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aeisen93 01-07-2021 06:08 PM

Does anyone else see chords as colors?
 
When I think of certain chords, I associate them with colors. D Major chord is Green, A Major chord is blue, etc... not sure where these colors are coming from. Do any of you associate chords with colors?

DianeA 01-07-2021 06:13 PM

Yes, A is red, E is blue, D is white, F is brown, G is gold, B is blue-green. I feel silly writing this...

menhir 01-07-2021 06:16 PM

You'll want to look up synaesthesia.

It's a real thing.

TRose 01-07-2021 06:18 PM

Does anyone else see chords as colors?
 
There was a relatively recent (2017) thread concerning synesthesia.
Here’s a link:

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=553308

Apparently many people do see colors, sense smells, or have “special synesthesia” when it comes to music.

F_Gator 01-07-2021 07:01 PM

Wow! I thought it was just me! I’ve tried to explain this to family members, but they just look at me like like I have a 3rd eye.

I noticed it a long time ago, don’t remember how long.

Weird, isn’t it?

Only I see/feel different colors than you guys. I suppose it’s different for each person?

So glad you posted this - I thought I was a freak.

doodahdoug 01-07-2021 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by aeisen93 (Post 6598378)
When I think of certain chords, I associate them with colors. D Major chord is Green, A Major chord is blue, etc... not sure where these colors are coming from. Do any of you associate chords with colors?

I thought it was just the "flashbacks" they warned me about in the 70's! :)

UncleJesse 01-07-2021 07:16 PM

This is wild! I've never associated chords with colors and seems so strange :)

KevinH 01-07-2021 07:23 PM

I read about synaesthesia years ago and thought it would be a really nice "condition" to have. Check out Oliver Sachs' books if you're interested in it.

Cameleye 01-07-2021 07:24 PM

I have a son with this condition, every note's a different color or shade.
Coincidentally, he's an amazing, multi talented musician.

FingahPickah 01-07-2021 07:32 PM

Sound Synesthesia is when a piece of music evokes the perception of shapes, colors, and movements. It is also called Chromosthesia.

Also check out https://www.oliversacks.com/books-by.../musicophilia/

My favorite chapter is: "Papa Blows His Nose In G"

Twin Six 01-07-2021 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menhir (Post 6598382)
You'll want to look up synaesthesia.

It's a real thing.

I always thought this was such a universal experience, and so intimately personal, that I never thought to mention it to anyone.

PeteD 01-07-2021 07:47 PM

This is fascinating to me...and I have nothing of this sort!

So if you see a C chord as green for example, do you also see the root C as the same color of green? Do you see each individual note as a color, or just chords? Is a C# a slightly different shade of green or is it a completely different color.

Fascinating.

Steve DeRosa 01-07-2021 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by FingahPickah (Post 6598448)
Sound Synesthesia is when a piece of music evokes the perception of shapes, colors, and movements...My favorite chapter is "Papa Blows His Nose In G"

Sounds like something James Brown would have sung at Woodstock (cue guitar rhythm and rimshot here):


airborne1 01-07-2021 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by DianeA (Post 6598381)
Yes, A is red, E is blue, D is white, F is brown, G is gold, B is blue-green. I feel silly writing this...


Your response made me smile!

Kittoon 01-07-2021 08:29 PM

Do individual notes have any sort of color? What about more complex chords? Do the colors “blend” together?


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