Most Beautiful Chord Progression?


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I-AM-NOT-GOD
04-10-2007, 04:40 AM
My girlfriend asked me to write a song for her, and i want to make it the most beautiful song i could do, so what is the most beautiful chords progression of 3/4 chords for a bar? i was thinking of a capo on the second then play C/D/Em/Em, but what are your ideas?

kjlee2112
04-10-2007, 04:48 AM
I like capoing on the 4th then starting in C and descending thru the C/B(or Em7) to Am with an F or Fmaj7 and G in there too. Or, using those same chords, but ascending up the neck picking a la "Blackbird", but using the chords in different positions. I love that stuff.

Niff
04-10-2007, 04:49 AM
minor chords make for a "beautiful" or slighltly sad progression, IMO.

AdamDK
04-10-2007, 05:01 AM
Try something like:

F/Fmaj7/Dm/C
F/Fmaj7/Dm7/Csus4

It sounds better with a capo around the third/fourth fret.

jimmypage1904
04-10-2007, 05:06 AM
Csus2/ Dmaj/Dsus4/Cmaj/Csus4

play it in any order you want

nightwind
04-10-2007, 07:22 AM
Try taking it to the pit, or elsewhere. Something just isn't right about this being here.

ctb
04-10-2007, 07:31 AM
-2-3p2-0-0-0-0-
-3---3-3-3-3-3-
-2---2-2-2-3-3-
-0---0-3-3-2-2-
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Not sure what chords they are, but I play this alot. Slowly.

GreenDayChris
04-10-2007, 08:06 AM
A D E

James_Water2
04-10-2007, 08:09 AM
Just play a song that she doesent know and pass it off as your own

LKW
04-10-2007, 08:33 AM
I'd keep progressions as simple as possible. A simple I-IV-V progression should do the trick.

But something that's relatively simple and always effective, is a descending line through the progression, especially when put against an ascending or steady vocal line. It's a clichι but it works every time, many of the world's greatest songs use this general principle.

For example: if you take a D A C G progression, you can get a descending line by playing the A as an A/C# inversion, and the G as a G/B inversion, because then the bass notes are D C# C B, a half step down each time:

D
2
3
2
0 (bass note, root)
-
-

A/C#
0
2
2
2
4 (bass note, not the root but the third)
-

C
0
1
0
2
3 (bass note, root)
-

G/B
0
3
0 (root)
0
2 (bass note, not root but third)
-

Just an example, but you can apply that to pretty much any progression you like. Try to hear a melody in a progression, and see how you can accentuate that melody with tricks like inversions or playing an additional note (such as playing a Dsus4 instead of a D chord)

Cyclotoolica
04-10-2007, 08:41 AM
Play stairway to heaven and hope she's never heard it

mcw00t
04-10-2007, 08:48 AM
nice and simple:

Am, C, G, Emin


or my personal favourite (sounds great when arpeggioed, i use it in one of my band's songs):

X02200, X32210, G, Emin

Cyclotoolica
04-10-2007, 08:49 AM
G A E

..............

(Let's do the Timewarp Again!)

xX*Zeppelin*Xx
04-10-2007, 08:51 AM
I really like the chorus from 'while my guitar gently weeps' :

A/C#m7th/F#m/C#m7/Bm7/B7/E

Just play about with those chords

aprescott_27
04-10-2007, 09:40 AM
I think some of the most beautiful progressions are minor, but if you're writing this for your g/f then probably not a good idea.

Something like:
Dm Bb Gm A7 (i VI iv V7)
Or maybe some Dorian:
Dm G Em A7 (i IV ii V7)

goth clash
04-10-2007, 09:42 AM
Anything with a perfect cadence at the end of it is a nice progression to play.

Powerhouse
04-10-2007, 09:42 AM
In 3/4, I would try something similar to "Iris."


D, Em, G, G and then Bm, A, G, G,.

coffeeguy9
04-10-2007, 09:47 AM
D A Bm F#m G D G A

..... lol

Def
04-10-2007, 09:51 AM
arpegiate G9, to Em9, to Fsus4, to F7
The key change to the relative minor in the middle gives it a really distinctive edge.

FretZippy21
04-10-2007, 10:04 AM
I've always liked F/C/Dm/Bb(sometimes before repeating slide up the same shape of Bb up one whole fret to C again just a little C slide)

AngusIsMyHero
04-10-2007, 10:17 AM
G, Em, C, D

That is the chord progression for "Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam.

nick dixon
04-10-2007, 10:23 AM
G A E

..............

(Let's do the Timewarp Again!)

I love that song.

By the way, its F, C, G, D, A

One of my favourite chord progressions on any particular song is "See emily play" - Pink Floyd.

I think the progression is Caug4 (or somthing) Am, then G. Very eiriee sounding. On the parts where the song goes "Gazing through tree's in sorrow, hardley a sound until tommorow..."

stratkat
04-10-2007, 10:24 AM
Chords in the maj 7th are pretty, I guess:)

Cpt.Jackass
04-10-2007, 10:38 AM
Under the Bridge, the opening riff.

i_got_novacain
04-10-2007, 10:39 AM
No capo
Am/F/C/D
Or
C/E/Am/F

WhiteLight
04-10-2007, 10:55 AM
Do diminished chords chromatically up the neck.

Hakanku
04-10-2007, 11:13 AM
Do some arpeggios and tapping on your acoustic, then add a pinch harmonic or two, thats beauty....*ends sarcasm*

Anyway.

I quite like a basic chord progression, but using a capo, cos it sounds so much nicer.

e.g. capo anywhere...4th sounds nice though

X30003 , XX2003 , XX0023

something like that I guess

Krieg Commando
04-10-2007, 11:17 AM
Sweet, ok but try to get a different rythym going, and are there gonna be lyrics? If there are dotn make them cheesy maybe a bit funny.

sock_demon
04-10-2007, 11:21 AM
Am7, D9, Gmaj7, Cmaj7, F#mb5, I think its Bm7 then Em, It's the chords for Santana's Europa, i think....

dann_blood
04-10-2007, 11:31 AM
Simple. Find some chords and play some classical Arpeggios.
Example.
C, F, G.
Dm, Gm, C.
Repeat that. If that doesnt suit you, then just find some other chords and arpeggio it up.

SomeoneYouKnew
04-10-2007, 12:08 PM
My girlfriend asked me to write a song for her, and i want to make it the most beautiful song i could do, so what is the most beautiful chords progression of 3/4 chords for a bar? i was thinking of a capo on the second then play C/D/Em/Em, but what are your ideas?
you want me to give you purdy?

BYTE ME!

that's not gonna happen. my ideas = MY ideas.

what i will do is TEACH you how to find YOUR OWN purdy.

1 - learn "Here, There and Everywhere" by the Beatles. - scalewise chord progression.
2 - learn "Only the Beginning" by Chicago. - maj7 chords
3 - examine what they have in common. - 3 open strings, 3 fretted strings.
4 - get a 12 string, OR set your guitar up for Nashville tuning.
5 - PROFIT!!!!!!

hell, if that don't get ya purdy, quit now.....ya ain't never gonna find it.

Superpartydude5
04-10-2007, 12:08 PM
Am (1 count) F (1 count) Dm (1 count) Em7 (1/2 count) C#m7 (1/2 count)

It's one of those weird exotic sounding ones, trust me it's good.

weaseltron
04-10-2007, 12:34 PM
Try "My Time" by Pete Murray, tab somewhere on the net, some aussie tab archive (just google it!). Good song, plus your g/f wont have heard it........

cockzit
04-10-2007, 12:38 PM
Try ii-V-vi-I, and add sevenths and ninths to each chord. Garanteed to sound awesome or you don't know shit about good music

Superpartydude5
04-10-2007, 12:52 PM
Hey cockzit, in A major would that progression be Bm, E, F#m, A???

sandwich_man
04-10-2007, 01:28 PM
C#m - B - A - E

Acϵ♠
04-10-2007, 01:53 PM
9th chords sound amazing. Play Emajadd9 and the Amajadd9 and you've got her bagged.


Orrr you could do the age-old timeless D, D/F#, G, Asus4, A. Awesomeness on six strings.

i_got_novacain
04-10-2007, 01:58 PM
I've always liked F/C/Dm/Bb(sometimes before repeating slide up the same shape of Bb up one whole fret to C again just a little C slide)



Are they the chords used in The Smahing Pumpkins 'Today' song?They sound kinda like it :D

achiles03
04-10-2007, 02:12 PM
If you don't feel like being creative just do a rip off of "Don't Cry" by G'n'R. Its pretty simple just Am, Dm, G, C. Screw around with it and make it your own.

westo
04-10-2007, 02:28 PM
D A Bm F#m G D G A

..... lol
:haha :haha

Turbo_Man
04-10-2007, 02:29 PM
I like the progression from Night Train by the Bouncing Souls: E Asus2 E Bsus4 Simple but I love the sound of it. I think it sounds better with a capo on the 2nd or 5th frets also.

BassistGal
04-10-2007, 02:33 PM
Bm 1 count | A 1 count | G 1\2 count | F# (note, not chord) | Em Half Count | Bm 1 count

Im not sure its exactly right (my instruments are away)

But this is Comfortably Numb, im inlove with that chord progression.

westo
04-10-2007, 02:44 PM
I have this little strumming pattern... it sounds nice. You can experiment with a capo but I haven't really done that yet.

It's Dm|Am|Dm|Am|C|Em|C|Em

Of course I throw some hammer-ons in there for effect. But you get the idea.

MadClownDisease
04-10-2007, 02:45 PM
Just hit her with the guitar and then rape her, it will save about an hour or so.

astonmartin
04-10-2007, 02:54 PM
F, Am, C, Dm, A#, C7, F

is probably the greatest chord progression I have ever heard.

gopherthegreat
04-10-2007, 03:10 PM
-2-3p2-0-0-0-0-
-3---3-3-3-3-3-
-2---2-2-2-3-3-
-0---0-3-3-2-2-
---------------
---------------


Not sure what chords they are, but I play this alot. Slowly.
whats that from?

wuzup27
06-18-2014, 11:18 PM
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G---3---------3--------3----------3-------3-----------3------3/2----2----------2-----
D---5---5---5---5-----5---5---5---5-----5----5---5---5-----------3----3---3---3--
A---6------6-----------5------5-----------3-------3------------------3------3---------
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Eastwinn
06-18-2014, 11:19 PM
you people bumping old threads give me great hope in the future of this forum

i mean look at how far we've come

deadsmileyface
06-18-2014, 11:20 PM
you people bumping old threads give me great hope in the future of this forum

i mean look at how far we've come
dont worry im sure UG will be defunct by 2016 :angel:
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k.lainad
06-18-2014, 11:27 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_GPxe91hWE

this.

macashmack
06-19-2014, 12:17 AM
I-V-vi-IV

theogonia777
06-19-2014, 10:29 AM
you people bumping old threads give me great hope in the future of this forum

i mean look at how far we've come

just think

ts probably wrote the song and played it

his girlfriend dumped him

she got pregnant from a kid named tom

but then he wouldn't date her or return her calls

and so she got an abortion and then drowned



but nobody here now could have that happen to them

so i think we're on the right track

willT08
06-19-2014, 10:31 AM
I-i-i-i-i-i-i-i


edit: parred by caps

captainsnazz
06-19-2014, 10:48 AM
F# F# F# F#

Edit oh hi will

Jyrgen
06-19-2014, 11:06 AM
Just hit her with the guitar and then rape her, it will save about an hour or so.
So glad that this guy never changed.

12_Years_A_Slav
06-20-2014, 06:51 PM
EEBBBB tuning; then work out some shit from there.

vintage x metal
06-20-2014, 06:53 PM
Love is written in a combination of C, C7, and Cmaj7

DonGlover
06-20-2014, 07:05 PM
Anything Robin Guthrie decides to string together.

20Tigers
06-20-2014, 07:50 PM
you people bumping old threads give me great hope in the future of this forum

i mean look at how far we've come
It's quite impressive how many people were genuinely helpful and offered serious suggestions seven years ago compared with today where everyone tends to stick to sarcasm and poor attempts at humour in just about every thread.

Eastwinn
06-20-2014, 08:14 PM
It's quite impressive how many people were genuinely helpful and offered serious suggestions seven years ago compared with today where everyone tends to stick to sarcasm and poor attempts at humour in just about every thread.

it was like that only when it came to guitars and metallica. everything else was trash. we give serious answers to other questions now. any serious guitar talk already has an appropriate subforum!

macashmack
06-20-2014, 10:43 PM
i - IV over and over.

20Tigers
06-21-2014, 12:39 AM
it was like that only when it came to guitars and metallica. everything else was trash. we give serious answers to other questions now. any serious guitar talk already has an appropriate subforum!
I've only been browsing the pit in the last six months, give or take, so don't really know.

deadsmileyface
06-21-2014, 12:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Pq0xYr3L4

HeebStampede
06-21-2014, 12:56 AM
My girlfriend asked me to write a song for her

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Eastwinn
06-21-2014, 01:06 AM
I've only been browsing the pit in the last six months, give or take, so don't really know.

oh, then i will inform you. this place originally had a lot of guitar/composition talk. this has declined to basically 0, major hits coming from the growth of memetic humor and the resulting fallout. music tastes in the pit have widely changed as well. the most vocal enjoy punk, hip hop, and electronic music and generally smack talk classic rock (don't try to defend it, it's just a game. bullying on the playground and such). this makes serious guitar talk more appropriate in the relevant sub forums.

advantage of the new pit attitude:
we're more socially competent
we are more diverse musically
we are less obsessed with toilet humor
still moderately interested in toilet humor

disadvantages:
many new users find us to be a collection of cliques. i hope to resolve this issue in the future.
some of us are not very nice.

deadsmileyface
06-21-2014, 01:07 AM
classic rock
u mean dad rock?

AllJudasPriest
06-21-2014, 01:43 AM
Tune guitar half step down and play slowly

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