Questions tagged [chords]

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Do Roman Numerals for a chord progressions change capitalization when played in a different key than the original?

Let's say we have a chord progression I-ii-iii in key of C major so Cmaj-Dmin-Emin. If I were to share this chord progression with someone, without mentioning the key, and they decide to play this in ...
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Can a maj7sus4 chord be used like a dominant 7 chord?

I've read that dominant 7 chord drives toward some kind of resolution because the tritone between the 3rd and b7th that creates some form of tension that craves to be resolved one of these two ways : ...
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A database of every guitar chord? [closed]

For a tool I'm developing, I'd like to have a database of all playable chords (and voicings) on guitar. "playable" would mean either : any position that the human with the biggest stretch ...
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Why is this chord notated as an Emin7 when it has no Es in it?

So I was analyzing "Yesterday" by The Beatles when I got to the word "Why". How come it has Em7 over the note when the score doesn't feature the note E? It doesn't look like an Em7 ...
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How do I play these chords with human hands [closed]

Does someone out there have a technique that will help with Fingering the chords in These two bars.
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England Pre-Grade 1 Piano Theory Help: What does G7 above the stave mean? [duplicate]

this is a piece I’m playing. The reason it’s so simple is I’ve just started playing piano, but I’m grade 7 for saxophone and Grade 5 in theory, so please correct me on and ask me anything. In bar 2, ...
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How can I play this on the guitar?

I've recently started learning tabs so I am confused with how to play these notes with the standard notations.
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Why do major and minor triads sound different both harmonically and melodically?

Sorry if the wording is odd, but basically my question is, why do the major and minor triads have two distinct sounds, if they share all of the same intervals? Not only when they’re stacked ...
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Block chord progressions on piano: how to improve landing fingers accurately and timely one after another

I dread block chords (just beginning to learn piano). They are much trickier than broken chords, as they require placing multiple fingers on respective correct keys all at once and land on the next ...
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Do brackets between staves indicating which hand to use apply to the entire measure?

In the fourth and sixth measures (shown above) how should the brackets be interpreted? Should all subsequent notes in the treble clef with stems pointing downward be played with the left hand? Or only ...
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In 4-part harmony, Vii's 5th note (V7's 7th note) should also resolve down?

In 4-part harmony, isn't the Ⅴ7's 7th note supposed to resolve by going a step down? If so, because the ⅶ is the substitute of the Ⅴ, shouldn't the ⅶ's 5th note (Ⅴ7's 7th note) also resolve down? ex: ...
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I can't hear the chords in this song, are there any or am I mistaking chords for melody? [closed]

I'm trying to train my hear to listen and separate out the chords, melody, bass, and drums in music I enjoy listening to, and practice my music by re-creating these styles. ...
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Finger picking pattern

I am a beginner to music and guitar .I know the chords and how to play it.Recently I heard a song and try to play the guitar. I could not figure out how the finger ...
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How to think of chord extensions when soloing over chords?

Guitar player here. I have been learning about chord extensions and how they can be used to color to a basic progression or when playing a solo. However as I was doing research on this it seems that ...
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Songs with capo on only some chords

I'm teaching myself guitar, I've enjoyed finding songs I like and slowly teaching myself the chords, but sometimes when I go to a song some of the chords have a capo and others don't. I'd understand ...
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Piano Rhapsody of a Theme of Paganini: Varation 18: Confusing note count [duplicate]

I am studying Variation 18 from a Rhapsody of a Theme of Paganini. I have stumbled uppon a confusing set of notes. I see this comming back in the measures. In the first picture below you start, for ...
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4part harmony, secondary dominant's deceptive cadence

Is it a rule that in a secondary dominant's deceptive cadence the root note goes upper one step to the target chord's root note and the 7th note goes down one step to the 5th note ? Is this a rule ...
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Chord progressions

Any tips or strategies that you guys would like to share on how you determine the chord progression in a song or a musical composition ? Though I understand chord progressions and the musical theory ...
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Applied Chords notation

I have a chord in the key of F minor. The notes from the bass are A natural , C , F , E flat. From textbook: " Identify the following applied chord . Symbolize the chord using functional and root ...
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How can horns, most of which have only three buttons, play all their notes?

I’m a big fan of the “horn” family but have trouble understanding how horns are able to play the same scales and modes that a piano is able to play, being that horns only have a few buttons. In some ...
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How many G7 chords are there, and when to use which?

Some books say G7 chord is B F G, some say it's G B D F. Are there even more? Does this only happen to G7 or others as well? How will I know which one to use if "G7" is indicated on a sheet ...
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Applied Chords - can ( I / III ) be a valid formula for an applied chord?

I have a 7th chord: A-C#-E-G , in the key of F# minor and would like to symbolize it using the Functional Chord symbol: ( I 7 / III ). Would it be correct to identify it this way ? Using the root ...
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A chord with only the root note

I have this strange thought over which I argue with people. If a chord is a set of distinct tones sounding simultaneously (or one after another like in arpeggios) then for instance a root C in the ...
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Synesthesia, is it helping the absolute ear?

For info this is it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia I'm not a synesthete that's why I ask the synesthetes who really are and who really hear music in color You see what? Shapes take shape ...
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How do i play this tab? (guitar tab)

How do i play this? i know it's a chord but after the chords i'm not sure how to play it.
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What is the meaning of these letters above the soprano part in Monteverdi's SV 332?

Consider following score of Monteverdi's Sì dolce è 'l tormento for soprano and continuo (SV 332) from IMSLP. What is the meaning of the capital letters above the soprano part? They do not seem to ...
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what chords can I use for the V chord a ii V i minor progression?

In a minor mode or minor key sequence, can the V chord be a minor chord, major chord or m7b5 chord?
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Chords in Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto

I am currently practicing the first movement of the 2nd Rachmaninoff piano concerto. Luckily I have no troubles reaching the chords in the left hand (Maybe because I am left-handed? The only time it ...
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Question from Piston Harmony 5th Ed. Chapter 2

I'm confused by the following exercise in the 5th ed. of Piston's Harmony, page 21. "Exercise 7 j: With G# as the soprano note, write in four parts a triad in first inversion, with the subdominant in ...
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#11 versus 6th in musical notation

I am a new guy here--having a hard time with this any help will be much appreciated--I have seen a chord described as Abmaj7/add 6 versus Abmaj7 #11 are they the same but written differently? Many ...
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Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor?

Why do diminished chords have 3rd minor , not 3rd diminished ? and what is the name of this chord : root + 3rd diminished + 5th diminished?
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Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (here is what is sounds on piano https://soundcloud.com/tomasz-jasku-a-133883769/keyboardforsolo-rzczywistosc) : Time 1 & 2: C#, ...
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Jazz piano: chords and melody in right hand. How?

Aiming for being capable of playing solo and in ensemble, a jazz pianist is exposed to the following: Bass player is playing the root tones, hence the pianist can play rootless When playing alone or ...
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What's the proper notation for holding one note of a chord while playing the other notes staccato?

I want to hold down the A key on the piano for 3 beats. During the first of these 3 beats ONLY the A key is held, but during the second and third beats I press the C and E keys staccato on the beat. ...
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Rewriting slash chords with chromatic descending bass

I am trying to transcribe a chord progression that appears here (timestamp 0:44). I'm having trouble naming some of the chords below. I think the last two are correct, and function as the ii-V of B ...
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Should I recognize notes combinations by chords, or just by counting?

I'm a very new piano player and I have a little bit of a struggle understanding one thing. I recognize notes on the sheet pretty fast now, but only if they're single notes. I've learned about chords, ...
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Jazz piano: problem remembering harmony, melody is fine

In my quest to become a general jazz pianist I practice jazz standards. Having several years experience with violin, a melody instrument, I have no trouble learning and remembering melodies but the ...
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What is the proper way to fret (R-3-m7-9-5) chords (on the fifth string)?

I'm sorry about the somewhat vague title, but my knowledge of chord notation is somewhat limited. I've always had some issues when it comes to fretting this type of chord. If I leave the fifth out ...
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What is the correct name for this chord?

C E D B Db F Here are some attempts at naming this chord from four separate conversion web apps: Dm9/13/C add(7) Cmaj9 (11,b9) Sorry, no matches found CM11 (b9,add9) I find it interesting how ...
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Sus2 doesn't exist?

On this stack post answer: Chord naming conventions: add2 versus add9 And on this website: https://www.brendanpauljacobs.com/spelling.htm The writers imply that sus2 chords actually do not exist. ...
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Question about Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond Take Five

I’m trying to decode "Take Five" and so far I have (for my version) it in the key of F with one flat (B-Flat) and the initial phrase (A Section) is based on a D minor which is the natural minor 6th of ...
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Is there a recognized standard for absolutely correct chord spelling?

I can't seem to find a definitive guide on the nuances of spelling chords. Every resource I find contradicts another. Some use things like sus9, some are liberal with adds, and others are so strict ...
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Chord naming convention for repeated intervals

I keep seeing around the place that chord names shouldn't describe the voicing of a chord, but simply the intervals. If this is the case, why do the intervals ♭13, ♯11 and ♯9 exist? ...
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Chord change question (C#m, F# and G#)

So this song is a no capo song. It’s an all barre chord song, it’s simple but a pain. The song is 8 minutes long of all barre chords. It’s a C#m, F#m, A (barred version), and G# in that order. My hand ...
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Tritone sub for a minor chord

I was reading http://www.thejazzpianosite.com/jazz-piano-lessons/jazz-chords/passing-chords/ The article writes: Tritone (of next chord) | CMaj7 - A♭7 | Dm7 | Is this a mistake? As far as I am ...
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What is the correct way to notate a no3/sus chord?

If I have a chord made up of the root, 5th, 7th and 9th intervals, what would be the correct way of notating this? I have seen two different conventions that are as follows: CMaj9 (sus) or CMaj9 (...
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Help naming/analyzing sus chord and possible secondary dominant

I'm having trouble figuring out how to name the chord in the third measure below. I initially guessed G7sus2 which would make a recognizable IV-V-I cadence, but then I am unsure how to analyze the ...
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Writing down chord names and understanding their function in an example

I've been trying to learn more about music theory by transcribing songs. I am not bad at writing down the notes, but have a lot of trouble understanding the chords/harmony. Below is a sketch of one ...
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How do I convert Piano songs for Guitar?

I am learning Guitar on my own so far I have learnt everything basic. Song I want to play was Pusher - Clear ft. Mothica I searched for acoustic guitar chords everywhere but only thing that came up ...
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A Dorian scale/chord progressions

So I'm currently jamming a song in G Major with focus on the A Minor. The chord progression goes Am C D. I know that the A Minor Blues Scale sounds pretty sleek, but I just have the feeling that A ...

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