How to Add a Bit of Complexity to Song Chord Choices

November 26, 2014

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

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Blue guitarOf all the elements that go together to create a song, most people will tolerate predictability in chords more than in any other element. Predictability in lyrics usually amounts to triteness or corniness, and we don’t want that. Predictability in melodies means it’s been done before, and you definitely don’t want that.

But predictability in chords, though it means it’s been done before, usually has little or no negative impact. The progression I-vi-IV-V-I (C-Am-F-G-C) has been done thousands of times, you can still write a unique song using that progression, as long as it’s the melody and lyrics that are unique.

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