Questions tagged [chords]

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How should this half-diminished seventh chord from "Christmas Time Is Here" be analyzed in terms of its harmonic function? [duplicate]

Hi everyone. I'm working on an analysis of Christmas Time Is Here, which is in F major. I'm trying to determine the best way to analyze the Bm7(♭5) chord circled in the image. I have 3 explanations ...
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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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Do I have to learn chords?

I've only had a guitar for 4 days now. I have been playing it for 3 to 3-and-a-half hours a day because I'm having a lot of fun. I know nothing about music theory but I'm just following tabs. As for ...
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Can we understand subdominant/dominant chord functions in terms of them being tonics of other keys?

Does anyone know a textbook or some music theorist explaining subdominant/dominant chord functions in terms of the two chords being the tonics in subdominant/dominant keys? Background: I was thinking ...
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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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Removal of the 5th in extended chord voicings

I regularly see the 5th of the chord being omitted/replaced in extended chords. Is this common practice? Examples below (there are others I've seen but I cannot recall them): Video by Adam Neely on ...
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How to characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar?

As set forth in the title, how might might one characterize voicings of "cowboy chords" on guitar? And is there a systematic way to characterize the voicing of these and other chords? In the ...
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How can you detect seventh chords by ear?

I've been trying to detect seventh chords, major and minor seventh for at least one week, doing them unsucessfully... My method have been, for the moment, going to musictheory.net and trying to learn ...
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Why does this sheet music say A7sus42?

In the sheet music below, there is an A7sus42 notation above the 2nd half of the measure. However, the left and right hands only play A, D, G which I thought should just be an A7sus4 chord. Is my ...
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Does it matter if the index finger is off the top of the neck playing F barre?

Like pretty much everyone I'm struggling to get good at F barre. After reading a lot of these answers I couldn't find an answer to this: I've got a pretty good and more and more consistent F recently,...
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How do I play the last chord of Wieniawksi's Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 16?

At the end of Scherzo-Tarantelle (and also at the end of the first presto), there is a chord with three normal notes, and the fourth is an artificial harmonic. I know the harmonic works, because I ...
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How do I determine the key of this given only an E7 secondary dominant chord

How am I supposed to determine the key with the only given E7 chord, which is used as an extended dominant in this case .
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Chord progression

Is this progression functional? 4mim/b3 1/3 1dom7 4maj. Numbers to the right of the slash are left hand (bass) single notes that accompany their respective chords to the left of the slash.
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Before the advent of Roman-numeral analysis, did musicians conceptualize applied/secondary chords as somehow moving towards their temporary tonics?

As discussed in Origin of Roman Numeral Analysis, Roman numerals weren't a widespread analytical tool until at least the 19th century. With this in mind, imagine that you're a musician in 1770; you're ...
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How do I use augmented chords in my progressions? [duplicate]

Structurally speaking, an augmented chord is the product of stacked major 3rds. So the chord G Aug (G+) uses the notes G-B-D#. I'm well aware that this chord might occur naturally in a minor (key) ...
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What is the definition of a chord? [duplicate]

I'm self-studying music. I'm trying to learn about chord but I'm currently stuck on its definition. I've read that a "chord" is like a triad, which is 3 notes comprised of a root, a third, ...
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Chord progressions that cover every scale degree? [closed]

Could anyone recommend some progressions that go through every scale degree in the major/minor scales? I’m trying to get more acquainted with chords on the piano, and would love something that sounds ...
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Unclassifiable second-inversion

how is everything? I have a question and I hope to find an answer. As you already know, there are four types of second-inversion chords: cadential, passing, auxiliary, and bass arpeggiation. My ...
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What is this lead-sheet chord?

So, I have recently been studying for a theory test (blecch!), and as part of that I have been learning lead sheet notation. In one of the review questions I have come across this chord which I can't ...
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Name two reasons why the music in the next passage starts in C Major and ends in G major?

Please help with the question in the title. I am struggling so much, thank you. Why?
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Can I play an arpeggio of the first chord of the scale over this chord progression?

I am writing a music piece in E minor using the chord progression Em-C-Bm-G. I independently wrote an arpeggio in the chord e minor (together with some passing notes) and I want to add this arpeggio ...
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Love Shack Chorus Chord Progression

I've seen this chord progression pop up verbatim in a few songs I've been learning recently. It's (in a major key) I - bIII - IV - bVI then back to the tonic. My question is: is there a name for this ...
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Can this chord be played or is it transcribed incorrectly?

I'm just starting to learn to play the piano and read music and have no intention of trying to learn this piece at least for a long time, but out of curiosity I had to take a look. Here's a snippet of ...
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What to learn in order to choose chords for a song? [closed]

I am trying to learn piano by myself and have been studying a little bit of music theory. But I still haven't faced anything concerning how to create chord progressions and how to choose chords for a ...
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What chords do you play when playing worship pads?

I’m just starting out playing pads during worship at church after coming from a piano background. When playing along with a lead pianist do I follow along with the chords he/she is playing exactly? I ...
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How to arpeggiate a seventh chord using only 3 notes?

Which notes to choose when arpeggiating a seventh chord (or whatever other chord with more than three notes). This doubt strike me when reading a sheet music where the bass clef has a seventh chord ...
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I-IV9b7-bVII-bIII-bVI-bII-I: what is this final-cadence called?

I remember this “cadence“ on the final melody note: a trombone solo Speak, my Lord arranged by Eric Leidzen. Instead of remaining on the tonic or a plagal cadence he is passing from Bb to F7 Eb9 Ab7 ...
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When changing chords on a guitar, do we play according to the main chord's scale for the entire song, or the current chord? [closed]

I'm currently trying to transpose songs from numerical notes(doremifasolasido) into fingerstyle guitar tabs. However, I have absolutely no experience in music, so I am now stuck because I do not ...
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How do pianists think about chords?

Coming from guitar I have memorised many chord variations, and I felt this was acceptable as the shapes are the same along the neck (for most jazz chords). However, now that I’m learning piano I’m ...
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What key should I transpose Db major to preserve the original feeling?

I'm transposing a piece in Db major for a group of students I'm tutoring. However, they're not ready to play 5 flats just yet. I'm not the best at music theory; does anyone have any suggestions for ...
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Arpeggios vs. Fingerpicking

Are Arpeggios and fingerpicking patterns the same thing? Is it simply playing the root, third, and fifth over and over for a given chord?
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What does this notation above the stave mean?

So I’m trying to learn how to read music by myself, I have a treble clef with 2 flats so I’m in Bb chord with Eb and Bb but aside from that there are other notations like Gm7 and Bb/F and Eb sus2. I’...
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Chord shown in brackets above music score

In the image below, what do the brackets around the chord Em mean? Looking at the piano part, the notes played are G Bb D and F. Which I believe is a Gm7. The guitar tab at the top shows an Gm: ...
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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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How do you notate the augmented 6th chords with chord symbols?

If we I want to analyze a a piece by Beethoven e.g. with an Italian 6th chord (iv aug6) the notes are the first inversion of F#,Ab,C => Ab,C,F#. So what chord symbol is correct? Is it F#b3b5/Ab ... ...
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I'm trying to understand sus2 sus4 chords over a rock progresion(powerchords)

I only have a limited knowledge of music theory. One thing i dont fully understand is tension resolve and also the role of the third for tension resolve over powerchordprogression(powerchords only ...
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Help Understanding Chord Progression

Hoping someone can explain this chord progression to me, I'm used to standard progressions such as I > IV > 5 etc. Cmi9 > Ab9 > Cm11 > C7(#9,b13) Would this be essentially I > vi >...
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How should you apply the Nashville numbering system when a song is in a non-Ionian mode?

Ordinarily, Nashville numbering is simply used to denote the chords to be played according to the degrees of the scale, and where the chords vary, the custom is to use accidentals or additional ...
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How does tonality work with chords?

By tonality, I don't necessarily mean 'tonal music' but rather the actual functionality of tonality in music. If you were to play a chord progression with no melody notes, is a tonal center ...
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What properties make this piece sounds good?

Those two bars catch my attention and I started analysing what is making it to sound so unique and pleasant. And I want to extract from it the universal bricks for the relations of music components. (...
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How to create bass tabs based of guitar tabs

I have been learning Drawing Board by George Ezra on my Guitar. My friend plays bass but we can't find any tabs, so I was wondering if there is a way to match guitar chords with bass notes? Its a ...
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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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Can the same song be written in a minor key and major key with the progression written differently?

quick question that's been bugging me lately. When it comes to a songs key specifically major and minor relatives- is it correct to say it can be written in two different keys with the same ...
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Replacing "D-minor" and "G-Major" with "F-major" and "G 7 no 5" (in a 2-5-1 chord progression)?

This "warm-up" video first goes over what it calls as "bookkeeping" (from 21-to-35). They establish that the "warm-up" will take place in c-major and will follow the ...
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Under what arithmetic conditions do collections of vibrations sound "nice"

I can't recall where but I had read somewhere (different places and different times) the following two pieces of advice: when playing an interval of two notes one after the other at A-hertz and B-...
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Why are there particular "rules" for using triads in second inversion but not for using seventh chords in second inversion?

In the Classical style, there are three correct uses of the six-four triad (or sometimes four; see When, if ever, are arpeggiated six-four chords really "real"?). The logic is that the ...
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How does this Bdim7 resolve to F/C?

( The song, the score I posted starts at 2:39 ) At the 4th measure, Bdim7 appears. It resolves to F/C. But I can't understand how this works. Can someone explain what is going on ?
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How did Victorian Christmas carolers sing Christmas carols?

Do we have any idea of how Victorian Christmas carolers actually sang Christmas carols? What chords did they use, did they use ornaments etc, were there special ways that they ended the Christmas ...
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Piano: Left handed Gmaj7 chord

I have trouble playing the Gmaj7 chord with my left hand. I'm using 5-3-2-1 fingering, but I can't avoid hitting the A key with my 4th finger. What exercises or techniques are used to void that?
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What kind of progression is this?

Sometimes I listen to some songs and try to get the underlying features of it, and this time I've hit a bump.... I have no idea what is the progression on the following song: It's TheFatRat and AleXa'...

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