48 Answered Questions for the topic chord progressions

05/10/19

How can you get a Country and Western sound with just a guitar and vocal?

A glimmer of a song idea I have feels like it might fit a C&W style. But I have no idea how that would be achieved and I'm not really a big C&W fan. Is it a musical thing with the... more

05/07/19

How to create Chord progressions that make sense?

I've been reading over Walter Piston's Harmony book, and it has been an eye-opener to say the least. I understand concepts like tension and release, voice leading and so forth, but I still don't... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Ukulele Beginner

05/06/19

What ukulele chords would go well in a song with a C-F-G7-C progression?

I am a beginner ukulele/guitar player and although I'm not a great musician I enjoy making up my own songs. I've started improvising a bouncy, twee little tune with a C-F-G7-C progression but not... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Syncopation

05/06/19

Off beat chord change in progression?

I'm self learning to compose something using a daw. I'm a self tough on theory and quite poor so please but hope the question make some sense. I followed a tutorial that suggest the possibility to... more

05/05/19

chord progressions - Fm to Bb, sounds different to Cm to F?

I recently started trying my hand at composition and could not figure out why the two chords progressions sounds different:1. F minor followed by B flat major, which is an interval of a 4th2. C... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Ukulele

04/30/19

Writing a Strange Ukulele Tune - Need Chord Help :)?

I'm writing a strange little ukulele tune that goes G-G7-C-Cm and then repeats, basically. But I'd like it to repeat to a different last chord/last two chords but I'm having an issue finding a... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Midi

04/27/19

How to make melodies/chords more interesting?

I’m a noob when it comes to making music but I have a little problem when creating melodies/chords. I made a nice loop in fl studio but I feel it’s to repetitive. I’ve tried adding more chords and... more
Chord Progressions Composition (music)

04/22/19

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 Piano Composition Jazz

04/21/19

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

04/13/19

The Chords in this progression sound great but don't belong together - so why do they work?

I am a songwriter and compose my own music to go with my lyrics. Most of my chord progressions follow common patterns like using a I V IV or I IV V with an occasional ii or iii or vi chord thrown... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Chords

04/12/19

Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: https://youtu.be/rNg2Dh6gPkw?t=83 And... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Blues

04/12/19

What are some chord substitutions for a I-IV-V blues progression?

I was watching a video of SRV and one of the things that really stood out was the fact that he seemed to have a different iteration of the I-IV-V turnaround - and made it look/sound effortless. Any... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

04/08/19

What is a secondary dominant chord?

What is a secondary dominant chord? What's the theory behind them? How are they used in composition?
Chord Progressions Music Theory Terminology Theory

04/07/19

Is there a name for the progression ♭VI–♭VII–I?

The so-called Andalusian cadence occurs when one harmonizes the descending tetrachord from tonic down to dominant with I–♭VII–♭VI–V. Yet the progression ♭VI–♭VII–I seems just as common. It's... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Chords

04/04/19

How do I find suitable chords for a melody or a song? Or How do I come up with chord progression?

I have spent some time reading a book that taught me different types of chords and different scales and I understand them very well. But the book didn't really expand on how to actually use these... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Chords

04/04/19

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... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

03/27/19

How do I correctly borrow chords from one key to another?

So how does one decide to borrow chords? Let's say I am in the key of C Major. Can I borrow chords, say, from the G Major key? How does this work?
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition

03/27/19

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

03/26/19

How to create Chord progressions that make sense?

I've been reading over Walter Piston's Harmony book, and it has been an eye-opener to say the least. I understand concepts like tension and release, voice leading and so forth, but I still don't... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Theory Chords

03/19/19

How do I correctly borrow chords from one key to another?

So how does one decide to borrow chords? Let's say I am in the key of C Major. Can I borrow chords, say, from the G Major key? How does this work?
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Key

03/18/19

The Chords in this progression sound great but don't belong together - so why do they work?

I am a songwriter and compose my own music to go with my lyrics. Most of my chord progressions follow common patterns like using a I V IV or I IV V with an occasional ii or iii or vi chord thrown... more
Chord Progressions Music Theory Songwriting Theory

03/18/19

How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody?

How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody? There are a lot of possibility that it can be more than a single chord..Also, would be better like this.. To... more
Chord Progressions Songwriting Composition Chords

03/14/19

Film Scoring non-diatonic chord changes. Any good books?

so I've been reading about film scoring and how the composers typically use non-diatonic chord progressions (M3, m3 and tritone), for example C major to E-major and C major to E-flat major; to... more

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