#1
So im trying to write a song in d minor. I wanna put in an arpegiated clean chord bit in the intro but i dunno what chords go with d minor pentatonic. So if anyone could tell me it would be great. A link to somewhere that explains such things would be good too. Thanks.

Can i play D chord, F, G, A, and C since those make up the scale or does it work that way?
Last edited by DimebagZappa at Aug 27, 2009,
#4
For D minor pentatonic, you could play any of these chords that are diatonic to the D minor scale:

Dmin (i chord), Edim (ii* chord), Fmaj (III chord), Gmin (iv chord), Amin(v chord), Bbmaj (VI chord), Cmaj (VII chord).
#5
Yeah thanks cainmd i can use google....
Hoodster- i wanna go through a couple chords kinda like the intros to my name is jonas or hurt, any more chords?

KillahSquirrel- Thank you very much. Just what i needed.
KoenDerckson- Thank you as well. Same chords but a little explanation with it! I also salute youR informativeness, or whatever it says...
Last edited by DimebagZappa at Aug 27, 2009,
#6
Well.........................................

The chords must go with D minor in general, not just D minor pentatonic.

The D minor scale is as follows: D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C-D etc

So you could use chords made up from that scale.

I'm going to give you triad examples... (chords build from 1-3-5 of the scale)
All the triads that will fit into D minor are:

1. Dmin = D-F-A (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
2. Edim = E-G-Bb (root note + minor third + minor third, makes it diminished.)
3. Fmaj = F-A-C (root note + major third + minor third, makes it major.)
4. Gmin = G-Bb-D (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
5. Amin = A-C-E (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
6. Bbmaj = Bb-D-F (well I guess you get the idea :peace
7. Cmaj = C-E-G (same blah)

Ofcourse you can also make extensions on those chords, heck even make chords that don't fit D minor but still sound cool!

Have fun with it, good luck!

this is actually the explained version of the posts above
Last edited by KoenDercksen at Aug 27, 2009,
#8
Edim off the A string:
E--X--
B--8--
G--6--
D--8--
A--7--
E--X--

However, a fully diminished chord is not diatonic in D minor.
Fully diminished chords have a 1, b3, b5, and a bb7 (double flat seventh).
In this case, you'd need a half diminished chord, also known as a m7b5 chord, which has a 1, b3, b5, and a b7.

For that, use the same chord for the one I just showed you, but raise the finger on the G string to the seventh fret.
Last edited by KillahSquirrel at Aug 27, 2009,
#9
Quote by KillahSquirrel
Edim off the A string:
E--X--
B--8--
G--6--
D--8--
A--7--
E--X--

However, a fully diminished chord is not diatonic in D minor.
Fully diminished chords have a 1, b3, b5, and a bb7 (double flat seventh).
In this case, you'd need a half diminished chord, also known as a m7b5 chord, which has a 1, b3, b5, and a b7.

For that, use the same chord for the one I just showed you, but raise the finger on the G string to the seventh fret.

im going to sound like an ideot right now but wouldnt bb7 just be 6
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#10
Quote by KoenDercksen
Well.........................................

The chords must go with D minor in general, not just D minor pentatonic.

The D minor scale is as follows: D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C-D etc

So you could use chords made up from that scale.

I'm going to give you triad examples... (chords build from 1-3-5 of the scale)
All the triads that will fit into D minor are:

1. Dmin = D-F-A (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
2. Edim = E-G-Bb (root note + minor third + minor third, makes it diminished.)
3. Fmaj = F-A-C (root note + major third + minor third, makes it major.)
4. Gmin = G-Bb-D (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
5. Amin = A-C-E (root note + minor third + major third, makes it minor.)
6. Bbmaj = Bb-D-F (well I guess you get the idea :peace
7. Cmaj = C-E-G (same blah)

Ofcourse you can also make extensions on those chords, heck even make chords that don't fit D minor but still sound cool!

Have fun with it, good luck!

this is actually the explained version of the posts above

Thank you, I was worried I had to do that.

Listen to this guy and remember
For the Major scale... Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major Minor, Diminished.

For the Minor scale... Minor, Diminished, Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major

Those are just the patterns that help you remember what chords are in which key.
#11
You guys confuse the **** outta me. I used A minor for my clean arpegiated intro, sounds pretty cool. I tried the chord u posted (e diminished) but it didnt sound quite right for my super heavy sad ass song. Thanks for the info guys, and woohoo i finally wrote a song. 5:20 seconds long for my first.... It prolly sucks but **** you too! :P after 3 years i decided to try it out...
#12
^dim chords are pretty hard to use properly, they don't flow naturally into things unless you make them, which requires a bit more understanding/a good ear.

most chord sequences are based around first, fourth and fifth chords, which is why the Am naturally fits as it's the v chord.
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^dim chords are pretty hard to use properly, they don't flow naturally into things unless you make them, which requires a bit more understanding/a good ear.

most chord sequences are based around first, fourth and fifth chords, which is why the Am naturally fits as it's the v chord.


The only problem with using I, IV and V chords is that thousands upon thousands of songs use them. And it tends to make a song bluesy, which might not be what he is after.

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#14
^so if it's fine for thousands of other people, why should it not be good enough for me/TS/you. The very REASON it's used in thousands of other places is because it is simple to use and sounds good, which is exactly what TS wants. If you can't make a I IV V sound original then that is a problem with you not the progression.

I also hugely disagree that I IV V progs sound bluesy. They'll sound bluesy if you play 'em bluesy, but they can sound however you want them too depending on the way their played.
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im going to sound like an ideot right now but wouldnt bb7 just be 6

They are enharmonic. Tehcnically it is notated as bb7 since it's the seventh that's diminished.
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