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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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Does the order of a chord matter?

Suppose I'm playing a C major triad, does the order matter in regards to pitch? Does the C have to the be lowest note? Does the E have to be lower than the G? Are the rules the same regarding other ...
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How was the D chord constructed?

I'm a beginner trying to teach myself guitar, and I thought I understood how chords work but the D major chord just confuses the heck out of me. From what I know, chords are built out of triads, and ...
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Why might a major chord on piano be voiced Root 5th 3rd Root?

I've seen chord progressions explained using chords looking like this. https://www.musictheory.net/lessons/55 Why is there this voicing over, say, just a Root 3rd and 5th? Is it just that it sounds ...
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What are some examples of seminal chords? [closed]

I consider the James Bond chord to be a seminal chord. What are some other examples of seminal chords, if we come to define a seminal chord as a chord that defined an artist or band, made famous by ...
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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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Which strings do I pick when arpeggiating a G chord on guitar?

I'm trying to play this as part of an arpeggiated version of Hallelujah. For arpeggiating C, Am and F cord I find it easy to know which strings to pick and it sounds right. But when doing the same for ...
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The primary triads in minor keys-music theory

I can not for the life of me understand/see this: The primary triads in minor keys: When a triad is not in root position, the root is always the upper note of the interval of a 4th???!!!??? It’s ...
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Why do certain chords “lead” to another?

I'm currently reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition by Michael Miller and in the "Composing With Chords" section, a reference chart for chord leading was provided and it looks like ...
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Bending strings to play chords?

I'm having a hard time playing the C chord on my electric guitar. The only way I can get it to ring without any buzzing is if I take my middle finger which is on the 2nd fret of the D string and move ...
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Is there a name for a chord with a major 3 and b5? When can it be used? [duplicate]

I think most of the 3 notes played at the beginning of Ocarina of Time's Lost Woods theme for reference. In C, these 4 are considered triads: Major: C E G Minor: C Eb G Diminished: C Eb Gb ...
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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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Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change ...
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Melodic lines are diatonic, harmony doesn't seem to be

Okay so this is something that I came across as I was writing my canons and analyzing the harmony to try to figure out which canon is best for my symphony. There is a section in one of my canons where ...
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Is a secondary dominant always a seventh chord?

I noticed that secondary dominants are usually dominant seventh chords. Can you just make a secondary dominant a triad, or is it "required" to make it a seventh chord? (also I think this chord is ...
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Are all modes relative to Ionian (major) in Roman numeral analysis?

I saw in this Wikipedia article that there are a lot of flats and sharps in the modal natural chords. And I was wondering if it's because they all refer to Ionian. So in Aeolian the "bIII" chord is ...
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What chord does C, E, G♭ , and B♭ make?

You can use whatever note, but we can use C. Unfortunately, I don't know what the root position would be in this case, so I will lay them out as positions. I used intervals, too. Position 1: Root, ...
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Strumming pattern confusion

I am not sure how to interpret strumming pattern in the picture. I understand that for eights it should be following DUDUDUDU structure but the picture looks like it doesn't make a sense because of U ...
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Would it benefit a beginner pianist to start by learning Bach's Prelude in C?

I'm asking for objective reasons why this piece can be quite useful for beginners, specifically those who cannot yet read music. I'm not asking for meanings or arguments as a discussion but for ...
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Identifying chords with multiple extensions

I understand that this may be basic. I have a chorus progression (C major) I am working on, and it originally started as basically the following: I-VII-V-vi-V I wanted to experiment a little by ...
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How do I determine the “bass” tone of a major or minor chord?

I have learned the concept of major and minor chords (as they are played on piano). However, when I look at how the chords are played on guitar, I see that four tones are involved instead of three. ...
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Parallel chord substitutions

Are parallel chord substitutions common in (classical) music (if so, please share some examples)? And do they have the same function as the original chords? By saying parallel chords I am referring ...
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How do I play difficult ukulele chords (B major)? [duplicate]

How do I play the harder chords on the ukulele? I'm self taught and am having a hard time with B.
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Is there a chord symbol to indicate quartal harmony?

I'm specifically thinking about 5th R 4th ...bass to treble... like D G C. I suppose Gsus4 is the unambiguous symbol for that tone set. Gmsus4 could be used to indicate minor mode. I also suppose ...
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What are weak and strong chords?

I'm reading Jazz Theory by Stuart Smith. In the chapter on functional harmony the author introduces the notion of strong and weak chords: I, II, and IV are generally treated as strong chords. V, VI,...
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How do I find suitable chords for a melody or a song? Or How do I come up with chord progression?

I have spent some time reading a book that taught me different types of chords and different scales and I understand them very well. But the book didn't really expand on how to actually use these ...
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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: And ...
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Are the 1,4,5 the primary chords in all modes?

I know in both major (Ionian) and minor (Aeolian) the 1 4 5 chords are the primary chords. as they seem to come up more often than other chords. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_triad In Aeolian ...
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Building a dominant triad in a minor key - are these double sharps correct?

As I understand it, one builds the dominant triad of a minor key using its harmonic scale based on the dominant, leading tone and supertonic notes. Under this criteria I seem to get some weird ...
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How do you play a 3 note jazz voicing for a slash chord?

Please answer for piano specifically. So classic 3 note jazz voicing to my understanding is Root in the left hand and the 3 and 7 in the right. But what if you have an inversion with 3 or 7 in the ...
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How/What to Practice to Get Better at Shifting Between Bar Chords on Different Frets?

How/what can I practice to get better at playing a bar chord on the 4th fret, then a bar chord on 9th fret, for example, without it sounding like there's a 'gap' between them? I've been practicing by ...
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Chord stretched across treble clef and bass clef

I'm a beginner at piano, and struggling to understand what I'm looking at here, and how to play it. I've bought and downloaded some piano sheet music from musicnotes.com. It's in 12/8 time, and part ...
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Is the basis of classical music triads while the basis of jazz is sevenths?

I'm just wondering if this sounds right. It seems like the basis of jazz harmony makes use of seventh chord and classical music the basis is triads?
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Naming the chords in Bach’s Prelude [closed]

As a practice I am trying to name the chords in each bar in Bach’s Prelude in C major. Can you correct me if I am wrong?
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How do Jazz pianists learn to improvise and make up chord progressions that make it sound more complicated than it actually is? [closed]

I know that classical, or Western artistic music mainly uses traditional chords e.g. major, minor, dominant seventh, augmented, suspended and diminished. But, Jazz goes way more into it..Major ...
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Can I use this chord progression in G major?

I am trying to write a song in G major and I am wondering if it would be ok to use this chord progression in G major: G - Em - D - Am
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Where can I use 9th Chords in a chord progression?

In terms of a major scale, I heard that the I and IV chords can be maj7, the V chord is dom7 and the ii, iii, and vi chords can be min7. Would the same logic apply for 9th chords?
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What is the maximum number of distinct notes that can be played in a chord?

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 ...
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Playing m7th chord on the 5th note of a major scale

Daniel Caeser & H.E.R.'s song "Best Part" has the following chord progression: Dmaj7, Am7, Gmaj7, A#maj7 The song sounds like it is in D major, which means that the A chord should be Amaj or A7, ...
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How to tell major, minor, augmented, dominant and diminished chords apart?

I am currently learning level 8 Royal Conservatory of Music piano syllabus. I am not sure how to tell major, minor and augmented triads apart, as well as dominant and diminished 7th chords. Are ...
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Why can I so quickly find the root of a given chord?

Why is it that no matter what arrangement or inversion of notes are presented to me, I can quickly find the root? Is it training or is there a mathematical answer? If you play C E G or E G C or G ...
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Playing matching chords to melody by ear

I'm a beginner on piano who plays be ear using pentatonic scale and I'm having hard time accompanying the melody with a chord with the left hand. I can easily play the melody to any song but if I want ...
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When, if ever, are arpeggiated six-four chords really “real”?

Textbooks traditionally teach that there are four types of six-four (i.e., second inversion) chords: Pedal six-four (also sometimes called neighbor), where the bass stays the same; Passing six-four, ...
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What is the minimum amount of chord categories?

This question is not about some kind of mathematical permutation of notes, but a perceptual categorization, mostly related to jazz and improvisation. There's a video of Jacob Collier answering what ...
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I need help analysing weird chord progression

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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Determining the seventh chords of a key

I know that every key has a set of 7 chords by taking each note of the scale as a root. I also know that the pattern for naming these chords go as follows: Major, minor, minor,major,major,minor and ...
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To Slash or not to Slash?

In years gone by, when I saw a chord marked, for example, A, I would use any inversion or voicing I felt was appropriate - still do; it doesn't have to be root position. Or does it? Is there an untold ...
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What to teach after scales and chords

I’m teaching piano. So far all scales have been covered and soon all family chords will also be done. I’m not trained in reading sheet music and so can’t teach that. So what else to teach now...?
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Help with Mozart 6 bar long chord progression?

Can someone please explain what chords progressions are happening in this 6 measures ? My guess is that the first measure is a A chord and the last one is a V going to I . My confusing is regarding ...
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What is the main note you hear when hearing a chord?

I've done experiments on my friends and myself, and when listening to chords, the note we end up hearing at the forefront (in other words the note we hum when reproducing the song) is actually the ...