#1
I didn't know if the chord thread describes chords in or out of context or both, so I made a separate thread for it.

Ok here it goes;

I have a progression in the key of G#/Ab minor. This I'm 100% sure off.

It goes G#m7 - C#m7 - EM7 - D#7

In one instance the D#7 is swapped for an A9b5 I believe.

However I don't know if this truly is the A chord or an inversion with the A as root, cause the former would mean it's built on the flattened supertonic of the key.


Anyway, the chord is as followed:

e|-----
B|--4--
G|--4--
D|--5--
A|-(4)-
E|--5--


I added the C# note on the A string cause it sounds like it would fit the sound I want even though I do not actually play it.

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Last edited by xxdarrenxx at Jul 17, 2011,
#2
yea i'd call the A9b5, but you're excluding the fact that it has an added 2nd in it, and that it's a 7th. i couldnt help you name that chord, but i would begin by treating it as an A chord, with such and such.

edit: although what i would say is that whether or not you use the C# makes a lot of diference, in my view. because with it, you have a very weird variation on an A7 chord, but without it, it starts to look more like a G7 with an augmented 5th, rather than a flattened one.

having said that, again you could go further and say that the C# would just be the added 4th to the chord.

they'd both have such complicated names. my conclusion? either A7/9b5 or G7add4#5

i dont know, i may be going in circles.
Last edited by voodoochild23 at Jul 17, 2011,
#4
Quote by voodoochild23
yea i'd call the A9b5, but you're excluding the fact that it has an added 2nd in it, and that it's a 7th. i couldnt help you name that chord, but i would begin by treating it as an A chord, with such and such.

A9 is a A7 with a 9th so he's not excluding anything. The chord is simply A9b5 as he said.
E:-6
B:-0
G:-5
D:-6
A:-0
E:-3
#6
Yup ^^

I know my theory guys, I just wanted to know if it is the right name function wise, or that some jazz or classical musician classed it with a different view.

I figure out a lot with harmony by myself, but it's handy to know other's people view who went before me .


Griff, thank you very much, I forgot about the tritone sub.

Yes you're right, it's a tritone sub from the D#7.



It would still be notated as A9b5 then right?

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#7
Yeah, for a progression like this I'd look at it from a Jazz perspective. A9b5 seems appropriate, I've not heard of French 6ths having added 9ths before.
Last edited by griffRG7321 at Jul 17, 2011,