Caaarrl94
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I've been making a few little songs on the looper, but want to try something abit more...epic.

I'm looking for an epic chord progression to add bass to, then add some texture, and solo over the top.
I'd say in the style of David gilmour (with the big slow bends) but also alot like frusciante in terms of being really melodic too.

Any ideas or tips?

Example chord progressions would be great,
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VI VII i in minor (Or i VII VI) is an "epic" sounding progression. Think Stairway To Heaven's solo. But if you want truly epic, look at some of Wagner's stuff. It's all over the place harmonically and it's BOMBASTIC.
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I always suggest this chord progression cuz its good.
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Quote by Artemis Entreri
VI VII i in minor (Or i VII VI) is an "epic" sounding progression. Think Stairway To Heaven's solo. But if you want truly epic, look at some of Wagner's stuff. It's all over the place harmonically and it's BOMBASTIC.


funny you should say that, it's exactly what i've been using.

but i had it like this..
Em - D
Em - D
Em - D
C - D
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...modes and scales are still useless.


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I always suggest this chord progression cuz its good.


your kidding right?
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That was maybe the lamest thing I've ever heard/read.


...modes and scales are still useless.


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I think epic chord progressions contain some non-diatonic chords. They borrow chords from parallel minor/major. At least that kind of progressions sound epic to me.

Try E-G-A-C-D (all majors or E minor) or E-F#-A-C-D (Take the Time by Dream Theater). That's pretty basic. Also Em-D-A/C#-C and E-C-D-A (E major or minor, everything else majors).

I have a song that uses chord progression | D | Bb | Bm Gm | Bb C |

But it's also about where you use that progression. It fits some parts better and what makes it epic is what is played before it and what comes after it.

But yeah, try some non-diatonic chord progressions. Try borrowing chords from parallel keys (C major - C minor for example). The most usual borrowed chords in a major key are II (major), bIII, III (major), iv (minor), v (minor), bVI, VI (major) and bVII.
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Try the progression from the solo section of "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" (written by Stevie Wonder, popularized by Jeff Beck). It has a similar vibe to something that Gilmour might play over. I've included roman numerals so it's easier to move into another key if you like:

C-7 - Abmaj7(#11) - F-7 - G7(b9, b13)
I-7 - bVImaj7(#11) - IV-7 - V7(b9, b13)

Here's a backing track for the whole tune if you're interested. The solo section starts at 2:45:
http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/play/beck,_jeff/cause_weve_ended_as_lovers.htm