Questions tagged [chords]

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In the common-practice style, did minor dominant chords (v) still function as a dominant?

In the common-practice style, usually dominant chords were always major, even in minor keys. Without the leading tone, how did minor dominant chords (v) function?
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

I found this website with common ukulele chord tabs and tried to typeset an E chord in Sibelius: The first one was added by Sibelius (G# E B) and the second one by the mentioned website (B E G# B). I ...
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How to find the proper scale for this song [closed]

I'm new to eastern/gregorian chant style music. I'm trying to figure out how to play around with this kind of music. I find this song very beautiful. I think its in E ...
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Understanding function of some non-diatonic chords in Jack Johnson's “Belle”

Jack Johnson's "Belle" has the following chord progression: Gmaj7 Gmaj6 Gm7 Gm6 Gmaj7 Gmaj6 Bm7 Cm6 Am7 Am6 Am7 Ab7 Gmaj7 Cm6 Am7 Ab7 :|| I'm trying to write down the Roman numerals ...
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Are secondary V passing chords played in the scale of the destination chord?

When playing a secondary V passing chord, is it played in the scale of the destination chord (or the current scale)? Assume we have the following: (source) In the above, the passing chords are Em7 ...
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Will a song written in a key only use chords in that key?

When you figure out a key that a song is written in. Will the entire song use the chords in that key? With maybe an accidental?? I've tried several different methods.
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Question on 1/4 notes and 1/8 notes on same chord

I have a simple question on the following image. How would I know if the first C is a quarter note or eighth note? Could this ever be considered a tie between the two C's ? Additional: This is the ...
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Does ukulele chord often use inversions instead?

As a long time guitar player, I'm a bit confused, it seems on ukulele, it's quite common to use inverted chords (i.e. the root note is not necessarily the lowest note, in term of pitch) in substitute ...
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Why does this Gminor7th chord have A instead of G?

I am following this tutorial for Autumn Leaves on youtube: . Around timestamp 3:40, the presenter plays the notes F - A - Bb - D and calls it a Gm7 chord. This baffled ...
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Why does a B major scale work against an A major chord?

I can hear that soloing over an A major chord using a B major scale "works" but I am curious as to the musical theory why it works? I know the C# and E contained in the B major acale are the ...
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Leading-tone IAC?

Why did Beethoven write a leading-tone IAC here? It appears as viio 6/5 - I. Also, why does the leading tone IAC exist?
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Confused as to why one scale fits four different chords

I'm learning the bass guitar. I'm looking at a song called "Bling Thing" in the Rockschool Grade 4 book. On YouTube in the bass guitar backing track this part begins at 0:48. ...
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What is the proper shorthand notation for a multi-measure chord tremolo?

This question came up from Proper chord tremolo notation and execution: What is a proper way to notate a chord tremolo with bars (as opposed to writing it out explicitly), when the tremolo lasts more ...
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Why “delta” chords?

Why are major seventh chords called delta chords and written with a delta symbol, like CΔ7 or CΔ? Do engravers consistently use Δ to mean a seventh chord (such that Δ7 is redundant) or do some use Δ ...
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What is the function of this ♯V major chord (or ♭VI major)?

From this video, just listen to the first 8 bars (first 15 seconds). It sounds like the chord progress is I III7 II7 V# V7 in F major scale to me. I don't know how to explain the function of this V# ...
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Naming a chord in the first movement of Mozart's K. 331?

How could one name the first chord in measure three in Mozart's A-major piano sonata K.331, first movement? It looks like a F#-minor-7th-chord without the fifth, i.e. something like a substitution of ...
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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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Can you change emotional response to the same type of chords? [closed]

Most (if not all) western people would describe a single major chord as happy and a minor one as sad. But I've heard that this is very subjective thing and that in some cultures these associations don'...
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Rolled chords: how much flexibility in the rhythm?

Best way to illustrate this question is by example, looking at Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 6th symphony, movement 2. Compare 9:30 in: to the very start of: ...
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Sweet child - scale and chord discrepancy

This is not about "identifiying a chord". The chord is already identified. This is about how a chord can be replaced with another, changing the flavor of a song. I have played the rythm ...
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How to notate a minor chord with added 4th

In C major, notes are G-D-F-A- (G is in the bass). How would one notate this chord? The G is not a pedal tone nor a passing tone. The first time this occurs there is a C pedal tone that is left over ...
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Does this progression have a name? If then what is its name?

bVI-V-i-bIII I discovered this progression various months ago when playing with a website that lets you make chord progressions (not one of those websites that create a progression randomly, a website ...
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Modulating a minor 3rd

I want to modulate from a chorus that's in F# minor to a verse which is in D# minor. Do you know a good (preferably short) chord progression/transition for this modulation?
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What feelings does placing a minor chord in different places in a chord progression create? [closed]

For example, let's take the common major progression of I-V-vi-IV chords. How would the feeling of the overall song differ if: The vi chord was the first chord of the progression The vi chord was the ...
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Time Signature Trouble [closed]

I am a church pianist who writes original hymns, recently I have taken on the task of writing sheet music for my songs. I am having trouble with this one. I cannot figure out the time signature on ...
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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Can a song in one key contain major chords that are not in the key? Or does that change the key?

As an intro to piano, I want to learn basic chords from 2 White Stripes songs. They are as basic as piano gets, yet very catchy and powerful. They are very major sounding. I have never been able ...
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How much ear training is required to identify chords and their progressions, without perfect pitch and reading any scores?

I'm impressed by Kevin Wang's ability to identify chords aurally. He graduated with a BM in Piano Performance from the Rochester School of Music in 2016. I'm assuming that he has never seen the ...
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How should you apply the Nashville numbering system when a song is in a non-Ionian mode?

Ordinarily, Nashville numbering is simply used to denote the chords to be played according to the degrees of the scale, and where the chords vary, the custom is to use accidentals or additional ...
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Piano fingering for basic triads in B flat major

I'm trying to re-train my hand to use better fingerings. Recently I looked at my fingering for something very basic: primary triads. I want to adapt the fingering for all 24 keys and both hands. I ...
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Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?

I know that if I played C and B together they would be very dissonant compared to if I played a G or C one octave up. Is there a quantitative way to describe that sort dissonance? Edit: I understand ...
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What is the duration of chords shown on top of a measure

In the image, there is an A Major over the first measure. Should it be also played over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th measures even though the chord is not written on top? Until the D chord in the 5th measure?
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Does an altered 9th/11th/13th imply the full tertian stack?

This is a chord symbol notation question. When an extension like 9, 11 and 13 is added to a triad chord symbol but has an alteration (flat or sharp), does it still imply the seventh and lower ...
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A very specific bar chord problem

There are loads of posts about bar chords but this one is a specific problem. So I can bar all strings on each fret without any trouble, not even much pressure, even without using my thumb on the ...
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What are the full set of chords allowed in a Double Harmonic scale?

I have recently discovered Double Harmonic scales and love them. Particularly the major. I'm having a lot of fun improvising melodies but I can't seem to make any chord progressions that work. It ...
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Why does the ii-V-i-IV progression in this video have chords from a different key?

I've been learning about chord progressions and found myself with the one shown in the video embedded at the end of this post. At 2:25, the narrator selects a software-built-in chord progression: ii-V-...
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Chords as Roman Numerals: how to represent in-between chords?

In a piece that is in C-major, the chords in Roman numerals would be I for C, ii for dm, iii for em, IV for F, V for G, etc. Now let's say the piece also features a (rare) Eb chord. How would I ...
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“Wrong” key signature for a score in F dorian?

TL;DR I'm a bit confused on which key signature to use for a score in F dorian: 4 flats or 3 flats? I wrote this arrangement of Mad World by Gary Jules back in 2012 using 3 flats as key signature. ...
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Randomly and Programmatically generate a “good” next chord?

I am a Software Developer/Musician who has free time before summer classes start up. I wanted to sharpen my chord reading and improvising skills. What I would like to do is generate a phrase of ...
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What scales can be augmented?

I am working on an app that generates scales & chords and recently began work specifically on augmented chords. It appears to me as though augmented chords are derived from the Lydian augmented ...
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What does “quiet chord, a wide blue one” mean?

She heard him out in the kitchen when the music stopped. She heard him go to the piano and plink with two fingers a tune whose name she did not know but which she had surely heard from the radio in ...
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Dictionary for Reverse Chord Lookup [closed]

I've been searching for some information regarding reverse chord lookup and various libraries that might help me with some software I'm writing. I've tried tonal.js and various other JS music theory ...
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How should I analyze this chord progression?

A while ago I developed a chord progression on the piano I find really beautiful. It goes C E G B C D# F# B B D# F# A B E G A and then after repeating that a few times over I add B E F# A A D# F# A B ...
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Manual beam with chord and single note in lilypond

I want to make a manual beam - on left side its a chord and to the right a single note. What I tried was <f''8 a''8> [c'8] which gives : 'error: syntax error, unexpected UNSIGNED' How to ...
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Why does most “Country” Music use mostly major and minor plain simple chords?

Rock and Roll features power chords. Funk features 9th and 13th chords. Blues features 7th chords. Jazz features all kinds of strange diminished and augmented and suspended and flat 5th and other ...
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Is a minor 6 chord still called that way if the 6 interval is minor?

I did a search for the minor 6 chord and I found that this refers to the minor triad with an added major 6th interval (or 13th rather). I am studying a song that has a minor triad with a minor 13th ...
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How to use sus2/sus4/add9 in minor key to stay within the key

I understand how to use sus2/sus4 and add9 inn major to keep all notes within the chosen major scale, but how can I use the same chords in a minor key and still stay in key?
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Do sus chords exist in Locrian?

I have recently been exploring chords in the Locrian mode. Down to the flattened 5th and 9th degrees, I have come up with some pretty bizarre sus chords. This got me thinking: Are such chords still ...
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Scale modification in sus2 and sus4 chords

I've recently been looking at what makes chords what, and hence my first target for this was looking at major, minor, sus2, and sus4 chords. I know major chords are made up of the first, the third, ...
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What can I do to identify the bass note that's not on guitar?

I am practicing finding the chord of songs by my ears and I only play guitar. However, I see some pop songs(where uses pianos) have low C chords which the guitar doesn't have (The guitar can't go as ...

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