48 Answered Questions for the topic chord progressions

Chord Progressions Composing Musical Mood

10/08/20

What is a chord 'walk-down' or 'walk-up' and what is 'cascading?'

One feature in song-writing is nicknamed 'walking down' (or up) depending on the effect you want. Walk-downs often express a saddening state, while -ups are happier, confident. What is this... more

08/01/19

Is there a visual way to map out the relationships among chords similar to the Tonnetz lattice of Neo-Riemannian analysis but for atonal music?

I am looking for a way to map out the distances between chords for atonal music. I really like Tonnetz analysis, but for atonal music, it doesn't quite work out the same for me. Is there a similar... more

07/03/19

Elements of a horror musical song?

When composing horror music for musical drama in general, what does one need to consider as in harmony, melody and rhythm, etc.? For harmony, I am especially interested in what chords are normally... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Theory

06/27/19

Parallel Fifth in a Symphony Orchestral?

when writing for an orchestra can we use parallel fifth (Power Chord)? for example in game of thrones symphony for some part of string or another song for brass section because it is so powerful... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

06/26/19

Is GbM7 to DbM7/F also a chromatic movement?

I was writing a song in Bbm key. And the chord progression goes something like. Bbm,GbM7, DbM7/F In this situation does the GbM7 going to DbM7/F also consider as chromatic progression ? If it... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

06/26/19

Can one measure the "distance" between chords? If so, how?

I was reading an article an the author gave the following sequence of chords: C A7 Dm G C I would like to measure the "distance" if there is such a thing between C and A7. Can this be done? In... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Key

06/24/19

Did Bach ever use melodic minor keys in chorales?

For example, E Melodic Minor would have C#, allowing for a ii7-V-I cadence.
Chord Progressions Composition Theory Scales

06/23/19

Guide-lines for creating a simple chord-progression?

I am working on a computer program that generates a simple melody, based on a simple chord progression of four chords taken from the 7 triads of the C Major scale. The program is also supposed to... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Modulation

06/21/19

How to modulate from minor to parallel major?

I'm trying to find a good modulation from Dm to D. I know that I could use Dm-A7-D but it feels a bit to unsophisticated. I thought that I maybe could do something like Dm-X-C-X-Em-X-D where X is... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Modulation

06/18/19

How do I use the Omnibus Progression to Modulate from I to iv?

I am composing a piece in which there is a modulation between the keys of Db major and F# minor. Is it possible to use the omnibus progression to smoothly execute this modulation? If it is... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Arranging Theory

06/12/19

Can chord substitutions take place unrestrictedly without invalidating a progression?

Can chord substitutions take place unrestrictedly without invalidating a progression?
Chord Progressions Composition Composition (music)

06/11/19

Composing a song in Cm with major chord substitutes?

I am composing a song in Cm with a very basic chord progression of I-IV-I. So, normally, in Cm, that would be Cm7-Fm7-Cm7, but I am actually playing Cm7-F7-Cm7.First of all, why does this work?... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Composition Theory

06/10/19

Are chord progressions used in classical music?

Apart from Pachelbel's Canon which uses (I V vi iii IV I IV V) I didn't see any other classical music that uses chord progressions (?) Think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart kind of classical. Would it be... more

06/07/19

Are there scales and chord progressions particularly used in Rag music?

I am interested in the underlying scale and chord structures of ragtime music . For example, I was reading in my book Jazzology last night that ii-V-I progressions are frequently used in Jazz. I am... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Composition Theory

06/04/19

What are the different ways of adding non-diatonic chords?

I'm trying to add more detail to what I'm playing by using non-diatonic chords. So far the main ways I have found are: 1. Borrowing chords from parallel key (mode mixture) 2. Chromatic Mediants... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chord Theory

06/04/19

Pentatonic Scale and Chord Qualities?

I am trying to play the pentatonic in the Key of G-Major. But like in Major scales we have the sequence Maj-min-min-Maj-Maj-min-dim, is there something for Pentatonic as well.?

06/03/19

Ending a song with a dominant chord?

As far as i know, almost all songs end in the tonic chord, because this is the most "stable" condition. On the other hand, a dominant chord at the end of a progression (or song) sounds... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Harmony

05/27/19

Trouble writing chord progressions in minor?

I've been composing in major for some time and decided to work in a minor key for practice. It's not going too well – I'm having trouble using common techniques in major, such as utilizing the... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

05/27/19

Parallel chord substitutions?

Are parallel chord substitutions common in (classical) music (if so, please share some examples)? And do they have the same function as the original chords? By saying parallel chords I am... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Scales

05/24/19

When to use different scales or modes over chord progressions?

I know my major/pentatonic/blues scales pretty well, and I can apply it pretty fluently when playing over 1-4-5-min6 chord progressions, but I find that when I try to improvise over more... more

05/24/19

Significance of pop songs with progressions that alternate one chord with one that's three semitones below it?

I've noticed a couple of pop songs that use one chord progression that alternates between swapping one chord (either fifth or fourth) with one that's three semitones below it (to third or second):*... more

05/21/19

Uses for augmented chords in composition?

I've been studying for music theory for many years and I enjoy just writing little chord progressions and melodies to see what certain progressions sound like and how interesting I can make them.... more

05/20/19

Uses for augmented chords in composition?

I've been studying for music theory for many years and I enjoy just writing little chord progressions and melodies to see what certain progressions sound like and how interesting I can make them.... more
Chord Progressions Composition Theory Modes

05/14/19

Locrian Harmony?

I like utilizing modes in my the pieces I write, but there is one mode I've never been able to fully grasp and utilize and that is the Locrian mode.The chords that naturally occur in the Locrian... more
Chord Progressions Piano Composition Jazz

05/14/19

How to turn any (pop) song into a jazz song?

Quite often there are pop songs wich get covered in a jazz style. These covers are seen from youtube to tv. Now I tried doing something like this, with for example Bad Day by Daniel Powter. It's... more

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