Questions tagged [chords]

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7-Limit tuned 12 tones? (Revised)

This question is a revision of this question. My theory of harmony was a bit wrong, especially for the G major chord was off. I created a new theory to re-tune the 12 tones. The just ratio of the ...
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Notating “enharmonic” chords, e.g. iv7 vs bVI6

I've seen those two chords bVI6 and iv7 used interchangeably for what seems like the same context following I -> IV chord movements in B sections (sometimes continuing to the dominant, sometimes ...
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Cheat sheet for music theory - where can I find it? [on hold]

Is there a downloadable cheat sheet for music theory? (about basic terms and nomenclatura) Edit: ... as basic information for absolute beginners, like I gave to pupils of secondary school. Maybe for ...
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Where is the circle of fifths mentioned for the first time?

How and when was the Circle of Fifths invented, and who is responsible for the discovery of this musical godsend?
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Accounting for intervals not present within the chord ratio?

Here are a selection of chord ratios.. Minor Chord - 10:12:15 Root (1:1) - Major 3rd (4:5) - Perfect 5th (2:3) Major 7th Chord - 8:10:12:15 Root (1:1) - Major 3rd (4:5) - Perfect 5th (2:3) - Major ...
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What would all notes played together look like in sheet music?

It seems to me as if you could only have an A or an A#, but not both together as they both share the same spot and are only distinguished by the # symbol. Now you could of course write the A# as a Bb, ...
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Fingerpicking Barre chords: What bass string to use?

When finger picking open chords one is supposed to do Thumb - bass string (root string), Index - third string, Ring - second string etc. The bass string used should be the "root" of the note. e.g. If ...
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How to accompany with piano in latin music when given only chords?

Say we want to play piano and we know these things: We have a I-IV-V-I chord progression We we want to play a measure in C major (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) So if we look at I-IV-V-I in C major from the ...
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Intro of A Whiter Shade of Pale: is my analysis of chords correct?

I wonder about 2 points in this intro (I can ask them in to different questions if desired) I'm not sure whether I hear this progression correct ... The beginning ...
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In chord construction, in a Adim, for example, is it indifferrent to have instead of A, C, D#, have, A, C and Eb

In chord a construction, in a Adim, for example, is it indifferent to have instead of A, C, D#, have, A, C and Eb?
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What do I call this chord?

During transcription I came across the following chord: G# C# F It is followed by another chord that has the same structure C# F# A# The song itself features a lot of chords with second ...
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How to transcribe an arpeggiated 4-note chord to be playable on a violin?

I finished arranging the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor for a string quartet, only to find out that the chord at bar 7 is impossible for a violinist. My instinctual reaction was:...
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cadences with triads with two different notes

Can a cadence consist of a triad with only 2 different notes? Let's say I'm in Fmaj and want to include an imperfect cadence (ii - V): G - D - G followed by C - E - G. The first triad has only two ...
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How to convert what I'm singing to notes

I've been trying for months to get the songs in my head down to piano. But whenever I try none of the notes seem to fit what I'm singing. I'm guessing this is because I'm either A: out of tune or B: ...
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Composing on guitar - Fingerstyle vs Classical

I'm wondering about the difference in the process of composing a song for a Fingerstyle Guitar vs what would be considered a Classical guitar piece. Note: I'm an amature hobbiest, so please excuse my ...
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A iOS app that shows notes on staff [closed]

I am looking for an iOS app that connects via MIDI to a piano or keyboard and shows notes on piano/bass staff. Chords would be advantage but I don't need that at this point. I've seen few apps ...
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I have questions revolving around the formula of producing chord ratios?

Good day guys! Thanks to the gentleman @willross1 and others contributions, i have now discovered the formula behind turning interval ratios into chord ratios, which allows me to determine the level ...
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Why there is a single-flat key signature for a F major triad?

I am reading a book for beginner about building the chords, basically on triads so far. It is said that the major triads is formed by a root, third and a fifth. From that instruction, it is easily to ...
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Chord progression integrity/plagiarism [closed]

I am wondering what connotes plagiarism--or at least a lack of artistic integrity--with regards to chord progressions. Could you indicate a progression which: a) should be used openly, b) shows a ...
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how change key while solo/improvisation on guitar?

I'm playing a song with the chord progression: Am7-Am7 Gm7-C7 F-F When the song starts I am in the key of A, but in wich key am I when the Gm7 or the F chord is playing? And how am I supposed to ...
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Penultimate chord in Messiaen's Regard du Pere seems to break the pattern

I have a question about a particular chord in “Regard du Pere,” the first piece in the Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant Jesus by Messiaen. I am using the 1947 Editions Durand and don’t know of any other ...
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How are chord ratios developed exactly?

Major Chord 4:5:6 Minor Chord 10:12:15 Diminished Chord 20:24:29 Are 3 examples of triad chord ratios. My question is how are these ratios developed? If we look at a Major chord in the key of C, it ...
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What is this chord progression? and where do this chords came from?

( Ryuichi Sakamoto "Loneliness" ) after the sudden change to [B] part at measure 7, a chord progression Dbm7 Fm6 F#m7 F#m6 appears. I can't figure out where this chords came from. Edit: We were ...
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Notes between chords

I am just a beginner playing the piano and been studying the scales, progressions, triads. Just the basic theory. So when i play a song i can play the chords but i don't know how to find notes to play ...
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Is there a term for chords where a Roman numeral would be considered meaningless?

I'm trying to go deeper into my study of chromatic harmony. I was reading through the Tonal Harmony textbook, and it says that a "simultaneity" is "a chord for which a traditional Roman numeral label ...
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Why can't I identify major and minor chords?

I am playing violin for 6/7 years now and doing ABRSM grade 7 this year. Problem is I still can't identify chords. Sad/Happy feeling doesn't work for me even a bit. Because of this, I can't identify ...
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Difference between iii/IV and vi in analysis?

I am trying to follow along this music theory video. The song analyzed is Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The main chord progression is IV - iii/IV - iii - vi - V7 My question is ...
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What is this chord built on the 7th scale degree of Cmaj? [closed]

What is the mystery chord? I have no idea. Thank you. Update: Thanks for pointing out that there are only two notes in this chord. This is just because it is my brief outline/transcription of the ...
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Chord with lyrics - What does it mean if there is an empty space instead of a Chord?

I have a problem understand what to play on those chords here. As you can see from my markings I actually play the Am in the first line twice because I kinda feel weird having it only "ring" to the ...
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Why don't sharp and flat root note chords seem to be present in much guitar music?

Since I've been perusing guitar tabs in the two weeks since I started learning, I can't help but notice that most popular songs don't seem to involve sharped/flatted notes as the root of their chords. ...
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Are there reliable, formulaic ways to form chords on the guitar?

I'm new to guitar, but am an experienced pianist, which is relevant. On the piano, a root form Cmaj triad of C-E-G can be made minor by simply shifting the E a semitone down. This is true for all ...
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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 key of C Major and the ...
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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 ...