#1
My personal thoughts were to take a basic chord progression like I IV VI IV C,F,Am,F and just change one or two of the chords. ex. C,F,Am9,F. Good idea or bad?
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#2
try playing it, if it sounds good, go with it.
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#3
if it works good for you
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anybody?
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#7
sure it works, i would recommend knowing a little bit about what you are doing though

for example


e--0--0--0--0-------------------------
B--3--5--7--8-------------------------
G--0--0--0--0-------------------------
D--2--2--4--5-------------------------
A--2--3--5--7-------------------------
E--0------------------------------------

on the above example you are doing an Emin, cmaj,dmaj,Emin progression with

a progression of D,E,F#,G over it so you have a melodic line with a contrasting harmony line starting w/ the 7th of E and then it changes to 3rds of the root chords as they change. this is called consonant motion, and when you get to the last chord you can hear how it sounds as though it comes to a 'rest' or resolves to that chord.
#9
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My personal thoughts were to take a basic chord progression like I IV VI IV C,F,Am,F and just change one or two of the chords. ex. C,F,Am9,F. Good idea or bad?


Brilliant idea.

A good example is something like... I - IV - V - I.

Normally, your three triads would be C - F - G - C - but you want a richer and fuller sound to the cadence... where the V screams to be resolved to the tonic stick; in an extended chord. It might look something like this...

C - F - G7 - C.

The extra b7 in the Gdom7 (1 3 5 b7) adds extra tension and screams louder for the cadence than a regular triad would.
#10
When I'm using more "exotic" sounding chords, I try to only do that with one or two chords in the progression. Using too many of those chords sounds unfamiliar to my ear (although maybe not to yours).

Also, it's a good idea to take the chords from a basic progression and alter a single note in the chord. Change it or add an additional note. I find this works well with open chords. Just use your ear to make sure you're playing a note that fits into the key you're playing. I usually move my pinky finger around (since it's generally not being used) until I find a note that works well with the chord I'm playing. Over time you will instinctively know where these notes are for the chord you're playing. Also, in open position, just lifting a finger up will generally give you nice new chords. It's not even that necessary to know the names of these chords. You can see that they are derived from your basic Major and Minor triads and therefore, generally work well.
Last edited by Bob Sacamano at Jul 14, 2006,