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Please do fiddle with this template if you think it can be improved. I think the whole music theory section could be smartened up dramatically with templates like this since the subject is quite orderly. Andeggs

Why does the template specify equally tempered music? Hyacinth 07:45, 24 February 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Type versus function

A problem with this template is that it is confusing chord type (what the intervals are in the chord) and chord function (how the chord is being used in the key). For example, the Neapolitan "Sixth" is actually just a major triad. Altered chords can be many different types of chords (triads, sevenths, etc.); it's how those chords are used in the key (e.g., using notes outside the key signature) that make them altered.

I'm going to try to redo the template to better illuminate this. Feel free to veto me on it, though. --TobyRush 14:28, 21 March 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Diatonic and chromatic

The table uses the term "diatonic", but without adequate explanation. This term, along with "chromatic", is the cause of serious uncertainties at several other Wikipedia articles, and in the broader literature. Some of us thought that both terms needed special coverage, so we started up a new article: Diatonic and chromatic. Why not have a look, and join the discussion? Be ready to have comfortable assumptions challenged! – Noetica♬♩Talk 01:39, 4 April 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Other possible chords


Hyacinth (talk) 07:45, 14 July 2008 (UTC)[reply]

James Bond chord

I took an introductory guitar course at university and the instructor tought us that there was a "named chord" (like the Hendrix chord) called the "James Bond" chord. I can't remember which chord it is, but it should be very familiar to anyone who's heard the movie theme. SharkD (talk) 22:15, 12 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]

If your instructor has published work on this chord/term, point me to it. Hyacinth (talk) 03:59, 13 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
I believe it would be the minor/major seventh chord after its use in James Bond per Kenneth R. Lemons (2008). Master Key (R) of Music, p.39. ISBN 1434361012: "(The Minor-Major Seventh Chord is probably most recognizable as the musical signature encountered in James Bond® films: when Bond® ingenuously dispatches a villain, marking a subsequent scene change. We lovingly refer to it - at Musical DNA® Software - as the 'James Bond® Chord.')". Hyacinth (talk) 07:04, 1 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Suspended chord

Should a suspended chord be classified as a triad? I mean, it isn't built by stacking thirds... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:23, 24 September 2008 (UTC)[reply]


| group4 = Components
| list4 = Root (chord) ·  Bass note ·  third (music) ·  fifth (chord)

Shall we add the components of chords to the template, something like the above? Hyacinth (talk) 09:28, 28 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Interesting idea. But aren't there other components that could be added? And so couldn't the list get long? Might it then need some sub-structure? And if so, might it not be better as a separate template, that this one could then include? Just thoughts...! Feline Hymnic (talk) 18:28, 28 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Such as? Hyacinth (talk) 21:54, 28 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]
...such as all the other intervals, and their major/minor augmented/diminished variants. Or perhaps looking from another angle: what, more precisely, do you mean by your term "component", and particularly how does that differ from established terms such as "interval"? Feline Hymnic (talk) 22:15, 28 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Do you mean major third and minor third rather than third? Hyacinth (talk) 02:31, 29 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Template:Pitch Sets

Should the above be incorporated in this template? (talk) 09:04, 13 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Why would it be? Hyacinth (talk) 10:08, 13 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Why wouldn't it be? Hyacinth (talk) 04:48, 24 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Harmonic seventh chord

Should the harmonic seventh chord be included under one of the seventh chords? the harmonic seventh isn't equally tempered...KPUFFERFİSHĊ 14:27, 22 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Would that be a reason to include or exclude the chord from the template? Hyacinth (talk) 15:42, 23 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Passing chord

A passing chord can be either diatonic or chromatic, right? So, shouldn't it be under "Other"? Squandermania (talk) 02:17, 15 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]