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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 to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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Chords with both major and minor sevenths

i was messing around trying to write a weird chord progression and i came across something i hadnt seen before. i played an E7 chord on the guitar but i played a D# on the b string, so the fingering ...
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Other than the Maj7, what other chords can create others by altering only one note?

So I have done this great exercise where you alter one note at a time to create a new chord: Cmaj7 C E G B C7 C E G B♭ Cm7 C E♭ G B♭ Cm7♭5 C E♭ G♭ B♭ ...
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How to C#dim7 & half-diminished chord

I find this guide really useful until I find it kinda weird and "wrong" to apply it on key like C sharp half-dimished or diminished chords. I find that I have to double-flat C natural to get the Bb ...
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Porcupine Tree - Buying A New Soul. Why do I hear (prominent) a Gm in this song [closed]

For all the chords that I have checked out for this song seem to begin at a Dsus. However, whenever I hear it I feel like a Gm. If that is indeed the case, How can I improve upon this ? Here is the ...
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...
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theory - D major in F major chord progression?

I am taking a music theory online course and there is an example I don't understand. The chord progression is: F Bb C F D Gm C7 FMaj7 The first 4 bar is just I-IV-V-I and the last three bar is II-V-...
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What songs start on a minor second chord? [closed]

I came across the song El Shaddai ( ) and was amazed that such a natural sounding melody started on the minor second chord. I can't think of any other songs that do ...
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I still don't understand the explanation about How does one play music when both hands are to play the same notes?] [closed]

[ I've read the previous posts on how to do this and don't understand in this situation how to play them when both hands are to play the same note. Please help by explaining very simply
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Is the V chord still dominant if it is a major 7 chord?

I just read another question about dominant chords and in reading the answers this question came to mind for me. Can a V chord still be considered dominant if the seventh in that chord is not flatted?
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Does any set of notes qualify as a chord?

I decided to learn to play a guitar, I definitely will explore more into theory but for now I just want to get familiar with the instrument and play a couple of melodies so please don't judge this as ...
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Chord Sequence of “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters

"Learn to Fly" of the Foo Fighters is in the key of B The sequence of chords of the B scale harmonized is B - C#m - D#m - E - F# - G#m - A#º - B I - IIm - IIIm - IV - V - VIm - VIIº - I But ...
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What are power chords?

I have heard about power chords being used in a lot of metal and similar music but I have no idea what they are.
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Is there a guitar chord lower than E minor in standard tuning?

I had a tune in my head I was trying to play and it had a G followed by a C then Em but the tune goes lower than that. I am pretty new to guitars and music in general so I am trying to keep everything ...
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Problems with left hand chords on the keyboard

I'm a beginner keyboard player and I'm having a hard time hitting the correct keys on the left hand while trying to play chords with the left hand and melody with the right. Do you have any tips ...
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Tension due to Chords of major scale

Why the chord iii doesn't have pull towards chord I? just thinking so because Chord iii contain leading tone in it... eg in a key of C major...Chord E {E,G,B}
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Should I avoid using my index finger on non-barre chords?

I'm a guitar beginner who knows the basic, non-barre chords and is now learning some barre chords. I've noticed that, usually, barre chord shapes are just like non-barre chords but shifted. For ...
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How if I don't want the note of a particular chord to be played, and how should I write the notation for it?

For instance, the chord Cmaj9, I do not want the E note to be played in this chord, then how should I write the notation to indicate this so that the player knows it? And for "rootless voicing", it ...
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What is Poly-valency?

I recently heard of something called "poly-valency" which wikipedia describes as being two harmonic functions from the same key played simultaneously. Does that mean playing the I and V chords ...
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Explaining DADA to EGBG (and in the other direction) in theoretical terms

Please can you help me describe the transition between these two sets of notes in theoretical terms: DADA (For clarity, on the guitar: open D string, g string 2nd fret, b string 3rd fret, e string ...
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Is this pattern between Primary and Secondary chord notes important?

I recently noticed a pattern between the Primary (I IV and V) Chords and Secondary (II III VI VII) chords as they are further harmonized in 3rds all the way to 13ths. Starting with the basic triads ...
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How should this “fraction” chord be played on a piano?

I am not very good at playing piano, though I do know how to read notes a bit and play chords. I stumbled upon this chord, it's and and then a bit like a fraction, one chord on top another: From "...
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Why do Guitar chords work the way they do compared to a Piano?

I'm a Tabla (North Indian percussion instrument) player and I know just the basics of western music because I'm learning it bit by bit. I borrowed a Piano to learn music theory and it's going pretty ...
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What are the notes in this chord?

I am learning Hotel California, and I'm a total beginner in playing guitar but I know music theory. I am really confused, isn't that F represents F major chord. But I follow the diagram, the notes are ...
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F barre chord on an SG guitar

I began learning guitar on an SG style guitar. Based on the thigh position when seated, or the strap position when standing, I noticed that the neck of the guitar is slightly shifted toward the ...
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F Dm Am C (Lydian?) Progression

I've been recently wrapping my head around the analysis of the following progression: F Dm Am C. Would you agree it's got an undeniable lydian vibe? I know an explicit lydian progression should ...
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Dominant 7th chord on the 4th degree of the minor scale?

This song goes Fm9 - Bb13 - Bbm9 - C7b9(#5) As far as I can tell this is a 1-4-5 in F minor... but what about the Bb13 ? Note that this vamps repeats over and over ...the song is pretty fast ..maybe ...
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Slash chords and notation for A/C (according to Haunschild Book)

I am currently working on a book on music-theory by Haunschild “Die neue Harmonielehre” (the question is not too specific so it might also have some general value for people not working with this book....
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Labeling Broken vs Block Chords

Correct me if I am wrong, but to label a block chord, you look at the chord in the bass, then you look at the note or notes in the melody that line up exactly vertically with that chord in the bass, ...
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What is the connection between a key and chords outside of it

I'm writing a piano app for a high school class I teach and I'm trying to figure out the best algorithm to name chords related to a specific key. I'll use C major as the example for this question. I'...
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Final chord of Duruflé Requiem

I recently sang, and separately listened to a performance of Duruflé's requiem. While listening, I was struck by the last chord of the in Paradisum, which adds an unexpected note half way through (and ...
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If there's already a melody on the bottom two staff, then how can I make vocal melodies on the upper top staff? [duplicate]

If I made vocal melodies on the top staff, does it have to be part of the specific chord progressions for each measure? How would I make the melody on the top staff sound good from measure to measure ...
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Is there a specific term to denote playing a wide chord on a piano?

I'm a beginner who can play chords on a piano. If I play a C chord on the keyboard I would play C-E-G, or one of the two inversions (I.E. G-C-E or E-G-C). I've noticed some people play chords "...
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How do you actually learn how to compose music? [duplicate]

How do you compose a rock song like the person in the video? I've gone through all the books and video tutorials and I still don't know how to make music. I just want to make songs like the person ...
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How do I make melodies out of these chord progressions? [closed]

Key: D Major I ii IV I I: D Major ii: e minor IV: G Major I: D Major
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Any Tips to Master Fingering with Piano Chords?

I am a newbie and learning to play piano. I am currently learning chords from my teacher and his website. He has written an elaborated tutorial about chords. But everything is comfortable about this ...
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Why using pitches that do not belongs to the key sound good in musical composition? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in composing. Few days back I was discussing with my friend about some techniques to "spice up" or make the music more interesting. We talked about Tensions and Resolve, chords, voicing,...
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How do I know what each hand should play when I only have chord names

I have self taught how to play a few of elevation worship song on the piano by watching someone play. I have had no formal music training but learning as I go. So this is my basic question: when ...
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Fake book music. Why are there two lines of chords?

I have a piece of music from a fake book which has two lines of chords above the melody. Is the second line an alternative, or should it be played on the repeat?
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Walking bass line/chord help

I've been playing bass for about a year, so pardon my question, what is the relation between chords, arpeggios and scales? I always learn and played scales, but in order to learn this new jazz ...
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How to compose a Shout Chorus

How do you compose a Shout Chorus? I don´t know how to start and I need to compose one for Wine and Roses.
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Why does this chord progression work?

I have been playing this chord progression that I came up with (which is almost the same shape constantly), but I want to understand why it sounds good. The progression is: DminAdd9 C Bb6 A7
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Is there any keyboard that has got Artificial Intelligence to play Chords based on the notes played on the right hand side? [closed]

Is there any keyboard that has got Artificial Intelligence to play Chords based on the notes played on the right hand side? I have seen such a Casio Keyboard in my childhood. But have you ever happen ...
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Need help with figuring out how to play a weird part in the piece. The bass clef is weird [duplicate]

When looking at this part of the music, I saw the part in the bass clef and I didn't know how to play, it seems like I need 3 hands to play this part of the piece so I didn't know what to do. Please ...
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Low-level harmonic transcription practice

What are some of the best pieces for me to practice transcription, given that I can already easily transcribe melodies, and with some difficulty can recognize simple chords in isolation, but find it ...
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How should I name the chord in the following progression? Dsus4/Bb? Bbmaj13?

I'm struggling to work out how to name the second chord in the following progression from a song I am transcribing: It's a sort of Dsus4 inversion with a b6 in the bass. My best guess is that it ...
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Dm9 chord - the fifth and the seventh

I'm looking for the naming background behind the Dm9 chord (perhaps some others also but this one got me confused). Here is the example: This translates to: d2 - root (for the D in the cord) f2 - ...
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What do two flats next to each other mean?

I'm looking at a definition/formula for a chord tone: Diminished 7th Chord Tone Formula = 1, Flat3, Flat5, FlatFlat7 of the major scale Do two flats next to each other mean descend by two semi-tones?...
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Three ways to harmonize a note with a triad?

For simplicity assume we're in C major. Let's say I'm playing a song, and I want to play a basic triad chord to harmonize whatever current melody note is played. In this example say the melody is a D ...