Questions tagged [chords]

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Do I have to use exact chord when playing a song

Sometimes it's easy for me to find out the chords in a song (by ear and try), but if the songs is complicated, I can't figure out the chords. Existing software and platforms also cannot find the ...
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Fret number size in chords diagram [closed]

How to make the Fret number size in the chord diagram larger without making the chord diagram larger, is this possible?
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What does it mean to have a 'slash chord' with more than one note after the slash? [duplicate]

I'm used to slash chords like D/F# or Am/G where the second part after the slash informs you of the bass note. I just saw a video with someone talking about chords like C+/Db+. I didn't even know ...
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What are the formulas for chord qualities relative to natural minor?

Every chord formula chart I've found (over three dozen so far through Google search or Google images) gives chord formulas relative to a major scale. For example the major formula is 1-3-5 and the ...
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Chord naming conventions: When is a 6 a 13? [duplicate]

I have seen/ heard people say that you only write a 6 when there are no other upper extensions used (meaning no inclusion of 7 and above). I have also heard people say that you only write a 6 when ...
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In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be?

In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be? The D major is part of a three chord progression. It's preceded by C minor and followed by G major (2nd inversion).
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Is there such a thing as a stable or unstable tone in scales?

I'm writing a song in 4/4 in A major, and my melody ends first on the 7th degree leading tone (G#) and then the second time on the 6th degree (F#). These are supposed to be unstable tones, yet if I ...
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Why do some composers/songwriters choose inverted chords over root position chords?

I know that if you want to go from one chord to another, using an inverted chord might make the bassline smoother and more melodic without big jumps but are there other reasons why root position ...
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Good way to play rapid consecutive fifths and sixths spanning more than an octave

I can't figure out how to properly finger and play the following section of a piece I'm trying to play. I've tried multiple things, but the difference in distance between the first notes and the ...
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What piano chords should I memorize?

Seems that there were similar questions, probably clear to most of forum folks, but still not to me as a piano beginner. I found chords theory rather straightforward, however practicing seems a bit ...
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Which one makes a melody more noticeable, playing it an octave above the chords or below the chords?

On a midi keyboard/piano, if I play both the chords and the vocal melody at the same time. How do you make the melody sound more prominent than the chords? In general, which makes the melody more ...
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If I play C1, F1, G1 - will F1 and G1 together cause dissonance or sound bad(to most people)?

If i play C1, F1, G1 at the same time: • C1 & F1 = Perfect 4th • C1 & G1 = Perfect 5th ● What about F1 & G1 at the same time? Would these sound bad together? (to most people) What is ...
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I want to be able to cover and loop any song I want [closed]

Justice Der is a guitarist on YouTube that inspired me to starting playing. He does these loop covers of hip-hop/r&b songs. The loops usually have the following layers: percussion -> chords -&...
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Why No Augmented Minor Chord?

The recently posted question "What chord is Dm7 with a Bb?” asks: If I have a Dm7 chord played on the 5th fret of a guitar as a barre chord and move my pinky to play the Bb note next to the A on ...
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Do 11th chords change depending on genre?

In my training, I've always learned (and I still teach) that 11th chords don't have the chordal third; the dissonance between the 3rd and 11th (an octave-displaced fourth) seems to weaken the chord, ...
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What chord is Dm7 with a Bb?

If I have a Dm7 chord played on the 5th fret of a guitar as a barre chord and move my pinky to play the Bb note next to the A on the 4th string I have the notes D Bb C F A so basically a Dm7 with an ...
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What makes a chord a sus chord?

In light of some recent answers to questions I have asked on Stack Exchange with regards to naming chords, I have decided to refine things a little further, focusing on sus chords. If a chord contains ...
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what is the method behind naming jazz chords? [closed]

I have recently become confused about how to name chords in jazz. This is my current understanding: Add chords (without 7th)- chord that contains the root, third, (optional 5th) and one or more ...
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What is the Best Way to Learn to Sight Read Chord Symbols on Piano?

(I don't know what the proper term is for instant playing of chord symbols... is sight right correct? Anyway, here I am using the term "sight reading chord symbols" to describe the ability ...
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piano note sheet missunderstanding [duplicate]

I am new to world of music, so my question is beginner-like one. Here is excerpt from some note-sheet: My understanding regarding for example first F chord is that left hand should play note A as ...
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Why is there a m3 in diminished triads and diminished sevenths? [duplicate]

In a diminished triad, the diminished interval is 1>5. In a full diminished seventh chord, the 1>7 is also diminished. In a half-diminished chord, the 1>5 is diminished.(But one third of it ...
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what is the name of this chord D F# and C? the “D” is the root [duplicate]

i thought it was d7 but the fifth note(A) is missing
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

Let me start off by saying that I have no folk background, and I am not aware of the rich tradition of folk or folk-rock. That being said, I understand that, similar to the blues tradition, there are ...
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What does the colour scheme mean in this chord chart?

I found this handy chart stapled at the centre of a manuscript book. Does the colour scheme have any significance? For example: ninth, diminished seventh, augmented and suspended are all green. Why?
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If a song's key is Gb major - how do I play the chord Bm if its notes are not in that key?

I'm trying to play the chords for a songs chord progression. It goes: Gb, Bm/Gb, Gb, Bm/Gb, Gb, Bm6 What are the notes I play on a piano for Bm/Gb? Does is mean play both Bm AND Gb - or - Bm OR Gb? ...
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Is G♭M7 the same as G♭7? [duplicate]

Are the chords G♭M7 and G♭7 both the chord of "G flat Major seventh"? I'm looking at some sheet music. Bar 1 has a G♭M7 and bar 2 has a G♭7? I thought "M" means major and that if ...
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What are the ukulele chord names he played in this tutorial? [closed]

So I know he isn’t saying all the chord names correctly since they’re being altered and I was curious of the technical chord names in this tutorial.
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Does melodic minor ever function as a key (or tonality) in of itself?

I am getting into jazz harmony, so have recently started learning chords derived from the modes of the melodic minor scale. As far as I can tell, these modes are primarily used for two main functions: ...
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Is there something wrong with this chord?

If you play this piece back, it seems this chord in particular has quite a noticeable timbre to it. I'm just wondering if this chord is technically correct? You can hear the chords here: https://...
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What is the name of a minor chord with a minor 9th?

If I take a standard A minor chord as a barre chord on the 5th fret of a guitar and play it but move my pinky from the root note A on the 7th fret and move it to the 8th fret, I get a dominant chord ...
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What is the tonalilty/mode of Sitting on the dock of the bay -Ottis Redding? [closed]

I was wondering what is the tonality of Sitting on the dock of the bay ( ) since no diatonic scales fit the chord progression. Here is the chord progression : G | B7 | ...
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the II chord followed by the IV chord in a major key?

I am analyzing the music of [Name of Life arranged by Makiko HIroHashi] (https://musescore.com/user/4622501/scores/5038709). From measure 29 - 30 it goes from : (First half Measure 29 ): Eb minor [ii] ...
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Why does the iii chord function as a tonic chord if it has a leading tone?

I am learning chord functions in major scales and supposedly the iii chord has a tonic function. however, the chord has a leading tone so shouldn't it be considered a dominant chord?
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Ascending and descending chord movement and its effect on harmonic function

Is the cadence I to V the same regardless of its position relative to the tonic? E.g In C major C4 E4 G4 --> G4 B4 D5 vs C4 E4 G4 --> G3 B3 D4 The thing that has made me question this is the ...
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What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?

In Rautavaara's Second Piano Sonata, first movement, beginning 20 bars before the end, there is a tablature-like symbol. What does it mean?
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When should one use flats or sharps when transcribing? [closed]

All I know is that: if the song has an F chord then it should be flats but if it has a B chord it should be sharps In this song, the chords are Dm B♭ F C and a transition chord which is C♯dim/D♭dim ...
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Is there a similarity between the i 6/4 chord and the V chord in a minor key?

In a lot of jazz standards there is a common alteration of the i chord which uses a descending bass note down to the 5th of the chord and then it resolves back to the i. To give an example in Dm, it ...
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What is the best way to play a chord larger than your hand?

I've seen and attempted to play multiple songs that include chords that are tenths or sometimes even elevenths or twelfths (rarely), and these chords have four or five notes. If I were to come across ...
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How to write triads for strings?

There is something that I have noticed several times when writing chords for orchestral strings (violins, cellos, etc), when I write standard triad (major, minor, etc) chords the strings make an ...
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Alternative intervals power chords in just intonation

I was wondering, distorted power chords tend to work really well because in 12 equal temperament the root and fifth are pretty close to just intonation. A detailed explanation can be found in the link ...
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Is there a name for dropping the bass note of a chord an octave?

Take the following example (I'm a guitar player, so I'm going to give a guitar-centric example): Let's say you start by playing an A major triad using the C-shape. So you're fingering the 9th fret on ...
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Which chords can be played simultaneously? [closed]

For example, my instrumental's chord progression = Dm, F, C, Bb Which chords can be played at the same time as Dm and C and still sound "good"? Is there some sort of terminology for chords ...
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The F chord is F0, A0, C1. If you change the octaves of one of the notes, is it still an F chord? [duplicate]

For example F major chord = F0, A0, C1. Would chords like "C0, F0, A0" or "FO, A1, C2" still be F major chords?
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Does this song have a key, and if so, what is it? [closed]

I'm writing a song where the notes do not align to any particular key. The way it works is this Chord 1 leads to Chord 2. Chord 2 leads to chord 3 but Chord 3 does not have to relate to Chord 1. Chord ...
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How does this chord work in the progression?

So, if you're playing in a major key, say C major, and you play a I IV V chord progression but before you go to the V you play a bVI7 chord. So, C Major, F Major, Ab7, G Major. How come the Ab7 has ...
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What is the correct terminology/notation for playing notes in a chord at the same time, and not as an arpeggio?

It is very common for interpreters of sheet music — especially string players — to roll chords. What is the notation to specify that all notes should sound at once? I had thought it was a square ...
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Which Fret do I Indicate on an up-the-neck chord chart that is using a capo?

I have a website that allows you to transpose songs and will generate the appropriate chord charts. In doing so, I have come across a question I can't find an answer to with regards to using a capo ...
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I'm having trouble hitting all keys of a chord together. Are there any methods that can help me learn that?

When playing a chord, be it with the right hand or the left, I'm really having trouble hitting all keys together reliably. I will often have a little audible delay between the individual notes. I ...
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Alfred's Adult Piano Level 2 Augmented Chords page 130

On page 130 Alfred's Level 2 book is a sample of Augmented Chords, but for any chord which should have the middle note sharped, the middle sharp is dropped when converted to Augmented. I've looked on ...

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