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    Quote Originally Posted by famous beagle View Post
    Funny! Why not just write Bb, though?
    'cause the people who transcribe music don't always do it in the most unambiguous and coherent way?

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    Jazz chords are always interesting and a good way of learning new ways of doing things. I think it wasn;t that long ago that I saw my first '5' chord. A5 - and I scratched my head for a while. 5? then I realise it signified the lack of the 3rd in the triad - not Major, not minor - essential a power chord. A-D-A in this case. Never seen it notated before. Since then I've seen it a few times, but I guess my music style wouldn't have this chord in it very often, so while perfectly proper, I'd not seen it before. Music theory is never dull. Always appears to be, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Jazz chords are always interesting and a good way of learning new ways of doing things. I think it wasn;t that long ago that I saw my first '5' chord. A5 - and I scratched my head for a while. 5? then I realise it signified the lack of the 3rd in the triad - not Major, not minor - essential a power chord. A-D-A in this case. Never seen it notated before. Since then I've seen it a few times, but I guess my music style wouldn't have this chord in it very often, so while perfectly proper, I'd not seen it before. Music theory is never dull. Always appears to be, of course.
    Hey, I've heard of '5' chords before. Except A5 isn't A, D, A!!

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    A5 is really common. More common in punk/rock than Jazz, tbh. It's just A and E (hence the 5. 5th away).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nola View Post
    A5 is really common. More common in punk/rock than Jazz, tbh. It's just A and E (hence the 5. 5th away).
    Right? That's been my go-to chord shape for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VomitHatSteve View Post
    Right? That's been my go-to chord shape for years!
    Yeah I was surprised by that one.

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    Ooops - Got that chord very wrong didn't i!

    I just discovered something - Cubase (which I've been using for years (and showing chords in the Bbm type notation, does it because that is what I told it to, and by default it shows that chord as Bb- I never new that!
    Last edited by rob aylestone; 02-14-2017 at 10:31.

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    How/where do you have chords in Cubase? On the staff notation or on the timeline?

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    Score editor - it analyses the midi notes and tells you what chord it is - this is in the really basic scoring on Cubase elements on my mac, and pro 9 on my PC system has much better score facilities - it's surprising the chord analysis is on the cheap version.

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