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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by latinjazzcat, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. latinjazzcat

    latinjazzcat Pianissimo User

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    ::Bangs head against desk:: I'm working on analyzing a piece for music theory, and I need some assistance. There is a chord that, from the bass to soprano, reads like this: "C, G, D, F". Maybe my brain is just fried, but for the life of me I can't figure out what kind of chord this is. I know I should know it, and I've probably seen it a million times, but I am seriously stumped. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    What key is the piece in?

    Gosh, Ive just realized I have to get back into the Music Theory swing next week.... :bash:

    Van
     
  3. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    They key is quite important. Also, you have no flat or sharps listed above. That makes the key likely to be C maj or G maj.

    A C7 chord is usually
    C E G B
    you have
    C G D F
    not really close

    A C9 chord is usually
    C E G B D
    you have
    C G D F
    closer

    A C11 chord is usually
    C E G B D F
    you have
    C G D F

    Seems to be a C11 chord using four notes.

    It will be a strange sounding chord with an open 5th twice, but these chords are often done that way. It would resolve nicely to a IV (inverted) chord:

    F A C F moving the G to the A and the D to the C

    Let's see if this works:

    :treble: :c: :g: :d6: :f6:
    moving to
    :treble: :c: :a: :c6: :f6:

    :shock:
     
  4. latinjazzcat

    latinjazzcat Pianissimo User

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    Sorry guys :oops: Guess that whole "key signature" idea is kind of important (see, I have learned something from theory). Anyways, I think C11 is right, as if I recall, it resolves to a IV chord. Thanks guys!
     
  5. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    :bash::bash::bash:

    In case you all missed out on my opinions on Musical theory.

    BTW, did/does anyone here have a teacher who used European notation for inversions (Ib for 1st inversion, Ic for 2nd, etc.)

    Van
     
  6. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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  7. Heavens2kadonka

    Heavens2kadonka Forte User

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    When I finally get the program to view your arrangements, I'll tell ya what I think...

    Going off-subject, but did you recieve my email about ordering some things from you?

    Van
     
  8. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    It is free and takes about a minute to download with dial up! :cool:

    Off topic, but no, I didn't. Send any email to [email protected]. I even checked my junk filter file, nothing from you (lots of offers for Viagra though!).

    Jim
     

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