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How do you read chords with beams?

I am having a trouble reading chords with four-noted beams. Do they divide up in half as marked in the picture? And also, the score is in non-SATB setting, I assume it is because "Harp" is ...
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Is there a way to describe this type of non-functional music?

As far as I could tell, this instrumental piece has the static chord vamp Bbmaj9-Am7 that never deviates in any section (let me know if I'm wrong). The main focus that the composer has chosen here is ...
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Is a “minor Seventh Chord” basically just a combination of a “minor Triad” and its Relative “Major Triad”?

Is a minor Seventh Chord basically just a combination of a “minor Triad” and its Relative “Major Triad”, (or a combination of a Major Triad and its Relative minor Triad)?
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How do I read inversions fast?

picture above is D minor in 1st inversion. I usually find inversions by stacking up notes in a closed interval, but it takes too much time. Is there a fast way of discerning inversion chords and ...
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How to convert notes into chords?

My level: beginner. I am learning with the easiest version of song, which consists only of single notes. I thought I convert LH notes into chords, treating the given notes as root notes of the chords ...
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For chord voicing, why can I not use 5 and b13 at the same time?

above is a picture of chord scales for primary dominant from the book I am reading. Chord scale is just a scalar information of notes acceptable for making a chord. The author says 5 and b13 cannot be ...
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What does "prevailing harmony" mean?

While I was reading up on passing tones, I encountered this example: Example 15–7 presents an expansion of a C-major chord over two beats: the lower voice leaps down from the third of the chord to ...
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Does a chromatic chord have tensions diatonic or chromatic to the key?

In the book that I am reading, the author says that secondary dominant's root is diatonic whereas its tritone substitute's root is chromatic. And therefore tritone substitute's tensions need to "...
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Are 3 - 5 - 1 resolutions rare, or is it just me? [duplicate]

Asking this question feels stupid, but I used this 3 - 5 - 1 resolution in a song I'm making, and it sounds heartbreakingly beautiful, but when I search up this resolution online to see if anyone else ...
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Why does the C# dim chord include a minor third?

My understanding of chord building must be wrong. If I read a chord is dim I understood it meant that I needed to take the chord and flatten the fifth, so I would look for my root, third and fifth ...
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Lilypond - Combining expressions without duplicated noteheads

I'm setting a piece and want to have the parts all printed out separately but also a main score with all the parts for the conductor. Here is my try for the combined score: \version "2.24.3" ...
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How do I read chords with beams?

When I am to assign a chord to a stacked notes, if a beam is present, do I include the notes connected by the beam(the red box)? or do I ignore them(blue box)?
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LilyPond – mark chords style

How can I get LilyPond to have colored chords frames in a handwritten style? I think this is a known style but I have not found any more info about it. Very cool, very jazzy!
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In modulation between minor and Major, is V7 considered minor or Major?

In the little piece below, E7 can either by five chord of Major or harmonic minor. Is it identified as Major chord or harmonic minor chord? Or maybe it does not really matter?
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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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What do you call a Cadd9 that also includes the 8th?

The other day I stumbled onto a chord I played between Bb and Dm. It is a Cadd9 but I also played the upper C, so the 8th. So it's C E G C D. The 8th is important to how it plays with various bass ...
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What chord symbol would you use to describe this voicing?

Actually this is one of exercises in the book that I am reading, and I have encountered this piece. The chord symbol given is D7. The chord written is B/D. How could (D F# B D#) be considered same as (...
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The transition from G to C in guitar chord progressions

I'm now learning chord progressions and melodic intervals. The way in which I learn chord progressions is by identifying the intervals between the bass notes, so when I play the chord C and then G , ...
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How do voice leading chords work in practice?

I've learned the existence of voice leading chords; passing chords, anticipation chords, and such, but I'm having a hard time understanding them. I know they need to have a so-called "voice ...
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slash chord inspection

In a chord progression G(add9)/C - E7/A - C-7/F - FMaj7/G. The author says E-7/A functions as VI-7. Slash chord does not have 3, then how does one know it is not dominant 7 but minor 7? Is it ...
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How can I find a chord's root note?

I want to make some cool songs but I need one of the bass parts to sound almost the same as the main part (except lower and instead of chords I need a single note). I am very new to advanced music ...
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How do you identify chords?

I was reading on modal progression, and I encountered above example. In a bar with C7 symbol, I understand that the first voicing with C in the bass is C7, but the second voicing with D in bass is ...
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How to compose a new song when inspired by existing song?

Sometimes when I listen to a song, especially in foreign language, I get inspired by its atmosphere, and write some great lyrics. Question: Are there any tips or techniques on how to compose a new, ...
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What is the maximum number of distinct notes that can be played in a chord? [closed]

At what point does adding another note to a chord become chaotic or unpleasant to the ear? What known chord has the most notes and is there way to hear that chord here as an answer? Different octaves ...
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How do i arrange chords after mixing pentatonic modes?

The Ionian mode which is the Major scale - is the second mode of the minor pentatonic scale (the Major pentatonic scale) plus a Perfect 4th and a Major 7th notes. It is also a combination of, for ...
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Piano chords with an octave in them

I rarely see people playing chords on the piano the way I learned in school, but they more often play chords with an octave in them. For example, instead of playing C major as C E G, they play it ...
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How to analyze a progression that seems to be chromatic or modal?

Here is the progression, bar-by-bar (newline after each 4 bar phrase): Verse: D | Bm7 | Gmaj7 | Em9 D | Bm7 | Gmaj7 | Fmaj7 Chorus: Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 | Abm7 | Abm6 Ebmaj7/G | Ebmaj7 | F7 | F7 Fm7 ...
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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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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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What is it called when the root is omitted from a chord?

I am learning chord notation and I noticed that the Wikipedia page does not mention any specific notation for a chord where the root is omitted. Omitting the root note seems to be quite commonplace, ...
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What is an imperfect authentic cadence? 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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Is this diminished II7 or VII in harmonic minor?

I am having some problems analyzing the chords in the 2nd and 4th bars in this example in A minor (harmonic). The song is from the soundtrack of Nier Automata (Grandma - Destruction). For my ...
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

I am listening to Ballade pour Adeline for piano and specifically to this version on YouTube. After the quick introductory arpeggio, the main part starts with a dyad of G and E played with the right ...
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Roman Numeral Chords with Slash

This chart has a listing for a chord V/1 and I'm having trouble interpreting this chord, specifically the "/1" part. I think the "/1" part might have one of the following meanings....
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What does it mean to write a song in a certain key?

I have been searching for a while to try to correctly understand this. What exactly does it mean if for example a song is written in C Major? Does it mean the song's notes cannot contain any sharps or ...
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LilyPond - how to force C#m7(b5) instead of C#ø

I want my score to show C#m7(b5) instead of C#ø. As per Lilypond- Half diminished Seventh symbol, I've created the following exception: chExceptions = { <c ees ges b>1-\markup {"m7(" ...
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Is secondary dominant in fact resolving V chord of major scale with I chord of different mode?

I just saw the chord scale of five of four. It used C mixolydian chord scale. So 'IV' of five of four is the F Major scale, and the target chord is F Lydian chord scale. Does that mean I chord from F ...
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12 bar Blues in Bm scale

The first four bars of the Bminor blues are Bm7 / Em7 / Bm7 / Bm7 What does the 7 mean? Does it indicate that the 7th note of the Bminor scale (A) needs to be included in the chord and the same for ...
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Playing Chords per word

I need help. I'm struggling to play chords per word on the piano. I love the piano and know a decent amount of information and songs on it, however i struggle with playing the chord per word. Here ...
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Extended chord types for all major scale degrees

I am trying to chart the types of extended chords for all scale degree of the major scale. I have come up with the chart below. A few questions on this: Have I got the chord types correct? In a chord ...
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Is there a way to indicate the top note of a chord symbol?

I'm writing a chord chart in a pseudo-lead-sheet format so I want to be concise. I can say the bass note of my C chord should be a G by writing "C/G". Is there a convention for saying - ...
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What does "j" mean in a chord symbol?

In a book of jazz trumpet duets (for Bb trumpets), I keep seeing chord symbols like "Fj" (shown below). I'm familiar with the various kinds of chord symbols (the various seventh chords, ...
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Hand size and extended chords on piano [duplicate]

I have tried stretching my hand out but I seem to max out somewhere around 16 semitones so I wonder how 11th or 13th chords are supposed to be approached. Are they usually voiced within that span or ...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard

I started 1 year ago learning keyboard -the method being Full chord with prominence for melody note with right hand , and left hand with root note ( with fixing last finger on tonic note ). For eg: if ...
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How do I play this chord? [duplicate]

How would one play this chord? I am 6'2" and have medium to large hands but there is no way I can reach from the E to G#. Is there a trick to it?
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What are these chords?

I'm studying Andantino no. 15: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what the chords are under the ones, the two and the four. I think 1 could be ii diminished but I ...
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How do these auxillary notes make sense harmonically?

I'm studying Andantino no. 15: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what chords would be under the 3s. I think they are auxiliary notes but since they are on the ...
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What are the chords here?

I'm studying Andate no. 6: in 'Studi per Chitarra' by Ferdinando Carulli but I can't figure out what the '?' chords are. He could be syncopating but I feel that is unlikely because this was written ...
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Dominant seventh without dominant of dominant

It is to say a dominant seventh without the degree II of root tonality. For example, in Clara Schumann's lied Was weinst du, Blümlein, we have B-A-B-D#. In this bar we are in E major ; this chord ...
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What tension(s) do we usually use for i (minor of 1st) in a major-scale modern song?

I am a beginner in modern (Jazz?) piano and I am wondering how I should add tension(s) for "i" (minor of 1st) in a major-scale song. I am aware that, e.g., for I and IV (major of 1st and 4th)...

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