Questions tagged [chords]

For general questions about chords like how to play them, construct them, or what symbols represent them. For more in depth analysis of the ideas behind chords themselves, please use the chord-theory tag.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
3 answers
178 views

D major in F major progression?

So i've started new in music theory and i'm guessing the chords to this neo oriental song and i've noticed that the chord progression goes like: Gm - F - Bb - D(hammer on G note (Dsus4)) and it seemed ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
430 views

Can someone explain what an imperfect authentic cadence is? What are the requirements to make this?

I don't really fully understand what an imperfect authentic cadence is. I was told that if the chords are inverted, then it's considered an IAC. Or maybe the melody can be 4–3, etc. I just need an ...
user avatar
  • 135
8 votes
5 answers
2k views

Would it be incorrect to play the open E (6th string) for the C major chord?

The notes are C E G. I play 2 Cs (5th and 2nd), 2 Es (4th and 1st) and 1 G on the 3rd string. Would it be incorrect if I included the lower E, playing the 6th string open as well? Would it not enrich ...
user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
306 views

Triads derived from the different types of minor scales

"The type of triad on each degree of a minor scale is the same for every harmonic and melodic minor scale" in TCL grade 6 theory. What is meant by this? I guess the types of chords are major,...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
477 views

Why do some extended chords have three added notes?

As I understand it, a basic chord is built of three notes, which can be harmonized in different octaves. It's always the first, third, and fifth to make up a basic chord. An extended chord then adds a ...
user avatar
  • 117
3 votes
2 answers
144 views

For a better understanding of scale harmonization

I'm pretty much a newbie in music, and I wanted to ear train a little, to be able to improvize with my guitar. So I learned what I thought to be the minimum before that : major scales, minor scales (...
user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
647 views

Are diminished chords always minor chords?

Hello there, This might seem like a silly question, but I've been practicing diminished chords, and I've not seen any minor diminished chord being labelled specifically with its minor indication. Is ...
user avatar
  • 340
0 votes
1 answer
64 views

How is a part consisting of 4 repeating chords called?

E.g. in the INXS number Near Tear Us Apart there are 4 measures (in the intro/verse) that are repeated continuously (Am7 Fadd9 Dm F). However, in many songs verses/choruses are build up of a repeat of ...
user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
936 views

How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different?

How come music using the same chord progression can sound so different? A lot of Japanese pop songs use 4 popular chord progressions, but how come these songs can come in such a large variety and ...
user avatar
  • 119
3 votes
2 answers
126 views

Jazz vs Classical interpretation of this V7c vs iv-m6 chord in a common chord progress?

Here is a progression in a song I am playing On the 3rd beat of the second measure there is a Dm6 or G9/D chord (or B half diminished first inversion): at least that's what Carl Kress is playing ...
user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
322 views

Tritone substitution to a major chord?

I'm relatively new to jazz theory and I've been working through the book, Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Jazz Guitar by Jeff Schroedl. In it he describes a tritone substitution as a "V, ii(II), or vi(...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
197 views

Is a phrygian cadence iv6 - V or can it also be VI - V?

I have always thought that a phrygian cadence was VI - V but I now read that it is actually iv6 - V. Can both be used?
user avatar
  • 8,293
1 vote
1 answer
128 views

formal and harmonic analysis : Bortkiewicz op.40 n.4

I am trying to analyze a Bortkiewicz prelude, op. 40 n.4 in F# major, but I have some doubts. I divided the prelude into three parts: part A (bars 1-11) part B (bars 12-20) part A' (bar 21-29) coda (...
user avatar
  • 109
2 votes
3 answers
95 views

Is a figured bass symbol supposed to show a raised 6th scale degree?

I am harmonizing this figured bass Please look at the E note where the blue arrow is pointing. I have raised this note because otherwise there would be an aug 2nd leap to the F#. Can someone please ...
user avatar
  • 8,293
13 votes
5 answers
3k views

What chord is "A7+4"?

That's how it's notated and I think it's a really unusual notation. Could that be a synonymous notation for "A7sus4"? The key signature is E-flat.
user avatar
  • 231
6 votes
1 answer
292 views

Doubts about a diminished fourth - op. 40 Bortkiewicz

I have a doubt about a musical analysis that I found on an italian book. The author wrote that in the final part of the Prelude n.2 op. 40 by Sergej Bortkiewicz, there is a repetition of the tonic ...
user avatar
  • 109
4 votes
4 answers
986 views

Help me hear Am7 as a minor chord

I recognize that Am7 (A-C-E-G) is considered a minor chord because, when stacked as thirds, the A is on the bottom. But I cannot make my ear perceive it as a minor chord out of context. To me it ...
user avatar
  • 399
8 votes
4 answers
1k views

What is the difference between a chord and a triad on a piano -( or any instrument capable of playing multiple notes simultaneously)?

I do not understand the difference between a chord and a triad. Are they the same thing or do they have differences? (i.e. Cmaj. chord v.s. Cmaj. triad)
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
84 views

Is there a non-verbose way to notate finger sustained notes in LilyPond?

I recently started learning LilyPond and am trying to notate finger sustained notes as described in Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?. I would be fine ...
user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
224 views

What does a suspended chord mean on piano?

My friend tells me a suspended chord means you hold down the sustain pedal but that doesn't sound right... Can someone help?
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
144 views

Are augmented-sixth chords ever taught as being "rooted" on the raised fourth scale degree?

In my experience, augmented-sixth chords are given "national" names. In C, for example, A♭–C–F♯ is an Italian augmented sixth. Are there other traditions that teach/view this as being a ...
user avatar
  • 79.3k
-1 votes
2 answers
74 views

When She Loved Me: Decorative Chords alternatives on (Add2)

This is the middle part of "When She Loved Me," in Toy Story 2 sung by Sarah McLachlan. P.S. See this for example for the piano. The chord progression goes twice as: Em7b5 -> A/C# - > ...
user avatar
  • 499
0 votes
1 answer
82 views

When She Loved Me: Opening Chord progression - replace the 3rd chord from G7/B to Bdim or Bb?

This is the opening chord progression of "When She Loved Me," in Toy Story 2, sung by Sarah McLachlan. See a related question. The chord progression goes like: Dm -> AmC -> G7/B -> ...
user avatar
  • 499
-1 votes
1 answer
105 views

When arranging/transcribing a song, how do know what chords are being played? [duplicate]

I'd like to arrange a song that doesn't have or has little guitar onto fingerstyle guitar. Finding individual notes is tedious but simple, but how do you find chords, especially when it's not even the ...
user avatar
  • 172
1 vote
2 answers
84 views

When She Loved Me ToyStory 2 Sarah McLachlan: The two versions of the phrasing and counterpoints of melodies

The two versions of the phrasing and counterpoints of melodies are from "When She Loved Me", ToyStory 2, Sarah McLachlan. See this for example for the piano: ...
user avatar
  • 499
4 votes
1 answer
282 views

Note designs on the 10 hole major diatonic harmonica [duplicate]

Here is the typical note design on 10 holes major diatonic harmonica in C major: I have a few questions: Why there is a G key in the 2nd draw and the 3rd blow? But it omits the F key? also omits the ...
user avatar
  • 499
1 vote
1 answer
123 views

Are the higher octave notes required in the chords for Hilda's theme song?

I'm trying to teach myself the theme song for the Netflix original show, Hilda: With that, I used Chordify to confirm and deny my suspicions for the chords involved: ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
27 views

How to get other chords of same key? [duplicate]

In the key of C major, the C major chord is the first, third and fifth note of the major scale. In the key of D minor, the D minor chord is the first, third and fifth note of the minor scale. As you ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
50 views

Do the inversions of V7 always support the other 3 tones of the chord?

Since you can only use 4 notes in 4 part writing and the inversions of V7 must be complete then is it correct to say that V65 supports ^5 ^2 and ^4 V43 supports ^7 ^4 and ^5 V42 supports ^5 ^7 and ^2 ...
user avatar
  • 8,293
9 votes
3 answers
3k views

What purpose do chords serve in music?

I'm a complete beginner to music theory and have recently been learning a few basics. One thing I can't wrap my mind around are chords, and to a certain extent, chord progressions. I know how they are ...
user avatar
  • 101
2 votes
2 answers
210 views

How to synchronize fingers/notes in piano chords

I'm getting back into piano (background: trained in classical from age 4 to 14; finished RCM 7) and am having some trouble synchronizing my solid chords, particularly with sharps/flats using my pinky. ...
user avatar
5 votes
5 answers
528 views

Best way to harmonize cadential 3^ 1^ in the soprano

I am trying to harmonize a melody I wrote and am stuck at the end. I like the 3^ over the bass, but what chord should it be? I64? iii? Also, what other improvements could be made?
user avatar
  • 8,293
2 votes
0 answers
78 views

LilyPond - How do I create a ChordName context that can stack or show multiple ChordNames simultaneously?

Suppose I have one melody line that is repeated (e.g., singing multiple verses), but the chords should be different the second and third times through. I want these to be defined in their own ...
user avatar
  • 3,096
6 votes
1 answer
102 views

What harmonic idea is being used in Measures 9-12 and 17-19 in "Recuerdos De La Alhambra? "

I have done some harmonic analysis on Francisco Tárrega's “Recuerdos De La Alhambra”, as you can see below. Most of it makes sense to me, but there are sections in measures 9-12 and 17-19 that the ...
user avatar
3 votes
7 answers
795 views

Jazz piano, chords: planning ahead

I’m an aspiring jazz pianist, playing tunes without sight reading of any kind (once I’ve learned it), in ensembles and solo. I have for long had the problem that my chords are staggering. Once I’ve ...
user avatar
  • 959
2 votes
3 answers
195 views

What to do with my left hand when jamming with other musicians?

So I'm an intermediate-ish keyboard player who's been playing very irregularly for the past three years, all self taught. I have recently started taking it more seriously and found a group of people I ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
449 views

Do the music examination bodies like trinity mandate playing the triads with with only (5-3-1) in Left Hand and (1-3-5) in Right Hand?

My music teacher has always told me to use only pinky, middle finger and thumb (5-3-1) while practicing the triad chords. Though I am trying to use it, it becomes difficult on the black keys. ...
user avatar
  • 141
13 votes
4 answers
499 views

Is there a common labeling system for tritone substitutions?

Imagine the following progression: C F D♭7 C We typically just explain that third chord as a tritone substitution—and we stop there!—but this must be maddening for beginners, because we aren't ...
user avatar
  • 79.3k
5 votes
4 answers
335 views

Is it always necessary to include the root in a slash chord?

Is it always necessary to include the root in a slash chord? I see slash chords sometimes that do not contain the root note. Is it conventional to do that in certain contexts? Here is an example. ...
user avatar
  • 215
0 votes
1 answer
63 views

How to guess notes of the song once I have the chords? [duplicate]

I am new to Piano / Keyboard. Recently, I came across this app called Chord AI, and it beautifully recognises chord of any song ! Now, I have the chords available. But, it is not enough right ? I have ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
996 views

When to use 6/9 chords instead of seventh chords

I'm learning jazz piano from the internet, and recently I learned comping the song 'But Not For Me' with a walking bass in the left hand and the harmony in the right hand. In the tutorial, my teacher ...
user avatar
  • 169
3 votes
3 answers
510 views

Can an I64 CHORD go to a V chord as a cadence?

So in a cadence, is it allowed to use a I64 chord to go to a V chord as a Half Cadence?
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
336 views

The "TADA!" sound effect sounds wrong when I play it

It's obviously very much a beginner's question. While attempting to play this "TADA" sound effect, I noticed that on the website it's written just C. But when I press C twice it does not ...
user avatar
  • 129
5 votes
4 answers
742 views

Newbie Question Open D Tuning

I'm beginner in guitar and music theory, here is my open D tuning question. Open D is tuned (DADF#AD) on a 6 string guitar. I understand you can barre cords along the frets using the low D string ...
user avatar
17 votes
3 answers
2k views

How do I play this chord with an overlapping sharp and flat?

How do I play this chord (underneath the red arrow in the attached image) that seems to have both D sharp and an E flat? Am I misreading it? EDIT: the clip is from the piece "Manchega" by ...
user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
1k views

Piano: getting chords up to speed

I practice a transcription that involves more elaborate jazz chords, modal sus9 and 13-chords, those kind of things, occupying many or all of the hands' fingers. I've played such things before (for ...
user avatar
  • 959
7 votes
1 answer
269 views

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?
user avatar
  • 911
4 votes
1 answer
274 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,213
1 vote
2 answers
83 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
413 views

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 ...
user avatar

1 2
3
4 5
40