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Trying to name this chord (D something)

The chord has D as the root note.
Then it has F# (the 3rd)
And the third note is G (the 4th of D)

So three notes only (the 1st, the 3rd, & the 4th).

What is the name for that chord? Sorry if that's a dumb question.
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Dadd4 or Dadd11
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Great. Thank you.
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Ok maybe I can ask one more.

Bb major
But instead of playing the 5th of Bb you play the 6th.
So it would be 3 notes again.

Bb, D (the 3rd), and G (the 6th)

Is that just called Bb6....?
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G Bb D is the real chord just your chord starts with the second note(the 3rd). That's called 1st inversion. So it's a G minor chord in 1st inversion
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Ok maybe I can ask one more.

Bb major
But instead of playing the 5th of Bb you play the 6th.
So it would be 3 notes again.

Bb, D (the 3rd), and G (the 6th)

Is that just called Bb6....?
Yes. Exactly, it's a Bb6.
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Wow. Cool. Thx man,
So is there a short way to write that or do you just write Gm and
Then remember that you played a first inversion?

Makes sense to be a Gm since I felt like the song was in the key of D...
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Yes. Exactly, it's a Bb6.
Oh... Ok. 2 opinions now.

So can it be either/or depending on how you look at it?
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Well, I would say it is a Bb6 chord by itself, unless your song has other parts (i.e. a bass playing a low G note or G minor arpeggio, etc.).

But theoretically the 6 chord is the 1st inversion of its parallel minor scale's 1st degree.
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Well, I would say it is a Bb6 chord by itself, unless your song has other parts (i.e. a bass playing a low G note or G minor arpeggio, etc.).

But theoretically the 6 chord is the 1st inversion of its parallel minor scale's 1st degree.
Ok that makes sense to me. If I am playing these two chords back and forth and then adding a C chord and a E chord to the sequence,
Am I in the key of D?

That's what the key seems like to me.

Song starts on the Dadd4

edit: I said G but meant E... ****ed that one up ....corrected it now
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Well that's a tough one cause your sequence implies modulations (key changes) a few times. Are they all the chords you have in the song, in that order or it continues?
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Are they all the chords you have in the song, in that order or it continues?
well the verse/intro are the 1st 2 chords I asked about going back and forth.

(Bb6, Dadd4)

Then I added the C and E to a bridge type part. It's like the
2nd part to the song (Bb6, Dadd4, C, E)

So I'm trying to figure the key so I can have direction on adding another part w different chords to the song.
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I asked cause if I play Bb6, Dadd4, Bb6, Dadd4, C, E, and then I add a C and a G then we are in G major in the end. lol

But with the progression Bb6, Dadd4, Bb6, Dadd4, C, E, Bb6, Dadd4, we are in the key of D major in the end.

Are the C and E plain major chords? I think I would actually prefer an Em there. But it depends on so many things so that's just me playing this sequence. lol
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I asked cause if I play Bb6, Dadd4, Bb6, Dadd4, C, E, and then I add a C and a G then we are in G major in the end. lol
Yeah I accidentally said G but meant E. My mistake. There is no G in the song...

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But with the progression Bb6, Dadd4, Bb6, Dadd4, C, E, Bb6, Dadd4, we are in the key of D major in the end.
Ok that's what I thought it was.

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Are the C and E plain major chords? I think I would actually prefer an Em there. But it depends on so many things so that's just me playing this sequence. lol
Yeah right now it is C major and E major but the E minor sounds cool too. I just played it.

Well I guess it is in D! So that is good to know. I'll have to play around in D now. Man you have been really helpful. Thx so much.
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Your progression begins solidly enough in G minor. You move back and forth between the Gm (i), and a major chord version of the dominant D (V). Even though it's technically non-diatonic, this is quite common for a minor key song, even going way back into classical music tradition. But then you go to C (IV), which would normally be a Cm (iv) in the context. Because it's a major chord, it's going to disorient the listener a bit, and, if anything, the ear can hear it as a borrowing from the parallel major of G, or it will want to hear it function as a dominant and resolve to F, a fifth below. But instead it goes to E, which has no basis in either G, Gm or F. Since there is no movement by fourths or fifths here, only seconds and thirds, there is no real modulation occurring. I would suspect the ear is pretty lost at this point, only to be saved by the fact that you go back to the familiar Gm and D chords. I'm not around a piano to listen what it sounds like, but would be curious to hear what you've got so far. At any rate, you are in Gm, so you can write the rest of the song with that in mind.
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jdsowa,

Thanks for your input. I have been so busy since I first did this post, but I will try to respond to yours when I get the time. I have decided though that this song is definitely in D major, from the way I play it.

And there is also a G major in the song as well. I had mistakenly said there was not. Ok talk soon...
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I'm often using chords I don't know the name of but then have to annotate when I write it all down. It used to be a pain but this site really helped me out. (And, actually, this particular feature was something I personally requested.)

This lets you enter notes on an onscreen 'guitar neck' and then tells you potential spellings.

Chord Designer - reverse chord generator


The main Chorderator program lets you spell a chord and then get more or less all possible inversions displayed on the guitar neck. (You can set it up to use all sorts of different tunings, including completely custom tunings.) There's also the 'Scalerator' which displays all sorts of scales/modes on the neck.
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I use this one a lot Chord Name

It's pretty cool too. has reverse scale and chord lookup, chords to scale, scale to chords, etc.
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The chord has D as the root note.
Then it has F# (the 3rd)
And the third note is G (the 4th of D)

So three notes only (the 1st, the 3rd, & the 4th).

What is the name for that chord? Sorry if that's a dumb question.
isn't that Gmajor7/D ?
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