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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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How do I calculate the Forte number from the Prime form?

How do I calculate the Forte number from the prime form of a set? For Example: I have the prime form (0,1,5,8)... How would I determine the Forte number from this set? Or would I use a different form ...
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Appoggiatura chord

While learning one of the Mazurka's of Chopin, I came across a chord that I think is an appoggiatura chord but I need a second opinion. The piece is Chopin Mazurka in A minor Op. 68 No. 2 and the ...
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Why is the fifth chord a dominant 7? And if it is a dominant 7, why most of the songs use just D major along with G and not D7?

He says here that D7 is the fifth chord in the key of G. Still in most songs and places, you'll see D being used instead of D7 along with G.
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What is the best way to learn to play songs by ear using chord patterns?

Is there a simple technique to construct or memorize chord pattern of a song If I know the main chord of a song? Also, how to guess the next chord while playing a song. Specially with a guitar. I ...
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Are seventh chords the most used chords after major and minor triads in pop music? [closed]

I'm wondering if seventh chords are the most used chords after major and minor triad chords in western pop music. Or maybe it's some other chord type? When I say seventh chords I mean the three main ...
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Identifying the roots of diminished 7th chords( depending on function)?

Diminished 7th chords are symmetric. Each one could be the same quality chord on any root note that is a chord tone inside it. So, is there agreement on which name to use for these chords? I know that ...
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Use of the VI and v chord in a minor key, subdominant and dominant functional use?

I have a couple of questions related to chord function in natural minor. I have been playing around with chord functions and how they relate to each other. The first chord I am confused by is the ...
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Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's “The Bygone Days” 2

The song is in D Maj I can't understand how that B Maj at bar 12 came out G maj7(IV), A(V) then B maj (VI) ? How does this work ?
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What is the name of this chord? F# A D G D E

I'm looking for the name of this chord: F# A D G D E I have basic knowledge of chords but I can't figure out this one.
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Self Portrait”

Listen From 00:56 The [E] part is in C Major key and I can't understand the C#m7-5 chord at bar 3 what is this chord ? Where did it come from? and what is its function ?
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Sibelius and Guitar VST problem

I have the latest Sibelius and I have one VST plugin for guitar. Now I have a song that use drums, piano, guitar. Now to activate the VST guitar plugin I need to go to play setup and here say Sibelius ...
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What are examples of non-Classical cadences?

Perfect/imperfect authentic cadences, half cadences, deceptive cadences, and plagal cadences have been around since at least Mozart. What are some either specific cadences or approaches to cadences ...
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How to play forte-piano chord on piano?

In Beethoven's Pathetique, how do you play the fortepiano chords in the third movement (rondo)? I can easily do this on a wind instrument by changing wind speed, but on piano, I have no idea how to ...
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Chord A7 in piano

I attach a picture with an A7 chord in piano splitted as shown un the picture. Now I know the regular A7 chord is A,C#,E,G. Why was splitted like that in picture (using in treble cleff B,C# and F and ...
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Are weird chord types a byproduct of improvising and sound?

Say we have on one hand the basic chords of triads (major/minor) and sevenths. And then on the other hand we have less common chords like sus4,add9,augmented,diminished,six chords,extended chords, ...
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What is the thought process behind constructing shell voicing inversions on piano?

I've been practicing 4 - 5 note shell voicings for a while and I feel pretty confident going through some changes. The thought process when constructing chords is mostly the same with R-7-3 or R-3-7 ...
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What are the most important chord types? [closed]

I've mainly been practicing triads (major/minor) and sevenths (major/minor/dominant) as I think those are the most important chords. If this is wrong, please let me know. I mainly play pop songs on ...
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How to properly use ChordRootNamer in lilypond

I write a songbook in lilypond and want to use Czech chords. Czech chords are almost the same as German chords are. (B chord is "H" and Bb chord is "B".) Moreover, I want minor chords to be small ...
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What does chord-suffix mean?

I would like to know how to play extended/add chords on the guitar, for example Cadd9 here. I want to systematize chords and draw diagrams of them. What does "Сadd9" or "С+9" mean? Can chords such as ...
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Naming the 13th chord on the leading tone of a major scale

In C major, there are seven diatonic 13th chords. (Forgive me the ordering of extensions) Cmaj13, Dm13, Em11♭9♭13, Fmaj13♯11, G13, Am11♭13, and what? What is the name of the last one? The one built ...
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What chords should I use in an aggressive orchestral track? [closed]

I am trying to learn how to make epic (trailer) music. When I write melodic songs I use mostly major and minor chords and they work great, they give me exactly the sound I want, however those types of ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Ballet Mécanique” 3

(listen from 2:31) I don't get how from the [D] part's last bar BbM7 (IV) you could go to the [E] part (Ab/C). And if you see the [E] part, you could see that I analyzed it as a modulation to Ab ...
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How does G/B get to A/C#?

(Listen from 0:50) The song is in F Major if you see at bar 4 from [B] (Gm7 G/B A/C#) I don't get the G/B, How could G/B get to A/C# ? Is it actually E7/B without the G# ? I don't get it and if ...
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How to name this ninth chord?

C-E♭-G-B-D How should this chord be named? This chord has a root of C. It is used similarly to Cm(maj7) in G major (think Great Pumpkin Waltz by Vince Guaraldi's B section: G Cm(maj7) G [this chord])...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto's “Ballet Mécanique”

What is that Abadd9/C , Bbm add9/Db on the intro ? is it just a modal interchange chord bIIIM7 and iv from the parallel minor key ? If it is, then whats with that inversion ? does it have any ...
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Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's “The Bygone Days”

( Play it from 1:12 to start from the [B] part ) what is that D#m7(11) ? how does that leads to Gmaj7 ?
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In what situations can a seventh be substituted for a triad?

My understanding is that a dominant seventh can be substituted when going from V to I. so V7 to I. But are there any other situations where a seventh chord can be substituted for a triad? I'm mainly ...
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How to practice sevenths?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to add sevenths to my practice. One thing I did with triads is I'd take a scale, and then starting from each note in the scale play the arpeggio for the ...
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Chord practise methods

Is there any books or methods on practising chords? I am not talking about knowing chords on their own but being able to practise them with other music items such as scales. I find I am a very good ...
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Writing specific intervals

Is my answer the following question is correct: Q: What is the augmented seventh from E? A: D double sharp Method Write down the note (of your choosing) on the bottom line of the treble ...
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Piano chords written on top of the treble clef don’t correspond to notes on the staffs

Why these three chords written on the top of the treble clef (Am7/G, D7/F# and G) don’t correspond to the notes on the partition ? Is it chords that can be played with the left hand instead of notes ...
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Is this chord bV° or something else?

I don't know much about music theory so I need some explanation! While playing a tune, I came across this: (in F minor) Bbm / Bdim7 / C7 / Fmin Where is that Bdim7 coming from? Would I call it a bV° ...
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How to draw in a staff a chord containing C and C#

How should one draw in a staff a chord that contains both a note and the same note with an alteration? For example: How would you draw in a staff a chord that contains both C2 and C#2? Addition: Tim'...
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Simplifying chords [closed]

In my viola section, the piece that is being played demands the playing of 4 notes simultaneously in a chord. However, the player with that part cannot do that. How can I figure out which note I can ...
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Analyzing Ryuichi Sakamoto “Merry Christmas, Mr. Laurence”

The original song is not in C Maj key but the sheet I Have is in C Maj so let just see as the key is in C maj (The [B] part starts 1:50) How does the Gm (Vm) come ...
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What pieces influenced the Requiem from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? [closed]

I watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind recently, and I was really struck by the beginning of this piece: In the movie it's rendered instrumentally; it is well-...
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Is there a specific name for the use of IV chord over the V in the bass, e.g. F/G in the key of C

You see this chord a fair amount, usually leading to the tonic as a sort of souped-up plagal cadence (plagal in the treble, perfect in the bass). Is there a specific name for this, other than "4 over ...
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I have semi (explained) perfect pitch but can't handle harmonic intervals. What do I practice?

As the title suggests I have a form of perfect pitch that is not exactly perfect pitch. So let's say I hear a melody. I can name the notes as I hear them if they're not insanely fast of course. The ...
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Chord that does not fit into any scale

I thought that to create a chord I am supposed to use one scale. And then I saw this chord, called Eb/E that is made of Eb E G Bb notes. They seem not to fit to either major or minor scale (I cannot ...
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Vocals and basslines

I usually only sing by keeping the notes on the chords or sometimes notes that are omitted from that certain chord ro give it the fullness. I want to ask if Its possible to sing along with the melody ...
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could this be a half step chord progression?

At bar 3 to 4 the "Em7-5" goes to "Dm/F" could this be consider as a half step chord movement ? because the inversion bass F ? even tough "Em7-5" and the actual chord "Dm" without the inversion is not ...
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How to play Dmaj9 and E(4) on guitar?

I played in the band at church yesterday, and a certain song had two chords that had me curious how to play them. The first chord is Dmaj9. The notes in this chord are D, F#, A, C#, and E. This seems ...
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Why do these chords from the plastic bag scene in American Beauty work?

I'm trying to figure out the theory behind these three chords and why they work together. At first I thought it was a C major scale since it tends to want to go there. But there's flats in there so ...
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How to deal with chord vii of a key?

I'm pretty new to music theory. I always find the last chord of a key, the seventh chord, not sounding very pleasing and I have a hard time seeing how it can be used. So it's a pretty open question I ...
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How should I write chord diagrams in text form, if they use two digit fret numbers?

I'm used to notating chords in text form, such as E major being 022100 or A major being x02220, but what happens when you are using two-digit frets? For example, in DADGBE tuning you can play A and ...
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Help with root chord

Quick question. I thought my chord progression was written in B maj and when I play it it sounds the most wecoming sound. But it sounds better as a B min but I'm pretty sure it's in B maj. Is it ...
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Chord-scale vs chord/scale [closed]

Certain introductions to jazz teach that one should think harmonically in terms of "chord-scales" - for instance, that "E-mixed-third-7b913" and "E octatonic starting on a half step" are equivalent in ...
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When were chords invented?

I'd like to know in what period/year chords were invented and by whom. Did musicians like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven think in chords to harmonize their melodies or did chords only emerge in the ...
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Why aren't chord names written in classical sheet music?

When I see classical sheet music I don't see the chords named, were chords not used back then? And if they were, do the notes that are under a bass clef generally outline the shapes of chords? I only ...
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What do those little notes on this sheet mean? -notes are too far away from each other- PIANO

I'm learning "Recreation" on my piano. I've come to those little notes, and I have no idea what they mean. I can't play them, as they are too far away from each of my hands. May anyone help me ?