#1
After tossing up a few ideas, Pysch and I decided that the Name That Chord thread isn't as helpful as it should be. There are only 5-6 people who regularly post in it, so it isn't really beneficial to the whole forum.

So, instead - we've created this thread. Instead of the thread being a game, this is designed to help anyone who is having problems naming certain chords or finding out the key to their progression - without having to wait for it to be their turn

Bear in mind, this is a trial run - so if it's unsuccessful in fulfilling it's purpose, we will remove it and revert back to the Name That Chord game system.

Just a couple more words on posting and answering..

Asking a question: Please provide as much information as possible. If you're posting a chord progression, please provide the melody & bass that is beneath them - and vice-versa if you want to find out the key, or scale of your melody.

This is not only in the best interests of whoever is answering your question, but yours also. You can get a more accurate and definitive answer if you provide all the information, and give a context to the chords/melody/whatever.

If you're posting in tab, please post all chords/licks/scales wrapped in code tags. If you're posting sheet music in tags, try keep the pic size down to a minimum (below the point where it starts to mess with the page size).

Answering a question: Give as much detail as possible as to why you came to the conclusion you did, why you called X chord this and not that, why this melody is in the key of X etc.

This way - instead of just giving the answer, you give them tools they can use to one day be able to figure it own by themselves - and this is the purpose of the thread, to teach.

Please quote the person you're answering in your post. This is important - it's going to avoid confusion, keep things tidy and ensure no-one is given the wrong information.

If you're unsure the information you're giving is correct, or the names you're providing are accurate - don't hesitate to contact anyone on the forum you feel can help you, or state in your post that they might need confirmation. No-one wants misinformation being handed out, so if you're not sure - just ask. If you don't want to ask, don't post.

So please re-direct any 'what chords are these?'.. 'what key is this in?' (This does not mean 'What key is x song in?' unless an excerpt is provided)... 'what scale is this?' type threads to this thread.

Usual spam/flaming rules. You know the drill.

Thank you all.

Clarification: Ok, seems to have been some confusion and someone posted a chord they know in the format of the old thead. This thread is not in the form of a game like the last one.
#2
I liked our game but this is an excellent idea! Heres one, whats this chord?


E 8
B 
G 8
D 7
A
E 7
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Last edited by Peanut1614 at Nov 14, 2007,
#3
Quote by Peanut1614
I liked our game but this is an excellent idea! Heres one, whats this chord?


E 8
B
G 8
D 7
A
E 7


I'd Say B7b9

You have the notes B A D# C - 1 b7 3 b9
#4
Quote by Peanut1614
I liked our game but this is an excellent idea! Heres one, whats this chord?


E 8
B
G 8
D 7
A
E 7


EDIT: 1st....




My First Post in these forums!

Lets see.... B, A, Eb, C....1, b7, 3, b2? That'd make it a B7b9 if The B is intended to be the root. Is that right?
#5
Quote by navonski
My First Post in these forums!

Lets see.... B, A, Eb, C....1, b7, 3, b2? That'd make it a B7b9 if The B is intended to be the root. Is that right?


Pretty Much, since we're using B as the root, D# is the appropriate name for the 3rd (since the key of B uses sharps rather than flats) and the C would be b9. cool?
#7
Aadd9 - E - F#m7 is what I'd say just by looking at them.


|-0-| - E = 5
|-2-| - C# = 3
|-4-| - B = 9
|-2-| - E = 5
|-0-| - A = 1
|---|

1 - 3 - 5 - 9 = Aadd9.



|---|
|---|
|---|
|-6-| - G# = 3
|-7-| - E = 1
|-4-| - G# = 3

1 - 3 = E



|---|
|---|
|-2-| - A = b3
|-2-| - E = b7
|-0-| - A = b3
|-2-| - F# = 1

1 - b3 - b7 = F#m7



If each chord is individual, do you have any melody or bass behind them? If not, the names I gave will probably suffice and make the most sense.
#8
E
B 3
G 4
D 5 to Gmaj. barre
A 3
E 3
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#9
Quote by Johnljones7443
If each chord is individual, do you have any melody or bass behind them? If not, the names I gave will probably suffice and make the most sense.


that'll do just fine

i have a couple more (they're all part of the same progression):

e|--0----------0----------0----------0-----------------------------
B|--4----------4----------0----------0-----------------------------
G|--6----------6----------5----------6-----------------------------
D|--7----------5----------2----------6-----------------------------
A|--0----------0---------------------0---------------------------
E|------------------------3------------------------------------
#10
Quote by H(i)SS
that'll do just fine

i have a couple more (they're all part of the same progression):


e|--0----------0----------0----------0-----------------------------
B|--4----------4----------0----------0-----------------------------
G|--6----------6----------5----------6-----------------------------
D|--7----------5----------2----------6-----------------------------
A|--0----------0---------------------0---------------------------
E|------------------------3------------------------------------

A(#11)
A7(#11)
G(11/13) or E7#5
Amaj9

It's late. I'm tired. Might be wrong. Moops.
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#11
Okay heres my progression and my attempt to name them:

x07555-Cm?
024432-Bm
x03230-A#Dim?
x03200-Fm?

I really dont know the ones with the question marks. Im really interested in why this pattern works and what scale/mode and notes it fits into. Thanks
#12
I think they are

Am
Bmadd11
Dmadd9
Fmaj7#11

It mostly fits into A minor
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#13
x07555 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
xAACEA A B C# D E F# G# - A minor.

02 4 43 2 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bm sus4? (not sure about that one...)
EBF# BDF# B C#D#E F# G# A#

x03230 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
AFADE D E F# G A B C Dmadd9 ?

x03200 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fmaj7(b5) ?
AFABE F G A Bb C D E


edit: can't get it to straighten up but oh well hopefully you can understand... not sure if any of its right...
Last edited by StonaLemons at Nov 18, 2007,
#14
^Yep, but there is a third in the chord and no seventh, so it is an add chord. Bmadd11
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#15
Quote by Ænimus Prime
^Yep, but there is a third in the chord and no seventh, so it is an add chord. Bmadd11

Ah ok
#16
Quote by Ænimus Prime
I think they are

Am
Bmadd11
Dmadd9
Fmaj7#11

It mostly fits into A minor


Agreed, and just so you can understand why:


e|5 A
B|5 E
G|5 C
D|7 A
A|0 A
E|

A Minor: A B C D E F G A

The Am triad contains A, C and E (as seen above). This chord is Am.



e|2 F#
B|3 D
G|4 B
D|4 F#
A|2 B
E|0 E

B Minor: B C# D E F# G A B

The Bm triad consists of B, D and F#. This chord contains those three notes as well as E. Therefore this chord is called Bmadd11 (it is an add11 because there is no seventh found within the chord).



e|0 E
B|3 D
G|2 A
D|3 F
A|0 A
E|

D Minor: D E F G A Bb C D

The Dm triad consists of D, F and A. This chord consists of those notes as well as an E. Therefore, this chord is called Dmadd9 (because there is no seventh found within the chord).



e|0 E
B|0 B
G|2 A
D|3 F
A|0 A
E|

F Major: F G A Bb C D E F

The F triad consists of F, A and C. This chord contains those notes as well as B and E. The E in the F chord makes it become an Fmaj7 chord. However, the note B is not found within this scale and therefore we must [b]augment[/b] the fourth. This creates a Fmaj7(#11) chord.
Last edited by Tsunoyukami at Nov 18, 2007,
#17
15 posts in a week doesn't really justify this being stickied in place of more popular threads.. so, I'll unsticky it - but leave it open for now and hope it picks up, so please - still refer all those name threads to here.
#19
What are these chords?

x /x /x /x
x /x /x /x
6 /6 /6 /6
7 /7 /7 /7
4 /6 /9 /8
5 /5 /9 /9

and what happens if you add the open B to all the chords.
so its like
x
0
6
7
4
5 ect.
#21
1. The first chord is A (major) because it contains the notes A, C#, A and C# - which are the root and major third of the A major chord.

2. The second chord contains A, Eb, A and C#. Therefore, this chord would be A(b5) because it contains the root, major third and flat five of this chord. (Is there a better name for a major chord with a flat 5?)

3. The third chord contains C#, F#, A and C#. I would call this chord F#m (or F#m/C# if you wanted to be more precise) because it contains the root, minor third and fifth of F#m. However, you could also call the chord A6 (without the fifth).

4. The fourth chord is comprised of the notes C#, F, A and C#. I would call this chord F+ (or F+/C#), because is contains the root (F), major third (A) and the augmented fifth (C#). I really don't understand how branny1982 came up with C#7, because C#7 contains C#, F, (G#) and B (unless I'm mistaken).


Now if we were to add the open B string onto each of these chord (adding the B note), we would come out with the following:

1. Since the first chord is comprised of just A and C# and we add B we get Aadd9 (because B is the 2nd (or 9th) note in the scale).

2. The second chord I would call Aadd9(b5) because it contains the 1, 3, b5 and 9.

3. The third chord would be called F#madd11 because B is the fourth degree of the F# scale.

4. The fourth and final chord with the added B note would be called F+add#11...err...I guess? This chord name seems rather odd - maybe someone else will have a better name.
#23
Haha, anytime - it's what I do. If anyone spots a mistake in any explanation i give, please correct me so I don't make the same mistake again.

Also, if you don't really understand an explanation let me know and I'll try to clarify what I mean.
#24
this is probably my favourite chord progression ever.

E:--------------------------------
B:---------------8---3--3----3----
G:---5-----7-----4---x--0h4--x---- 
D:---2-----4-----5---4--x----0h4-- 
A:---3-----5---7-7---5--5----5---- 
E:-5-5---7-7----------------------

can anybody give me a synopsis?
#25
Quote by branny1982
this is probably my favourite chord progression ever.

E:--------------------------------
B:---------------8---3--3----3----
G:---5-----7-----4---x--0h4--x----
D:---2-----4-----5---4--x----0h4--
A:---3-----5---7-7---5--5----5----
E:-5-5---7-7----------------------

can anybody give me a synopsis?


Well those are definitely some Dave Matthews voicings
Basically Am - Bm - Em - D all fits into D mixolydian.

Am

E:-------
B:------
G:---5---- C b3
D:---2---- E 5
A:---3---- C b3
E:-5-5---  A R


Bm

E:-------
B:------
G:---7---- D b3
D:---4---- F# 5
A:---5---- D b3
E:-7-7---  B R


Em

E:-------
B:---8----  G b3
G:---4----- B 5
D:---5----- G b3
A:---7----- E R
E:----- 


The last 3 are basically diads w/embellishments, but strongly imply Dmaj i.e.

e--------
b--3----
g--------    D F# = Dmaj
d--4----
a--5----
e--------



e--------
b--3----
g--0h4   
d-------
a--5----
e--------

D G so that implies a Dsus4 sound,  followed with a melodic 6th (B) added for some color/flavor



e--------
b--3----
g--------    
d--0h4----
a--5----
e--------

3 D notes, followed by a melodic 3rd F# to solidify the D tonality
Last edited by Stash Jam at Nov 30, 2007,
#27
Basicly for my own sake and for reviving this thread's sake im gonna try and figure out this progression i just made up...


E:------------5----5---------
B:------------5----5----------
G:--6---------6----7----------
D:--7---7-----7----7---------- 
A:--5---5-----7----5----------- 
E:------7-----5----5-----------


so first of all....

D, A, C#... D E F G A B C# D

D5add7? or something like that?

second chord
B D A.... B C# D# E F# G# A# B

1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7.....

Bm7? im not good at naming chords yet...

third chord

Amaj is kind of a no brainer...

fourth

A D A D E A

A B C# D E F# G# A

... Asus4?


would i be right in thinking i could use either Amajor or D major for this progression?
#29
Quote by branny1982
i would put those chords from sight as-
Dmaj7 - Bm7 - A - Dsus2

this could either be Amajor or Dmajor/Bminor

in fact i have just agreed with everything you said!!!

you could try Bminor pentatonic over it.


its good to have some comformation that im right