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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Thomas Tank Engine theme tune chord sequence - why does it work?

I'm trying to gain some understanding of non-diatonic chord sequences and why they work. I've been listening to the Thomas the Tank engine theme tune which I believe is in the of C and the second ...
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Why block consisting of “re” and “fa” notes is classified as chord V?

I am reading this paper: Toward a Musical Analysis of World Music On page 4 there is this statement: All of the songs are syllabic and are subject to clear harmony (prototype degrees [I, V, IV] ...
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How to form an A chord on higher frets?

I can play an A chord okay, as seen here: However, I tried putting a capo on the 10th fret and playing it from there and couldn't do it at all. I have thin fingers and it was still impossible to ...
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Why does the standard fingering / strumming for a D maj chord leave out the 5th string?

See below the chord diagram for a D Maj chord on guitar in standard tuning. Notice how the 5th string is X'd-- not to be played. But the 5th string is A when played open, which is part of a D Maj ...
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Calculate tonal tension of triads

I'm trying to implement and calculate the tonal tension of a triad (and its harmonics) following the definition given here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f05e/56c9548fa18c64efeed248742e3a6afb0c02....
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Jazz piano: improving voicings

I run into these two problems related to chords: My accompany with my left hand conflicts/try to occupy the same tones as my right hand, melody. My voicings are boring and dull. Very standardised and ...
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7-Limit tuned 12 tones?

I tried to tune the 12 tones differently to gain more harmony. Rather than equal temperament or just intonation, I picked 7-limit tuning. Here're the tones: C = 1/1 C♯ = 21/20 D = 10/9 ...
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Can chords be inferred from melody alone? [duplicate]

Some vids about arranging on fingerstyle guitar say to figure out the chords first either by ear or through tabs, then to play the melody on top of them. But that seems like too much work. For one, ...
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What motivates the dissonant minor third in the beginning of Respighi's Notturno?

Ottorino Respighi's Notturno is a Nocturne that begins in the key of F#. A melody is played atop the chords, however in bar 7 the melody hits the A note, which is the minor 3rd of the F# scale: This ...
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Would the notes used in this chord make up just a plain G chord?

I am transcribing "Bell Bottom Blues" on the guitar. In the intro picking I think they're using this chord that just uses the notes in this order: G, D, B, G. Would this be called a G chord? The ...
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Chord structure and arppeggio study

This question is just to satisfy my own curiosity. I play mainly guitar, and some piano. Both are chording instruments so I study chord structure and arpeggios as part of my education process. I found ...
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The difference btw Major and Chromatic Scale

I learn music theory self study from Alfred book and I have a problem here As you see in question No 7 and 8 I don’t know what do they mean by Major or chromatic scale Thanks for you help 🖤🎶
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Using intervals to build chords

Chords in western music are said to be built on intervals of 3rds, such as the root, third and the fifth creating a major chord. The reason this chord sounds harmonically pleasant is due to the wave ...
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Personal Taste or Something Else (9th and minor 7th chords) [closed]

Probably this is a matter of personal taste, but I thought I might ask to be sure that there isn't a more in-depth explanation out there. To my ear, 9th chords and minor 7th chords are oddly ...
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Must a song using the A minor scale begin or end with an Am chord? If not, how can I tell what the scale is?

Is it a must for a song using the A minor scale to begin or end with an Am chord? If not, how can I tell what the scale is? For example, how can I differentiate between the C major scale, A minor ...
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What are the different qualities of the intervals? [closed]

I know that a 3rd decides the emotional quality of a chord, but what about the 5th? What does the 7th do? The 2nd, 6th, and 9th?
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How To Build and Name 7th Chords

I am trying to understand how to properly build and name 7th chords, the way of doing this is by adding a major/minor/diminished seventh to a triad, so having 4 chord qualities gives a total of 12 ...
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Functional Purpose of Flattened 7th Chord

I am wondering how to use the "flattened seventh" chord when used in a major key (i.e. B-flat Major chord in key C Major). I believe this would put a piece in the mixolydian mode. For example . . . ...
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Would it be a good idea to memorize relative interval positions on guitar?

It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual ...
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How to improvise on organ

I feel quite comfortable doing piano improvisations, but I am very limited when talking about the organ improvisations. Specifically, talking about the left hand, on the piano I can do the specific ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. how could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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How to measure the tension or resolution of a chord?

Let me begin.. A chord is fundamentally built off the selection of multiple intervals. Those intervals hold a position in a 12TET interval ranking from most consonant to most dissonant. Depending on ...
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Get Chord Name From a Given Set of Notes

I am trying to come up with an algorithm that gets the proper chord name given certain Notes, user may or may not inform which from the notes is the root. I suppose that the process in recognizing a ...
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Chord Practice Right Hand [duplicate]

I am seeking a chart or music notation of all common chords with the melody note on top. Say the melody note is C. What are all the chords with C on top. An example would be Cm- EbGC C-EGC Am EAC, ...
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Is it acceptable to use a Maj7♯5sus4 chord? Avoid note/interval clarification

I have been looking through possible triads over bass notes and found an odd one.. F minor triad over B bass note. I rearranged the notes to give me a particular 7th chord 1 4 ♯5 7. Basically a ...
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What is the harmonic function of this?

What is the harmonic function of the boxed beat in the fourth measure?
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Are extended chords assumed to have each extended interval below it and a 7th? [duplicate]

For instance, is a 13th chord assumed to have an 11th, 9th, 7th, 5th and 3rd along with it unless otherwise noted? And a 9th is assumed to have a 7th along with the triad, an 11th is assumed to have a ...
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What is the name of this chord?

What do you call a chord made of a diminished triad with a sixth on top?! I've marked the chords in red; would it be considered a G7 in this example?
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Meaning of slash chord without anything left of the slash

In chord charts what does it mean when it says /c#. I know what slash chords are, but what if it doesn't show the first part. An example of what I'm talking about is here.
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Meaning of one chord on top of another

What does it mean when there are two chords one on top of the other in a chord chart. An example of what I'm talking about is here.
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Analysing harmony in music [closed]

I've read books like Theory of Harmony, Tonal Harmony, The Complete Musician, and just started reading structural functions of harmony. But I still find myself confused on those weird out-of-key ...
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Use of sharps and flats when writing altered notes to chords in key

A quick question about the conventions of writing music. I have a song I am working on where I am going from a G major to a F#-b9. The song is in G major for most of it before going into a middle ...
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A system to tune sympathetic strings for Western music

I've just got an EHX Ravish pedal and so I'm exploring the sympathetic string function. For standard Western, meantone temperament: diatonic or modal, major or minor melodies what are good rules for ...
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Letters m, n and v above roman numerals in functional harmony notation

I'm reading a functional harmony textbook and found the notation in the following passage confusing: Consecutive VI and VII degrees in melody are harmonised with chords IV-VII6 (in minor: IVm-VII6) ...
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Jazz chord balancing on Piano [closed]

When playing a chord on a piano, how should the volumes of each degree of the chord be balanced. I am thinking that since the perfect fifth is often omitted, maybe it should be played softer if it was ...
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How do certain chords get such prominent names?

A musician friend just mentioned that "F major is my favourite chord (or tonality)". Regardless whether it makes sense to have a "favourite" chord, this got me thinking. There must be many, many ...
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Aural mnemonics: can we compile a list? [duplicate]

When I do ear training, I like to use mnemonics, in the form of a short snippet from a well-known song, to help me memorize certain aural patterns. I can share some of the ones I have so far, but I ...
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Finding diatonic chords on guitar?

I'm trying to find the "easiest" way to find diatonic chords on the guitar. I'm thinking that I should just focus on the 6th and 5th strings and use barre chords. So I just decide on a key and then I ...
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Pivot chord but different scale. ( Ex. G; C and C; C ) is it possible to use them as a pivot chord to one another?

Even though the scales are different, G; C - lydian , C; C - Ionian . Is it possible to use this as a pivot chord to modulate to one another ? If it is possible, how ?
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Is there a way to notate octaves for chords?

Say I wanted someone to play a C major triad in the 4th octave at one point in a song I've written, while I wanted them to play the same chord (a C major triad) in the 5th octave instead of the 4th at ...
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How to play a D major chord lower than the open E major chord on guitar?

I am writing a piece and I am trying to write a D major chord that is lower than the open E major chord on guitar. How should I do this? I am relatively new to guitar and I have no idea what this ...
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So how can you tell if music is good or not? How can you compare between two pieces of music? [closed]

So if we talk musically in terms of harmony and melody (apart from lyrics) how can you tell if music is bad or good when all music are just different chord progressions and different melodies? If you ...
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13th chords on guitar

I am learning how to build chords. As I understand the 13th chord contains 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 interval. For Cmaj13 for example its gonna be C, E, G, B, D, F, A notes. I see many 13th chord ...
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Are there add#5 chords?

For example, if I play D, E, G#, B and C, should I call this chord Eadd#5/D?
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Chords behaving as a melody

I've been learning some Christmas carols on the guitar and I noticed that the chord structure they have is very different from what I can usually see in popular/rock music. I noticed that the ...
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Diminished chord sounds great in the song song but terrible when I play it

I'm trying to play A Cruel Angel's Thesis on the guitar (just the chords for now) and the whole pre-chorus uses lots of 7th chords, and a Ddim7 right before the end. That chord sounds just terrible ...
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Eighth Slash Notes for a Simile

I know that if you want to make a SIMILE part, you can put as my picture, quarter notes then convert in Sibelius to SLASH NOTATION and enter the text that says SIMILE. Here is the photo: https://ibb....
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Pat Martino chord concept - Augmented Forms - Guitar Fretboard shapes

Imagine a A+ chord that Pat transfers to a Dm chord by raising the note c# to d. Pat seems to relate a A+ chord to a D-minor chord. What´s the improvisational use of that approach as A+ is not "...
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Singing along to guitar chords (harmony)

Recently I started writing songs and I started to wonder: Let's say I sing middle C (while playing open C chord on guitar) for a bar and then go to singing E, third higher in pitch. Should I follow ...
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Is there any set of 2-6 notes that doesn't have a chord name?

Is there any combination of up to six notes in the chromatic scale that could not be classified and named as a chord? Can anyone give me an example and explanation if so?