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1. Of or relating to the strings of an instrument.
2. Relating to or consisting of a harmonic chord.
3. Giving prominence to harmonic rather than contrapuntal structure: chordal music.
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(ˈkɔr dl)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a chord.
2. of or pertaining to music that is marked principally by vertical harmonic movement rather than by linear polyphony.
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Adj.1.chordal - relating to or consisting of or emphasizing chords; "chordal assonance in modern music"; "chordal rather than contrapuntal music"
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We heard the unmistakable and matchless Colne Valley sound time and time again in festive favourites such as Deck The Halls, typified by chordal refrains in which a sprightly tenor section responded to some hearty bass melodies.
This book is perfect for beginning songwriters who want to explore the use of chordal patterns and see specific examples in popular music throughout the years.
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The powerful chemistry within the band is surfaced when the chordal changes by Omran 'Momo' Shafique are gracefully complimented by Babar Sheikh's own set of added drive using the legendary DS-2 pedal.
The second movement (Elegies; Lamentations) changes style, with the orchestra playing chordal pads.
The choirs sing mainly in chordal textures either in simple alternation or together on doubled parts.
Obstructive cardiomyopathy without severe septal hypertrophy (OCM), such as from papillary muscle abnormalities or abnormal chordal attachment, can lead to a decrease in cardiac output due to obstruction in the left ventricular outflow tract.
"Jazz, through its willingness to buck convention and the box of traditional chordal structure - or even refusing to participate at times via the norms of language but use scatting - allows emotion to be unleashed both for the performer and the listener."
He discusses harmonic function, including tonic and pre-tonic effects and the effect of tonal center, pre-pretonic effects, and chord progressions with interlocking functions; schematic effects and common phrasings for chord and slot schemas; transformational effects that accompany chords and chord progressions, such as transposition, modulation, and chordal substitution; and ambiguous harmonic effects.
In a systematic manner, we assessed the mitral annulus, leaflet thickness and mobility, commissural and chordal fusion, the presence and location of calcific nodules, areas of prolapse and billowing, the direction of the regurgitant jet, thickness and length of chordae tendineae and MR grade.
Although all of the cardiac valves may be involved by rheumatic carditis, mitral valve is the most commonly affected one and stenosis of this valve occurs as a result of leaflet thickening, commissural fusion, and chordal shortening.