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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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What is chord Dm5b

I have some notes in c minor, with chord notations. One of the chords is written as "Dm5b" and I'm wondering what that chord is. My logic would suggest d minor with the fifth lowered by a half note, ...
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Need help with figuring out how to play a weird part in the piece. The bass clef is weird

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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New to Music and need understand on chords [closed]

Is the following an EM. I am looking at tutorial for a song and it listed as a E minor but? or
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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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Analysis of borrowed chords in Lush's “Single Girl”

I am analysing the chords from songs I like, in order to understand why I like them and to reuse the ideas in contexts that suit my voice and playing styles better. I am going through Lush - Single ...
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Is the diminished chord not as relevant as the other diatonic chords?

If we look at the circle of fifths and pick a key (either major or minor) then its neighboring notes are its diatonic chords. For example, in E major the diatonic chords are: E major, f# minor, g# ...
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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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Chord sounding weirdly/ how to read those notes (Piano) [duplicate]

So I've got some notes I would like to play on my piano, but when I do, it sounds quite weird. Maybe I'm not playing to good notes, maybe I'm mistaking when I'm reading the sheet. The two sharps at ...
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Why isn't there a closely related key to C minor that has D as tonic? [closed]

In minor keys there is no closely related key built on the second scale degree. Why? Is it because the second scale degree chord is a diminished chord?
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E7 F chord progression in key of C

What's the theory behind and E7-F chord progression in the key of C? Shouldn't E major and E Dominant 7th chords be followed by an A minor chord?
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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,vii) but it's sounds a bit bland so I'm looking to try different ways to make ...
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Best approach/technique/workflow in transcribing harmonically complex music?

I sometimes find musical gems that I'd like to jam with but upon discovering that sheet music for them don't exist, I take on a transcribing challenge because it's such a good exercise. I don't have a ...
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If the bass moves chromatically is any chord progression possible?

Let say there is a chord progression something like (C Major key) C - Bb7 - F/A From Bb7 (SubV7) which would probably go to A. Will it be ok to resolute only the bass to A and go to a different ...
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What chords should accompany descending bass notes in a scale?

Using the key of Bb for example. In a bass walk down and starting from Bb and descending from Bb the sequential descending bass notes are A, G, F, Eb,D and finishing on F. Now if l used Bb Major, A ...
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Should I remember the diatonic chord names of each scale?

I've mainly been playing chords/scales based on patterns that I remember. But do you think it's worthwhile to actually remember/take time to commit to memory the names of each chord in each key? So ...
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Right way of playing piano chords - knuckle (finger), wrist (hand), elbow (arms)

I have been learning, off and on, for one year or more, and not doing too badly. Moved to a new city and took on a new tutor. Yesterday, he said that "You are using "hands" to play chords; the right ...
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What is it about the blues chord progression that makes the blues feel?

I was reading a book and I saw that in a common 12 bar blue chord progression which is I7 , I7 , I7 , I7 IV7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 V7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 You're allowed to change other chord except the 5th ...
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Does Vm7 in minor key function as dominant?

I heard Vm7 in minor key could be used insted of V7 but In Cm key doesn't it have to have the natural B note to function as dominant ? But how does it work ? If it does not function as one what's its ...
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Analyzing Joe Hisaishi's “Neko Bus”

(Original Song) What is this 4# note that keep appearing in the left hand part? If you see picture 1 , the beginning of [A] part. There is D# in the left hand (4#). Also in the Picture 2 , The E ...
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Soloing using Phrygian Over Minor Chord progression

I can't get my head around this - could really use the help of all the gurus here: I have been trying to solo over a minor chord progression (the Solo is in Phrygian). I am using a pentatonic ...
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Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's “Path of the wind” 2

From my last question I notice that the [A] part is actually Cm key instead of Eb Maj key. Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's "Path of the wind" 1 - Analyzing Hisaishi Joe's "Path of the wind" 1 (...
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basics of chord learning in guitar

I am learning guitar of my own. I want to learn chords ,chord progression and strumming pattern. Can anyone suggest me in which order I should learn chords and how to easily remember them ??
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Find notes by chords and key

How can I find the notes of a song if I have the song key and chords? For example, the song “In my Blood” by Shawn Mendes is in the key of F and the chords are F, A♯, Dm; so now how can I find the ...
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What's the proper technique for fretting chords on a guitar to prevent hand cramps?

Whether I'm comping with jazz chords or playing power chord rock, my hand always cramps. I don't get cramps, however, when playing leads or open chords. Specifically, I get cramps in the muscle/tendon/...
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How should I notate this chord?

This small dilemma I'm having right now is dealing with a problem many jazz musicians face: chord notation. The notes in the chord (in ascending order) are as follows: C Eb(D#) F Ab(G#) Bb Would I ...
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Backing track chords Eb saxophone [duplicate]

How to transpose the chords from this backing track from guitar to saxophone? I tried the chords from the video, but they do not fit the alto sax. Do I just have to ...
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Is there a common name for this common chord progression

I've started listening to a specific genre of music which has its roots in Japanese Future Funk. In a lot of these songs I'm listening to, there seems to be a very common chord progression during the ...
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Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords?

Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords in compositions? I haven't seen any composition that mentioned about chords. Were Indians not aware of chords?
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Why is the 7th of e.g. GMAJ7 an octave darker than scale degree 3 and 5?

The chord shape for Major 7 is this(photo only meant to show the shape) Why is the 7th[F#] the second darkest pitch, and not played on the 2nd fret of the 1st string, where it actually would be in a ...
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Multiple chords overlap in modal interchange chords from different modes

For instance, in the key of Cm we could borrow Am7-5 from C Dorian mode. But also C Jazz minor has Am7-5. Also F7 from C Dorian mode and F7 from C Jazz minor. There will be more in different modes if ...
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What chord would this most logically be thought as?

(from http://www.sheetmusic1.com/winston/Road.pdf) I have figured that the first chord he plays is a Cm11 but what is the chord in the fifth bar? I know it could be a million things such as Em7#5/C ...
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What makes a chord minor, major or diminished? [duplicate]

I've started learning music theory bit by bit but there's something that I can't quite figure out. I know that when you're in a certain key, the first is major, the second and third are minor, the ...
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What are the chords in this bridge's cadence? [closed]

The music is this one (already at the point of the bridge), and the (almost) full chords sheet is here (it doesn't have the bridge). I wasn't able to identify the chords they used in the bridge, so I'...
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How to play E major first inversion smoothly with the right hand on the piano/keyboard

I am a beginner keyboardist and I am facing some issues when I play the first inversion E major chord: With my right hand I play the chord using the thumb (finger number 1) for the G♯, finger n. 2 ...
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Guitar - What are Cadd9, Dsus4, etc?

I've been teaching myself to play guitar without any formal instruction. Occasionally, in a tab I'll find a new chord labeled somewhere along the lines of "Cadd9" or "Dsus4". What do these mean? I've ...
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Writing interesting accompaniment rhythms

I've noticed a lot of music by New York composers use very interesting and varied, unpredictable accompaniment patterns (syncopation, rests, variation, counter-melodies etc) for their songs (like in ...
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How do I interpret this chord progression chart?

I stumbled across this and I'm pretty sure it came from some harmony book or textbook as they usually do (and if anyone knows which one, please tell). Could anyone give me any insights on how to ...
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Modal Interchange chord progression (bVIIM7 moving to IM7)

I was reading a theory book and it's talking about "Modal Interchange." The key is in C Major and I can't understand how BbM7 went to CM7. Isn't BbM7 a secondary triad Sub Dominant? And as I know, a ...
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I want to use a modal interchange chord but I can't find which mode/scale I'm borrowing it from

I want to use the iim7-5. What's the difference between using it from C Natural minor and C harmonic minor?
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Help identifying this chord with many accidentals

Can someone help me identify the chord in the second-to-last measure? For reference, the piece is in the key of C# minor.
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Performance over correctness?

I have been learning to play guitar for 2 years (for 1 year a bit more) now and I am getting faster and faster in changing from chord to chord. Nevertheless, I realize that I don't grab those chords ...
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“Drop voicing” How useful it is?

"Drop voicing" How useful it is ? Sound, or Root movement or anything? I know the mean of drop2 and drop3 but I don't understand How useful it is?
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What does two chords notated above one another mean?

I've been asked to accompany a local choir on my baseguitar and in the notes they sent me, I have found two chords notated above one another (see image below). This is not the first time I've seen ...
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Having some trouble with piano fingering

I'm practicing some warm up exercises from the All in One Adult Piano Course. In the book these are left hand exercises. On the top staff the G7 says finger positioning should be 5, 2, 1. Is the ...
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Why do these chords not have these repeated notes?

So I constructed a B-chord using the intervals for a major, M3 and m3 in that order which gave me B-D#-F# from the CDEFGABC order I saw. Then I started to construct a B triad which gave me those ...
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How do you build a major chord? [duplicate]

Reading online says the scale intervals are 1-3-5 for a major chord, so I look at the order of C-D-E-F-G-A-B and start at 1 which is E then add two and get G and then add two again and get B, clearly ...
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Does the key signature change how I notate a diminished seventh chord?

When notating a piano score, and a C diminished seventh chord must be notated, I do not know what conventions to follow. How does the key signature govern the notation? For example, assume the ...
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What are the names of those jazz chords [closed]

My piano teacher taught me how to construct a few jazz chords, I know they had the “7” in them for at least some of them. In the C major key they would be Bb D E G Bb D E A B D E G B D E A In C ...
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What is the name of this type of chord?

It is like a regular A major with A C# and E, however, the C# has been moved up or down an octave
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When playing doublestops, can they be inverted?

I've worked on a few fingering patterns for double stops in thirds, but always in the first inversion. Then I realized that I might be able to invert. Is there a reason this won't work?