The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #134407   Message #3058913
Posted By: Genie
21-Dec-10 - 05:56 PM
Thread Name: On not knowing chords - and not helping
Subject: RE: On not knowing chords - and not helping
A tune doesn't have chords unless harmony is involved, and different harmonies involve/constitute different chords.    It can be frustrating to have a preferred harmony for a song and not be able to use it because the lead instrumentalist is using chords that don't work with it. (The arrangement of "Amazing Grace" that's in the UU hymnal comes to mind for me.)   If you ask "What are the chords for" a particular song and you get several different opinions, you can play around with them and see which ones work with the instrumental riffs and harmonies you prefer.