Questions tagged [chords]

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Can a 3 note triad be half diminished?

This is from the book "tonal harmony", the 14th chord is vii half diminished 7; consisting of the notes D# F# A C#, with A in the bass, therefore it is vii half diminished 4 3, second ...
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Chord progressions from Augmented chords

This is my first time posting so please let me know if this is an inappropriate question. I've been starting to look into composing music, and I've been looking to compose a piece around this Eaug(...
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Diminished Triad + Major 7th =? [duplicate]

i wanted to ask something related to the 5 types of seventh chords. Specifically in what category would a diminished triad topped with a major seventh fall? Can it be considered a half-diminished 7th? ...
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Can I improvise inversions when my piece has slash cords?

I'm new to learning to play piano from a fake book. I've read that when you play a slash cord, the note on the bottom of the slash is supposed to be played in the bass. However, I've also read that ...
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Will two versions of a song, in the same key, fit together if supporting chords differ?

I get that the title is vague, but that's kind of the problem. Basically, I've learned a jazzy version of the song "Heart and Soul" on the piano (you know, the one everyone learns to play ...
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What does the chord notation X/Y (“slash chord”) mean?

Questions about slash chords are frequent enough that this question was created to answer the general concerns as well as link to related or more specific questions on the topic. Chords notated like ...
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Should the comping instrument ever double the bass player?

I was taught that when comping along with a bass player, I should (generally) avoid playing the same note as the bass. Are there times when this is desirable, recommended, or even necessary? If yes, ...
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Why harmonize major scale with sus chords?

I've started reading Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book, and I have a couple questions about how he harmonizes the major scale. (Let's not even get started on the melodic minor!) First, I'm confused ...
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How to construct functions and chords of a scale?

For example I ii iii IV V vi vii ____________________________________________________ Cmaj Dmin Emin Fmaj Gmaj Amin Bdim ...
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What is the chord consisting of G F# A D?

I'm somewhat new to more complex chords. I found this chord on YouTube which consists of G F# A D (from lowest to highest notes). The person said it is GMaj9 chord, but actually it misses the 3rd, ...
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Can secondary dominants be used to tonicize non-diatonic chords?

During music theory class I was taught in C major we have six possible secondary dominant chords that resolve to non-tonic diatonic chords: A7 (- Dm) B7 (- Em) C7 (- F) D7 (- G) E7 (- Am) F#7 (- ...
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Power Chords Purposes [duplicate]

I understand the basic theory behind power chords and how they’re primarily beneficial when one wants to make chords sound fuller and richer. My questions is, why are the primarily relative to guitars?...
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m7b5 chord in a progression?

E | F# | G#m7 | D#m7 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 | B E | Gdim | G#m7 | Fm7-5 C#m7 | D#7 | G#m7 I'm sure that Gdim serve as a diminished seventh to G#m7, but what purpose does that Fm7-5 serves? it's from a ...
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Are there rules for voice-leading? How do you approach splitting a chord progression into different instruments? [closed]

So I write pop/hip-hop music and I'm trying to split my chord progression across instruments. How do you approach doing this well? Cheers, A
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Melodies vs. Harmonies

Any recommendations on how to distinguish melodies from the harmony of a song? When listening to certain songs it seems as if the chord progression is acting as the melody of the song. Can a chord ...
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What is the relationship between the chords in the bridge of Frank Ocean's Sweet Life?

The chords in the bridge to Frank Ocean's Sweet Life are: ||: C#maj9 | C#m7 | Bmaj7 | A#m7 :|| Here's a link to a tutorial of the song that shows the chords: And a ...
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GUITAR - C major scale progression

I am having a rough time understanding the numbers on the chord.progression as an example on the C major scale. Why is it that they are boxed in these numbers ? And why those numbers ? Why in that ...
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Do pianists look at the chord letter or notes on the stave to tell what chord to play?

I am doing a piano course and my feeling is that they try spoon feed you every step of the way by making things very VERY simple. One example is when learning chords you are taught to recognize the ...
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Naming notes - A specific song key and a chord from that key usually described with opposite accidentials

when we have the key, for example, A (so with 3 sharps), I think that we mark the notes in this key as sharp (right side of the circle od fifths), except for alterations. And what if we have a chord ...
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F#9 How to decide if it is (f sharp dominant ninth) or (f dominant sharp ninth)?

How to decide if F#9 is f sharp dominant ninth chord or f dominant sharp ninth chord? Similarily for Gb9 also
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Chord naming: “seventh flat ninth *piano* chord”

Page 164 of Pilhofer and Day, Music Theory for Dummies, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015 describes a "seventh flat ninth piano chord". Why is the name of an instrument, "...
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Core tones in chords

Hi hopefully someone can clarify this concept for me. When studying music I was introduced to the concept of 'core tones' within chords. These being the 3rd and 7th as they separately define the ...
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Tone Clusters Explained?

Can someone elaborate on tone-clusters and what exactly makes a set of notes be considered a tone-cluster? How are they similar and how do they differ from chords? To the users that are thinking of ...
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The leading tone diminished chord of Bb major

At 6:38-ish in The guy says he replaced the Gm with the leading tone diminished chord (of Bb major), but I don't get how he got that to be B-diminished? Isn't the ...
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Simplistic Gdim on a guitar, is this OK?

I'm struggling with Gdim. The way I play it is: x | | | | | | | | | | 2 | 3 | | | | 4 I use my third finger to mute the second string but I'm not sure of the open D string. I think the chord sounds ...
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Can anybody tell me what chords James Valentine is playing in the you tube video below in the song memories [closed]

Below is the youtube link for the video.
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

I have no problem identifying instruments, the different role they play in a song, the scales and modes of a song etcetera etcetera. I even understand harmony and the logics and theories surrounding ...
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How many semitones should I change to change melody but same chord

I want to sing a song in different melody but use the same chord. How many semitones should I increase/ decrease so that I won't sound out of tune with people singing in the original melody?
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What does syntaxes like T1, D2, and p3 mean in music notation?

I was reviewing tonal harmony basic guidelines when I came across the article Keyboard-style voice-leading schemata and it had notation like this: I haven't seen syntax like this before, what's it ...
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Sore left hand holding chords in awkward positions for long durations

The left hand tends to be sore from prolonged holding various block chords in curled finger position (sometimes looks like eagle's talons ;-)). While large spans is hard to reach, they are less likely ...
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How to make chords and melody work together to sound good?

I write melodies. Now, I am trying to put harmony to them. I learned the chord basics. Today, I have two questions to ask, hoping to get answers by your kindness. I put a chord under every accented ...
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Consonance vs Stability [duplicate]

In this source, the guitar teacher claims that the m6 chord is more dissonant but also more stable than the m7 chord. He also says that consonance is not always correlated with stability. I can feel ...
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Is there a piano exercise to develop chord change/voicing proficiency? [closed]

I want to become better at playing chord charts and lead sheets, so was wondering if there are any exercises that target ones ability to shift between chords with lots of extensions, clustered ...
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What to call triads made up of first and third note on octaves and second note in middle of them?

We often find them in a classical musical.
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While playing a song / melody, Why does my timing of hitting the chords go wrong?

Hello to all the music fraternity, mentors and experts. I am struggling long time now with the problem of playing the chords correctly at the required places while playing any song or melody. I am ...
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How Roman Picisan Constructed

This is one of the "sacred" song by one of the legendary band in Indonesia. The song is called Roman Picisan. I want to know more how this song constructed especially in the verse section (...
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Playing songs “without chords” (play interesting)

I’m playing guitar 3 years and I learned a lot of chords and make my playing clean etc How can I play a song pop in different way? For example if my song is F#m key and the chords are F#m, A, C#m, B ...
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Hearing the difference between VIIdim7 - Im and Vm - Im

I've been using EarMaster to practice hearing progressions. For most of them, I can pick out a certain interval and slowly improve my accuracy. Major against Minor triads — I try to pick out the 3rd ...
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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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Rules for making guitar chords playable on the fretboard

Background: A program that generates common chord progressions given a key. For example, in the key of C major, one of the popular progressions we have is I – vi – IV – V (C – Am – F – G). My goal is ...
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What is the physical mechanism by which a chord has a root?

When the tones C, E and G are played, C is perceived as the root. In the case of this major triad, the root is easily identifiable. However, for many chords, there is no identifiable root. For example,...
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What is the biggest chord ever written for orchestra?

Firstly I must define what I mean by "biggest". I mean the chord that has the most differently named notes in it not counting duplicates. Initially I was assuming equal temperament but if ...
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How can our ears decide which pitch a sound is, if it has a lot of overtones?

I'm starting learning music and I see that usually sounds (say from a guitar or piano) always have a lot of frequencies (usually octave aparts, like the G string will have G3, then G4, G5 over it). ...
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Trouble Defining a Triad's Name

This triad chord shape is B, I'm almost sure of that. But how come there are no accidentals? Both B minor and major have accidentals, so why haven't they printed them onto the stave? If it's a ...
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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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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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