Questions tagged [chords]

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Why is there a m3 in diminished triads and diminished sevenths? [duplicate]

In a diminished triad, the diminished interval is 1>5. In a full diminished seventh chord, the 1>7 is also diminished. In a half-diminished chord, the 1>5 is diminished.(But one third of it ...
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what is the name of this chord D F# and C? the “D” is the root [duplicate]

i thought it was d7 but the fifth note(A) is missing
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Accidently touching adjacent string while playing guitar

While playing basic Chords like A, D , E etc. my finger-tip touches the adjacent string and thereby the note tone is ruined. So my question is should I continue playing and practicing chords or I ...
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What does the colour scheme mean in this chord chart?

I found this handy chart stapled at the centre of a manuscript book. Does the colour scheme have any significance? For example: ninth, diminished seventh, augmented and suspended are all green. Why?
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If a song's key is Gb major - how do I play the chord Bm if its notes are not in that key?

I'm trying to play the chords for a songs chord progression. It goes: Gb, Bm/Gb, Gb, Bm/Gb, Gb, Bm6 What are the notes I play on a piano for Bm/Gb? Does is mean play both Bm AND Gb - or - Bm OR Gb? ...
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Is G♭M7 the same as G♭7? [duplicate]

Are the chords G♭M7 and G♭7 both the chord of "G flat Major seventh"? I'm looking at some sheet music. Bar 1 has a G♭M7 and bar 2 has a G♭7? I thought "M" means major and that if ...
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What are the ukulele chord names he played in this tutorial? [closed]

So I know he isn’t saying all the chord names correctly since they’re being altered and I was curious of the technical chord names in this tutorial.
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Does melodic minor ever function as a key (or tonality) in of itself?

I am getting into jazz harmony, so have recently started learning chords derived from the modes of the melodic minor scale. As far as I can tell, these modes are primarily used for two main functions: ...
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Is there something wrong with this chord?

If you play this piece back, it seems this chord in particular has quite a noticeable timbre to it. I'm just wondering if this chord is technically correct? You can hear the chords here: https://...
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What is the name of a minor chord with a minor 9th?

If I take a standard A minor chord as a barre chord on the 5th fret of a guitar and play it but move my pinky from the root note A on the 7th fret and move it to the 8th fret, I get a dominant chord ...
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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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What is the tonalilty/mode of Sitting on the dock of the bay -Ottis Redding? [closed]

I was wondering what is the tonality of Sitting on the dock of the bay ( ) since no diatonic scales fit the chord progression. Here is the chord progression : G | B7 | ...
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the II chord followed by the IV chord in a major key?

I am analyzing the music of [Name of Life arranged by Makiko HIroHashi] (https://musescore.com/user/4622501/scores/5038709). From measure 29 - 30 it goes from : (First half Measure 29 ): Eb minor [ii] ...
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Why does the iii chord function as a tonic chord if it has a leading tone?

I am learning chord functions in major scales and supposedly the iii chord has a tonic function. however, the chord has a leading tone so shouldn't it be considered a dominant chord?
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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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Ascending and descending chord movement and its effect on harmonic function

Is the cadence I to V the same regardless of its position relative to the tonic? E.g In C major C4 E4 G4 --> G4 B4 D5 vs C4 E4 G4 --> G3 B3 D4 The thing that has made me question this is the ...
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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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Note that is played along with another chord

What does E+ mean? I am playing Some Enchanted Evening and this is added along with a C note.
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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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When should one use flats or sharps when transcribing? [closed]

All I know is that: if the song has an F chord then it should be flats but if it has a B chord it should be sharps In this song, the chords are Dm B♭ F C and a transition chord which is C♯dim/D♭dim ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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