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.

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Help analyzing a few bars in a piano piece

I have a few questions about a passage in a piano piece I'm trying to analyze. I would look these questions up elsewhere but I don't even know how to word the search queries. Measure 65 starts with a ...
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Is it technically correct to consider the following chord progression a use of the Embellishing (Pedal) 6/4?

I am currently enrolled in a Music Theory class, and today we were doing drills on the three different uses of the 2nd Inversion on Primary Triads. For the Embellishing 6/4 in Bb Major, I constructed ...
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difference between b10 and #9? [duplicate]

What is the difference between b10 and #9? In answer to the question Why does E7 sharp 9 have a G? Matt L. writes: I think the real question is whether that chord should be called E7(#9) - as is ...
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Chord Practice Right Hand [duplicate]

I am seeking a chart or music notation of all common chords with the melody note on top. Say the melody note is C. What are all the chords with C on top. An example would be Cm- EbGC C-EGC Am EAC, ...
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Arpeggios on chords. Alternate or economy picking?

As I'm tired from being able to make some arppegios on chords just with fingerstyle, I started praticing it with the pick (take musics GnR's Don't Cry or Civil War for example). I ever did it with ...
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Should I use inversion or root position?

I'm writing a song for a project and putting piano chords under the melody. I don't know if this makes sense but for example, if I'm in C major, and there is an "E" in the voice, should I pair it with ...
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What left hand technique is being used to create this percussive chord transition sound?

There is a strange chord transition that I cannot figure out how to play near the beginning of this acoustic guitar song: (I am guessing) He seems to be playing the ...
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When was the “Picardy 3rd” invented?

When was the Picardy 3rd, the final tonic borrowed chord, invented?
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How to draw in a staff a chord containing C and C#

How should one draw in a staff a chord that contains both a note and the same note with an alteration? For example: How would you draw in a staff a chord that contains both C2 and C#2? Addition: Tim'...
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How can i find chord progression for main theme melody?

How does one find chord progressions of the track? I'm trying to find the sequence to: melody starts at 3:26 min. All I could fine : Key of song is E minor, ...
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Teacher help me explain this to my students [closed]

I had another student ask this question and my stock answer is that "Chords aren't necessarily the strings we depress but the ones we PLAY" I always get a weird look when I give that answer, so ...
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What is this chord (B-E-A-D#-F#)?

We have the successive notes : B-E-A-D#-F# I know that it is not B11. I have no idea of the name.
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Why is there a preference to odd notes in a scale?

I noticed there's a preference towards the odd numbers when forming chords: 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 And chords are usually built with 1-3-5, 1-3-5-7, 1-3-5-7-9 and so on. And they like to talk about 7th ...
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Chords to fit notes [duplicate]

Is there a chart, or website, or book somewhere that shows all the chords that use a particular note? Lets say I want to find a chord for the "C" in my melody. Now I want to know all the chords there ...
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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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Which chords can be played simultaneously? [closed]

For example, my instrumental's chord progression = Dm, F, C, Bb Which chords can be played at the same time as Dm and C and still sound "good"? Is there some sort of terminology for chords ...
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Final cadence appears as Em7 - Am (v7 - i in A minor). Name?

I see an unusual cadence in the end of Debussy's Prelude of Pour le Piano. It is v7 - i in A minor. Is there an actual name for this? (Chord Progression: Fmaj7 - Abaug7 - Gaug7 - C9 - Em7 - Am)
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What is the chord: B F# A

So I was analyzing a song on the piano and saw a broken chord with notes B, F# and A (all ascending). Now it looks like root note, perfect fifth and minor seventh. If you add minor third, it becomes ...
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Can a chord progression of a minor scale be transposed to become one of a major scale?

Let's take the I-IV-V-I progression for example. Can the I-IV-V-I progression in a minor key, after some transposing, sound like the I-IV-V-I in a major key?
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7-Limit tuned 12 tones? (Revised)

This question is a revision of this question. My theory of harmony was a bit wrong, especially for the G major chord was off. I created a new theory to re-tune the 12 tones. The just ratio of the ...
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I have questions revolving around the formula of producing chord ratios?

Good day guys! Thanks to the gentleman @willross1 and others contributions, i have now discovered the formula behind turning interval ratios into chord ratios, which allows me to determine the level ...
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What motivates the dissonant minor third in the beginning of Respighi's Notturno?

Ottorino Respighi's Notturno is a Nocturne that begins in the key of F#. A melody is played atop the chords, however in bar 7 the melody hits the A note, which is the minor 3rd of the F# scale: This ...
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Is B♭ chord in C major related to Neapolitan chord?

I know what a Neapolitan chord is and know how to use it in some usual ways. But I want to talk about the B♭ chord in C major. I think B♭ here is very "Subordinate". And we can see it always ...
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Chords names when playing guitar with some open strings

How do you call these chords in letter notation correctly? First: supposedly Asus2? -0- -0- -2- -2- -0- -x- Second: like B or Bm with open 1st and 2nd strings -0- -0- -4- -4- -2- -x- ...
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Can i use a chord scale in key signature like CDEFGABC: A CHORD SCALE

To play a song in key is there a possibility of playing a scale of chord in key signature. For example c major key CDEFGABC: In this A is the major 6, can i use A major scale A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A with ...
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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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Ger.6-I cadence - Name?

I was looking at some Romantic era works, and I have found an unusual cadence of: Is there a name for this cadence? I'm tempted to say it is a variant plagal cadence - A plagal cadence is normally a ...
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How do you actually learn how to compose music? [duplicate]

How do you compose a rock song like the person in the video? I've gone through all the books and video tutorials and I still don't know how to make music. I just want to make songs like the person ...
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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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Are left hand chord patterns influenced by the time signature?

Does the time signature dictate what chord pattern you use on the left hand? For example, in "row your boat" a 6/8 time, I'll repeat the chord twice. So if I'm playing the 3 notes of the chord and ...
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What's with the chords in this video?

The song is in the key of C: At about 30 seconds, he plays the chord D major(not in the key of C), with the notes C G and E (all non chord tones). Soon after there's what appears to be an arpeggio ...
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How to measure the tension or resolution of a chord?

Let me begin.. A chord is fundamentally built off the selection of multiple intervals. Those intervals hold a position in a 12TET interval ranking from most consonant to most dissonant. Depending on ...
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What are the rules of borrowing notes from other scales if any?

Are there any rules of borrowing notes from different scales? If so what are they and what is the scientific explanation of it in terms of sound waves' lengths? For example I've got a chord ...
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Fingering of G chord on guitar

Is it recommended to play g chords on a guitar with middle finger and index finger reversed? I find it easier to use the middle finger where the index should be, since it is longer or is this a bad ...
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I need help understanding how to assign roman numerals to a key as well as how to do a melodic analysis [closed]

Here is the link to the questions: https://scontent.fybz2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/s2048x2048/76767498_631590154044645_5429312693389492224_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=...
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Is there a recognized standard for absolutely correct chord spelling?

I can't seem to find a definitive guide on the nuances of spelling chords. Every resource I find contradicts another. Some use things like sus9, some are liberal with adds, and others are so strict ...
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Can there be chords in a key signature?

I know key signatures usually, if not always have a normal note in it (C, C#, D, E, etc.). But is it possible to have a chord in a key signature?
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Why is there not a ♭13 chord [closed]

C♭13 Contains C, E, G, B♭, D, F, A♭. Cm♭13 Contains C, E♭, G, B♭, D, F, A♭. I know that Why is there not any of those?
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What is the technique behind chords progression

Why does the key of C have chords like C major, D minor, etc? What is the reason that the D Minor chord is part of C? What are the fundamentals of building chord progression?
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What are the chord patterns for Scales other than Major and Minor?

I know this is a Music Theory exchange but im not, atm trying to jump into the rabbit hole of Music Theory and hopefully an answer is still possible. I am writing a software program to help people ...
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What is this chord built on the 7th scale degree of Cmaj? [closed]

What is the mystery chord? I have no idea. Thank you. Update: Thanks for pointing out that there are only two notes in this chord. This is just because it is my brief outline/transcription of the ...
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What's the root of this chord progression

I've encountered a chord progression, but I'm not quite sure to which key it belongs (I discovered it by playing around on a guitar). The chord progression sounds like this: Amadd9 Em/G F#7add11
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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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Extended chords: What is the difference between dominant, major, minor, major-minor chords?

Extended chords (7th or higher) have 4 basic modes: dominant, major, minor, major+minor. What is the difference between them?
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Solfa to sing in a chord [closed]

What are the solfeggio notes for each voice part to sing in a chord.? For example playing a C-major, D-minor, A-minor, G-major in the scale of C major, what will tenor, alto and soprano sing in solfa ...
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Need help with figuring out how to play a weird part in the piece. The bass clef is weird [duplicate]

When looking at this part of the music, I saw the part in the bass clef and I didn't know how to play, it seems like I need 3 hands to play this part of the piece so I didn't know what to do. Please ...
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The Truth About Cmb6 [closed]

Cm6 contains an A Because the minor interval itself is derived from a major's. Cm: C, Eb, G. If Cm6 is built on its own minor scales C, Eb, G, Ab, then Cm7 will contain C, Eb, G, A instead of C, Eb, G,...
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Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change ...
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Theory E Minor Dominant First Inversion

I was wondering that the procedure to these type of questions. You have to take special care for these questions. Dominant in a minor key. Because i know you have to raise the 7th in a dominant triad/...

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