#1
I'm trying to get back into songwriting,
but I just can't seem to find a different
sound from ordinary chords.

Almost everything I know now
sounds a bit overused already,
any exotic chord types you guys recommend?

(by the way I'm doing acoustic songs)
#2
M7 an m7 chords sound pretty cool and unordinary, as do +9 chords
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#3
Try different voicings of normal maj, min, dim, min7 and maj7 chords.

You've got the five CAGED shapes - try mixing in some open strings and high fretted notes.

Try slash chords and suspended chords (eg sus4).


Then there's a whole load of extended chords you can use (9, add9, 7#5, 7b9, 11, add11, 13 ...)
#4
Make the chords flow to the next by changing a single not. I.E. making a D minor chord a Db augmented chord by moving the root down a half step and then into a C chord or something. You get what I mean. "Lover You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley is a great example of this, and he tastefully uses diminished and augmented chords, major/minor 6th chords etc. It's done very well
#5
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Make the chords flow to the next by changing a single not. I.E. making a D minor chord a Db augmented chord by moving the root down a half step and then into a C chord or something. You get what I mean. "Lover You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley is a great example of this, and he tastefully uses diminished and augmented chords, major/minor 6th chords etc. It's done very well



Jeff Buckley indeed has amazing chord progressions.

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#6
use polychords.ie playing two chords at once and try using chords with non diatonic embellishments
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#8
^This and...

Chords are tools, you use the right chord for the right job. It's no use having some ultra complex chord progression with all these extended chords if it doesn't compliment your melody. It will just sound crap.
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#9
PM me your e-mail. I have this Scott Henderson book in a PDF format that explains everything and has tons of chords, how to use them, etc.
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