The Chord That Changes Everything

While the act of inserting this mystery chord is simple, the impact is substantial, so prepare to enter a new sonic landscape with the minor-IV chord. This chord appears in many places throughout music history, including “Devil in Her Heart” by the Beatles, “Creep” by Radiohead and “Sleep Walk” by Santo and Johnny, to name a few… More at Guitar World.

Useful stuff if you can play. If only I had the patience to learn…

Categories: Music

3 replies

  1. Pretty basic stuff. What’s more important is how the notes in one chord lead to the notes in the next chord and how they move through the whole progression. Expectation and surprise are how you keep things interesting.

    • One of those things I put up with zero knowledge on my part:)

      • I know. I just wanted you to know that it wasn’t a profound idea. It’s decent advice to a young songwriter to use a chord like that, but if it’s just thrown in without any context it doesn’t really do much for a song. The best songs have progressions that have notes that descend or ascend in a interesting way throughout the progression. That’s what’s called leading. Notes lead to other notes, and the expectation and the surprise with a deviation from the expectation are what make songs interesting. The best way for songwriters to find that is to experiment and listen to other writers who write interesting progressions. Listen to the way that “Smile” has descending notes and then deviates from what you expect. “Hallelujah” climbs at the end of the verse like this in both the chords and the melody. There is so much interplay in a great song. Hope that helps. Just like photography, if you have a little knowledge of composition it helps you understand the music and appreciate it more.

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