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Tantalus
07-13-2006, 07:28 PM
I am in need of a few sad chord progressions for the acoustic guitar.... any input would be great! Thanks.

CraigKing
07-13-2006, 07:33 PM
Erm...Any minor...basically... Em, Am, Dmm too you get the idea lol ..also jazzz chords too, some sound sad.

but prety much, minors are known for sad progessions. majors being more ahppy sounding, like compare A to Am or D to Dm

the_caretaker
07-13-2006, 07:34 PM
If there's anything I learned from Spinal Tap, it's that D Minor is that saddest chord.

RED VETTE
07-13-2006, 07:36 PM
Erm...Any minor...basically... Em, Am, Dm...you get the idea...Gm too lol.

Now this guys going to base a career on those 4 chords. :(

doive
07-13-2006, 07:37 PM
I've found that to make a chord progression sound sad it's often best to have a good mix of minor and major chords often the major chords in the riff can sound the saddest..dunno why

Try listening to a sad song you like and looking at the chords for that

CraigKing
07-13-2006, 07:38 PM
Now this guys going to base a career on those 4 chords. :(

uh...i was just giving examples :/

honkey
07-14-2006, 10:19 AM
If there's anything I learned from Spinal Tap, it's that D Minor is that saddest chord.
Key*, people also weep instantly when they hear it

jimtaka
07-14-2006, 10:38 AM
yeah minor chords = gloomy

If there's anything I learned from Spinal Tap, it's that D Minor is that saddest chord.
but our amps go to eleven.

googs185
07-14-2006, 10:44 AM
Definitely Dm and you could throw in some Em and Am. Pretty much the minor key is "sad"

washburndean
07-14-2006, 12:28 PM
Try to mix the C major chord in there too.

A chord progression along the lines of A minor, C major and F major (barre chord) sounds INCREDIBLY sad. :(

Hope I helped!

BobFromReboot
07-14-2006, 02:59 PM
It really has nothing to do with weather or not a chord is major or minor. Its not about playing as many minor chords as you can either, doing that wont make your music sad, it'll make your music sad.

Dreadnought
07-14-2006, 03:10 PM
It really has nothing to do with weather or not a chord is major or minor. Its not about playing as many minor chords as you can either, doing that wont make your music sad, it'll make your music sad.

I don't understand a word of that :confused:

Zhizn
07-14-2006, 03:45 PM
I don't understand a word of that :confused:

I thought it was a brilliant pun actually.

With requisite spelling mistakes and poor grammar common to UG posts, of course.

Dreadnought
07-14-2006, 03:50 PM
I understand the pun lol, I just think it's a ridiculous post

BobFromReboot
07-14-2006, 04:05 PM
Haha. What do you not understand. All I was saying is that it doesn't really take a minor chord to make something sad at all. It's all about how it's played, and what the chords function in a progression is. But about my comment about sad chords being not sad but sad. I mean't with the advice "use alot of minor chords" somebody could just be really stupid and play something like Em, Fm, Am, Gm then Bm and wonder why people are laughing instead of crying.

jimtaka
07-14-2006, 04:17 PM
^--- offering the tip of "use minor chords" is about as helpful as you can really get without writing the guy's music for him though isn't it? if not, let's hear a helpful description of how to write a sad chord progression.

BobFromReboot
07-14-2006, 04:51 PM
Okay, heres how. Play different things untill you find something that sounds sad. Happy? Sad.

jimtaka
07-14-2006, 05:40 PM
^-- exactly my point. you can't tell someone how to write a sad chord progression.

Ostin
07-15-2006, 01:25 AM
^-- exactly my point. you can't tell someone how to write a sad chord progression.
no... but you can start him off and give him advice on what usually sounds sad....

angusfenderbend
07-16-2006, 02:03 AM
Minor chords. Hopefully you know what the word minor means. Hint- It's not an underrage drinker of someone who splits rock.

The way to hate
07-16-2006, 02:16 AM
Dm, Am, Em, C

The way to hate
07-16-2006, 02:18 AM
I've found that to make a chord progression sound sad it's often best to have a good mix of minor and major chords often the major chords in the riff can sound the saddest..dunno why

Try listening to a sad song you like and looking at the chords for that

Fade to Black.. :(

Am, C, Em, G

A song intro I do now is... G, Am, C, G, C, Em, G, Em, G, G, G, Am
Some are picked, strummed etc.

The way to hate
07-16-2006, 02:19 AM
Okay, heres how. Play different things untill you find something that sounds sad. Happy? Sad.

Or you can use minor chords if you want something sad off the top of your head? Stop being a prick.

yan_kong
07-16-2006, 03:43 PM
I would use maj7, maj6, min, min7, and 9 at times...

the real thing is in the melody...
if would be really dull to only play minor chords :S

scott111193
10-27-2010, 06:50 AM
It's not about how you go into minors exactly, it's about how you go from one chord to the next, and dont over use minors. If you listen to the beatles and some of their sad songs, they use more majors than minors, but it's how you approach a minor. For instance. If i play Am for 1 bar and then go to Em where can i go from there to make it sound soulful. F major? try it. A nice but sad few good chord progressions are just starting from one chord. Dmaj7 G6 Dmaj7 G6 Em A7 Dmaj7.
Or
Dmaj7 F#m Em A7
Or
Dmaj7 Gm D Gm Gm Em A D

You'll see what im mean, and also play them with feel, play them softly. This is just going from one chord Dmaj7.

If you want something scary sounding, then try Dm to Bbm

clayonfire
10-27-2010, 02:18 PM
i-iv-v

If you're looking to stay in one key, that's your best approach, straight up minor chords. Yes, it's just straight-up sad sounding, but if you could throw in a major chord somewhere, and as long as the progression ends on a minor chord, it'll retain that 'sad' sound. If it ends on a major chord, then it may seem a bit 'too happy'.

If you're looking for dark, go out of the key; Chromatics, out of key chords, etc. Like, Dmin-Ebmin or Dmin-C#min, etc. Tritones, half steps, chromatics, out of key chords, etc. That's more so for dark, but still.

2841981
10-27-2010, 04:28 PM
lol at necro

123andrewjc
11-01-2010, 03:03 PM
Hi, speaking of sad songs I was wondering if anyone could figure out the chords at the beginning of this song. Heartbreak (Original Extended Mix). The guitar is at right around 1:00.

If anyone could try and figure them out please! Thanks!

sonofsatchmo
11-01-2010, 04:53 PM
Hi, speaking of sad songs I was wondering if anyone could figure out the chords at the beginning of this song. Heartbreak (Original Extended Mix). The guitar is at right around 1:00.

If anyone could try and figure them out please! Thanks!

Ermmmmmmmm... please go away and start your own thread. :mad:

123andrewjc
11-01-2010, 11:18 PM
Ermmmmmmmm... please go away and start your own thread. :mad:

yikes, my bad

zorbozate
11-02-2010, 08:49 PM
IT,s ALL IN THE FINGERS!!!

Rahul Satriani
01-23-2011, 02:29 PM
Dm Am Bb F - C Dm C F

wandering_taco
01-23-2011, 03:56 PM
I find an arpeggiated C D F Am Em sounds quite sad even though most of the chords are major. Probably because of the intervals between the chords, like the minor 3rd between the D and F. So take things like that into consideration.

007dude
01-23-2011, 07:51 PM
"Lone Sal Bug" - Buckethead.

chiragokani
11-28-2012, 01:05 AM
Lennon was a genius. he could take the simplest progressions and make the most powerful music reflecting his deepest, most inner thoughts.
"God" G-Em-C-D7

adamgur96
11-28-2012, 04:11 AM
Lennon was a genius. he could take the simplest progressions and make the most powerful music reflecting his deepest, most inner thoughts.
"God" G-Em-C-D7

You just necro bumped a 6 year old thread :facepalm:

Iohannes
11-28-2012, 12:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ1iMQA0egc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ZUQMBD5yI

stepchildusmc
11-28-2012, 09:34 PM
if you wanna find sad chords... just put a chord chart in a room with my ex-wife. even the happiest of melodies couldn't survive that. i once came home and found that a Bm7 chord had hung itself from the light fixture just because she walked into the room to dust.

aviale
01-15-2013, 10:20 PM
I personally think that this chord progression is the most saddest (and rarely used oddly):

Gm - Dm - Eb - Cm - D

Try this one too:

G#m - F# - E - C#m - Ebm

P.S. Rahul, I loved yours!

tuxs
01-17-2013, 05:37 PM
I hope his next question is not, How do you tie a noose. Cheers

Captaincranky
01-17-2013, 07:23 PM
Just write a new set of lyrics over "Stairway to Heaven". Capo the guitar, so nobody will recognize it.... ;)

Milan Fistonich
12-22-2013, 10:11 PM
a major-g major-f# minor-d major 7
taken from luna by the smashing pumpkins