Questions tagged [chords]

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I heard something amazing [closed]

So, I know this is a long shot but... The other day, I heard on a rubbish radio what sounded like a guitar and a sax playing the same notes, the guitar went first followed by the sax. I could be ...
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I have the following chord progression. But not scale exists. Is this okay?

I have the following progression (using F-minor scale): Cmajor > D# Sus2 > A# sus2 > F sus2 > D# Sus2. Initially, the Cmajor was a Cmin...but I didn't like how it sounded or transitioned. So I ...
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Can anyone help me understand this chord progression?

Since it starts and ends in G, I'd assume G major: G - Cmaj7 - F#m7 - G#m7 - Em7 - Cmaj7 - D/F# - G or I - IV - (vii#5)- (bii) - vi - IV - V - I or 1 - 4 - 7#5m7? - b2m7? -...
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Chord progression sounding good even though it has a chord out of scale

I am using following chord progression: Eb major, C minor, Ab major and B major. My assumption is that I am in scale Eb major (first 3 chords belongs to this scale), but B major is not part of this ...
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Open G guitar, better position for major chords

I am trying to master Russian 7-string guitar which has Open G tuning. Unfortunately, there is so little literature on this instrument for dummies like me. Now with the Open G I have to decide whether ...
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What is the theory behind this chord progression?

first time posting here, although I've read quite a few posts before. So, I was analyzing the theory behind a song (Savatage - Gutter Ballet), and while it is primarily in the key of D Minor, it ...
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Have I identified my cadences correctly?

I am having so much trouble with cadence identification. After hours of Youtube video explanations I think that I have this correctly. Have I? How can I make this process easier? a. Perfect b. ...
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How was this chord progression created?

The song is "Let me love you" by Mario, which is in the key of G minor. In the verse and the chorus, Cm7 - Gm7 - F chords are used, which is the iv, i and VII of the G minor natural scale. However, ...
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Possible to place a chord diagram summary before the music notation in MusicXML or MuseScore?

Is it possible to place a chord diagram summary (fretboard legend) before the score music in MusicXML or MuseScore? If yes, then how? Background: The chord diagram summary (i.e. fretboard legend) ...
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Practicing chords in Bb Minor

I'm playing the piano since 2 years now. Currently, I started playing this piece. It mainly consists of chords and since it's written in Bb Minor, there are many black keys. How do I practice these ...
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Problem with 2nd degree in minor scale

Generally I get what transposing from major to minor is about, I know I have to flatten by a half step a 3rd, 6th and 7th degree. However if I have a chord progression in C major that goes like that: ...
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Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression

I have been trying to analyze a score (the first one that I have attempted) and I'm a bit confused about how to analyze these chords. Here's the part (and here's the full piece for context): Take the ...
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Four chords in one measure, 3/4 time signature

I am trying to accompany a song with 3/4 time signature using guitar. There is up to four chords in one measure. I use arpeggio (1- a bass string, 2 - first three strings, 3 - first three stings ...
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How do I know what note is #11 in my Fmaj9#11 chord

I am working my way through music theory. I play acoustic guitar - or try to. One of the exercises was in C and mentioned a Fmaj9#11 chord. So I dutifully worked out the notes for the chord and was ...
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Minor scale with only 6th degree raised by a half step?

I've been playing some arpeggios on a guitar and eventually I set on three chords I've been repeating that sounded good to me. These chords were consisting of notes (from lowest to highest): G F B&...
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Is a phrase ending ; viio --> I ( both chords in Root position ) considered an Authentic cadence?

In a baroque binary minuet by J.C.F. Fischer , starting in F major , the first phrase ends with E dim ( E-G-B flat ) viio --> I (F-A-C ) . The soprano notes move from B flat to A. Can this cadence in ...
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Notation for bowed instrument to play chord from high to low

On classical instruments like violin and cello a chord notated with three or more simultaneous notes is assumed to be bowed starting on the lowest string to the highest. However, at times chords ...
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What are the chord patterns for Scales other than Major and Minor?

I know this is a Music Theory exchange but im not, atm trying to jump into the rabbit hole of Music Theory and hopefully an answer is still possible. I am writing a software program to help people ...
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What's the difference between a rolled chord and a broken chord?

Question is self-explanatory. What's the difference? I don't see it explained at all online, much less clearly and simply.
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Chords in tabs are wrong?

This song is Blackbird by the beatles The first part is a G, but the notes come up as G B G, which do not form a G chord. a G chord is made up from G B D, unless I am missing something here, or the ...
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Help analyzing a few bars in a piano piece

I have a few questions about a passage in a piano piece I'm trying to analyze. I would look these questions up elsewhere but I don't even know how to word the search queries. Measure 65 starts with a ...
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Do secondary Dominants have to resolve to their own tonic?

I am studying modal shifting, borrowed chords and secondary dominants, and I am a little confused of their function, if they do not resolve their own tonic. Would their function then just be a ...
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Chords in tabs confusion

I usually see pictures like the one above, with chords above the bars. Like, in the first one for example, it says "Am" directly above the 7th fret of the D string How is that an Am? Am is made up ...
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Search for Nice Jazzy Changes for German Church Song

Lets assume we have this german church song: Which chords could be changed that it sounds more jazzy. Please also let me know the systematic behind your suggestions. Here is also the muse score file ...
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What are these black lines under the tabs?

What are these black lines that's under the tabs? Are they there for rhythm or something?
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Available Tensions vs. (Non-)Diatonic Non Chord Tones

In, for example, the C major key, the available tensions for the C major seventh chord are 9, 13, because: Harmony 3 - Berklee, Barrie Nettles, p17: For diatonic chord progressions, available ...
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I need to know what piano chords I am singing

I am a songwriter but I do not play piano. I can pick my melody out with one finger, but that’s it. Is there an app or some way to record myself singing a song and have it determine the piano chords ...
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Please help me with how to do the left hand [duplicate]

I am confused about how to play the left hand; I know that we have three sounds here but in the 3rd beat how can I hold the B and play another B? It makes sense for the first beat: hold the E and play ...
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I can't seem to do this barre chord right

Barring the fifth fret (only 4 strings) is just not working out, the second string always seems to be muted. I'm using an electric guitar (don't know if barre chords are easier on acoustic) I ...
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Can someone explain to me the harmonic reasoning behind this chord progression?

E minor 7 9 G dim 7 D# dim 7 9 E minor 7 9 Let’s just say we’re in the key of E minor Please I’m so confused
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How do we name two chords a third apart from each other?

I know there is a term for two diatonic chords that are a thrid apart (and thus sharing 2 or more notes), but I forgot it. Examples : Am and C Gm7 and Bb IV-vi vi-I etc.
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Is the ii V I scale based on the upcoming I scale ? Wouldn't that cause key change?

The key is in E Major. The chord progression goes like E - C#m - B/F#,F# - B I thought the chord progressions were I - Vi - V/V - I But if you see the first bar at the picture, there is A# in ...
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Classical guitar: right hand finger movement when playing chord

When playing a string with the right hand, it is suggested to have the finger pushing through the string. That is to say, the finger is moving inward the guitar, rather than pluck the string outward ...
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Minor Key (and other key?) Roman Numeral Analysis

What is the general standard in RNA for the natural minor key, as well as keys that are neither major nor nat. minor? So in studying RNA, I found the major key pretty straightforward: I ii iii IV V ...
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Roman Numerals and VII#

The following is an excerpt from this Wikipedia article: [The Lydian cadence] is so-called because it evokes the Lydian mode based on its final chord as a tonic, and may be construed with the ...
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What is meant by a Eb9+11- chord?

I have a modern jazz lead sheet “Just like that” from Peter Herbolzheimer in which the chords have rather unfamiliar notation. E♭9+11- is one, or Dm7♮. What do these mean?
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Is this an acceptable way to resolve a vii° chord?

In a choral-style piece I am writing, someone said that this vii° chord (within a phrase) never resolves properly. I would be grateful if anyone could give me some advice about whether it works or not,...
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Dictionary for Reverse Chord Lookup

I've been searching for some information regarding reverse chord lookup and various libraries that might help me with some software I'm writing. I've tried tonal.js and various other JS music theory ...
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Beginner question about how to understand chords in musical notation

I have a question about how to interpret musical notation involving chords. In the first picture, I can see D minor chord but do I play it with right or left hand? And what notes do I play with the ...
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Can you help me analyse some Baroque playing?

im trying to make serious study of Ted Greenes Baroque improvisation lessons on Youtube, and am hoping someone more experienced can tell me the function of a particular two chords; The section of the ...
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Chord inversions? What does 'C' mean one to play?

We know about slash chords - when it says C/E, we play a C major chord with the lowest note being an E - 1st inversion if you like. Just plain old C though. Does that mean it has to be played with ...
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Difference between playing a D/F# and a D in the key of G on piano

Ok I am brand new to playing the piano and I apologize if this question seems idiotic. I am trying to learn how to play American Pie here. I realized that I was playing both a D and a D/F# the same ...
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13 Chord Voicing Without Root, 3rd or 5th

I've been improvising over Hoagy Carmichael's Heart and Soul and I came across a chord voicing that seemed a little strange to me. As shown below, the C13 is voiced F-Bb-D-A, using the 7th, 9th, 11th ...
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Implied notes in a chord

Often, especially in jazz, and on guitar, the P5 of a chord can be omitted. In jazz, it's because there are sometimes quite a few other notes attached to particuar chords, on guitar it's because of ...
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is this song written in dorian or mixolydian mode?

i have a question about the modes hopefully someone sees this if a song follows a chord progression of verse Bb-Ab-Eb Bb-Ab-Eb then pre chorus Ab-Eb-Bb // Ab-Eb-Db-Eb and then the chorus is Bb-...
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What's the difference in sound between the shell voicing of a minor 7th chord vs a half diminished 7th chord?

I am learning about shell voicings for 7th chords. I understand that you you remove the 5th because it makes no difference in the quality of the chord. That leaves me with Cmin7 being C Eb Bb C half ...
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Can't seem to play this chord on fingerstyle

I've been trying to get my fingers to play this chord (you have to pluck all of them at once) but it's just not working out. My pinky doesn't reach all the way to the fourth fret when I put my other ...
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Applying some analysis to Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj

Why does Amaj Cmaj Dmaj Amaj work so well? How can we describe the relationships between these chords? What key am I even in? Amaj and Dmaj could be I and IV in A major, or Cmaj and Dmaj could be ...
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Economizing finger movement in exercise vs following the book

In Al Di Meola and Bob Aslanian's books "Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios" there's an exercise to strum a chord four times and move from one form to another, fluidly. Below is ...
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A Minor Pentatonic Scale confusion

Hey, I'm starting out with scales, and I've been learning the Minor Pentatonic scale pattern 1 first. I've read that, the root note defines what scale you're playing. So, if the root note is on 6th ...

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