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Re: Creating chord names like C7/F#7

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Creating chord names like C7/F#7
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:59:56 +0200
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M Watts <address@hidden> writes:

> On 06/09/2010 06:07 PM, snozpacker wrote:
>> For a certain polytonal piece, I need to display chord names of the form
>> "C7/F#7".  That is, I need to be able to have an entire chord after the
>> slash, not just the root.
> This isn't an answer, but a dominant 7th chord with its flat 9th &
> sharp 11th, contains two 7th chords whose roots are a tritone apart,
> so for now you could write C7b9#11.

Well, the question was not about how to enter chord names, but how to
have them printed in a certain manner.  A different naming scheme might
fail to bring the intent of the composer across, or it may be harder to
the player (for example, e:m6 would actually be spelled "edim+em", and
e:m7 would be spelled "em+g" in accordion music since those are the
respective two chord buttons you need to press to get them).

> C7b9#11 contains all the notes of C7 and F#7, as does F#7b9#11 -- same
> chord. (C E G Bb Db F# or F# A# C# E G B#).

I play the piano very rarely, and I think that I'd be faster producing
an F#7 chord with the left and a C7 with the right hand than I would be
producing F#7b9#11: it's conceptually simpler for me.  The situation
might be different for experienced Jazz musicians.

David Kastrup

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