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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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Is E7 diatonic to A minor or not?

Based on my knowledge, here are the diatonic seventh chords in A minor: In natural minor: Am7, Bm7♭5, Cmaj7, Dm7, Em7, Fmaj7, G7 In harmonic minor: Am(maj7), Bm7♭5, Caug(maj7), Dm7, E7, Fmaj7, G♯...
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Final cadence appears as Em7 - Am (v7 - i in A minor). Name?

I see an unusual cadence in the end of Debussy's Prelude of Pour le Piano. It is v7 - i in A minor. Is there an actual name for this? (Chord Progression: Fmaj7 - Abaug7 - Gaug7 - C9 - Em7 - Am)
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Is a Cadential 6/4 tonic or dominant function? [duplicate]

A cadential 6/4 would normally occur before a V, and after an IV, ii, V/V, viio/V, It. 6, Fr. 6, or Ger. 6. Does a cadential 6/4 have tonic or dominant function? (Or... maybe... subdominant function....
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Identifying this chord (Fb Db F?)

I'm practicing identifying chords from sight reading for the first time, here is what I have so far (feel free to correct any possible mistakes I might have made). I'm struggling with that last chord ...
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Is this an example of a Neapolitan chord?

The chord that goes on the fourth and fifth bars of my attachment above looks like a Neapolitan chord. (The C at the end of the fifth bar as a passing tone) In fact, the chord progression appears as ...
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Why isn't there a closely related key to C minor that has D as tonic?

For minor keys, there are no closely related keys built on the second scale degree. Why? Is it because the chord built from the second scale degree is diminished?
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How to memorize seventh chords and inversions on piano?

These past few months I've been teaching myself how to play piano, using my background in guitar and a basic knowledge of music theory I've picked up from that. I am having difficulty "memorizing" ...
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Chord has every note of the harmonic minor scale. Name? [on hold]

I see an extremely strange type of chord in the first bar of the attachment below. This is the beginning of the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It has all of the notes of the d-harmonic ...
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Does anyone play 11th chords?

When I try to construct 11th chords, they always sound horrible and muddy. I also rarely come across them in chord charts unless it's a #11. The only extensions that sound good are 9ths and 13ths. Is ...
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What is a Neapolitan 6th?

In studying music theory I have heard the term Neapolitan 6th quite a few times, but I'm not quite sure what it is. What is a Neapolitan 6th and how is it used in a composition?
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Did Jeff Beck “play the changes” on Goodbye Porkpie Hat?

I have read several different accounts of Charles Mingus' reaction to Jeff Beck's cover of Goodbye Porkpie Hat. One account says he liked it and sent Jeff a note saying this while another says he didn'...
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Are these chords in the A-flat major scale?

I was searching for the chords of a song that I had in mind and I found a website that says the chords are like this : C - D - Em - G - D - Am - C the website also mentioned that the song is in the ...
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How should I got about re-creating a melody in chiptune?

I am trying to recreate "Pure Vessel"(A.K.A. Path of Pain theme) by Christopher Larkin in chiptune. However, my first attempt at it was awful(my failed attempt), and I would appreciate it if I could ...
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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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Analyzing Tschaikovsky's “Der Puppe Begräbnis”

00:56 starts the measure 9 the Cm/eb , G7/D ..( is the 7th measure from the picture but I called it measure 9 because in the actual song it's measure 9 ) what is this chord progression at measure 13 ...
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Do Neapolitan chords exist in modes with a minor second?

In relation to a question I asked earlier—What is a Neapolitan 6th chord—I have a follow up question. A Neapolitan chord is pretty much a Major chord built on the lowered second scale ...
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Are the diminished chords not that common in modern popular music?

It seems like the diminished chord (vii° in major, ii° in minor) is not used as much in modern popular music compared to classical music and the remaining chords of the diatonic scale. Is it actually ...
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Complex chords: does the construction depend on scale degree? [duplicate]

I apologize for a newbie's question. Suppose we're in C major. We'd like to construct a Cmaj13 chord. For that, we take C Ionian and keep stacking thirds: C, E, G, B, D, F, A. At the same time, in C ...
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Are the terms “stab” and “staccato” synonyms?

When I look up the term "stab" in Wikipedia it says: "In music, a stab is a single staccato note or chord that adds dramatic punctuation to a composition." So I was wondering, are stab and staccato ...
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Piano arpeggio voicing

I'm composing a piano piece and I'm trying to make the accompaniment. I made this arpeggio and I had this thought that the Bb/F might not be a Bb/F. Because it's starting from the Bb. But what if ...
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Relative minor key change in chord progression

I'm writing a song in F Major key. I have a chord progression that goes Like 4/4 C7 - C#dim - Dm - Dm ( V7 - V#dim - Vi - Vi ) After this four measures, I wanted to change key to Dm for a moment. ...
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Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp)

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the ...
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Playing a 7-string guitar song on a 6-string guitar

In this video John Petrucci tries to explain how a guy is doing a cover of one of his 7-string songs using a 6-string guitar, but I don't really understand what he is ...
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Is this chord in Für Elise an example of a diminished seventh chord in classical music?

We seem to think that some of those 'far-out' seventh chords are only the remit of jazz music but you can as I understand it add a fourth note to any of the diatonic chords in standard harmony to make ...
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How to find out the Major and Minor chords of a scale?

How do I know which notes of a scale may be a Major/Minor chord? Take this question as an example. The OP states that the C major scale contains the following chords: C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim How ...
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Confusion about blues scale and chords

I have no real knowledge about music theory, so my question may be nonsensical. Before my question I need to state an assumption which may be wrong and gets me confused: when playing a song in a ...
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Is it true that Bach had no concept of suspended chord?

In an answer to a question in SE I read the sentence with the pretension above. Chord in the Bach d-minor prelude I think this can be easily be counter-proofed by many examples of Bach’s music and ...
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How do I correctly borrow chords from one key to another?

So how does one decide to borrow chords? Let's say I am in the key of C Major. Can I borrow chords, say, from the G Major key? How does this work?
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Roots of 6th chords on the guitar for different inversions/voicings

I've played piano for many years and just started learning guitar. I've been learning the major 6th chords, but I've noticed that many videos and chord charts don't have any regard for the bass note ...
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Chord in the Bach d-minor prelude

I'm playing the prelude in Bach's d-minor suite. My teacher and I were wondering what the third to last chord is. We didn't find that A, E and D form a chord, but do they? Is the D maybe a "queuing" ...
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Analyzing Tschaikowsky's “Mein Mitterlein”

At the second bar where the notes are A,D,C is this D/A ? but isn't the third note (F#) something you can't omit ? Through out this piece there is a bunch of sudden inversion the makes a lot of gaps....
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Making accompaniments (played on the piano by a beginner) sound better

After getting bored with my piano lessons a few months ago, I decided (a few days ago) that I wanted to get back into piano playing for fun. I really enjoy playing the piano but didn't enjoy the ...
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Can chords be played on the flute?

I have been playing the flute for some time now, and wanted to expand my knowledge of it. To do so, I started learning more about the standard music notation. While doing so, I ran into a concept ...
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The Chord Display Changed Automatically in Garageband

I'm just starting to produce music and am loving the chord display on Garageband. The first track I made I used the chord display to keep track of what chords I was playing. Hours later I went back to ...
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Why am I not hearing concepts I'm aware of? [closed]

I've been playing guitar for more than 10 years, although not very seriously. I'm not at all gifted, but I'm not tone-deaf either. I've always thought that I'm not meant to understand music, so I didn'...
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Is there a chord containing an augmented and diminished fifth?

What chord is this? There’s a chord progression often used at the beginning of a new phrase (chorus or interlude) leading from I6 to the ii: In C-major this would be: Starting: E-G-(C) ...
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How can I know which major and minor chords go in a scale?

In the C major / A minor scale, I know which of the chords are minor and major (ie E is minor, F is major, etc) from experience. But when working in a different scale, is there an easy way to figure ...
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Notes in a lick that don't fit in the scale associated with the chord

Hello! Could someone please give me an explanation about why in the above lick they use G flat (yellow square) instead of G and an E (red circle) instead of E flat, as the Gm dictates? Thank you in ...
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How can I construct the E7 only with theory?

I have a hard time with the following description of what a E7 consists of: What does the intervall relate to here? I try to apply it to the Notes (Töne) above it (E B d gis b e`) but that can't fit....
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Analyzing Tschaikowsky's “Wintermorgen” 3

Starts at 00:29 At the second line's first measure. I can't figure out what chord it is.. and at after two measures there is a G7/F going to Bm I can't understand how does this work. In my ...
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Analyzing Tschaikowsky's “Wintermorgen 2”

At measure 2 from the [B] section. (starting at 00:18 ) I don't know what chord it is. The notes are B,D,G, E#. Is this G7 ? The same chord also appears on the 4th measure with a different ...
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Piano: Ring finger goes down with pinky [duplicate]

I'm a beginner to Piano and when I'm playing the C chord, I'm placing my thumb on C, middle finger on E, and my pinky on G. Only thing is, whenever I bring my pinky down, my ring finger comes down ...
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Do “augmented-six” chords always have to be bVI?

If we're at a C key. Ab7 would be the "augmented-six" chord but doesn't and type 7 chords have the same interval as the bVI7 ? Why does bVI7 only has a particular name called "augmented six" ? Is ...
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Is this a V+ or III+6?

I see a weird chord between the iiø6/5 and the i. Is it a pun of V+ or an III+6?
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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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How common is the complete circle of fifths progression?

A complete circle of fifths progression would go (I)-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I, and it's taught that way in textbooks, but it seems to be rare in actual music. Could you give me any examples of songs that ...
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How to practice all chords in a certain key and have it sound musical? [closed]

I'm trying to learn all chords in a given major key. I've been arpeggiating the chords in linear order (I,ii,iii,IV,V,vi,viio) but it's sounds a bit bland so I'm looking to try different ways to make ...
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Why do we only build 7th chords on the supertonic and dominant of a major scale?

I am just cracking into a book on basic Harmony (Mark Sarnecki, 2nd edition), and the first section begins with a review of the triads built on each degree of a C major scale, as shown in this picture....
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How do you properly define diminished 9th, 11th and 13th chords?

I understand that a diminished 7th chord is defined by the intervals 1-b3-b5-bb7 and a half-diminished 7th chord is 1-b3-b5-b7, but how do you determine what intervals diminished (and half-diminished) ...
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How do you voice extended chords?

If I have a Cmaj13 chord, it uses 7 notes. Basically all the notes of the scale. In a previous question, I was told that you rarely play all 7 notes for a 13th chord. So how do you know which ones to ...