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Tantalus
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I am in need of a few sad chord progressions for the acoustic guitar.... any input would be great! Thanks.
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Erm...Any minor...basically... Em, Am, Dmm too you get the idea lol ..also jazzz chords too, some sound sad.

but prety much, minors are known for sad progessions. majors being more ahppy sounding, like compare A to Am or D to Dm
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If there's anything I learned from Spinal Tap, it's that D Minor is that saddest chord.
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Quote by CraigKing
Erm...Any minor...basically... Em, Am, Dm...you get the idea...Gm too lol.


Now this guys going to base a career on those 4 chords.
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I've found that to make a chord progression sound sad it's often best to have a good mix of minor and major chords often the major chords in the riff can sound the saddest..dunno why

Try listening to a sad song you like and looking at the chords for that
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Quote by RED VETTE
Now this guys going to base a career on those 4 chords.


uh...i was just giving examples :/
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If there's anything I learned from Spinal Tap, it's that D Minor is that saddest chord.

Key*, people also weep instantly when they hear it
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yeah minor chords = gloomy

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Definitely Dm and you could throw in some Em and Am. Pretty much the minor key is "sad"
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Try to mix the C major chord in there too.

A chord progression along the lines of A minor, C major and F major (barre chord) sounds INCREDIBLY sad.

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It really has nothing to do with weather or not a chord is major or minor. Its not about playing as many minor chords as you can either, doing that wont make your music sad, it'll make your music sad.
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It really has nothing to do with weather or not a chord is major or minor. Its not about playing as many minor chords as you can either, doing that wont make your music sad, it'll make your music sad.


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I thought it was a brilliant pun actually.

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I understand the pun lol, I just think it's a ridiculous post
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Haha. What do you not understand. All I was saying is that it doesn't really take a minor chord to make something sad at all. It's all about how it's played, and what the chords function in a progression is. But about my comment about sad chords being not sad but sad. I mean't with the advice "use alot of minor chords" somebody could just be really stupid and play something like Em, Fm, Am, Gm then Bm and wonder why people are laughing instead of crying.
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^--- offering the tip of "use minor chords" is about as helpful as you can really get without writing the guy's music for him though isn't it? if not, let's hear a helpful description of how to write a sad chord progression.
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Okay, heres how. Play different things untill you find something that sounds sad. Happy? Sad.
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^-- exactly my point. you can't tell someone how to write a sad chord progression.
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Quote by jimtaka
^-- exactly my point. you can't tell someone how to write a sad chord progression.

no... but you can start him off and give him advice on what usually sounds sad....
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Minor chords. Hopefully you know what the word minor means. Hint- It's not an underrage drinker of someone who splits rock.
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Quote by doive
I've found that to make a chord progression sound sad it's often best to have a good mix of minor and major chords often the major chords in the riff can sound the saddest..dunno why

Try listening to a sad song you like and looking at the chords for that


Fade to Black..

Am, C, Em, G

A song intro I do now is... G, Am, C, G, C, Em, G, Em, G, G, G, Am
Some are picked, strummed etc.
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Okay, heres how. Play different things untill you find something that sounds sad. Happy? Sad.


Or you can use minor chords if you want something sad off the top of your head? Stop being a prick.
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I would use maj7, maj6, min, min7, and 9 at times...

the real thing is in the melody...
if would be really dull to only play minor chords :S
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It's not about how you go into minors exactly, it's about how you go from one chord to the next, and dont over use minors. If you listen to the beatles and some of their sad songs, they use more majors than minors, but it's how you approach a minor. For instance. If i play Am for 1 bar and then go to Em where can i go from there to make it sound soulful. F major? try it. A nice but sad few good chord progressions are just starting from one chord. Dmaj7 G6 Dmaj7 G6 Em A7 Dmaj7.
Or
Dmaj7 F#m Em A7
Or
Dmaj7 Gm D Gm Gm Em A D

You'll see what im mean, and also play them with feel, play them softly. This is just going from one chord Dmaj7.

If you want something scary sounding, then try Dm to Bbm
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If you're looking to stay in one key, that's your best approach, straight up minor chords. Yes, it's just straight-up sad sounding, but if you could throw in a major chord somewhere, and as long as the progression ends on a minor chord, it'll retain that 'sad' sound. If it ends on a major chord, then it may seem a bit 'too happy'.

If you're looking for dark, go out of the key; Chromatics, out of key chords, etc. Like, Dmin-Ebmin or Dmin-C#min, etc. Tritones, half steps, chromatics, out of key chords, etc. That's more so for dark, but still.
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Hi, speaking of sad songs I was wondering if anyone could figure out the chords at the beginning of this song. Heartbreak (Original Extended Mix). The guitar is at right around 1:00.

If anyone could try and figure them out please! Thanks!
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Quote by 123andrewjc
Hi, speaking of sad songs I was wondering if anyone could figure out the chords at the beginning of this song. Heartbreak (Original Extended Mix). The guitar is at right around 1:00.

If anyone could try and figure them out please! Thanks!


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I find an arpeggiated C D F Am Em sounds quite sad even though most of the chords are major. Probably because of the intervals between the chords, like the minor 3rd between the D and F. So take things like that into consideration.
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"Lone Sal Bug" - Buckethead.
Isn't it a pity?
Now, isn't it a shame?
How we break each other's hearts,
And cause each other pain...


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Lennon was a genius. he could take the simplest progressions and make the most powerful music reflecting his deepest, most inner thoughts.
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Quote by chiragokani
Lennon was a genius. he could take the simplest progressions and make the most powerful music reflecting his deepest, most inner thoughts.
"God" G-Em-C-D7


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if you wanna find sad chords... just put a chord chart in a room with my ex-wife. even the happiest of melodies couldn't survive that. i once came home and found that a Bm7 chord had hung itself from the light fixture just because she walked into the room to dust.
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#39
I personally think that this chord progression is the most saddest (and rarely used oddly):

Gm - Dm - Eb - Cm - D

Try this one too:

G#m - F# - E - C#m - Ebm

P.S. Rahul, I loved yours!
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I hope his next question is not, How do you tie a noose. Cheers