Not every bar in an 8- or 16-bar progression needs a different chord; it’s about balancing variety (things that are different) with unity (things that repeat).
Tag: chord progressions
How to Write Interesting Chord Progressions: Half-diminished Seventh Chords
A great tool for adding a different color in a chord progression is to include one or more half-diminished seventh chords (sometimes just called half-diminished chords).
How to Write Interesting Chord Progressions: Suspended Fourth Chords
Another common way to create more interesting chords by altering the notes of the basic triad is to form what are called suspended fourth chords.
How To Write Interesting Chord Progressions: Chord Extensions
The most common and most useful of these chords is the seventh, which you can use pretty much anywhere just to add a slightly different color to a chord, or in some types of progression to give the sequence of chords some extra thrust, because the added seventh is a mild dissonance, or clash, that makes the chord sound like it wants to move somewhere.
How to Write Interesting Chord Progressions: Chromatic Alterations
Chromatic alterations, such as sharps and flats, can be used to help create a more interesting chord progression in a piece of music. Ed Bell explains how to use these alterations effectively.
How To Write Interesting Chord Progressions: Inversions
One of the simplest and most effective ways to enrich your chord progressions is through the use of inversions. Depending which note you put in the bass, you end up with chords in first inversion or second inversion: