#1
Hey Guys,

Iv been playing guitar now since i was 10, and i love it. Im in a band and we play at all the local pubs and bars, i have also played a concert at my high school which was great, im also grade 8 guitar player.Oh and im the high schools 'official guitarist' i no

Anyway, i kinda taught myself guitar, and i have been having trouble making songs for the band.I'v never had this trouble before. I know how to make chord sequences and and how to use chords from the same key,but the singer wanted to write a sad song but when i tried to string some chords together it sounded either wasy to corny or way to depressing.

My question is what type of chords should i use to get a more serious but sad sounding song? Iv tried mixing minors and majors but with no luck.

Thanks for your advice UG.
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#2
practice?

edit: tl;dr. i just read the title.
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#3
sad? minor progression/more minor chords
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#6
I think D minor is the saddest of all keys.
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#7
Try a i-iv-V7 such as A minor, D minor, E7. It's pretty well your standard minor key progression and should be at least a good starting point.
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I think D minor is the saddest of all keys.

Yeah, but i don't like how it sounds. i like A minor.
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#9
try uploading something recent. this might sound inane coming from someone who hasnt uploaded anything, but your current stuff aint really showing your style
#10
Minor keys. If you just can't feel it, don't try to force it. I've found I do my best writing spontaneously in no-stress situations.
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Quote by Geldin
Minor keys. If you just can't feel it, don't try to force it. I've found I do my best writing spontaneously in no-stress situations.


I agree. The minute you say "right, this is serious! I'm going to write a song which is [...]", then it's over.

Print out a bunch of blank tab. Leave it in your practice area. Spend some time each day improvising or just noodling. Whenever you happen upon a fragment that sounds interesting, stop and tab it out real quick. Over time, the amount of interesting ideas you have written down will grow. Re-visit them from time to time. Start experimenting and see if some of them work well together. And so on...