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How do I make chords out of riffs? For example, I would like to play Van Halen - Top of the world on my acoustic but how do I choose the right chords?

This song goes in the key of E, so would it be theoreticly correct if I messed around with the chords E, B, C#m and A since they contain all the notes in the E major scale? Or will that sound wrong with the notes the singer sings?
Hi
I want to know if there are any "rules" to follow when you want to pick in a song. I can compose chord proggresions but when it comes to picking I'm totally stuck. I don't want to just arpeggio the chords, I want something like the picking in the song Tears In Heaven. So are there any "rules" or some theory that would help me to figure out some good picking harmony? Thankful for any tips because I don't know much at all about this
My computer didn't work so I sent in in for service, and during that month I had nothing to do really. So one day I just borrowed my sisters guitar and played some Van Halen and Malmsteen stuff and got interested.
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Pachelbel's Canon 1680
that do ya?


Maybe not that old but still, it was a classic
Like so many else I just have to keep my music organized, it drives me crazy when the artist is spelled wrong or doesn't contain capitals.
Hi, I'm looking for older classic songs from the 70s and 80s? Tracks like Opus - Life Is Life, Sister Hazel - Happy and John Hiatt - Buffalo River Home. That's the kind of songs I consider classics, songs you remember from when you were young. Thankful for any answers.
And by the way, does someone know what song I'm talking about. It's from the 70s and a guy is singing. Can't remember the lyrics, but the first line in the chorus reminds me of Feliz Navidad (I wanna wish you a merry christmas). Anyone got any idea what song I'm talking about?
Like the title says, how can you figure out what chord resolves to what chord?
I've searched for the tabs/chords to this song but I can't find it anywhere. So perhaps somebody know it or can tab it out for me?
If it's chords you can check all the notes in the chords and then see which key every note fits in to. I guess you do the same with solos etc. see what notes you play and check which key they fit into
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That's impossible.

A7sus4 (if you're playing it how i thinnk is x0203x right?)

The only note that's an accidental is the C# in A. Every other note is ok for A natural minor.

As for the second song. The notes work in D. It could be in A Major too. Even with the G, because it's the seventh, it could be flattened.

And just because one notes not in the scale doesn't mean it can't possibly be part of the scale.

I mean, figure out the triads and you'll realise that some chords will sound good in a scale even though they have "out of key" notes. The second and 6th can be played as Major even though, if you run through the scale properly, it should be a minor.


I play the A7sus4 from lowest to highest 300230. But then maybe I will play my progression if two single notes didn't mean that much, thanks
Please, I really need help with this one
Thanks for the help everybody But the final progression became A7sus4, A, Cadd9 and E. I don't think they fit together in theory but sounded good for me, if you got any improvments on that progression so please tell me But to another problem that I hope you can solve, I also want to pick notes in the verse. Is there any "rules" that I should know about when it comes to picking and knowing which notes in each chords I should pick and things like that?

I changed the chords to A7sus4, A, E and F#m as I thought it would work in the key of E major but still the A7sus4 contains two notes that isn't in E major scale, D and G. So I am completely stuck right now
Okey, thanks for that lesson I will try the chord progression you suggested
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A --> A
D --> D
E --> F
F --> F
G --> A

A phrygian dominant might fit over that? Or D harmonic minor?


That didn't help so much. I don't know that much theory so I don't know what that means, it is way out of my league.
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Well usually you can tell the key by the chord that it resolves to. It resolves nicely to a D major chord, therefore I'll assume that it's in the key of D major.


Okey thanks Now it's gonna be a bit easier to find chords that fits i guess
I don't know what key it fits in actually. How can i figure out that?
I looked up a chord on the net and found out that it was an D sus2sus2 or G6add9 (no 3rd) or an A 7sus4. Since it is unusual chords I can't figure out other chords that fits well with it. So if someone know 3 chords that sound well it would be appreciated And I would be even more thankful if the chords sounded not necessarily sad but downtempo and mellow.

This is how the chord look like:
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It didn't help me that much, does somebody know some more tips? I want like picking notes in the verse and strum in the chorus so the picking has to sound well with the chords and I don't want to just arpeggiet the chords so that's my problem. A good example of how I want it to be is When you say nothing at all by Ronan Keating, picking in the verse and strumming in the chorus
It didn't help me that much, does somebody know some more tips? I want like picking notes in the verse and strum in the chorus so the picking has to sound well with the chords and I don't want to just arpeggiet the chords so that's my problem. A good example of how I want it to be is When you say nothing at all by Ronan Keating, picking in the verse and strumming in the chorus
I need help with figure out picking melodies and which tones att work well together and stuff like that? have done some own tracks where i just strum chords, so now I want to change that and pick instead. So I wonder if someone shave any tips?