#1
I have recently started to make my first song.
What do you guys think of my chords progression?

It's in A btw
the chord progression is:

Verse

AMaj9th-C#m7th-Bm7th-D-E9th

Chorus

Bm7th-AMaj7th-D-AMaj9th

Strum pattern is: D-D-U-U-D-U pretty simple


any tips?
Last edited by RockinBadger at Jul 4, 2011,
#3
Drop the "th" after each chord. It'll make it more professional looking and make it easier to read.
#4
Quote by UnmagicMushroom
I like it. Your progression just shipped me on a beach in Hawaii. ;-)
Maybe add a D#dim chord between the D and the E9 for a nice chromatic bass vibe. Other than that I can't think of anything...


I like the vibe it gives but I don't really like dim-chords they sound a little edgy.
hmm I don't know
#5
I played it using jazz fingerings. One thing I quickly found myself doing was playing a Cm7 between the C#m7 and Bm7. I played the AMaj7 for a full measure, the C#m7 for a full measure and then a quick slide down to the Cm7 between the 4 and 1 beats, then the Bm7. Using 4/4 time signature.

Edit: I guess you could almost call the Cm7 a passing chord. To be entirely accurate, the Cm7 occurs on the upbeat between the 4 and 1 beats. This is really easy to do with jazz chords. Also playing it as a sort of slow/medium ballad.
Last edited by KG6_Steven at Jul 4, 2011,
#6
Quote by KG6_Steven
I played it using jazz fingerings. One thing I quickly found myself doing was playing a Cm7 between the C#m7 and Bm7. I played the AMaj7 for a full measure, the C#m7 for a full measure and then a quick slide down to the Cm7 between the 4 and 1 beats, then the Bm7. Using 4/4 time signature.

Edit: I guess you could almost call the Cm7 a passing chord. To be entirely accurate, the Cm7 occurs on the upbeat between the 4 and 1 beats. This is really easy to do with jazz chords. Also playing it as a sort of slow/medium ballad.


Yeah it's supposed to be kinda slow/medium and I play it on a spanish guitar.
I like your suggestion it sounds a bit dark
#7
I like that progression. The verse is a IM7-iiim7-iim7-V9, which really has a nice jazz sound. It's quite a bit different from the standard iim7-V7-IM7 stuff we normally hear and play. I tried playing it straight the first time, but quickly changed over to the jazz fingerings, which really work nice with this piece. You really need to turn this into a piece of music - I know you said you were working on it, but I'm serious.


Edit: Just dawned on me that you also had a D in the verse, which I dropped. I come out of the Bm7 and go straight to the E9, which I'm now extending to an E13 right before I go back the AMaj7. Two beats of E9, one beat of E13 and then last beat is E9 and then back to AMaj7.

Good luck!!!
Last edited by KG6_Steven at Jul 4, 2011,
#8
Glad to hear you like it

I'll see what I can make from it.
My experience with jazz is basicly 0% I actually never really listened to it.
And I've only been playing for 2 years.
But it's only my first attempt to writing a song
Maybe I can drop the D in like the second verse for like some sort of vartiation.

what are jazz fingerings? I'm quite a jazz nooby

btw I really like spliting the E9 to E9-E13-E9
Last edited by RockinBadger at Jul 4, 2011,
#9
Quote by RockinBadger
I like the vibe it gives but I don't really like dim-chords they sound a little edgy.
hmm I don't know


Hehe I also didn't like them at first, but now I LOVE them! Must be an acquired taste. It also depends on how you voice them sometimes: what I had in mind was something like this when i was looking at your progression:

e-----------------------------------
b----7-----7---7------------------
g----7-----5---7-----------------
d----7-----7---6----------------
a----5-----6---7---------------
E-------------------------------

But hey, it's your tune. Make it your own.

Quote by RockinBadger
Glad to hear you like it


...it's only my first attempt to writing a song


Oh really? What you've come up with so far sounds sounds rad. Keep writing dude!

And....erm...listen to some jazz I'm to tired to rummage through my hypothetical collection. I don't know of any good jazz guitarists (I hang my head in shame),; I listen to jazz for the overall sound of the band though I always find the good 'ol stuff like Count Basie and Glen Miller enjoyable to listen to along with some Herbie Hancock.
#11
Not bad. Only 2 years? Impressive.

Jazz fingerings? Another name for the same thing would be jazz voicings. It's nothing more than playing the chords using accepted or standing jazz voicings. Jazz voicings tend to sound a little different than regular, or cowboy chords. For one thing, they tend to not use the first and sixth strings, although there are some exceptions.
#12
Here are the jazz fingerings, or voicings, for those chords:

..AMaj7.C#m7...Cm7...Bm7..E9
e------------3--------3----------2-----7-----
b---5-------3--------4----------3-----7-----
g---6-------4--------3----------2-----7----
d---6-----------------------------------6----
a------------4--------3----------2----7-----
E---5-----------------------------------------

The one thing I didn't include is which finger goes where, but consider this a primer to jazz chords. They don't work with everything, but they do work extremely well with your progression. If you're interested, I can record the verse using jazz voiced chords and let you hear the difference. You may find that you like it.
#13
Quote by KG6_Steven
Here are the jazz fingerings, or voicings, for those chords:

..AMaj7.C#m7...Cm7...Bm7..E9
e------------3--------3----------2-----7-----
b---5-------3--------4----------3-----7-----
g---6-------4--------3----------2-----7----
d---6-----------------------------------6----
a------------4--------3----------2----7-----
E---5-----------------------------------------

The one thing I didn't include is which finger goes where, but consider this a primer to jazz chords. They don't work with everything, but they do work extremely well with your progression. If you're interested, I can record the verse using jazz voiced chords and let you hear the difference. You may find that you like it.


It would be great if you could do that