Is this still a C chord or a I chord in key of C?

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maarkr
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Post Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:45 pm

I was learning some different keyboard voicings, luxury voicings as an example. So the right hand voicing for C is E G B D with the left hand playing a C. Is this still a C chord for annotation or Em7 variant? There's other voicings that don't use the primary chord note so are they normally annotated in the voicing (if that makes sense)?
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Post Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:12 pm

maarkr wrote: Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:45 pm ...Is this still a C chord ...
That's a bit vague. Maj? Min? C6, 9,11,13, aug 4, sus 5?
Otherwise, Em7.
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Post Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:29 pm

Cmaj9

Or sometimes called Cmaj7 add 9
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Post Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:41 pm

maarkr wrote: Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:45 pm So the right hand voicing for C is E G B D with the left hand playing a C. Is this still a C chord
Sure: Cmaj79. But other shorthand names do exist.
maarkr wrote: Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:45 pm or Em7 variant?
Could be Em7/C, depending on the context, but the C is not a logical bass note for an E chord (the G or B are much more likely then to use)
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Post Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:08 am

It is a C major 9. By calling it a 9th chord, the underlying 7th is implied. If there were no 7th in the structure, the "D" would probably be called a "2".

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Post Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:13 am

Chord symbols don't reliably suggest a voicing. In jazz, you can play EADG on Cmaj7 and nobody would notice, though it doesn't contain the root and 7th.

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Post Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:45 am

Hello is a Cmaj7add9

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Post Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:50 am

What it is depends a lot on the musical context. So, it matters what comes before and what goes after. The name is what matters the least.
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Post Mon Aug 15, 2022 1:02 am

Hi, i'm sorry but in this contexte we have five notes. We have a Cmaj7 and you add a 9. this is the closer way to write these chords. In jazz theory, it's a Cmaj7add9 but you can also write Em7/C but it's more modern and less readable.

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