#1
I finally got a nice solid song written for a single i am recording but now i need to write the guitar parts, its an acoustic song, I am just curious if any chord progressions or keys sound better with sad sappy depressing songs about losing people? I think i heard someone say minor chords or something before but i am not sure.
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#2
D minor, which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.
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D minor, which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.


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#4
My band has a cool part which an arpeggiated C#m for two lines, Dm for one line, then back to C sharp minor. It has a cool chromatic feel that's really dark, and there's lots of room for evil melody in the vocal line.
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#8
I would fret a D diminished chord and bring it down a fret every bar with someone crying in the background. I'd also have that moving chromatically. Would probably sound pretty sad
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You've written a good solid single that has no chord progression?

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Well, until you write the music, it's a poem, not a song.

And sad (usually) = minor keys. Nothing to do with major or minor chords, as music will usually with little exception have both.
#11
use any key you want, none are sadder, just figure out what best suits your voice.

the chords, rhythm and melody you play in your chosen key will determine the feeling
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#12
I'd disagree with everyone saying every key sounds exactly the same. Obviously it's not all in the key you use, but if you write a sad-sounding song the same way in different keys, it'll sound a bit sadder in some keys than others. Maybe that's just how I hear it, though.
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#13
I personally like Bmin and F#min.

And to say that no chord or scale is more sad or happier than another is nonsense. As subjective as music is--and the word "sad," for that matter--I'm surprised that even came up.
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use any key you want, none are sadder, just figure out what best suits your voice.

the chords, rhythm and melody you play in your chosen key will determine the feeling

How do i figure which one suites my voice best
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I'd disagree with everyone saying every key sounds exactly the same. Obviously it's not all in the key you use, but if you write a sad-sounding song the same way in different keys, it'll sound a bit sadder in some keys than others. Maybe that's just how I hear it, though.
Start by giving F#m a shot.


Sure a certain song may sound sadder if you play it lower or higher, but that fact that this is different for every song and there is no saddest key means it's totally correct to say no key is sadder than the other. Hell, the only way it could possibly be true that any key is sadder than another would be if 1) everybody had perfect pitch hearing (to hear each key differently) and 2) if music could only demonstrate 24 feelings (one for each key.)
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And to say that no chord or scale is more sad or happier than another is nonsense. As subjective as music is--and the word "sad," for that matter--I'm surprised that even came up.

Yes, it's subjective - that's exactly why, from a practical standpoint, there is no key with any emotion different than another. Since it's all personal preference, any key is open for explanation.
#18
Actually everyone is wrong. As the two most popular funeral songs "Tears in Heaven" and "Chasing Cars" are in fact in the same key, that key must therefore be the saddest.

For the reasons above, the saddest key is A major.
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I finally got a nice solid song written for a single i am recording but now i need to write the guitar parts, its an acoustic song, I am just curious if any chord progressions or keys sound better with sad sappy depressing songs about losing people? I think i heard someone say minor chords or something before but i am not sure.


The chords have to flow from the melody. You can't just paste whatever random chords over your song and have it work.
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D minor, which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.

Why are people always quicker :p
#21
i guarantee you i can compose a sadder piece for orchestra in Bb major than you guys can for a rock band in D minor.

my point is that there's far more to emotion than which key you play in. and if you write a song in D minor, i also guarantee you that i can play it in G# minor and have it sound just as sad.

if D minor was sadder than every other key, there would be no sad songs not in D minor. which is simply not the case. it's all subjective. it's foolish and restrictive to say that D minor is sadder than all other keys.

this is also not to say that D minor is necessarily any less sad than any other minor key.
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i guarantee you i can compose a sadder piece for orchestra in Bb major than you guys can for a rock band in D minor.

my point is that there's far more to emotion than which key you play in. and if you write a song in D minor, i also guarantee you that i can play it in G# minor and have it sound just as sad.

if D minor was sadder than every other key, there would be no sad songs not in D minor. which is simply not the case. it's all subjective. it's foolish and restrictive to say that D minor is sadder than all other keys.

this is also not to say that D minor is necessarily any less sad than any other minor key.



Completely missed the Spinal Tap reference.
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Completely missed the Spinal Tap reference.


oh, no, i know the spinal tap reference. but there are some people that seriously think D minor is the saddest of all keys. like, seriously. like, E phrygian in C major serious.
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#25
Speaking of sadness, I want Chopin's Piano sonata No.2 in Bb Minor movement 3 played at my funeral.

AND I JUST REALIZED I ****ED UP ON MY THEORY LISTENING QUIZ TODAY.

I accidentally put Sonata No.4 instead of No.2 when Chopin was played.

Also, ironically, in my ear training class we talked about spinal tap for a good 15 minutes, specifically about D minor being the saddest key.

"Its a combination of Mozart and Bach, I feel, and I think you could call it... Mock"
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