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Old 06-27-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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Chord Progression Help?

I wasn't really sure where to post this... but oh well.
Ok, so I wrote a worship song for my church camp because I get to lead the worship with my guitar at camp. The lyrics are great, I just need help with the chords.
I have a capo on the first fret, just FYI.
Ok, so what I do is I play the intro and the verses by playing a D chord on the fourth fret (I'm not really sure what that is called), and only playing the first, second, and third stings 8 times. Then I play the same thing but with my pinky on the 7th fret three times, then I move my pinky down to the 4th fret and play that four times, and then repeat the whole thing until I reach the chorus.
Then, for the chorus, I want to play G, D, Em, C, but switching from the what I use for the intro and verse to the G sounds weird. Are there any other chord progressions I could use? By the way, this is an upbeat and energetic song!

Sorry that this is so long and confusing!!!!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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The problem is your starting chord which is basically playing of E, is putting you in a key where when you try to do the other chords, they aren't in the same key - quick solution if you want that to work with that chord, play with the capo at the 2nd fret and then try your chords.

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #3
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The problem is your starting chord which is basically playing off F#, is putting you in a key where when you try to do the other chords, they aren't in the same key - quick solution if you want that to work with that chord, play with the capo at the 2nd fret and then try your chords.

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I don't think I fully understand what you are saying... Are you saying to just put the capo on second and play the same thing? Because that doesn't sound right either. I am also willing to change the entire chord progression I suppose, but I still want it to be fun and energetic for the youth group.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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He's saying that your D shape is an E chord, which is not diatonic to the key of the rest the song. He's saying that you can put the capo on 2nd after you have played the D shape, and that will make the rest of the chords diatonic to the shape you play. Alternatively you could start with a normal D chord, or a D minor shape in the same place (Em).

Another choice is to write a melody line (vocals or otherwise) that emphasise the dropping 3rd into the G, ie. A melody that is or empahsises the G#, G over the intro E into the G.
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Yeah play the capo on the 2nd and play the D at the 4th, 7th etc. You're merging two keys at the moment that don't play well together and that's why it's not sounding right.

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He's saying that your D shape is an E chord, which is not diatonic to the key of the rest the song. He's saying that you can put the capo on 2nd after you have played the D shape, and that will make the rest of the chords diatonic to the shape you play. Alternatively you could start with a normal D chord, or a D minor shape in the same place (Em).

Another choice is to write a melody line (vocals or otherwise) that emphasise the dropping 3rd into the G, ie. A melody that is or empahsises the G#, G over the intro E into the G.


Ok, that made a lot more sense to me! The best part is, it doesn't take away the energy of the song! It also makes it easier to sing since before it was a little high. Thanks guys!
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