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Anyone care to opine on the correct name for a chord?

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by rgbedard, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Been playing for many years. Been using the same dozen plus chords I learned decades ago. In many cases, I never really knew exactly what they were. They sounded good to my ear, they were easy for me to do. Now, I am trying to work out what some of them are. Mostly going okay. A few even show up in chord charts, but alas, some weird stuff is completely overwhelming my admittedly weak background in music theory. Anybody care to opine on what this chord would correctly be called? It has 1 - 3 - 4 - flat 5 - 7 structure ... is it a diminshed 7 with a sharp third? (You can see I need help.)
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  2. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
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    Shouldnt the F be F#?

    What is F# the b5 of, C? Why is there no C in the chord then?

    Id call it an A6/9 sus.
     
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  3. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    there are two names for that chord.
    D6add9
    and
    E11(no 3rd)
     
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  4. enchantpth44

    enchantpth44 Strat-Talker

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    If the notes are
    B
    D
    F#
    A

    as per you schematic

    That would be a Bm7 using the A as the bass note

    The E note is just there, it's superfluous. Passing tone, the chord implies D Major as a Key
     
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  5. ukoldgit

    ukoldgit Senior Stratmaster

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    Chord = crap chinese copies of a stratocaster guitar:cool:
     
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  6. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    yes.....Bm7 and D6 share the same notes.
    but if you throw the E in there, technically it becomes a D6add9.
    both of us are correct.
     
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  7. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    FWIW: this chord appears in a progression in A or A minor, and it's squeezed in between a plain-vanilla Am and what I believe is an A7 (A string open, D, G, B, and E barred at the 5th fret.)

    I had it as Bm7 (with a flat 5) but there's no minor 3rd ... since it's basically in A, I like the D6add9 notation more ...

    Thanks for the opines, folks.
     
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  8. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
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    A string open with the D, G, B, and E strings barred at the 5th fret is Am7. (A G C E A)
     

  9. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lol, thanks man.
     
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  10. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
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    Since, at first glance, this chord appears able to go a couple different ways (naming-wise), I'd say that it really depends on where it falls in a progression and how it's ultimately used - since no chord typically stands alone...

    ...except in a really boring song...


    '
     
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  11. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    There are those who call it... Tim.
     
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  12. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Why not an A chord?
     
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  13. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 1, 2014
    Australia
    Yo,

    Good question, & great answers IMO from everyone. But to be conclusive in this instance, we would need to know in what context the chord is played, as I see it / hear it as a passing chord, or something used as a stepping-stone to the next solid chord structure.

    I'd like to know what chord came both before, & after the one posted / questioned before giving an answer, as it's really ( if I've viewed it correctly ) an A-min chord slid up 2-frets, that still uses A as the bass note...And in this instance, I'd call it A69sus, or B-11/A.

    It's all fun & games, & I love how music theory can give many varied & yet correct answers, from differing points-of-view.

    Good stuff,

    Rastus
     

  14. jjlemon

    jjlemon Strat-Talker

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    Without seeing a chord box or notation or by picking out by ear, I think the names would lead me astray.
    but of those offered D6add9/A or A6add9sus4 might get me in the right area, if I had to form them from the names.
    Then again call it the Moondance chord and I'd get it pretty quickly.
     

  15. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
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    i guess you could call it anything you want.
    if you had the notes A C E F, in that order, would that be an A chord, or an inversion of Fmaj7?
    i mean i guess you could call it Am#5.
    you were not wrong calling that chord A6/9 sus4.
    we could also call it Bm11.
     
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  16. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I use this in a jazzy blues progression. These chords comprise the A part. It goes up to D9 and E9 like regular 12 bar. All super easy chords to play, satisfying to my ear. Not particularly boring. Throw in an occasional EMaj and CM7 for variety ...
     

  17. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    Well the notes on the staff do not match up with your guitar diagram.

    If the sheet music was handed to me with just that chord on it, and i was asked what chord it was.....

    It's either an inversion of
    Dm6/9 (Dm6 add 9)
    Or
    An inversion of
    E11/flat9

    Or.....lol.... what id call a slash chord.
    In this case
    Fmaj13 #11 with an A in the bass.

    Sheesh. Making me think here.

    If you go by the chord diagram thing,
    Which has an F# ..... I'd call that..
    An inversion of
    Bm11
    Or
    D6add9
    Or an
    E9sus

    Or again as a slash chord
    F#m flat13, with an A in the bass.

    That's the best i could come up with anyway.
     

  18. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Are you sure? I don't claim to read or write music well, but I tried very hard to provide accurate information to the best of my, admittedly limited, ability. Lol
     

  19. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
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    he may be referring to the F not having a sharp sign.
    other than that, they matched up just fine.
     

  20. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Expletive deleted ... lol, yeah, the F is missing the # ... sorry about that, folks.

    Sorry amstratnut, I misinterpreted your remark about the F# ... you were right.