#5
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Use a minor key. And name it "Lick my love pump"


lol. D minor.... i feel that its the saddest of all keys. it makes people weep instantly...


yea, minor key... hard to do with power chords, though... just make the groove/beat really chill, not fast or upbeat.
#6
play in d minor... the saddest of all keyes, it makes people weap instantly
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#8
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Use a minor key. And name it "Lick my love pump"


I find that D minor is the saddest of all keys.

EDIT: Beaten to it, but you get the idea.
#9
not just d minor some of the major seventh chords are sad but minor chords in general. theres a website that generates chord progressions and fingerpicks them strums them in sequences etc... just google this.

chord progession generator
#10
minor is great, and maybe alternate between dissonate and normal tones...slow it down...Db minor is pretty sad too, not just D
#12
I don't get it. What's with all the Dminor hype? I can write sad stuff in just about any minor key.
To the TS, use _madd9 chords. Those sound really sad and pretty.
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I don't get it. What's with all the Dminor hype? I can write sad stuff in just about any minor key.
To the TS, use _madd9 chords. Those sound really sad and pretty.
It's a reference to Spinal Tap, in which the guitarist stupidly says that D minor is the saddest of all keys.


Anyways, am I the only one who's found that most of the saddest songs are in the major key?

All these songs are in the major key:

Let It Be
What A Wonderful World
Blackout
High and Dry
Fake Plastic Trees
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Over the Rainbow
I Am the Highway
In My Life
Ocean
Hey There Delilah
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Falling Away With You
Hallelujah


...and tons more.
#14
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Anyways, am I the only one who's found that most of the saddest songs are in the major key?

All these songs are in the major key:

Let It Be
What A Wonderful World
Blackout
High and Dry
Fake Plastic Trees
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Over the Rainbow
I Am the Highway
In My Life
Ocean
Hey There Delilah
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Falling Away With You
Hallelujah


...and tons more.


im not going to bother making a list of songs that are in minor that are sad (sorry, lol).... i think the basic thought here is that its EASIER to make a song sad in a minor key.
#15
i think C minor is sad... am i nuts??? o.O maybe... bluesy...


D minor is sad too. i think picking slow arpeggios help. for the leads, stick to the minor scale and slow bends from a minor note to a root or something.
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im not going to bother making a list of songs that are in minor that are sad (sorry, lol).... i think the basic thought here is that its EASIER to make a song sad in a minor key.
To be honest, most of the sad songs I know are in the major key. Songs in the minor key tend to be darker; not necessarily sadder (for me, at least).


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i think C minor is sad... am i nuts??? o.O maybe... bluesy...


D minor is sad too. i think picking slow arpeggios help. for the leads, stick to the minor scale and slow bends from a minor note to a root or something.
All minor keys are the same, with the exception of pitch...

And what, may I ask, are minor notes?
#18
^ummmm i don't think its called a minor note...

but like... lets say in A minor pentatonic, it goes:

A C D E G A right?

and the "minor notes" i'm referring are (in bold):

A B C D Eb E Gb G A

yea. "minor notes" because its not in pentatonic, but its in the minor scale. dunno waht these are called. but they sound okay used with pentatonic.
i think i got those right...
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#19
Well, I always use the minor key instead of pentatonic, so personally I've never heard of individual notes being called minor or major.
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^ummmm i don't think its called a minor note...

but like... lets say in A minor pentatonic, it goes:

A C D E G A right?

and the "minor notes" i'm referring are (in bold):

A B C D Eb E Gb G A

yea. "minor notes" because its not in pentatonic, but its in the minor scale. dunno waht these are called. but they sound okay used with pentatonic.
i think i got those right...


Not really... What you would call the minor notes should be the b3, b6 and b7 in the scale...
The blue notes are the b3, b5 and b7
#21
The important thing here is that you CAN'T do it with powerchords due to the lack of tonality....which is the whole point of powerchords, they're "neutral". If you want to convey emotion in your songs you're going to have to use some fuller chord voicings, whether minor or major.

There's a lot of sad songs in major keys, but that's usually because the composer has made a point of emphasising the contrast between the minor and major chords in the key.
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#22
^they're what i call minor notes. i admitted that i don't know what everybody else calls them...


^so are waht i posted called "blue notes"???
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#23
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It's a reference to Spinal Tap, in which the guitarist stupidly says that D minor is the saddest of all keys.


Anyways, am I the only one who's found that most of the saddest songs are in the major key?

All these songs are in the major key:

Let It Be
What A Wonderful World
Blackout
High and Dry
Fake Plastic Trees
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Over the Rainbow
I Am the Highway
In My Life
Ocean
Hey There Delilah
Wake Me Up When September Ends
Falling Away With You
Hallelujah


...and tons more.


I'm glad someone didn't see "sad song" and immediately think "minor key".