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Author Topic: Stupid newbie question - 6/8 chords  (Read 630 times)
tom.k.cook
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« on: July 06, 2022, 09:35:09 AM »

I'm completely new to MMA and unfortunately the first song I tried to generate an accompaniment for is in 6/8, involving chord changes on the 5th and 6th of the 8s in a bar.  This is my attempt at the first few bars of Me and Mrs Jones:

Code:
Tempo 180
Time 6 Tabs=1,2,3,4,5,6
Groove ballad68
1 C9
2 F9
3 C9
4 F9
5 Em7 / / / / Ebm7
6 Dm7

This fails:

Code:
Error: <Line 8> <File:jones.mma> Too many chords specified in line. Max is 4. For more chords use @
    notation or change TIME TABS.

I've also tried writing bar 5 as

Code:
5 Em7 Ebm7@6

which also fails:

Code:
Error: <Line 8> <File:jones.mma> Beat after @ must be less than 5.0, not '6.0'.

It sort of looks like the Time directive is being ignored.  Am I missing something?
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bvdp
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2022, 03:56:07 PM »

Welcome to MMA!

The line "Groove ballad68" undoes the previous line setting the time/tabs. In the actual ballad68.mma file there are some comments ... but, essentially the groove is 4/4.

So, for a line like:

 5 Em7 / / / / Ebm7

It's easiest to do:

 5  Em7  Ebm7@4.33

But, honestly, you'll never see the difference since there is no chord change at that beat being created by the groove.

Please grab the big file of examples on the website. It has "Me and Mrs Jones" all ready for you ... many of the files are commented and will help in your understanding.

Shout if you need help!
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