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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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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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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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G Chord Question

I use this great software https://oolimo.com/guitarchords/analyze whenever I have trouble naming a chord. It's been so useful to me because it shows me all the possible chord combinations and more. It'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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D-flat diminished vs. A7

First let me point out a few things about the note names. The notes of the Dm triad are D, F, A. So D♭m is D♭, F♭, A♭. So there really is no E, it's just that E is enharmonic to F♭. Then to make it ...
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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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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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Music theory? Parallel chords

The 'home chord'? A is the home chord in key A, C♯ is the home chord in key C♯ - majors or minors. It appears you're trying to follow some sort of 'rule', but which one isn't clear. And what has the ...
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Sore left hand holding chords in awkward positions for long durations

"...tightly curled fingers..." There's the key to your problem. Don't curl them tightly. Just position them with a natural curve. "My left hands feels and looks tense..." Why? ...
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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

In a full diminished seventh chord whose root and seventh are both present, there will be exactly one pair of notes with consecutive letter names. Regardless of where they appear in the chord voicing,...
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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

Yes, Gdim7, B♭dim7, C♯dim7 and Edim7 all use the same 4 notes. Sometimes it's pretty clear which name would be best, sometimes not so much! How would you analyse the chord at bar 12? It's Bach, so ...
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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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Difference between Edim7 and Gdim7

There are four different names for diminished seventh chords - each reflecting a root. Since diminished seventh chords are 'symmetrical', in that each note contained within is three semitones away ...
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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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How do you write a chord that has add#9, add-9 at the same time?

You ask what the notes are. F (root), A (3rd), C♯(aug5), G♯ (♯9) and G♭ (♭9).
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Question regarding "Dark Necessities" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Like so many, you seem to have fallen into believing that diatonics are the only ones that work in a specific key - other notes don't belong. That's just not the case. It may well be a good initation ...
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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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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

It's an A maj aug 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_sixth That part is just bouncing between a Dm and A maj. The F is just carrying over to the the Dm7.
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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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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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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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Chord progression question

I have a slightly different way to look at this. It's D - E - F#, with F# being the tonal center, and the relevant trick that makes this interesting is alternating between F# major and F# minor sounds....
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Does this mode of voice have a name and a use?

Nodules on your vocal chords appear at about 1/3, so some people manage to get the two sections to vibrate independently in what is close to an octave. The singer of the funk band Slickaphonics used ...
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When playing from a fake book, how strict should I be about the root note?

I'm learning about playing from a fake book on piano. A jazz player with a lot of experience can improvise accompaniment. They might read a lead sheet and use it as just rough guide. If you can't do ...
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When playing from a fake book, how strict should I be about the root note?

When a 'slash bass' is not written, root position is assumed. If you're playing solo piano, be guided (if not completely controlled - after all, this IS jazz!) by the notated inversions. In a tune in ...
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When playing from a fake book, how strict should I be about the root note?

Bass handles roots. If you’re playing alone then while you can imply harmony you may also want to occasionally reference chord roots to help the listener
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What is this chord?

Green? :-) Just joking! This kind of identifying question is supposed to be off topic, but... With no other info, you should call it an incomplete F seventh chord. There is no point it worrying ...
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Does this mode of voice have a name and a use?

It sounds like false chords to me. I can't promise that's it, but just a guess. I would look into a bunch of techniques and see which one sounds/feels the most like what you're doing. Some ideas are ...
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When playing from a fake book, how strict should I be about the root note?

It depends on what you are trying to do. If you're playing jazz from a fake book then you're free to do whatever you want with the music, the printed chords are only a recommendation (although for ...
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What is this chord?

There is a comment alluding to this possibility: The presentation of the chord suggests that it is taken from the right hand part of a keyboard piece. If that is the case then one should not analyze ...
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Chord progression question

Call that F♯maj7 rather than G♭maj7 and it starts to make more sense! I'm hearing F♯ as the tonal centre. It's not a functional progression. Just F♯maj7 approached by a couple of similar-shaped ...
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What is my 7 if a chord does not specify the 7th?

It's the diatonic one. Unless the song uses simple I, IV, V chords and you want to retain that simplicity, in which case you won't want to emphasise 7ths (except perhaps V7) much at all (but this isn'...
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What is my 7 if a chord does not specify the 7th?

It depends on what the next chord is. "Guide tones" is just another way to say "voice leading" and you need to move to another chord to really say what happens moving tone to tone. ...
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What is my 7 if a chord does not specify the 7th?

Unfortunately, this is a stylistic choice. You get both the complete freedom, and the complete responsibility of playing within the chosen style. Some arbitrary guidelines: random jumping between &...
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What is this chord?

The 'official' title would be F7(no3). Which is just what it is.
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What is this chord?

Well, the chord is simply what it is. It might serve some functions and be classified in certain harmonic systems, but that is quite arbitrary and would depend on the context. For example in classic ...
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