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Shifty155
01-27-2007, 04:31 PM
I am writing a happy song, so I naturally need happy sounding chords. I have a capo on the third fret (acoustic) and am using D, G, and C. Any other suggestions that match with D, G, and C?

nappy d
01-27-2007, 04:36 PM
Em, F

hippieboy444
01-27-2007, 04:36 PM
F and A are happy. E is to bluesy to be happy, but might could fit.

underscore_
01-27-2007, 05:07 PM
A for sure

Ad_Hominem?Nay
01-27-2007, 05:16 PM
Em isn't all that happy really... I'd say E7, D7, D6 should be added onto this list instead

Shifty155
01-27-2007, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D:)

Any more would be greatly appreciated.

squidgyegg
01-27-2007, 07:44 PM
Major, major, major.

That's about it really...

Ooh, I can write a song in C major: happy: eccentric Christian worship music. Just steal the chords from a cheesy Christian band (Sonicflood, DC Talk).

bangoodcharlote
01-27-2007, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D:) You could use a minor chord's sad feeling to lead to a happy chord.

Here is an example: D G Bm A repeat.

walkinbazooka
01-27-2007, 07:47 PM
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D:)

Any more would be greatly appreciated.
It's called tension and resolution.

Some n00bs (like me) call it contrast also but they're essentially the same thing.

bangoodcharlote
01-27-2007, 07:51 PM
It's called tension and resolution.

Some n00bs (like me) call it contrast also but they're essentially the same thing. Tension and contrast are quite different.

Tension and resolution: A suspended chord resolving to a major chord Dsus-->D
Contrast: The mellow interlude in "Master of Puppets" sounding completely different than the rest of the song.

walkinbazooka
01-27-2007, 08:08 PM
Tension and contrast are quite different.

Tension and resolution: A suspended chord resolving to a major chord Dsus-->D
Contrast: The mellow interlude in "Master of Puppets" sounding completely different than the rest of the song.
That thing you said about the Metallica song is true (but not what I'm talking about). I mean tonal contrast. Using major and minor triads.

Sound_Garden_X
01-27-2007, 08:30 PM
G!!

alienboy18241
01-27-2007, 08:39 PM
A lot of the sus2's and sus4's have a major feel to them, so try some of those out.

TheLastTrueJedi
01-27-2007, 09:14 PM
lol

sloppyjoe24
01-27-2007, 09:18 PM
happy chords.

Shifty155 = not emo :cheers:

Shifty155
01-27-2007, 09:33 PM
Nope. I like writing the occasional eerie song every now and then, but the project I am working on now (a song I call "The Olde Town) has a very happy and bright feel. Which I like more over sad and somber.

Nick_
01-27-2007, 10:39 PM
6 chords

specifically, A6 x02222

very bright sounding

play

0-2p0-0-2p0
2-2----2-2
2-2----2-2
2-2----2-2
0-0----0-0 .... etc

GuitarSymphony
01-27-2007, 11:48 PM
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D:)

Any more would be greatly appreciated.

A lot of the time it's not what chords you play; it's how you sing over the chords.

cellomaster
01-28-2007, 01:48 AM
whos saying f, and e and a... he's using c, d and g. maybe if he wanted to sound retarded u could go fmaj, dmaj, cmaj, and a maj.... but he wants happy not retarded.

cellomaster
01-28-2007, 01:55 AM
sorrry i should of said something liek cadd9, dsus4 or bm7. that r in the scale ur using. but a happy song doesn't mean all majors. n i could make a sad song with all majors. so yeh

nightwind
01-28-2007, 11:54 AM
For to be happy, it doesn't have to be all major chords. It's nice to have some movement in the song, some contrast. Otherwise, it's going to sound pretty sugarly, in my opinion. You need at least a bit of tension.

Shifty155
01-28-2007, 01:43 PM
Right, so far it's this:

Capo on 3rd fret, use fingers

D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G

Nick_
01-28-2007, 01:59 PM
Depending on how you voice the Bm7 it might be a D6

btw

:)

bangoodcharlote
01-28-2007, 02:30 PM
Right, so far it's this:

Capo on 3rd fret, use fingers

D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G Get some kind of D7-G resolution in there. Perhaps for the chorus you could play something like this: D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G G D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G D7, and then back to the verse that starts with G.

That will give a great G major (Bb with the capo) sound.

justinp93
01-28-2007, 02:48 PM
maj7s. 7ths.