#1
I got a question. What makes a song or a musical piece sound "romantic?"

Is it the design of the musical piece? The chord progression? The tempo?


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#2
Hmm.

I'd imagine it's mostly the chord progression and the tempo. Perhaps almost a waltz tempo with some tremelo guitar and violins? That would sound romantic to me I guess.

Richard Hawley - Coles Corner, is a good example of how to evoke romance from music. In my opinion.
#3
I'm assuming you're talking about romantic as in about love and not romantic as in the period of classical music.

It's generally the tempo (usually slower-paced), the strum pattern, and the chord progression. The chord progressions are usually pretty simple in my experience, and you don't want to use many minor chords unless you want some tension in a part of the song.
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#4
It's a good idea to put the melody in a minor scale for that feeling when you're with a girl... Preferably D minor... It sounds melancholic with some melodies, but it's also a real "goosebump maker", and I think it's perfect for romantic melodies... The tempo should be between 90 and 130bpm... There, that would be all from me Give it a try!
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#5
Thanks guys. I was wondering because there were some songs that I listened to that was about 130bpm but sounded romantic and also, whenever I put my capo on the 4th fret on my guitar (E standard tuning), open chords sound kinda airy, sweet and generally pleasant to the ear.
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I'm assuming you're talking about romantic as in about love and not romantic as in the period of classical music.

It's generally the tempo (usually slower-paced), the strum pattern, and the chord progression. The chord progressions are usually pretty simple in my experience, and you don't want to use many minor chords unless you want some tension in a part of the song.


that was the first thing that came to mind, romantic period classical music
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#7
I suggest using the E clusterfuck m7b5 chord.

Canon is D is played at a lot of weddings and has been ripped off for countless pop/rock love songs. The progression goes D A Bm F#m G D G A.

Here's something I wrote, loosely based on that: D A Bm G D A G Gm. I give you permission to use it (you can't actually copyright chord progressions, at least not in the USA). Without going into the theory, the chromatic Gm chord provides some nice tension leading back to the D at the beginning.
#9
Romantic music uses plenty of legato, but doesn't forget about portato or staccato playing. It's also very dynamic, unlike the earlier baroque and later popular music.

I can't really say more than that, since romantic as a style is very subjective.
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#10
traditionally 3rds and 6ths were seen as romantic intervals ,
4ths and 5ths were seen as more colder and baron ,
and 2nds and 7ths as dissonant .
by adding 6ths to a chord progression you can easily "sweeten " it , by adding 2nds (9ths ) or 7ths you can add a "bitterness " in there .

Take these chords C , Am , F , G

then add some 6ths .
C6,C,Am,F,F6,G6,G (sweet version )
add some 9ths and 7th = (bittersweet )

Cadd9 C,Cmaj7,C6
Am add9,Am,Am7,Am6,
F,Fsus2,FMAJ9,F 6/9
G,Gsus4,G,G7
C

great question btw , im sure there are many answers .
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I give you permission to use it (you can't actually copyright chord progressions, at least not in the USA).


there's a country....where you can...copyright chord progressions? sorry sorry, off topic.

Pachelbel...that poppy punk. I think the violin makes that song so "romantic". I don't know about romantic chord progressions. And when I say I don't know, I mean, I don't know.

Most of Chopin I think sounds romantic without a violin. I wonder what his progressions are like.
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there's a country....where you can...copyright chord progressions? sorry sorry, off topic.


Not that I know of.

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