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    Default Play chords in harmony vs arpeggio

    Learning the differences between the many chords and giving them a tag as how they feel as I hear them.

    I noticed that playing triads in harmony or arpeggio both ways sound good. I can identify the differences easily between them.

    With chords like minor add 9th, Diminished 7, 11th,etc my ears have a lot of difficulty to identify the differences if I play each of the complex chords in Harmony.

    I tried playing the more complex chords arpeggio, that way it sounds good again.

    Play in Harmony, it sounds like a child bashing on the piano. Although I could think of a use certain complex chords: Warning sign as in very dramatic sense . More uses I cannot think off.

    Is it wrong to play , for instance 11th, etc chords in harmony?
    Last edited by chihwahli; Jul-02-2021 at 16:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chihwahli View Post

    Is it wrong to play , for instance 11th, etc chords in harmony?
    No, but voicing is important - you dont have to play all 6 notes in an 11th chord. Also avoid a natural 11th on a major or dominant chord- #11s are almost always used

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