In Celt's post earlier, Noteboat and I came up with two different names for the same chord. Granted, his knowledge of chords, scales theory etc is vastly superior to mine - but it seemed to me the two chord names were equally valid.
So the question is - are chords always named in context, ie according to what key you're playing in and taking into account the preceding/following chord? I know there are times when a chord is denoted as, say, Am7 and times when the same chord will be denoted as C6 - obviously, that depends on context.
Oh, Noteboat, I think I'm going to HAVE to buy your theory book - the more I learn, the more I realise I still have to learn. Is Greybeard still the agent for the UK?
OK, second question. A week or so back, while working on a song for the SSG, I accidentally "discovered" a new chord. Well it was new to me! I was looking for a transitional chord to get me from G6 - played 355030 - to Amaj7 - x02120. I accidentally put the Amaj7 chord on at the wrong fret and played x03230. It sounded good, so I kept it in! Tried to work out what it was - came up with Dmadd9. Notes are A F A D E, so taking D as the root - seemed to make the most sense - I came up with D (root) F (b3) and A(fifth) with the E as an added 9th. taken in context, does that sound OK? I think the song is in A - verse chords are Am ( 5th fret, with an added 9th hammered-on and pulled off) Bm7 (7th fret, also with an added 9th hammered-on and pulled off) and Em - 7th fret again, with another couple of added notes, then the G6/Dm+9/Amaj7 run. Bridge uses F#m with an added 9th, C#m , D, A and Em, then the G6/Dm+9/Amaj7 run again. I'm assuming it's in A because most of those chords fit one way or another - but do you have to fit EVERY note of EVERY chord into the grand scheme of things when naming the key a song's in?
OK, that's more than one question - but like I said, the more I learn the more I realise there is to learn, and the more I realise I WANT to learn!
"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)