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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Playing mandolin just strumming [closed]

I don't understand how to play chords on mandolin, the most of the tabs avaiable are with mandolin chords but I know it is possible to play a song just strumming, and I find that way so much easier... ...
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Can a secondary dominant be a regular major chord rather than a seventh chord? [duplicate]

Song name: Marriage Key of D D - F#M - Bm - A(or A7) Is F#M a secondary dominant to Bm? It is not seventh chord, but can major chords also work as dominant chords for the six chord?
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About Mode scale and keys [closed]

So if there is a C Mixolydian(or F major scales), is the key considered as F major or C major? Chord progression: C - Bb Do you guys see this as 1 and b7 in c key or 5 and 4 chords in F key?
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How to recognise chords and chord progressions by ear? [duplicate]

I am pretty comfortable with playing melodies by ear, but when it comes down to the next level, chords and chord progressions, i fumble pretty hard. I tend to pick up the 3rd of a chord and play it as ...
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Music Practice, jamming and chord changes [closed]

I do like jamming along with some music majorly softrocks and POP on youtube which have chords and lyrics with my accoustic guitar. I comfortably jam do okay in Key of G and still struggling a bit in ...
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Why is this a G7b9?

My understanding is that one approach to naming a chord is to first identify the root. However in this case, if this is really a G7b9, the root 'G' does not appear in the chord. How am I supposed to ...
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What is the name for a chord played by notes introduced in sequence?

Is there a name for a chord that is introduced one note at a time? You can hear an example in the first couple of seconds of "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here!" on Schoolhouse Rock:...
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What is it called when the chords contain the same notes but have a different root note of a chord and different chord name?

I know there are certain types of chords which are the Minor 7th, Major 6th, Minor 7th Flat 5 AKA Half Diminished 7th and Minor 6th chords. The Major 6th chord contains the exact same notes as the ...
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What do the ending numbers (e.g., Db 1; Db/F 1/3) written below the chords mean?

What do the ending numbers written below the chord in this video really mean? Video link: Db 1, Db/F 1/3, Gb 4, Ab 5, Db 1, Db/F 1/3, Gb 4, Ab 5, Fm7 3m, Bbm7 6m, Gb ...
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How do chords work on guitar? [duplicate]

I mean, if we take the C chord for example; it is composed by the notes C, E and G, according to the theory, but on the guitar, the pressed notes are C, E and C (an octave lower than the previous one),...
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Can extended chords be augmented or diminished?

I wanted to know if 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th chords can have both augmented and diminished forms. I'd appreciate your answers.
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What is the name of the chord with the notes G#, B, D#, and E?

I’m working on writing a chord sheet for Switchfoot’s song “Living Is Simple.” One of the chords during the second post-chorus has the notes G#, B, D#, and E. On the guitar, it’s fingered x-6-6-4-0-0 (...
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Alternative to to C# minor to G# minor progression on ukulele?

I'm a beginner on the uke, and I'm having some trouble with a chord progression my brother wrote for a song on guitar. Essentially, the trouble I'm having boils down to a quick couple quick moves ...
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What is the "stack of thirds" in chord theory?

When talking about chords, chord symbols and harmony from a Western music point of view, something called a stack of thirds is often mentioned. What does it mean? Isn't it a chord voicing - maybe even,...
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What dissonant chords can I use for C Maj power chord songs?

I find that I am writing a lot of rhythm guitar passages in a C Major progression, with power chords. But, I also find a lot of my songs are starting to sound alike. What dissonant chords can I ...
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Does this type of chord progression have a name?

I listen to a lot of pop punk/emo type music. I’ve noticed theres a specific change in chords that I hear a lot and really like, but I don’t know much about music theory. Here are some examples: g em ...
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What does it mean to have numbers under the music in music analysis?

So, I recently saw a practice problem that said "analysis". It was in FM, 4/4 time. In the bass clef were the notes F, D, A, Bb, and then two half notes; C and F. Respectively, they had the ...
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Could "E7(♯9)" be plausibly called "Em7(♭11)" or "Em7(add ♭11)" as well?

Foreword. With this question, my motive was to poke at the chord symbol naming system, to learn more of its properties. I've been intrigued by the idea of learning what the traditional "stack of ...
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E7add9+ Why is there a D? [duplicate]

E7add9+: The E major scale has the notes: E F# G# A B C# D# my teacher as well as tuxguitar suggest that the following guitar chord diagram: The second is B, the third is G#, the prime is of course E ...
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Can you have a no3 chord with upper extensions?

C(no3) is just the notes C and G. C7(no3) is the notes C, G and Bb. Is it valid to have a C11(no3) chord? Or would this just be referred to as some kind of sus chord (like C9sus4 or something)? Which ...
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How do you know what chords to use for a song/melodies you don't know?

I was given this exercise but unlike the other questions, this didn't have the title of the song in it. I thought it was just something I had to analyze and try to put chords that fit with the melody. ...
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Voicing Freddie Green-style rhythms in jazz arrangement

I'm working on a jazz arrangement and i was thinking of a walking bass, brushes on the drums, some chord stabs and fills for the piano, but as for the guitar it's a bit difficult. I want to write in ...
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In sheet music, can notes of a chord have different length, or how to read this sheet?

I have some sheet music that I'm trying to understand, but I'm unfamiliar with the correct terminology and my understanding of it (just starting out learning music). Specifically, the notes that are ...
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Notating a sus chord with thirteenth

How do you notate a chord like G F A C E without using slash notation? G13sus? G13sus4? If it’s along the lines of a G13, this leads to me to wonder why the chord G F A C is usually notated as G9sus4 ...
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How can I distinguish between a full 7th chord and a 7th chord without a 5th in figured bass?

The standard figured bass is usually just a 7 for a 7th chord in root position, right? If this is correct, the 5th and 3rd are assumed. But what about if the 7th chord should omit the 5th and double ...
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What is the roman numeral of the subtonic chord in a minor scale, VII or V/III?

What should we call a subtonic chord in minor scale, VII or the secondary function of III (V/III)? I think, especially in the case of subtonic seventh chord, V7/III- III progression makes more sense ...
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How to harmonize ^1 ^2 ^3 with VI V i in minor

I tried my best to harmonize this in minor and the best I could come up with was a VI without a 5th and a doubled 3rd. I am not sure if this is right. And did I write the doubled F correctly in the VI ...
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Homework question on identifying a key from a V triad

I am working through the ABRSM Discovering Music Theory Grade 4 book. I appear to have found an unanswerable question, unless I have misunderstood something. It's Section 7, Exercise 3, question k, ...
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What's wrong with my harmonic analysis?

Similar to my last post, I'm having trouble looking for my mistakes here. The big red 2 means I have 2 mistakes apparently but I don't know which ones are wrong. Or maybe I have more mistakes? Please ...
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Do chords introduce interference/beating?

Is it correct to state that any chords (or most of them), while playing, create Beating/Interference effect? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(acoustics) Since semitones are not integer ratio, it ...
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Help me correct/understand the harmonic analysis of this

Am I missing something here? (Note: the circled notes aren't included so we just ignore that. I'm only trying to analyze the rest.) In measure 8 (the second measure in the below excerpt), after Em, I ...
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D major in F major progression?

So i've started new in music theory and i'm guessing the chords to this neo oriental song and i've noticed that the chord progression goes like: Gm - F - Bb - D(hammer on G note (Dsus4)) and it seemed ...
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Can someone explain what an imperfect authentic cadence is? What are the requirements to make this?

I don't really fully understand what an imperfect authentic cadence is. I was told that if the chords are inverted, then it's considered an IAC. Or maybe the melody can be 4–3, etc. I just need an ...
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Would it be incorrect to play the open E (6th string) for the C major chord?

The notes are C E G. I play 2 Cs (5th and 2nd), 2 Es (4th and 1st) and 1 G on the 3rd string. Would it be incorrect if I included the lower E, playing the 6th string open as well? Would it not enrich ...
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Triads derived from the different types of minor scales

"The type of triad on each degree of a minor scale is the same for every harmonic and melodic minor scale" in TCL grade 6 theory. What is meant by this? I guess the types of chords are major,...
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Why do some extended chords have three added notes?

As I understand it, a basic chord is built of three notes, which can be harmonized in different octaves. It's always the first, third, and fifth to make up a basic chord. An extended chord then adds a ...
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For a better understanding of scale harmonization

I'm pretty much a newbie in music, and I wanted to ear train a little, to be able to improvize with my guitar. So I learned what I thought to be the minimum before that : major scales, minor scales (...
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Are diminished chords always minor chords?

Hello there, This might seem like a silly question, but I've been practicing diminished chords, and I've not seen any minor diminished chord being labelled specifically with its minor indication. Is ...
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How is a part consisting of 4 repeating chords called?

E.g. in the INXS number Near Tear Us Apart there are 4 measures (in the intro/verse) that are repeated continuously (Am7 Fadd9 Dm F). However, in many songs verses/choruses are build up of a repeat of ...
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How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different?

How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different? A lot of Japanese pop songs use 4 popular chord progressions, but how come these songs can come in such a large variety and ...
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Jazz vs Classical interpretation of this V7c vs iv-m6 chord in a common chord progress?

Here is a progression in a song I am playing On the 3rd beat of the second measure there is a Dm6 or G9/D chord (or B half diminished first inversion): at least that's what Carl Kress is playing ...
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Tritone substitution to a major chord?

I'm relatively new to jazz theory and I've been working through the book, Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Jazz Guitar by Jeff Schroedl. In it he describes a tritone substitution as a "V, ii(II), or vi(...
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Is a phrygian cadence iv6 - V or can it also be VI - V?

I have always thought that a phrygian cadence was VI - V but I now read that it is actually iv6 - V. Can both be used?
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formal and harmonic analysis : Bortkiewicz op.40 n.4

I am trying to analyze a Bortkiewicz prelude, op. 40 n.4 in F# major, but I have some doubts. I divided the prelude into three parts: part A (bars 1-11) part B (bars 12-20) part A' (bar 21-29) coda (...
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Is a figured bass symbol supposed to show a raised 6th scale degree?

I am harmonizing this figured bass Please look at the E note where the blue arrow is pointing. I have raised this note because otherwise there would be an aug 2nd leap to the F#. Can someone please ...
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What chord is "A7+4"?

That's how it's notated and I think it's a really unusual notation. Could that be a synonymous notation for "A7sus4"? The key signature is E-flat.
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Doubts about a diminished fourth - op. 40 Bortkiewicz

I have a doubt about a musical analysis that I found on an italian book. The author wrote that in the final part of the Prelude n.2 op. 40 by Sergej Bortkiewicz, there is a repetition of the tonic ...
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Help me hear Am7 as a minor chord

I recognize that Am7 (A-C-E-G) is considered a minor chord because, when stacked as thirds, the A is on the bottom. But I cannot make my ear perceive it as a minor chord out of context. To me it ...
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What is the difference between a chord and a triad on a piano -( or any instrument capable of playing multiple notes simultaneously)?

I do not understand the difference between a chord and a triad. Are they the same thing or do they have differences? (i.e. Cmaj. chord v.s. Cmaj. triad)

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