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11/23/2020 5:46 pm
Originally Posted by: faith83

I am reluctantly (very reluctantly) going with the A7maj[/quote][p]To be clear, it's an "A major 7" chord, notated Amaj7. If you put the 7 after the A that's standard terminology for an A dominant 7th chord "A7", a distinctly different sound.

[quote=faith83]The C#m on its own doesn't work, and adding the b6 would be pretentious and overly complex. Sigh... I'll have to find another way of conveying the change of tone.

What is the musical context?

1. What chord is right before & after this chord?

2. What's the overall progression of the section?

3. Most importantly, what are the melody notes over this section?

In my experience, one of the biggest reason people have trouble composing & arranging is that they are unclear about voice leading. Specifically about how the melody interacts with, suggests or reinforces harmony (chords). And conversely, how to reharmonize a melody, to use a variety of chords over the same melodic phrase.


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