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power chord

A chord commonly used in rock music that combines a root (a low note that forms the foundation of a chord) and its fifth (a note that is five notes higher than the root on the scale). A: "When do you want me to come in?" B: "Why don't you hit that power chord, and we'll go into the chorus from there."
See also: chord, power

strike a chord (with someone)

To elicit or trigger a strong emotional response to something; to be very poignant. Thank you for speaking, your words really struck a chord. The film still strikes a chord with younger audiences, even after all these years.
See also: chord, strike

hit the right chord

To be perfectly suitable for a particular situation or circumstance; to get it exactly right. The commercial hit the right chord with its target audience, and was one of the most highly rated spots of the year. It's tricky trying to hit the right chord during a job interview, when you're trying to sell yourself while remaining relatable.
See also: chord, hit, right

strike the right chord

To be perfectly suitable for a particular situation or circumstance; to get something exactly right. The commercial struck the right chord with its target audience, and was one of the most highly rated spots of the year. It's tricky trying to strike the right chord during a job interview, when you're trying to sell yourself while remaining relatable.
See also: chord, right, strike

touch a chord (with someone)

To elicit or trigger a strong emotional response to something; to be very poignant. Thank you for speaking, your words really touched a chord with me. The film still touches a chord with younger audiences, even after all these years. In my opinion, nothing touches a chord quite the same way music does.
See also: chord, touch

strike a chord (with someone)

Fig. to cause someone to remember something; to remind someone of something; to be familiar. The woman in the portrait struck a chord with me, and I realized that it was my grandmother. His name strikes a chord, but I don't know why.
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strike a chord

Trigger a feeling or memory, as in That poem strikes a chord in all those touched by the Holocaust. This term alludes to striking the strings or keys of a musical instrument. [First half of 1800s] Also see strike the right note.
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strike a chord

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touch a chord

COMMON If something strikes a chord or touches a chord, it makes you respond in an emotional way, usually because you understand and identify with it. The case has shocked America and struck a chord with every parent of a young child. Little wonder that the play touched such a responsive chord in the hearts of both the young and the old.
See also: chord, strike

strike (or touch) a chord

say or do something which affects or stirs the emotions of others.
See also: chord, strike

strike (or touch) the right chord

skilfully appeal to or arouse a particular emotion in others.
See also: chord, right, strike

strike/touch a ˈchord (with somebody)

say or do something which speaks directly to somebody’s emotions or memories: His war poetry struck a chord with people who remembered that period.
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Even my students who had been playing scales and chords for years were challenged with Sowash's "scaling the chords" exercise where the student plays primary chords in the left hand while playing the scale up and down with some twists and turns in the right hand.
I start playing what is known as a walking bass line that outlines the chords.
The construction comprises a Reimann plate that provides an interface between the main chord and tubular lacings at a cluster joint.
2 Have students place these chords under given lyrics (best to try and find lyrics of songs they might not know).
As a celebration of its 20th anniversary in the musician assistance business, Ron Greene is providing the musical instrument player with a Free 'Musicians Note and Chord Guide' booklet (pdf downloadable), which includes; Key Signatures and the Circles of Fifths, how to play chords in accompaniment, playing chord extensions, melody and lead notes, scale references, and much more.
The Classical Club Night, hosted by Sage Gateshead as part of The Late Shows 2013 in partnership with Northern Chords and Nonclassical, will take place on Saturday from 10.
At maximum volume, the group switches (=B) to a series of soft chords.
The sum of the chord lengths of the air voids intersected by these traverse lines is then used to estimate the air void content, or total volume fraction of air, by summing the lengths of all the chords and dividing by the total length of the 20 traverse lines, each of which is the width of the sample.
Teaching the student the function of the chords within a harmonic progression and how to interpret this melodically through the use of guide tones more appropriately introduces improvisation to the beginning jazz guitarist.
He said while speaking our vocal chords vibrate to produce a pitch.
At the end of the training, which starts by matching chords with colored flags, a teacher will play random notes on the piano and the child, without looking, can identify them.
Trusses in which the top chords frame into the bottom chord are able to carry substantially higher loads than are those in which the bottom chord frames into the top chords.
They're also able to make their vocal chords vibrate at a specific frequency, or the number of waves that pass a point in a specific amount of time.
You'll never hear from anyone that I screwed them as far as Fat Wreck Chords goes, 'cause I never have.
As additional notes are added, and the chords become more complex, the map expands into multiple dimensions, creating a unified framework for all possible chord progressions.