# Questions tagged [chords]

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### What is a name of a major scale with raised 2nd degree?

Assuming a major scale that has a raised 2nd degree and no other alterations: 1 ♯2 3 4 5 6 7 (8) (for example, in C it will be C D♯ E F G A B (C)). This is a bit unusual due to 2 consecutive semitones ...
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### Eighth Slash Notes for a Simile

I know that if you want to make a SIMILE part, you can put as my picture, quarter notes then convert in Sibelius to SLASH NOTATION and enter the text that says SIMILE. Here is the photo: https://ibb....
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### Naming/understanding this dominant chord with quartal upper structure

I'm trying to understand an interesting non-diatonic chord in the chord progression at 0:30-0:45 of this video; my rough transcription of the chords is as follows. As far as I can tell, the non-...
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### The ambiguity of certain chord qualities in Roman numeral Analysis

Roman numeral analysis uses capitalization to disambiguate Major from minor, so the paradigm is not entirely based on inference. There seems to be a double standard as to what is explicit and what isn'...
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### Notes in a Chord

I'm trying to work my way through the Mark Levine Jazz Theory book but I'm scratching my head at the start of chapter 2 (Pg15). Maybe this book is too advanced for me and I need to pick something less ...
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### Chord-Scale Theory: Determine chord qualities

I started to learn about the chord-scale theory lately which i find quite interesting. I came across this table of modes (scales) and their corresponding chords: Chord-Scales of the Major Modes: ...
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### Interpolated chords: How do they work?

Recently, I studied the tune 'Misty' by Eroll Garner. I was slightly confused as to the middle section of the piece, as it involves a passage with some delayed resolutions. I have come across three ...
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### Slash Chord Symbols with chords on both sides of the slash

I just got hold of the 2006 Kurt Rosenwinkel transcriptions book and I'm looking through some of the lead sheets and getting confused by some chord symbols. For example the chords for the first 8 bars ...
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### What are the formulas for chord qualities relative to natural minor?

Every chord formula chart I've found (over three dozen so far through Google search or Google images) gives chord formulas relative to a major scale. For example the major formula is 1-3-5 and the ...
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### Do I have to use exact chord when playing a song

Sometimes it's easy for me to find out the chords in a song (by ear and try), but if the songs is complicated, I can't figure out the chords. Existing software and platforms also cannot find the ...
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### Can I use the chord progression i - v - VII - iv? (Am - Em - G - Dm : in A minor scale)

I'm currently studing and learning about functional harmony and chord progressions. I tried the chord progression i - v - VII - iv (A natural minor scale : Am - Em - G - Dm7/A) and get a nice and ...
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### Does the bass note in a "slash" chord really have an associated interval?

I have a question about "slash" chords. Look at the chord E/G: E G♯ B G 1 3 5 ? G is the minor 3rd interval (♭3) in the key of E. However, I would have thought by definition chords cannot ...
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### Why do some composers/songwriters choose inverted chords over root position chords?

I know that if you want to go from one chord to another, using an inverted chord might make the bassline smoother and more melodic without big jumps but are there other reasons why root position ...
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### In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be?

In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be? The D major is part of a three chord progression. It's preceded by C minor and followed by G major (2nd inversion).
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### What does it mean to have a 'slash chord' with more than one note after the slash? [duplicate]

I'm used to slash chords like D/F# or Am/G where the second part after the slash informs you of the bass note. I just saw a video with someone talking about chords like C+/Db+. I didn't even know ...
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### Chord naming conventions: When is a 6 a 13? [duplicate]

I have seen/ heard people say that you only write a 6 when there are no other upper extensions used (meaning no inclusion of 7 and above). I have also heard people say that you only write a 6 when ...
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### Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

Let me start off by saying that I have no folk background, and I am not aware of the rich tradition of folk or folk-rock. That being said, I understand that, similar to the blues tradition, there are ...
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### Good way to play rapid consecutive fifths and sixths spanning more than an octave

I can't figure out how to properly finger and play the following section of a piece I'm trying to play. I've tried multiple things, but the difference in distance between the first notes and the ...
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### Is there such a thing as a stable or unstable tone in scales?

I'm writing a song in 4/4 in A major, and my melody ends first on the 7th degree leading tone (G#) and then the second time on the 6th degree (F#). These are supposed to be unstable tones, yet if I ...
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### What piano chords should I memorize?

Seems that there were similar questions, probably clear to most of forum folks, but still not to me as a piano beginner. I found chords theory rather straightforward, however practicing seems a bit ...
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### When is a note flat/sharp?

For instance we are playing a B, is the third note of the chord a Eb or and D#? If we play Bm is the fifth a Gb or a F#?
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### Why No Augmented Minor Chord?

The recently posted question "What chord is Dm7 with a Bb?” asks: If I have a Dm7 chord played on the 5th fret of a guitar as a barre chord and move my pinky to play the Bb note next to the A on ...
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### Which one makes a melody more noticeable, playing it an octave above the chords or below the chords?

On a midi keyboard/piano, if I play both the chords and the vocal melody at the same time. How do you make the melody sound more prominent than the chords? In general, which makes the melody more ...
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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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### What chord is Dm7 with a Bb?

If I have a Dm7 chord played on the 5th fret of a guitar as a barre chord and move my pinky to play the Bb note next to the A on the 4th string I have the notes D Bb C F A so basically a Dm7 with an ...
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### If I play C1, F1, G1 - will F1 and G1 together cause dissonance or sound bad(to most people)?

If i play C1, F1, G1 at the same time: • C1 & F1 = Perfect 4th • C1 & G1 = Perfect 5th ● What about F1 & G1 at the same time? Would these sound bad together? (to most people) What is ...
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### I want to be able to cover and loop any song I want [closed]

Justice Der is a guitarist on YouTube that inspired me to starting playing. He does these loop covers of hip-hop/r&b songs. The loops usually have the following layers: percussion -> chords -&...
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### How to notate a seventh chord without a fifth?

I read that when you take away the fifth in a seventh chord it's still considered a seventh chord. But how would you differentiate between a seventh chord with a fifth and without one? Like is there a ...
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### Chords notation question [duplicate]

An article about Aeolian harmony on Wikipedia begins as follows: Aeolian harmony is harmony or chord progression created from chords of the Aeolian mode. Commonly known as the "natural minor" ...
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### Help with the last chord in progression

I have following progression: G-Em-Bm-C G-Em-Bm-C G-Bm-F#m-A D-Bm-F#m-??? G-Em-Bm-C... I am happy with the progression and it works well, but struggling with the last chord. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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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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### piano note sheet missunderstanding [duplicate]

I am new to world of music, so my question is beginner-like one. Here is excerpt from some note-sheet: My understanding regarding for example first F chord is that left hand should play note A as ...
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### Beginner question about how to understand chords in musical notation

I have a question about how to interpret musical notation involving chords. In the first picture, I can see D minor chord but do I play it with right or left hand? And what notes do I play with the ...
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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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### 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 ...