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littlemusic 09-04-2015 11:07 PM

A few questions on chord progressions?
 
Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.

I'm wondering how to combine chord progressions? As in, what chord progressions work well together in order to contrast verse, chorus, bridge, etc. I also need to know how to write an effect bridge, chord-wise. Also a little help on how to create a good verse chord progression in general would be nice, as well.

Any help would be appreciated.

Lucem Ferre 09-04-2015 11:26 PM

I always just do things that will sound good. Just do things that sound good.

Chula Vista 09-05-2015 01:00 PM

Study this:

Circle of Fifths

missMorgue 11-03-2015 12:49 PM

I've been reading this blog called The Essential Secrets Of Songwriting by a gentleman called Gary Ewer on a regular basis lately, there's a lot of posts about putting together melody and harmony, also a good read for structural advice and fitting lyrics to a melody.

The circle of fifths is important to know for any kind of modulation. I'd suggest, if I may, that you look for songs you think sound anything like what you would like to play, then figure out which chords are playing.

Minor verse section - Major chorus tend to work very well at times.
Happy writing :)

Terrapin_Station 11-03-2015 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by littlemusic (Post 1632970)
I'm wondering how to combine chord progressions?

Play one chord, then play another, and so on. You can repeat the same chord, too.

I'm not being glib there, by the way.
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As in, what chord progressions work well together in order to contrast verse, chorus, bridge, etc.
You use your ear. And you practice/"experiment" a lot. What do you like the sound of?

Theory is good to learn, but it's not prescriptive, it's descriptive--it's an analysis tool. It doesn't tell you what to do. It just gives you a way of understanding (and more easily remembering) what you've done (or what other people have done).

What to do comes from your tastes, your ear, your expression. Play a lot and play around a lot. Try different things. Try things you never tried before. If you like the sound of something use it. There is no wrong in this stuff.


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