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Using iv/x to tonicize a key?

I am assuming that “x” refers to a chord that is not the tonic (I or i). I would say neither iv/x or V+/x are that common but also not unheard of. iv/x is not a commonly used term but it is easily ...
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Eleventh Chord in Major and Dominant

For a start, C11 contains C, E, G, B♭,D, F. C(♯11) contains C, E, G, B♭,D, F♯. Yes, if the base triad is major, it's very likely the 11th will be sharpened. But then the chord will be written as C(♯...
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Eleventh Chord in Major and Dominant

I disagree with the answer that claims that a C11 chord has the following notes: C E G B D F or in intervals: Root, M3, p5, p7, p9, p11. In my opinion a C11 chord has also a minor seventh, so it would ...
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Is it efficient to visualize chords on sheet music as notes on a piano to know the qualities of it?

Yes, if you want to 'count up' to see how many semitones are between each note, visualizing a keyboard is a good way. A guitarist might 'count frets' in much the same way. Eventually you'll just ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

The root chord in any key will feel like home, just as any other will not feel like home. Music is similar to a journey, and when we think about it, a journey will start at home, and it's only really ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

The tonic is, by definition, the 'home' note and the tonic chord is the 'home chord'. Songs typically 'go home'. And, although they don't universally also start there, there's a strong possibility ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

Tonal music is defined by the existence of a stable note that centers the music and acts as a kind of home base, called a tonic. In Western tonality, we name scales based on their tonic note. So we ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

There's no special reason for the first chord, but the last chord relates to the definition of being "in a key". The key note (the tonic) of a key is where the music feels most at rest, and ...
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Why is the key typically the first and/or last note (or chord) of a song?

A better word for your question might be “tonic”, or the home chord of any given key. Even more often than the first chord, the tonic is usually the last chord in songs. That is because the tonic is ...
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Is it efficient to visualize chords on sheet music as notes on a piano to know the qualities of it?

Since the piano keyboard is 'graphic' - unlike most other instruments, it's the one that most students are expected to be familiar with, regardless of their primary instrument. Thus, using it as a ...
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Is it efficient to visualize chords on sheet music as notes on a piano to know the qualities of it?

Yes, mostly. It’s not the most efficient way but it’s a good way to learn the most efficient way which is to just know DFA is minor as soon as you see it on the page. A good way to memorize and know ...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

An almost impossible question to answer, getting the 'correct' chords to any piece merely from the dots. I admit to having a sneaky listen to a performance of the example, and it appears two chords, I ...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

You typically only jump to and from chordal notes. So look closely at how the notes jump to discern the tonality and harmony. But before all that look at the key signature what do you see? Two sharps, ...
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How to identify chord a progression from sheet music

There are no chords in this sheet music, so there is no definite answer. You could try various chords; there are many possibilities at any place in the melody. However, there are some clues that can ...
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What chords am I using here?

...and I wanted to analyse the chords I'll offer a big-picture counter-question: why? This is presumably for your own edification, not out of a desire to add chord symbols that some other instrument ...
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What chords am I using here?

Chords are always interpretation and depend on context, especially in arpeggiated passages where it is not exactly clear where the next chord might start. Harmonic shifts do not need to align with ...
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Is there a difference between C6sus4 and an inverted Fadd2?

When denoting something that can be written two ways that are equivalent in practice, it's generally a good idea to choose the one that's more intuitive to read. I'm sure "Csus4 C6sus4 Csus4"...
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Is there a difference between C6sus4 and an inverted Fadd2?

How the chord is named depends on how it operates within the music. For example, if the following chord is C6, then it would probably be called C6sus4, because the 4 is resolving the 3. On the other ...
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Help undestanding these ties on notes and chords

Yes, there's a lot going on! We COULD notate it strictly as three voices (one of which splits into two notes at times). In my example below, A plus B plus C could be notated as D. But piano notation ...
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Help undestanding these ties on notes and chords

The highest note enters in the first measure. It holds into the second measure where it’s joined by the middle and lower pitches. In the third measure, the top and bottom notes hold, and the middle ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

You only have one voice, so if it's busy singing solfege syllables, you'll have to use other parts of your body to externalize other aspects of the music. Part 1: You're (mostly) already doing that ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

As a former music school student and current composition/music theory teacher, I think we need to go back to your intention. use them later for playing chords by ear or recognizing them in different ...
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Does anything non-microtonal resolve to a neutral triad?

This is sort of a definitional issue; in common parlance, anything that uses notes outside of the standard 12 is "microtonal"*. So no, music can't really resolve to a neutral triad and not ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

First, recognize that what you're asking to do is unusual. It does seem worthwhile, but it's not something that's usually done, or at least taught. Singing as a part of ear training is usually focused ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

If your target is being able to identify chords and their sequences by ear (your first paragraph),then the simplest is to actually give each piece a key. So the 1-6-4-5- that you quote will have real ...
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How to vocalize(or sing) chord progressions- with which syllables?

You cannot represent chords by singing single notes. All you can do with single notes is sing the bass notes of the chords you are thinking of. There is no way to establish chord quality by singing ...
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Can Flat ii Function as a Dominant and Pre Dominant?

Tritone substitution is a jazz concept and because the jazz concept is concerned with the tritone of TI and FA being in both a dominant seventh chord and its tritone substitution, both chords are ...
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Can Flat ii Function as a Dominant and Pre Dominant?

I'm not sure the other responses get to the heart of the matter, which is that these two uses of bII come from very different musical practices. So, the answer to “Can bII function as a dominant and ...
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Can Flat ii Function as a Dominant and Pre Dominant?

Some remarks additional to Nuno’s answer: The N6 chord is specifically subdominant because it merely replaces the fifth of the minor iv by the minor 6th. Note that contrary to the sixte ajoutée the ...
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Can Flat ii Function as a Dominant and Pre Dominant?

N6 and II♭7 are not the same chord and do not share their tonal function. II♭7 includes the 4th and the 7th of the key (the same tritone as V7), and can therefore act as the dominant of I. While N6 (a ...
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How to pronounce chord progressions

This might partly have to do with where in the world you live as there are sometimes regional or national differences in the way music is represented and communicated. It would be a good idea to ask ...
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How to pronounce chord progressions

Everyone I've spoken to about chord progression, including rock musicians and college professors, pronounces the Roman numeral name. So, I is the "one chord", ii is the "two chord",...
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How to pronounce chord progressions

There is no standardized way of doing this. For one's own learning, it's okay to use whatever system seems most intuitive. In the United States, among professional musicians, the general expectation ...
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what are Major triads with an added minor 6th called?

It exists theoretically. C(add♭6) is a legitimate chord name. If you like the sound, go ahead!
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figuring out 3rd of a note

Reciting a series backwards can be tricky. Just think of the alphabet. You probably cannot recite it backwards anywhere near as easily as forward! Keep that in mind and realize you need to spend some ...
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figuring out 3rd of a note

Let's suppose you need this knowledge for a music test: In this case the easiest way is to go back 2 letters in the alphabet: a b c d e f g a b c d e f g you need to imagine the scale-names like a ...
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what are Major triads with an added minor 6th called?

It's basically a maj7#5 chord (forte class 4-19B). To see it, just look at Cmaj7#5 in first inversion--it looks like E with a flat 6 added.
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figuring out 3rd of a note

The question's not as clear as it could be, but guessing what it's asking - Take any note, call that the major chord. Instead of going down a third, learn what the relative minor chord in relation to ...
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