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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

The chord finder tool is wrong The chord in the Bach in C#dim7. This is because the chord in m. 13 is D minor, and the primary function of C#dim7 is to lead into a D chord (major or minor). This is ...
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A major in a C# major progression

It's often considered that the A here would come from the parallel key of C♯ minor. It's a fairly well used contraption, using notes and chords from the key (major or minor) which has the same root, ...
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A major in a C# major progression

It's a very common thing, mixing in harmony from the parallel key. It doesn't necessarily move the tonic anywhere, but it opens the door for it. In this song they never use that option. Two variations ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

EDIT! I hadn't bothered to actually listen to the tune. The bass is Bb, it's a Bb dim7 chord, not C#dim, let alone "Db dim". :/ Do not believe what you find on the internet, it is mis-heard, ...
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Scale with major, minor, diminshed and augmented chords in it

The harmonic minor scale has all four. Major chords built on 5 and b6 Minor chords built on 1 and 4 Diminished chords built on 2 and 7 Augmented chord built on b3 The melodic minor ascending scale. ...
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A major in a C# major progression

Let’s take this to C major to be less confusing. Then we’d have C - Am - F - Ab. Ab can be seen as low altered mediant of C, which is not an uncommon thing to do. Basically what you’re doing there is ...
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Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord?

There's not only viiᵒ, but viiᵒ is the only triad that can be built on the 7th scale degree in major only using the notes of the scale. What you are doing is outside of the scale so you'll need to ...
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G Chord Question

That extra note is an F. Added to the usual triad of G B and D it produces what's called G7 - G dominant seventh. It's a chord that transitions between G and C quite often. If he's only actually ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

You've also discovered how close 7♭9 chords are - and often are substituted, for diminished. The 7♭9 in your case is A7♭9 - where the root (A) on guitar has been changed to B♭. With that open version ...
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Are the functions of substitute chords different in minor and major?

The vi and VI chords in major and minor, respectively, may both substitute for the tonic (in a deceptive cadence) or the subdominant. Why the text mentions these functions only for minor is not clear.
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

No you can't always substitute a dominant 7 chord that is 4 semi-tones lower for a diminished chord. But - there are a lot of instances where you can. It all boils down to what purpose the chord plays ...
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How to display Alt chords in Lilypond?

Of course we could use \chordmode to enter that chord as e:9-.10-.11+.13-. But if you need this more often you could define the chord modifier alt to simply be able to enter e:alt like this: \version &...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

Your chord is a combination of an A/C# and a Dm chord. I wouldn't give it a name. The composer wants the whole passage to sound like it continues to hammer out Dm chords, but they also want the ...
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Question regarding "Dark Necessities" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

They didn’t modulate. It’s a different kind of music theory that some call “modal improvisation”. It’s very common in jazz solos. For each chord in a progression, the soloist re-evaluates the scale ...
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Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord?

All the following assumes a diatonic gamut of scale degrees. viio is a diminished triad rooted on the seventh scale degree. vii is a minor triad rooted on the seventh scale degree. Which scale has a ...
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Does a broken chord, alternating up and down intervals, have a name?

Believe it's a broken chord. Arpeggios generally are played straight up and down, broken chords are the same notes, but played in staggered manner. ABRSM use 'broken chords' in their early piano exams ...
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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

There are only 3 possible diminished seventh chords in 12-tone naming. The best way to look at things is to note the way the chord progresses. The 4th stacked minor third lands on the octave of the ...
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Music theory? Parallel chords

I think you may be mixing up the terminology of English and German music theory along with confusing borrowed chords and parallel keys. If you are in the key C# minor, the tonic chord will be a C# ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

Typically the diminished chord also has a diminished seventh note. In this case you would have C#, E, G, B♭. The only place to fit the B♭ is the third fret of the third string, and the G can then be ...
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A major in a C# major progression

I would suggest looking at it in Db major. This makes the analysis a lot easier and is the key that it would be written in in a chart 🙂 (Others are writing about it in C# major because you’ve asked ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

I haven't had to study the chord scale theory (for which I am very greatful), but this is how I understand that the concept has to be, in order to make any sense. You don't have to know a proper name ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

The idea behind chord-scales is that given a chord there is a scale that contains the chord tones, plus pitches that fill in the "gaps" between chord tones. Given a Cmaj chord, a C major ...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

It's Dm A/C# Dm7/C with the F5 held during the change through A/C#. With C# and E in the outer voices and an A included it has all the tones and movement of Dm: i V6, and I think that progression ...
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Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord?

Why is there only a viiᵒ chord and no vii chord? There's no vii chord in lists of diatonic triads, because vii is not diatonic. The analysis charts and tools you've been looking at have been about ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

...I just wish there was a chart that has a complete list of all these specific chords because I'm genuinely confused. It's confusing because chord/scale charts - at least all the teaching material I ...
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How do I identify chord scales? (Chord scale theory)

The other answers have captured the essence of the process very well, so I'll try not to repeat. In the earlier stages you are more likely come come across chords such as you have asked about and they ...
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G Chord Question

He is only striking the E,A,D and G string is not very helpful if we do not know what notes he is playing on these strings. F in a G major chord would be a G dominant 7 chord, which conventionally ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

First, look at 'Phantom'. It's B♭dim7, root note B♭. Adding A to that chord isn't an option. So, if you wanted to talk about D♭dim being equivalent to A7, you picked a bad example! But, sure, let'...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

The two chords in question are the dominant seventh chord and the leading tone diminished seventh chord. Both chords can function as types of dominant harmony. Both chords contain the leading tone and ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

We'll note two things first: It's easier to spell the D♭ dim chord in "The Phantom of the Opera" as a C♯ dim chord, especially since this song is in D minor. The underlying chord at "...
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