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Adequate chord progression for an intimate "bolero"-"jazz" song?

I am trying to compose an intimate song to be played by an acoustic guitar (and a piano at most) related to the genre of "bolero" or "jazz", perhaps with traces of "fado"....
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Rationale behind the modulations in Alice Cooper's Poison

I was playing along to Poison and noticed a curious chord progression: [Verse] (in Dm) i VI III VII Dm Bb F C Your cruel, device, Your blood, like ...
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Chord change timing in lead sheet with two chords in a bar

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it all. In this example, and in general I wonder. Im not sure I can upload photo of the example due to copyright. But in this bar there's an A ...
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How to hear chord progression

Trying to learn chord progressions by ear. Reading from multiple sources to listen for the root and so on. I tried searching for this question and couldn't get it. But do I actually listen after the ...
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How do I distinguish between chords going 'up' and chords going 'down' when writing a harmony?

I'm transcribing "Can't help falling in love" in D major. The first chord is D major and the second chord is F#m. I know F# is the third note from the tonic. So harmonized it would be the ...
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Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement): How to play tremolo together with a 3-note chord? at Bar 313-314, Bar 319-320

Looking into the Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement) solo piano (arranged by LotusFlower, see the YouTube video, there are those 3 horizontal bars known as Tremolo at 7:00 and at 9:23. ...
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How to make the chords notation of these three bars?

I don't know how to notate the first chord in bar 2. I am pretty sure it is an E major dominant seventh chord, although I have no idea on how I must indicate its degree. Overall key is A minor (these ...
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help understanding list of chords in music theory

from this wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chords in the main table listing the chords, I am interested in the 5th column (pc pitch class) integer values representing the ...
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How do I harmonize over a passing chord (chromatic)

How do I harmonize a melody over a passing chord? Especially if the passing chord has notes not found in the key of the song. Should I sing the passing chord tones, and harmonize with other tones ...
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) -- chord progression along the Arpeggio (in the first 4 bars)

Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) I am curious to know whether there is a logical reason for the "chord progression" of the Arpeggio for Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude). ...
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Hand size and extended chords on piano [duplicate]

I have tried stretching my hand out but I seem to max out somewhere around 16 semitones so I wonder how 11th or 13th chords are supposed to be approached. Are they usually voiced within that span or ...
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If I've put the notes correctly in the first piano roll image, why does it not sound correct?

I used this video to find the notes of ghost riders in the sky. Based on this image: I created this in Fl Studio: I used to resize all of them together, making them faster or slower. But it doesn't ...
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Six questions about Rule 21 in Hindemith's Craft of Musical Composition, book 2: Exercises in two-part writing [closed]

I am a musician reading Hindemith's Craft of Musical Composition, book 2: Exercises in two-part writing by myself. I have some questions about Rule 21. Three images of Hindemith's rule 21: https://www....
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Chord-spelling change in Chopin's Mazurka Op. 24 n.4

In the manuscript of measure 138 (marked mancando) of his Mazurka, Op. 24 n.4, Chopin crosses out the (same) chord on the third beat and respells it—I assume in preparation for the key change that ...
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Are non-string non-aerophone instruments suitable for chordal playing?

A friend has recently told me that while string instruments and aerophones are suitable for playing chords, bells and most other instruments are not. He said the reason is that when you play a certain ...
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Naming a chord based on key

Suppose a song/piece is in the key of B flat major. I have seen this chord below written as "Ebm6/Gb", or "D#m6/F#." However, clearly in the key of Bb we opt to use F# rather Gb. ...
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With black keys, does one use curved or straight fingers; what about curved or straight between the black keys?

When I play piano chords with sharps or flats, should my longer finger on the black key be straight or curved? I have tried both approaches, but I can't see any difference. Also, should my fingers on ...
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Gm+6 Chord notation [closed]

I've seen a chord notated as Gm+6 — is that supposed to be a Gm with a 6th so G B D# E ? it sounds really off and unrelated to the song... What is this notation? context: https://imgur.com/a/DcmtYJC
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How do singers find the first note of the melody?

I find myself hitting the first note of the melody correctly when my singing teacher starts playing the song's chords on the piano, but I have no idea how I did it or how I found the first note. How ...
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How can I improvise singing a melody over a chord progression? [closed]

Do I sing the pitches I hear within the chord progression, or there is another way to do it? What if I want to sing notes that are not in the chord progression how do I sing them?
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Difference between perfect 4th and perfect 5th

I've recently been learning about interval ratios and about why some intervals are more consonant or dissonant than others. I was trying to find out about the order of intervals by consonance/...
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What is this 'degree' symbol on a roman numeral chord?

I found this neat tool online to save me having to draw out a circle of fifths myself, and clicking on the key you are writing in even shows you the chord 'family'. Since I'm writing in F minor I ...
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Chord Progression ear training

Got this ear training app. And I was wondering what to listen to when hearing chord progressions? How the app work is simple, it first play I-V-I progression in random keys, then proceeds to play a ...
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Is the Dmaj chord made from D major scale or the C Dorian mode scale?

Is the Dmaj chord made from the first, third, and fifth notes of the D major Scale or the first, third, and fifth notes of the C-Dorian mode scale?
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Are there any effective strategies for memorizing/learning unfamiliar chords?

I'm learning how to play a song on my guitar and there are some chords I haven't encountered yet. I studied the chords and everything one would expect when encountering something they've never seen ...
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What is this chord, and how do I name chords like this

I've written a piece that has this chord (notes from lowest to highest): I'm not quite sure how to name this chord, most of my attempts have been confusing [such as E-7(𝄫5)/B♭]. It's definitely a B♭ ...
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Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement) Tempo I - Bar 86 - why D not D flat?

In Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement) Tempo I - Bar 86 - Red box shows a D. Green box shows a D. Blue box shows a D flat. My question is that what is the logic / why the Green box is ...
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What are the benefits of learning to identify chord types (minor, major, etc...) by ear?

Clearly this is not essential for playing most instruments. Clearly it helps you to get the harmony of a given song by ear or to compose. But apart from this are there more benefits to this ability? ...
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Rolled piano chords

When playing rolled chords on piano, do you lift each finger from the note before pressing the next note and the next note? For example , take the chord c,e,g. As you play each note (C) finger 5; ...
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When did the 6/4 chord become more commonplace and acceptable?

In the baroque and classical period, 6/4 chords were only voice leading chords, almost exclusively used as passing chords or auxiliary chords. But even as early as Mendelssohn, we see 6/4 chords ...
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How can a descending chromatic scale be harmonized while staying in the key?

It's possible to harmonize a descending chromatic scale with consecutive dominant 7ths(the most common way), but that goes down the circle of fifths and takes the piece to a distant key. Is there any ...
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Trouble understanding the CAGED chord shapes

I'm someone who has been working in several different fields since a decade, such as BPO, Accounting and lately going into programming. I have always admired music through numerous songs throughout my ...
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Understanding How to Play Chord Symbols

I am 3 months into my guitar journey and I've been learning the basics with a book that's available at home. The book jumps into chords pretty quickly and is relatively clear but leaves a lot to the ...
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What purpose does the third measure of Bach's 'toccata and fugue in d minor' serve?

I'm looking for an explanation on the effect and reasoning of Bach's choices in the third measure of 'toccata and fugue in d minor'. I can only presume its a cadence to resolve the chord built in the ...
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Midi velocity for multiple simultaneous notes

If I have multiple note-on MIDI messages occurring at the same time (simultaneously as a chord) should I be concerned about the velocity applied to each note-on to avoid things like clipping and other ...
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Ties for Chords

Are the chords should be always tied like this? Or there are rules when the ties should connect top/bottom of note heads in chords?
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Identifying a chord with seeming multiple suspended notes

I cannot figure out what would be the name for the chord containing these notes: D,E,G in the key of C Major. Also, does a sus2/4 exist. For example, Csus2/4 being C,D,F,G? To make things clearer ... ...
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13th Chords Movable in Minor Thirds?

How are these 13th chords still "in key" when moved up in minor thirds? If I'm thinking in key of GM, next up from G13 would be A#13; A# isn't in key of G major....(?)
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Chords building blocks

Are chords the same building blocks as notes in a song? Like do every song consist of certain chord progressions? You can reharmonize a song by changing the chord progression can't you? But you can't ...
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A melody is built from both notes and chords

A web site reads : The difference between notes and chords is that a note is a single pitch (for example C). ... This is important in music theory because a note will have no characteristic when ...
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How do voice leading chords work in practice?

I've learned the existence of voice leading chords; passing chords, anticipation chords, and such, but I'm having a hard time understanding them. I know they need to have a so-called "voice ...
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What is the name of a G major triad in the context of F sharp major?

G major triad is composed of G, B, D. If we're in the context of F sharp major, what is the name of the G major triad? I know it's not a 2 chord since in the context of F sharp major, 2 is G sharp, ...
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Random Chord Progression Based on Circle of Fifths

Given a melody (say in the key of C, we then know G, F, and Am around C), could any chord progression (always starting with tonic) randomly from I, IV, V and vi still work or work most of time? (e.g. ...
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Why are 6/5 chords written in different ways? [duplicate]

Sometimes the 6th of a 6/5 chord is displaced to the right and other times the 5th is displaced to the left. Why?
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Harmonic functions of these chords

I found this classical chord progression. What are the harmonic functions of these chords, especially the Adim. 1Amin Bdim Amin A Bb Adim Amin E Amin I got it from here youtube.com/watch?v=zgBPiHTPCdg....
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Chord III is rarely used, but Pachelbel's Canon in D has F#m

I learned from a website https://www.mymusictheory.com/for-students/grade-6/170-a6-harmonizing-a-melody-i saying Chord III is rarely used. But, does the well-known Canon in D use chord III as the ...
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will thumb also get callus on strumming guitar

I am following a guitar tutorial series. The teacher wants me to use thumb for strumming for now and I am following that. It is working great but yesterday I played for hours and now my skin is going ...
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How can I write a complex composite chord in Noteflight?

In functional harmony analysis, the provided image demonstrates a method of representing (one of) the true function(s) of the diminished chord: a dominant seventh flat ninth with no root note and the ...
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Bach prelude in C major: unresolved suspension?

I know that in the common practice style, even in free composition where guidelines don't apply strictly, a dissonant suspension must resolve. In the WTC 1 prelude in C major, bar 20 is a C dominant ...
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Could minor-third be used to judge major or minor key?

As my background is engineering, I often notice the occurrence of repeated things. I am learning to play pop songs by ear. It seems if a pop song has more minor-third intervals at or around the ...
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