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Old 01-21-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Chord progression question.

So I fractured my right arm at work and can't play any guitar or bass for quite some time. I've decided to work on my left handed piano technique. I came up with a chord progression but I am not sure of its key.

Chords are as follows.

C E G
C Eb G
A C E
B C E
C E G
C Eb G
Db E Ab
D Gb A

Thanks. I'm thinking there are a couple of accidentals which are throwing me off but not too sure.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:22 PM   #2
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C-Cm-Am-Amadd9 (could also be Cmaj7 but if you follow the Am with that voicing, it just sounds like an add9 - BTW, that voicing reminds me of Twin Peaks) -C-Cm-Dbm (I would maybe rather call it C#m) -D.

I think we need something else, like a melody or bassline or something. It sounds pretty chromatic. I would guess it could be in C major but I can't tell for sure. Maybe you could record it?
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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C-Cm-Am-Amadd9 (could also be Cmaj7 but if you follow the Am with that voicing, it just sounds like an add9 - BTW, that voicing reminds me of Twin Peaks) -C-Cm-Dbm (I would maybe rather call it C#m) -D.

I think we need something else, like a melody or bassline or something. It sounds pretty chromatic. I would guess it could be in C major but I can't tell for sure. Maybe you could record it?


Try this link. https://www.soundtrap.com/play/36716-digitys-song-3/

I haven't come up with a melody for it yet.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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I tend to agree with MaggaraMarine. Just looking at it I would say C.

This is based solely on the fact that C is the most common element followed by E and then G. Of course that's not how you typically determine key but it can be an indicator as to what the thing is gravitating around.

EDIT: I typed that while you were posting the clip....listening now...

So it's C. Whether it's major or minor is a little ambiguous as it resolves to C major and then feels like that third is resolving down to C minor.

Note that the last chord in the recording feels tense? Can you hear that it feels kind of heightened? It feels like there is an expectation to move to another chord to relieve the tension in that chord. The way you've set it up makes it feel like we should go to C major as a resolution. But then we could move from there to the Cm.

So those last two chords resolve to C

The Am with that bass line moving up to B also creates some tension and an expectation that we would go to C, which we then do.

So you've got C Cm then two chords that create an expectation to hear C followed by C Cm then two chords that again point toward C and sure enough followed by C Cm.

So it's definitely C.
I would use a C major key signature but would just call it C and the major/minor is a little ambiguous in my opinion as I think either can resolve the piece. But I would understand if someone were to insist on just C major.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:06 PM   #5
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Definitely key of C.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:10 PM   #6
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By the way. I think it sounds pretty cool.
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By the way. I think it sounds pretty cool.


Haha thanks. The last two chords really make the piece. I'll come up with a melody line and post it soon.
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