Questions tagged [chords]

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Can you have a no3 chord with upper extensions?

C(no3) is just the notes C and G. C7(no3) is the notes C, G and Bb. Is it valid to have a C11(no3) chord? Or would this just be referred to as some kind of sus chord (like C9sus4 or something)? Which ...
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what is the method behind naming jazz chords? [closed]

I have recently become confused about how to name chords in jazz. This is my current understanding: Add chords (without 7th)- chord that contains the root, third, (optional 5th) and one or more ...
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What key has the chords G, Dm, Bb, C and F?

I've been trying to brush up on my music theory recently, but I can't work out what key "Home" by Sheryl Crow is in. The chords are: G, Dm, Bb, C and F. It would appear to be C major, except for the ...
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How do you know what chords to use for a song/melodies you don't know?

I was given this exercise but unlike the other questions, this didn't have the title of the song in it. I thought it was just something I had to analyze and try to put chords that fit with the melody. ...
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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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How to play an accompaniment with a midi keyboard on Linux?

I recently bought a 88 keys midi master keyboard. It doesn't play any sound by itself and you have to plug it to a computer and use a software synthetizer to produce sounds. I was wondering if I ...
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Is there such a thing as a portable chord organ?

I have recently been playing an inherited Chord Organ, with a full set of chord buttons for the left hand and the piano keys for the right hand, however it is not very portable, has a portable version ...
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Voicing Freddie Green-style rhythms in jazz arrangement

I'm working on a jazz arrangement and i was thinking of a walking bass, brushes on the drums, some chord stabs and fills for the piano, but as for the guitar it's a bit difficult. I want to write in ...
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Music theory: scale/chord relationships and filler notes

In music theory they teach you there are scales are there are chords, and I am having a hard time really solidifying their relationship(s). What I am getting confused with is the chord progression/...
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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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A chord is three notes? What do you call just two notes?

Until very recently I'd though a chord was any group of notes played together. However, I just heard a chord defined as "three or more notes played together." If this is the case, what should I ...
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In sheet music, can notes of a chord have different length, or how to read this sheet?

I have some sheet music that I'm trying to understand, but I'm unfamiliar with the correct terminology and my understanding of it (just starting out learning music). Specifically, the notes that are ...
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How to synchronize fingers/notes in piano chords

I'm getting back into piano (background: trained in classical from age 4 to 14; finished RCM 7) and am having some trouble synchronizing my solid chords, particularly with sharps/flats using my pinky. ...
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Notating a sus chord with thirteenth

How do you notate a chord like G F A C E without using slash notation? G13sus? G13sus4? If it’s along the lines of a G13, this leads to me to wonder why the chord G F A C is usually notated as G9sus4 ...
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Problem with G string while practicing barre chords

I know it's a popular question and already there is a question about this on this site. But, I'm looking for a different answer that's all. I'm a beginner and recently started practicing barre chords....
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D major in F major progression?

So i've started new in music theory and i'm guessing the chords to this neo oriental song and i've noticed that the chord progression goes like: Gm - F - Bb - D(hammer on G note (Dsus4)) and it seemed ...
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How can I distinguish between a full 7th chord and a 7th chord without a 5th in figured bass?

The standard figured bass is usually just a 7 for a 7th chord in root position, right? If this is correct, the 5th and 3rd are assumed. But what about if the 7th chord should omit the 5th and double ...
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Homework question on identifying a key from a V triad

I am working through the ABRSM Discovering Music Theory Grade 4 book. I appear to have found an unanswerable question, unless I have misunderstood something. It's Section 7, Exercise 3, question k, ...
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How do I know what patterns to play under a melody?

So I made a melody in my head and translated it to a keyboard. I'm not sure which key it's in but I think it's in D# minor. But I just CAN'T, for the life of me, add a bass to it... I really like this ...
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What chords can be played on an accordion?

I've looked into how an accordion works and I want to play one in the music school. A piano accordion with 6 rows of buttons on the left hand, to be precise. Now, I've been brainstorming about ...
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What is the roman numeral of the subtonic chord in a minor scale, VII or V/III?

What should we call a subtonic chord in minor scale, VII or the secondary function of III (V/III)? I think, especially in the case of subtonic seventh chord, V7/III- III progression makes more sense ...
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How to harmonize ^1 ^2 ^3 with VI V i in minor

I tried my best to harmonize this in minor and the best I could come up with was a VI without a 5th and a doubled 3rd. I am not sure if this is right. And did I write the doubled F correctly in the VI ...
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Proper symbol for this chord (1 5 b7 9 11)?

I'm a songwriter in the jazz-pop idiom, and when playing through a chart with a guitarist, he told me that, in his opinion, I had labeled a chord inaccurately / incorrectly. Here's the chord as 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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Chromatic approaching dominant

I'm having a little trouble analyzing this blues-y cadence. I've called the dominant chord a G9 even though there is no third (B) at the end of the bar. I think this makes sense, since it is ...
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Detect piano notes and chords

What is a reasonably good way to detect chords in solo piano music? Not the MIDI ones, but music generated by real piano/electronic keyboard. I am trying to play a piano piece and check out its ...
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What's wrong with my harmonic analysis?

Similar to my last post, I'm having trouble looking for my mistakes here. The big red 2 means I have 2 mistakes apparently but I don't know which ones are wrong. Or maybe I have more mistakes? Please ...
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Do chords introduce interference/beating?

Is it correct to state that any chords (or most of them), while playing, create Beating/Interference effect? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(acoustics) Since semitones are not integer ratio, it ...
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Help me correct/understand the harmonic analysis of this

Am I missing something here? (Note: the circled notes aren't included so we just ignore that. I'm only trying to analyze the rest.) In measure 8 (the second measure in the below excerpt), after Em, I ...
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Appoggiatura chord

While learning one of the Mazurka's of Chopin, I came across a chord that I think is an appoggiatura chord but I need a second opinion. The piece is Chopin Mazurka in A minor Op. 68 No. 2 and the ...
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Is E7 diatonic to A minor or not?

Based on my knowledge, here are the diatonic seventh chords in A minor: In natural minor: Am7, Bm7♭5, Cmaj7, Dm7, Em7, Fmaj7, G7 In harmonic minor: Am(maj7), Bm7♭5, Caug(maj7), Dm7, E7, Fmaj7, G♯...
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Would it be incorrect to play the open E (6th string) for the C major chord?

The notes are C E G. I play 2 Cs (5th and 2nd), 2 Es (4th and 1st) and 1 G on the 3rd string. Would it be incorrect if I included the lower E, playing the 6th string open as well? Would it not enrich ...
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Can someone explain what an imperfect authentic cadence is? What are the requirements to make this?

I don't really fully understand what an imperfect authentic cadence is. I was told that if the chords are inverted, then it's considered an IAC. Or maybe the melody can be 4–3, etc. I just need an ...
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What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?

In Rautavaara's Second Piano Sonata, first movement, beginning 20 bars before the end, there is a tablature-like symbol. What does it mean?
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Triads derived from the different types of minor scales

"The type of triad on each degree of a minor scale is the same for every harmonic and melodic minor scale" in TCL grade 6 theory. What is meant by this? I guess the types of chords are major,...
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Why do some extended chords have three added notes?

As I understand it, a basic chord is built of three notes, which can be harmonized in different octaves. It's always the first, third, and fifth to make up a basic chord. An extended chord then adds a ...
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Are diminished chords always minor chords?

Hello there, This might seem like a silly question, but I've been practicing diminished chords, and I've not seen any minor diminished chord being labelled specifically with its minor indication. Is ...
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For a better understanding of scale harmonization

I'm pretty much a newbie in music, and I wanted to ear train a little, to be able to improvize with my guitar. So I learned what I thought to be the minimum before that : major scales, minor scales (...
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How is a part consisting of 4 repeating chords called?

E.g. in the INXS number Near Tear Us Apart there are 4 measures (in the intro/verse) that are repeated continuously (Am7 Fadd9 Dm F). However, in many songs verses/choruses are build up of a repeat of ...
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How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different?

How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different? A lot of Japanese pop songs use 4 popular chord progressions, but how come these songs can come in such a large variety and ...
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Jazz vs Classical interpretation of this V7c vs iv-m6 chord in a common chord progress?

Here is a progression in a song I am playing On the 3rd beat of the second measure there is a Dm6 or G9/D chord (or B half diminished first inversion): at least that's what Carl Kress is playing ...
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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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Tritone substitution to a major chord?

I'm relatively new to jazz theory and I've been working through the book, Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Jazz Guitar by Jeff Schroedl. In it he describes a tritone substitution as a "V, ii(II), or vi(...
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How do I play this chord with an overlapping sharp and flat?

How do I play this chord (underneath the red arrow in the attached image) that seems to have both D sharp and an E flat? Am I misreading it? EDIT: the clip is from the piece "Manchega" by ...
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formal and harmonic analysis : Bortkiewicz op.40 n.4

I am trying to analyze a Bortkiewicz prelude, op. 40 n.4 in F# major, but I have some doubts. I divided the prelude into three parts: part A (bars 1-11) part B (bars 12-20) part A' (bar 21-29) coda (...
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Is a phrygian cadence iv6 - V or can it also be VI - V?

I have always thought that a phrygian cadence was VI - V but I now read that it is actually iv6 - V. Can both be used?
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Is a figured bass symbol supposed to show a raised 6th scale degree?

I am harmonizing this figured bass Please look at the E note where the blue arrow is pointing. I have raised this note because otherwise there would be an aug 2nd leap to the F#. Can someone please ...
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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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How to show an empty chord in an anacrusus

I'm using Lilypond 2.19.55. I have an anacrusis. The staff and lyrics are fine. How do I define an empty place for a chord? If I don't, lilypond complains. If I use f4, it complains at the c:7 because ...
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What chord is "A7+4"?

That's how it's notated and I think it's a really unusual notation. Could that be a synonymous notation for "A7sus4"? The key signature is E-flat.

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