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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Can a song's chords be interpreted in many different ways?

From one of the songs I am trying to interpret, I am confused about which base chord is the right base chord. From the song, around the 00:59 part of the song(Where the chorus starts), I thought the ...
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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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Help me understand the chord progression in Tatsuro Yamashita's 'Sparkle'

I'm trying to understand/analyze 'Sparkle' (1982) by Tatsuro Yamashita. Funky stuff begins at 0:50. The song is in Emaj (I think), and here's the chord progression I'm looking at (take it easy with my ...
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How can I tell whether the bass note I heard is the right one?

I have been playing guitar for a while and I realized I should develop my skill for finding the chords by ear. However, in some songs like Driver's License - Olivia Rodrigo, I realized what I am ...
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Usage of Melodic Minor instead of Harmonic Minor on Secondary Dominant

Recently I watched this video which discusses secondary dominants and specifically for the case of A II - V - I in the key of C. They play a secondary dominant for the II chord, so they are playing an ...
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F#m (b6, add9) OR DΔ (#11)/F#? To use b6 chords or not

I have encountered the claim that b6 chords are often a misinterpretation of a Maj7th chord with the third in the bass... It seems fairly reasonable but my head wants to revert to the b6 (or b13 maybe)...
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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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What do you mean by the tonic chord feels as 'home'?

I am new to the world of music theory and have some basic knowledge of the different modes of the major scale. As per my knowledge, every scale has a tonic chord which is essentially the one all other ...
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What is the difference between the bIII and III chord in a minor scale?

Wrting a chord as III in conventional notation gives you, as far as I can tell, two pieces of information: The uppercase numerals mean it's a major chord, i.e., built by stacking a major third and a ...
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How many fully diminished 7 chords do you get out of the harmonic minor scale?

It is supposed to be only the 7th degree that gives us the fully diminished 7th chord but when I took a closer look today at the 2nd degree of the harmonic minor scale (Locrian 6) it seems to have an ...
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Simplify chords

I'm currently working on a website and I would like to find a way to simplify chords by removing the non essential parts (to make it easier for beginners). For example: Am7/C => Am. Removing the ...
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Homophony vs Polyphony

Would I be correct if I were to define homophony vs polyphony as chords vs lines? If homophony is defined as a single melody with chordal accompaniment, and polyphony as several melodies with equal ...
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difficulty with chord spelling and voicing in Neumeyer's Hindemith analysis

This post is in reference to David Neumeyer's The Music of Paul Hindemith. Please refer to the third chord of m.1 in example 3.12 (below). I see this chord spelled as C E E Bb. Having said that, I ...
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Not following Hindemith-type analysis

I am having trouble following the analytical methods applied in David Neumeyer's The Music of Paul Hindemith. Please refer to example 3.12: I would like to use one of the chord changes to put my ...
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I chord interpretation and broken chord interpretation blocking broken chords

I'm having trouble interpreting this chord. It is labeled as a I chord, and from seeing that there is no key signature, I'm assuming it's in Cmaj or Amin. But what I'm not getting is, to my knowledge, ...
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Does tempo affect use of non-harmony notes?

Writing a four part piece for strings at a very slow tempo (55 bpm). On paper, it seems as though the non-chord notes I have selected should work, but I am finding some of them jarring. I am unsure if ...
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When was the concept of a “triad chord” first introduced?

Chiara Bertoglio, “A Perfect Chord: Trinity in Music, Music in the Trinity,” Religions 4, no. 4 (December 2013): 485–501, §6. A “Harmonious” God, p. 493, claims: It was not before the 16th century, ...
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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note

the E7 chord includes E G# B D. If we play E7 on the 5th fret, it is missing a B note. Could anyone please explain that?

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