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Old 07-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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Creating chords (NEWBIE)

Hi everyone
Right this question probably seems really stupid... But I've been trying to solve this problem for weeks. Yo know when you create a song (at least the house song I'm trying to create) you have the melody and the chords. How can I come up with some cool chords for my song? Can I visit any webs on the internet?
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: Creating chords (NEWBIE)

chords are multiple notes played at the same time.
play some notes together and find something that sounds good
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re: Creating chords (NEWBIE)

Check out Harmony Improvisator and Xfer Cthulhu. Both excellent plugins to help jump-start the creative process.
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Re: Creating chords (NEWBIE)

Play two notes at the time.

start with the 1 and 5th (for example C+G). try this up and down the keyboard see how it sounds.

now experiment with replacing 5th with the 4th (C+F) or 6th (C+A) instead. It has a different sound.

Try and get combinations of them together that you like. you should have no problem finding a combo of two that work. 4 after some trial and error. experiment.

There shouldn't be much movement up and down the keyboard. Remember that most chords sounds best when they do not differ much from each other (thats one of the reasons why people invert the chords) when you swap the notes like above you could say that you actually play a new chord inverted. So this is really easy to play.

then you analyze what you have.

If the one and 5th sounded good the chord is the root you actually play.
if the 1 and 4th sound nice it probably the 4th thats the root. (and the 1 is the actually the 5th)
and if the 1 and 6th sound good the chord is probably the 6th thats the root. (and the 1 is actually the 3rd)

now all you need to figure out what the 3rd note should be in each chord. major or minor or whatever. and there really are no rules here but its best if you fit that note so its the same across all the other chords.

for example you play these combos and find it sounds good.
C+A (the 1 + 6th)
D+A (1+5)
C+G (1+5)
D+A (1+5)

And after analyzing it like above you get that its
Amin
Dmin
Cmaj
Dmin

I wanna point out that I barely know any theory but this works good for me. And melodies I just improvise on top like I think it sounds good.

I think this method is awesome. Cause I can't play piano well and you easily hear the intervals and relations between the important notes and the vibe they give off. Also you free yourself of the thinking of what "should" come next and can focus purely on what you like

granted there are sus chords and stuff. but if above analyze fails try something else and hope your music theory know how is better then mine cause I can't help you beyond that point.

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Old 07-03-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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Re: Creating chords (NEWBIE)

Man, I remember the days before the Internet. If you wanted to learn how to play chords you sat down at a piano and just played some chords.

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