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 the I-vi-ii-V Chord Progressions?

Are there any scales that work well over this progression? My Mistake!! I was thinking of the song Breezin' by George Benson!!
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as it ...
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Is there a similarity between the i 6/4 chord and the V chord in a minor key?

In a lot of jazz standards there is a common alteration of the i chord which uses a descending bass note down to the 5th of the chord and then it resolves back to the i. To give an example in Dm, it ...
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What is the best way to play a chord larger than your hand?

I've seen and attempted to play multiple songs that include chords that are tenths or sometimes even elevenths or twelfths (rarely), and these chords have four or five notes. If I were to come across ...
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How do experienced pianists sight-read chords? [duplicate]

I enjoy sight reading, since it lets me "play" the piano without having to spend hours going over the same passage to get it right. However, I'm still progressing and have difficulty ...
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What is this chord (B-E-A-D#-F#)?

We have the successive notes : B-E-A-D#-F# I know that it is not B11. I have no idea of the name.
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Is there a name for dropping the bass note of a chord an octave?

Take the following example (I'm a guitar player, so I'm going to give a guitar-centric example): Let's say you start by playing an A major triad using the C-shape. So you're fingering the 9th fret on ...
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How to write triads for strings?

There is something that I have noticed several times when writing chords for orchestral strings (violins, cellos, etc), when I write standard triad (major, minor, etc) chords the strings make an ...
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Alternative intervals power chords in just intonation

I was wondering, distorted power chords tend to work really well because in 12 equal temperament the root and fifth are pretty close to just intonation. A detailed explanation can be found in the link ...
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What is the initial piano chord in Ella and Louie's “I Won't Dance” recording? [closed]

I'm learning this song for a duet performance. I can play the walking bass line and even the chord progressions on bass. I can even tap out the intro chords when the lyrics start in a Stu Hamm or ...
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What does the chord notation X/Y (“slash chord”) mean?

Questions about slash chords are frequent enough that this question was created to answer the general concerns as well as link to related or more specific questions on the topic. Chords notated like ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. How could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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Which chords can be played simultaneously? [closed]

For example, my instrumental's chord progression = Dm, F, C, Bb Which chords can be played at the same time as Dm and C and still sound "good"? Is there some sort of terminology for chords ...
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When the tones in a chord are packed together, is it in “Close position” or “Closed position”?

When a chord is written such that the chord tones are as close together as possible, like this... X:1 K:C M:4/4 L:1/1 [CEG] | [EGc] | [Gce] | ...what is the correct term: "Close position" ...
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Does this song have a key, and if so, what is it? [closed]

I'm writing a song where the notes do not align to any particular key. The way it works is this Chord 1 leads to Chord 2. Chord 2 leads to chord 3 but Chord 3 does not have to relate to Chord 1. Chord ...
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The F chord is F0, A0, C1. If you change the octaves of one of the notes, is it still an F chord? [duplicate]

For example F major chord = F0, A0, C1. Would chords like "C0, F0, A0" or "FO, A1, C2" still be F major chords?
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Open/Close Position Chords: What I am missing?

Working through Hindemith's harmony I encountered the following diagram of all the valid positions for a C-Major chord in strict four-part writing. I am befuddled as to why the third chord in the ...
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What is the parent major scale of F sharp minor seventh flat 5

Would anybody know the parent major scale of F sharp minor 7 flat 5?
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What is the correct terminology/notation for playing notes in a chord at the same time, and not as an arpeggio?

It is very common for interpreters of sheet music — especially string players — to roll chords. What is the notation to specify that all notes should sound at once? I had thought it was a square ...
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How does this chord work in the progression?

So, if you're playing in a major key, say C major, and you play a I IV V chord progression but before you go to the V you play a bVI7 chord. So, C Major, F Major, Ab7, G Major. How come the Ab7 has ...
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I'm having trouble hitting all keys of a chord together. Are there any methods that can help me learn that?

When playing a chord, be it with the right hand or the left, I'm really having trouble hitting all keys together reliably. I will often have a little audible delay between the individual notes. I ...
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What is the roman numeral assigned to an Eb major chord in the key of F major?

What is the roman numeral assigned to an E♭ major chord in the key of F major? would it be a VII˚
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Chord pattern formula for constructing chords in a given major or minor key

My question relates to the chord pattern formulas. For this Example we are commonly given these two formula patterns as one of the steps to construct chords in a key. I have been self teaching/...
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Are there any Neutral sounding harmonies?

I bought a vocoder to use as a layer for backing vocals but now I realize it sounds terrible when only used with one note. So I need to use it with chords or harmonies. But I only know very basic ...
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Alfred's Adult Piano Level 2 Augmented Chords page 130

On page 130 Alfred's Level 2 book is a sample of Augmented Chords, but for any chord which should have the middle note sharped, the middle sharp is dropped when converted to Augmented. I've looked on ...
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Which Fret do I Indicate on an up-the-neck chord chart that is using a capo?

I have a website that allows you to transpose songs and will generate the appropriate chord charts. In doing so, I have come across a question I can't find an answer to with regards to using a capo ...
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Why do Major keys contain minor chords?

Looking through each Major Key: At position II, III, VI are MINOR chords. At position VII, this is a DIMINISHED chord. Looking at the C Major Key as an example, this chord progression is made up ...
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Why aren't chord names written in classical sheet music?

When I see classical sheet music I don't see the chords named, were chords not used back then? And if they were, do the notes that are under a bass clef generally outline the shapes of chords? I only ...
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What is the right way to play A major chord on guitar?

I am learning and I have already seen three ways of playing A major chord. The 2-3-4 and then 1-2-3 and then 2-1-3 (I found this one to be easy). I am willing to do the hard miles and learn the right ...
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How can I borrow diminished chords with Modal Interchange?

I once heard a song that had two diminished chords in it, which probably has something to do with Modal Interchange, it's just I've never encountered it before. When I heard this song it sounded ...
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Chords to Ry Cooder's “Jesus on the Mainline”? [closed]

Ry Cooder is one of the musicians core to modern blues and roots music, and while I have known of him for quite some time, I haven't spent much time with it. Recently I pulled out his version of the ...
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Can you help me analyze this chord progression? [closed]

This is kind of embarrassing, but when I write songs on guitar I tend to not focus too much on the key and just play what sounds good. I've figured out that my verse and chorus are in Emin, but I ...
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Is there a name for this kind of guitar chord - not open, no barre, strings dampened?

It's so convenient to say "open chord..." or "barre chord..." but then there are chords like these... ...where they are not open, not barred, and importantly require dampening ...
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How do I play the last chord of Scherzo, Tarantelle?

At the end of Tarantelle (and also at the end of the first presto), there is a chord with three normal notes and the fourth is an artificial harmonic. I know the harmonic works, because I tried it ...
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How to play strange Emadd9 and Am6 chords in this song?

I'm trying to play this song: https://musescore.com/user/26991134/scores/5554268 I have downloaded, pasted into a new score sheet in musescore and added a Guitar Tab Starve. But, for the two first ...
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What key is the chord progression of Ab, Bb C?

I was playing around on the piano, looking through some old grade 3 books, and came across the chord sequence of Ab, Bb, C. It sounds quite heroic, almost John Williams-like, something that would ...
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What are the tactics of playing A shape barre chords?

I'm having trouble with playing A-shaped barre chords. I am aware of three ways to play them: Normal shape, using the ring finger, and using the pinky. But given the structure of my hand (my phalanx ...
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how do I put solfege on for chords?

How do I put on solfege for multiple notes stacked/chords? I mean, I could put it separately, but how do I indicate which solfege goes to which note?
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Music theory - secondary dominants

Do i still have to use 1st inversion when using secondary diminished triads or sevenths? I've been watching some videos but it didn't go over this.
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My fingers are hurting so much [duplicate]

I recently purchased a beginner guitar. I’m learning chords and my fingers are hurting so much. I’ve watched videos and they say not to push so hard but if I don’t push hard then the chord gives a ...
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Transposing song that contains notes/chords outside the root key to a new key

I've been trying to figure out how to change the key of a song. I have a chart like this: (source: howmusicworks.org) I originally thought that I could just find the notes, and read off a different ...
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Fitting chords to the opening phrase of the Toccata (and Fugue) in D Minor BWV 565?

What are some of the acceptable ways to harmonize the first one and a half bars of BWV 565? In particular, what are some of the chords that would fit on the the opening A? Neither i nor V seems to fit ...
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What is a 7th chord and why is it important?

What is a 7th chord and why is it important? I keep seeing it over and over again and I don't understand why it's important?
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can someone help me make sense of guitar inversions

so I've been practicing caged system and I can play arpeggios the the chord tone position, scale and pentatonic in all 5 positions. but something that I've still having trouble. sure I can rip thru it ...
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For the chord C7 (specifically!), why do you write Bb and not A#?

For the chord C7 (specifically!), why do you write B♭ and not A♯?
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How do I become a better electronic music producer?

I love music and I would love to make it and maybe become a music composer. However I do not know anything about music theory or anything. I can't play any instrument or so. How can I learn to make ...
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How to characterize voicings of “cowboy chords” on guitar?

As set forth in the title, how might might one characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar? And is there a systematic way to characterize the voicing of these and other chords? In the ...
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How should the chord progression in United States of Eurasia be interpreted

Trying to harmonically analyze the first 9 measures of Muse's United States of Eurasia, arranged by Mathieu Hussong. I've come across a few ambiguous chords, and I can't identify correctly the ...
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Circle of fifths rules

I'm trying to determine the correct algorithm for using a classical circle of fifths and create chord progressions please. I understand that we can navigate clockwise (5th) or counter clockwise (4th), ...

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