords create more dissonance?

I'm wondering if seventh and extended chords are used to create dissonance/tension where the more you get to the basic triad the more consonant the sound. So C major > C major 7 > C major 9 > C major ...
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Why is there not a ♭13 chord

C♭13 Contains C, E, G, B♭, D, F, A♭. Cm♭13 Contains C, E♭, G, B♭, D, F, A♭. I know that Why is there not any of those?
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Playing Chords per word

I need help. I'm struggling to play chords per word on the piano. I love the piano and know a decent amount of information and songs on it, however i struggle with playing the chord per word. Here ...
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Why does Cdim7 contain an A instead of a Bb?

CM7 - C, E, G, B C7 - C, E, G, Bb Cm7 - C, Eb, G, Bb Caug7 - C, E, G#, Bb But... Cdim7 - C, Eb, Gb, A. Why Does Cdim7 contain an A and not a Bb?
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The Truth About Cmb6 [closed]

Cm6 contains an A Because the minor interval itself is derived from a major's. Cm: C, Eb, G. If Cm6 is built on its own minor scales C, Eb, G, Ab, then Cm7 will contain C, Eb, G, A instead of C, Eb, G,...
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How do I calculate the Forte number from the Prime form?

How do I calculate the Forte number from the prime form of a set? For Example: I have the prime form (0,1,5,8)... How would I determine the Forte number from this set? Or would I use a different form ...
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Appoggiatura chord

While learning one of the Mazurka's of Chopin, I came across a chord that I think is an appoggiatura chord but I need a second opinion. The piece is Chopin Mazurka in A minor Op. 68 No. 2 and the ...
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Why is the fifth chord a dominant 7? And if it is a dominant 7, why most of the songs use just D major along with G and not D7?

He says here that D7 is the fifth chord in the key of G. Still in most songs and places, you'll see D being used instead of D7 along with G.
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What is the best way to learn to play songs by ear using chord patterns?

Is there a simple technique to construct or memorize chord pattern of a song If I know the main chord of a song? Also, how to guess the next chord while playing a song. Specially with a guitar. I ...
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Identifying the roots of diminished 7th chords( depending on function)?

Diminished 7th chords are symmetric. Each one could be the same quality chord on any root note that is a chord tone inside it. So, is there agreement on which name to use for these chords? I know that ...
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Use of the VI and v chord in a minor key, subdominant and dominant functional use?

I have a couple of questions related to chord function in natural minor. I have been playing around with chord functions and how they relate to each other. The first chord I am confused by is the ...
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Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's “The Bygone Days” 2

The song is in D Maj I can't understand how that B Maj at bar 12 came out G maj7(IV), A(V) then B maj (VI) ? How does this work ?
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What is the name of this chord? F# A D G D E

I'm looking for the name of this chord: F# A D G D E I have basic knowledge of chords but I can't figure out this one.
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Self Portrait”

Listen From 00:56 The [E] part is in C Major key and I can't understand the C#m7-5 chord at bar 3 what is this chord ? Where did it come from? and what is its function ?
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Sibelius and Guitar VST problem

I have the latest Sibelius and I have one VST plugin for guitar. Now I have a song that use drums, piano, guitar. Now to activate the VST guitar plugin I need to go to play setup and here say Sibelius ...
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What are examples of non-Classical cadences?

Perfect/imperfect authentic cadences, half cadences, deceptive cadences, and plagal cadences have been around since at least Mozart. What are some either specific cadences or approaches to cadences ...
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How to play forte-piano chord on piano?

In Beethoven's Pathetique, how do you play the fortepiano chords in the third movement (rondo)? I can easily do this on a wind instrument by changing wind speed, but on piano, I have no idea how to ...
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Chord A7 in piano

I attach a picture with an A7 chord in piano splitted as shown un the picture. Now I know the regular A7 chord is A,C#,E,G. Why was splitted like that in picture (using in treble cleff B,C# and F and ...
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Are weird chord types a byproduct of improvising and sound?

Say we have on one hand the basic chords of triads (major/minor) and sevenths. And then on the other hand we have less common chords like sus4,add9,augmented,diminished,six chords,extended chords, ...
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What is the thought process behind constructing shell voicing inversions on piano?

I've been practicing 4 - 5 note shell voicings for a while and I feel pretty confident going through some changes. The thought process when constructing chords is mostly the same with R-7-3 or R-3-7 ...
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What are the most important chord types? [closed]

I've mainly been practicing triads (major/minor) and sevenths (major/minor/dominant) as I think those are the most important chords. If this is wrong, please let me know. I mainly play pop songs on ...
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How to properly use ChordRootNamer in lilypond

I write a songbook in lilypond and want to use Czech chords. Czech chords are almost the same as German chords are. (B chord is "H" and Bb chord is "B".) Moreover, I want minor chords to be small ...