strum_
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Join date: Jun 2013
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#1
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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Last edited by strum_ at Jun 27, 2013,
Sean0913
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#2
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.

Best,

Sean
Last edited by Sean0913 at Jun 27, 2013,
strum_
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#3
Quote by Sean0913
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.

Best,

Sean


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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AlanHB
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#4
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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strum_
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#6
Quote by AlanHB
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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