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Re: name that chord

Teddy wrote:
> G-A-B-D-E can be
> G6/9
> A7sus4/9
> Bm11/b6
> Dsus4 6/9
> Em11
> if you put that over a C melodic minor (C-D-Eb-F-G-A-B) bass line I 
> think you'd have quite the upper extension party with the minor
> 3rd, major 3rd and major 2nd all rubbing against each other.
> Basically it would be a Cminor/maj 7/6 with an added major 3rd for extra 
> oomph.
> this one doesn't fit into any conventional chord symbol since you have 3 
> half steps in row there with the D, D# and E all rubbing against each 
> other.

Exactly. That would be a cluster, not a "chord". "chords" are built in 
thirds (in traditional western theory). The only way your chord tones 
above qualify as a "chord" as built from the root in thirds (assuming no 
other notes are used) would be a G13 chord like this:

1 3 5 9 13

The 7 (F) and the 11 (C) are the missing steps that aren't being 

In the case of a Cminor bass line the Eb could be used as a passing tone 
between D and E, but would otherwise cause a conflicting sound or 
"dissonance" with its neighbors D and E. The E natural in the chord 
really puts you in CMajor instead of Cminor.

- Sam