Shifty155
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I am writing a happy song, so I naturally need happy sounding chords. I have a capo on the third fret (acoustic) and am using D, G, and C. Any other suggestions that match with D, G, and C?
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#3
F and A are happy. E is to bluesy to be happy, but might could fit.
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Em isn't all that happy really... I'd say E7, D7, D6 should be added onto this list instead
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Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D

Any more would be greatly appreciated.
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#7
Major, major, major.

That's about it really...

Ooh, I can write a song in C major: happy: eccentric Christian worship music. Just steal the chords from a cheesy Christian band (Sonicflood, DC Talk).
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Quote by Shifty155
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D
You could use a minor chord's sad feeling to lead to a happy chord.

Here is an example: D G Bm A repeat.
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Quote by Shifty155
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D

Any more would be greatly appreciated.

It's called tension and resolution.

Some n00bs (like me) call it contrast also but they're essentially the same thing.
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It's called tension and resolution.

Some n00bs (like me) call it contrast also but they're essentially the same thing.
Tension and contrast are quite different.

Tension and resolution: A suspended chord resolving to a major chord Dsus-->D
Contrast: The mellow interlude in "Master of Puppets" sounding completely different than the rest of the song.
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Tension and contrast are quite different.

Tension and resolution: A suspended chord resolving to a major chord Dsus-->D
Contrast: The mellow interlude in "Master of Puppets" sounding completely different than the rest of the song.

That thing you said about the Metallica song is true (but not what I'm talking about). I mean tonal contrast. Using major and minor triads.
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A lot of the sus2's and sus4's have a major feel to them, so try some of those out.
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Shifty155
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Nope. I like writing the occasional eerie song every now and then, but the project I am working on now (a song I call "The Olde Town) has a very happy and bright feel. Which I like more over sad and somber.
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#17
6 chords

specifically, A6 x02222

very bright sounding

play

0-2p0-0-2p0
2-2----2-2
2-2----2-2
2-2----2-2
0-0----0-0 .... etc
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#18
Quote by Shifty155
Thanks for the chords, everyone. They sound great (except for that Em... How does Em sound happy? D

Any more would be greatly appreciated.


A lot of the time it's not what chords you play; it's how you sing over the chords.
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#19
whos saying f, and e and a... he's using c, d and g. maybe if he wanted to sound retarded u could go fmaj, dmaj, cmaj, and a maj.... but he wants happy not retarded.
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sorrry i should of said something liek cadd9, dsus4 or bm7. that r in the scale ur using. but a happy song doesn't mean all majors. n i could make a sad song with all majors. so yeh
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#21
For to be happy, it doesn't have to be all major chords. It's nice to have some movement in the song, some contrast. Otherwise, it's going to sound pretty sugarly, in my opinion. You need at least a bit of tension.
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Shifty155
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#22
Right, so far it's this:

Capo on 3rd fret, use fingers

D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G
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Depending on how you voice the Bm7 it might be a D6

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Quote by Shifty155
Right, so far it's this:

Capo on 3rd fret, use fingers

D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G
Get some kind of D7-G resolution in there. Perhaps for the chorus you could play something like this: D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G G D, C, G, C, Bm7, C, G D7, and then back to the verse that starts with G.

That will give a great G major (Bb with the capo) sound.
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maj7s. 7ths.
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