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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More dissonant chords/intervals in the bass clef when frequency proportions are the same?

Take for example C augmented. It sounds more consonant in the treble clef above middle C and more dissonant in the bass clef. However the proportions of the frequencies are exactly the same. This ...
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Where can I learn to write chord progressions like Bob Dylan?

Let me start off by saying that I have no folk background, and I am not aware of the rich tradition of folk or folk-rock. That being said, I understand that, similar to the blues tradition, there are ...
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What are the uses of inverted chords?

As far as I know, inverted chord can be used to create bass line. I am wondering about the other uses of it. Does it have anything to do with the melody in term of harmony and sound effects? Should we ...
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as it ...
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Why do jazz chord symbols give absolute, not relative, roots?

Answers to the question How do they decide the key? point out how useful it is for a jazz musician to be able to play a piece in any key. So, in jazz, why does sheet music give chord symbols with ...
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Two simultaneous notes for singing?

I was studying a sheet music for chorus and accompanying piano and have seen a notation that I didn't know how to interpret. There are several parts of the score that shows two simultaneous notes (...
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What keys contain both E and Am and is there an easy trick to determine this?

By 'keys contain' I mean in the normal rules of choosing what chords 'fit' within a given key, since of course you can put just about any chord anywhere if you try hard enough! Is there a shortcut ...
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Do I have to use exact chord when playing a song

Sometimes it's easy for me to find out the chords in a song (by ear and try), but if the songs is complicated, I can't figure out the chords. Existing software and platforms also cannot find the ...
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Are the terms “stab” and “staccato” synonyms?

When I look up the term "stab" in Wikipedia it says: "In music, a stab is a single staccato note or chord that adds dramatic punctuation to a composition." So I was wondering, are stab and staccato ...
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What notes comprise a (only) “sus” chord?

When reading chords (such as is common in music for guitar), what notes should be played when the music says a "sus" chord without putting a 2 or 4 after it (such as "Csus4" or "Gsus2")? (Assuming we ...
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Implied notes in a chord

Often, especially in jazz, and on guitar, the P5 of a chord can be omitted. In jazz, it's because there are sometimes quite a few other notes attached to particuar chords, on guitar it's because of ...
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Would it be a good idea to memorize relative interval positions on guitar?

It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual ...
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Chord progression if the chords are not part of the scale?

I've been learning about harmony, and the harmonisation of major scales. I can recognise simple chord progressions, and I try and practice by listening to popular songs. For a major scale, we have:...
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How to convert what I'm singing to notes

I've been trying for months to get the songs in my head down to piano. But whenever I try none of the notes seem to fit what I'm singing. I'm guessing this is because I'm either A: out of tune or B: ...
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Next step after learning piano chords

I've tried many times to learn piano, but get bored quickly and drop it. Until I found an easy method to get going quickly: learn to form major and minor chords look up song tab online use a ...
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Chords behaving as a melody

I've been learning some Christmas carols on the guitar and I noticed that the chord structure they have is very different from what I can usually see in popular/rock music. I noticed that the ...
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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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Tritone sub for a minor chord

I was reading http://www.thejazzpianosite.com/jazz-piano-lessons/jazz-chords/passing-chords/ The article writes: Tritone (of next chord) | CMaj7 - A♭7 | Dm7 | Is this a mistake? As far as I am ...
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Usefulness of complex chord names?

We get many questions about chord names for various odd bunches of notes. I often wonder whether they have much value. Obviously, the common simple chord names are useful. E.g. you might ask a ...
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How to transpose slash chords for guitar

How do I transpose D/G, G/B etc. I want to do this in a program I'm knocking up, to display my music the way I want to see it, so an algorithmic description would be handy. If it's of any ...
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How to compose better chromatic harmony

I've been composing for a couple of years and I have a pretty good understanding of how to choose chords for melody in a diatonic context. However, when I try to introduce some quirky elements to my ...
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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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Chord sounding weirdly/ how to read those notes (Piano) [duplicate]

So I've got some notes I would like to play on my piano, but when I do, it sounds quite weird. Maybe I'm not playing to good notes, maybe I'm mistaking when I'm reading the sheet. The two sharps at ...
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Will a song written in a key only use chords in that key?

When you figure out a key that a song is written in. Will the entire song use the chords in that key? With maybe an accidental?? I've tried several different methods.
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What are G7/D and C/G chords?

What are C/G and G7/D chords? I have been unable to find out. They are used in Heart of Stone by the Stones.
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When I play the C chord, why does the electronic tuner indicate that it is a G chord?

I am playing the guitar, and I would like to make sure the chord I am playing is correct, I downloaded the chord from the Internet, and I played it. When I play the C Chord, the tuner shows me it is ...
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How do you play a barre chord (or a chord with 4+ strings)

I need to play a chord that goes: $1.5.$2.7.$3.7.$4.7.$5.5 I can play a barre chord with my index finger and hold down all the strings on the fifth fret, but I cant hold down the three sevens. Any ...
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What is a 7th chord and why is it important?

What is a 7th chord and why is it important? I keep seeing it over and over again and I don't understand why it's important?
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Does a scale have more than seven chords?

So I was watching this video and he goes to show that there's 48 (!) chords in the double harmonic major. Why so many? I thought there were only seven diatonic chords. Should one take just 3 random ...
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Does any set of notes qualify as a chord?

I decided to learn to play a guitar, I definitely will explore more into theory but for now I just want to get familiar with the instrument and play a couple of melodies so please don't judge this as ...
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Other name for D minor on C

How would one call a Dm with a C bass? I was wondering as it consists of the 2nd, a suspended 4 and the 6th so should the name be C 2/6 suspended 4?
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How to identify a key given a certain chord progression

At the age of 53 I'm new to music theory and in particular to chord progressions. While playing around with the piano, I've noticed that I like the sound of this progression Cm Gm AM Dm I have ...
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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Full chord on left hand for travis picking?

Should I play the full chord with the left hand for Travis Picking even when not all strings are plucked with the right hand?
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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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Why do major and minor triads sound different both harmonically and melodically?

Sorry if the wording is odd, but basically my question is, why do the major and minor triads have two distinct sounds, if they share all of the same intervals? Not only when they’re stacked ...
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Is there such a thing as Fsus♯4?

I have been working on the excellent book 'Melody' by Rikky Rooksby. There is some work on suspended chords and one example on a score showed the chord Fsus♯4. Now, working on the definition ...
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Is a secondary dominant always a seventh chord?

I noticed that secondary dominants are usually dominant seventh chords. Can you just make a secondary dominant a triad, or is it "required" to make it a seventh chord? (also I think this chord is ...
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Nomenclature of diminished chords within diatonic harmony

I am currently writing a guide to use of diminished chords as linking chords in a diatonic progression in the key of G major. I have used the progression "Gmaj7 - G#dim - Am7 - A#dim - Bm7". It ...
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Diminished chord buttons on an accordion

I'm fairly new to the accordion and have played piano in the past. I mostly play by ear and just trying things out. I have a 120 bass piano accordion. When I play the chord buttons, I don't use the ...
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Major Seventh chord with root note as melody : why the dissonance?

In wikipedia page - jazz chords : Major Seventh it is said that "if the melody note is the root of the chord, including a major seventh can frequently cause a harsh dissonance". But since the root ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: %X/X.5/o....
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What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Example: B(7)#9b9

What does a number inside a parentheses in a chord name mean? Here are some examples I have found: B(7)#9b9 no 5, Ab(7) #9#11 no R, A(7)b9sus no b7 . For context, I found them on this James Hober ...
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Can there be more than one barre in a guitar chord?

I'm making a computer program that graphically represents a chord from text like this (chord name = "F") (barre = "Fret 1 strings EB finger 1") oE--- oB--- oG-2- oD--3 xA-...
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Does the chord-symbol spelling of a polychord have musical meaning?

The chord C Eb G Bb D F A would typically be notated Cm13. However, it makes a convenient example for this question. Suppose I want to write that same Cm13 chord as a polychord. I have two choices: ...
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Thomas Tank Engine theme tune chord sequence - why does it work?

I'm trying to gain some understanding of non-diatonic chord sequences and why they work. I've been listening to the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune which I believe is in the key of C Major and the ...
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Is there a specific name for the use of IV chord over the V in the bass, e.g. F/G in the key of C

You see this chord a fair amount, usually leading to the tonic as a sort of souped-up plagal cadence (plagal in the treble, perfect in the bass). Is there a specific name for this, other than "4 over ...
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7th chord notation confusion

I simply cannot understand the notation used in this question: I need to express this chord in 4-part, open or closed position; I just can't seem to understand how the notation works. I know that ...

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