from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the strings of an instrument.
  • adj. Relating to or consisting of a harmonic chord.
  • adj. Giving prominence to harmonic rather than contrapuntal structure: chordal music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of chords.
  • adj. Having an accompaniment of chords rather than a countermelody.
  • adj. Having a notochord; chordate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a chord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a chord; specifically, of or pertaining to the chorda dorsalis or notochord of a vertebrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or consisting of or emphasizing chords


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  • Yet the music is anything but predictable, and Mr. McHenry utilizes different approaches with the same group, from conventional chordal improvisation to noisier free-form pieces.

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  • There's tons of sections without chordal movement.

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  • A platform of kinetic cut-and-paste electronica is enriched by waves of horns and choral voices, relentless bass patterns, darting guitars, crisp percussion, jolting changes in meter and Thom Yorke's wheedling vocals sung often without chordal support.

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  • Never one to resort to simple open chord strums, Matthews spryly plucked circular ostinatos and buoyant chordal riffs to power the band's string of memorable hits.

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  • But where that unconventional ensemble features two chordal instruments—piano and guitar—and no bass, the quintet appearing this week features two basses, Scott Colley playing the acoustic upright and Fima Ephron on the electric, along with Messrs.

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  • "I played in a lot of trios — usually bass, drums and sax — without a chordal instrument because a lot of rooms didn't have a good piano," he said.

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  • The opening set was largely devoted to Meters hits, and though some of the performances spilled over into organ-powered, jam band romps, there was always evidence of Nocentelli's signature traits: the percussive, palm muted attack, the sharply syncopated low end melodies, the extended chordal chops, the juxtaposition of rumbling tones and bright, horn like accents.

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  • JARENWATTANANON: Well, I think it has somewhat to do with the fact that there's no chordal instrument, right?

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  • You know, there's even a section in this particular song where Mark Turner, the saxophonist, is sort of playing that chordal instrument, playing these arpeggios as the bassist sort of grooves and solos himself, and the drummer just plays a great beat.

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