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Thread #27898   Message #343923
Posted By: GUEST,Brian
20-Nov-00 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: Help: Ascribing guitar chords to music
Subject: RE: Help: Ascribing guitar chords to music
Sorry, the internet seems to be slow updating today. I sent the last message before your new questions came through. The word dominant was perhaps a bad one for me to use. I tried to put this in general terms, without thinking of any particular tune. Substitute the word influential for dominant. The notes that fall on the beat tend to drive the tune more than those around the beat. The beat notes therefore become more influencial to the tune.

By 'use your ear, if it fits, you can play it, and sounds right, it is'. I mean listen to the chord you are playing in relation the tune. Do they sound good together? If they do it's ok if not, it's wrong. Also, I was trying to take individual ability into account. There's no point in coming up with a stunning chord sequence, if you can't get your fingers to play it - play within your ability for now, and work on the harder stuff over time.

The more you do it the easier it gets. Means exactly that. The more you work at putting chords to tunes, the easier it becomes.

Does this mean that there are various combinations of the same chords that will work with music ? Oh dear. this is where this could get difficult to explain, and I don't want to confuse you any more than at present. Not everyone would chord a piece of music the same way. Most of the chords would be the same , but it's the refinements that introduce the variations. That is where the more complex chord patterns start to emerge, and it becomes a matter of personal taste as to what feel you want from a tune (hard, lilting, happy, sad, driving, blues or jazz etc.)

I would suggest that you pick up some music that is already chorded and study it. Look at what notes are played in each bar, and what chord is being played against those notes. You will see that the majority of the time the notes that make up the chord, are (the majority of) the notes used in that particular bar of the tune. So the tune is telling you what chord to play. If it could one of a number of chords, then go for the one that sounds best to you.

I hope that helps.

Brian