Help figuring out chord progressions

Low Watts

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There're only a few chords but they have been giving me a hard time for the last 30min :).
Any help is more than welcome :


PS : if you know other artists in that lo-fi hip-hop jazz genre feel free to share

Thank you
 

spacevato

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It's in the key of E. The keyboard at the beginning plays some fancier chords, but basically it is just this:

Amaj7 G#7 | Emaj7 D#7
 

spacevato

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The easiest way (for me) to play chords and melody similar to the keys part in the intro is like this:

XX7674 XX6574 | XX664X XX564X

Difficult to sneak in the sharpened fifth in there.
 

Jeff Stocks

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I think @spacevato is closest. The 1st chord has an F# and a G# in it and the 3rd chord has a C# in it. You could think of it as Amaj13 - G#7 - Emaj13 - D#7.

The first and third chord 'feel' more like minor inversion to me, however. Like an F#min and a C#min, but that's just how it feels to my ear holes.
 

frdagaa

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I think @spacevato is closest. The 1st chord has an F# and a G# in it and the 3rd chord has a C# in it. You could think of it as Amaj13 - G#7 - Emaj13 - D#7.

The first and third chord 'feel' more like minor inversion to me, however. Like an F#min and a C#min, but that's just how it feels to my ear holes.
Yeah that was my first guess when I was just listening.
 

JonR

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1. Amaj13. Or A6 - Amaj7, because it has F# on top first, then the G#.

2. G#7+ = G# - B# - E - F#, adds G# on top at the end

3. E6 - Emaj7. (Again Emaj13 altogether if you like.)

4. D#7+ = D# - G - B - C# (sorry for the wrong enharmonics, I'm avoiding double sharps). Adds D# on top at the end.

IOW, the 3rd and 4th chords are simply the first two a 4th below.

This is all confirmed with Transcribe software, btw. (Definitely D#7+ for last chord. ;))
 

spacevato

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If we concentrate on the part where you hear the bass and drums clearly, do you agree that the bass notes are:

E D# | B Bb ?

If so, we have second inversions all the way. (Which is the case with for instance Girl From Ipanema and makes the chords rather ambiguous.)
 
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JonR

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When the bass comes in (after its one-bar pickup phrase), it's |A - G# - |E - D# - |.
Again, confirmed with Transcribe (raising the octave to be sure).
 

spacevato

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When the bass comes in (after its one-bar pickup phrase), it's |A - G# - |E - D# - |.
Again, confirmed with Transcribe (raising the octave to be sure).
Thanks. I played it on an unplugged electric on 4th and 5th strings, and it didn't sound right to my ears :)
 

Low Watts

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This is all confirmed with Transcribe software, btw. (Definitely D#7+ for last chord. ;))
Thanks, I was sure there was no D# in there :), in fact my ears still need a bit convincing but it might just be I need to find the right voicing.
 

JonR

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Thanks, I was sure there was no D# in there :), in fact my ears still need a bit convincing but it might just be I need to find the right voicing.
It's the bottom note. On guitar, x-6-5-4-2-x (and then 4th fret 2nd string for the last melody note). Or x-6-5-6-0-x for less of a finger-twister.
 

guitarjazz

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1. Amaj13. Or A6 - Amaj7, because it has F# on top first, then the G#.

2. G#7+ = G# - B# - E - F#, adds G# on top at the end

3. E6 - Emaj7. (Again Emaj13 altogether if you like.)

4. D#7+ = D# - G - B - C# (sorry for the wrong enharmonics, I'm avoiding double sharps). Adds D# on top at the end.

IOW, the 3rd and 4th chords are simply the first two a 4th below.

This is all confirmed with Transcribe software, btw. (Definitely D#7+ for last chord. ;))
Thank you Radar.
 

frdagaa

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It’s funny - at first hearing, I groked it as a heavily altered ii V I VI which fits with @Jeff Stocks comment about the first and third chord feeling minor (allowing iii to sub for I). But the IVmaj7 III7#5 is a fair common sound in and of its own so of course it doesn’t need to function as a 2 5 1 6. My question is — would anyone/does anyone use these chords as a 2 5 1 6 reharm?
 






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