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#1150421 - 03/08/06 02:30 PM Chord progression
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I wrote a chord progression. What do you think?

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#1150422 - 03/08/06 04:51 PM Re: Chord progression
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I'm at work and can't play the midi, but one thing is to avoid spelling one chord with flats when the rest of the piece uses sharps. In bars 24 and 32 the Eb minor and mispelled B chord can easily be (and in the base of the B chord more properly) spelled using sharps. Also, it takes you to bar 6 to get to a root position chord, the previous 5 being filled with 2nd inversions. That's not necessarily wrong, but it's something you'd want to do for a reason.

One other thing is this is very close voice leading. This tends to promote parallel harmony. When you spread the voices out a bit you have the room to discover the joy of contrary motion. In writing for strings you'd want to spread things out anyway to get the instruments in their best ranges. While a cello can play well into the treble cleff it's best register is in the bass cleff.

I think the idea of using augmented and diminished chords can be interesting so I'm interested to actually hear this progression. I can sort of hear it in my head and it seems to have some interesting moments. I hope to know better later.

Just a few things I noticed

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#1150423 - 03/08/06 07:03 PM Re: Chord progression
debrucey Offline
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Yeh sorry about the unconventional notation, I just played them into Sibelius with a keyboard. I didnt even define a key signature, I just wanted to get it written down so I wouldnt forget it. When I expand them to orchestra or whatever, I'll probably spread them out a bit more. Thanks for the comments anyhow.

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#1150424 - 03/08/06 08:34 PM Re: Chord progression
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The progression's pretty nice, actually. I don't like it rhythmically, but only because there's nothing else going on. (In other words, it's not necessarily the progression's fault.) It is interesting, where you go to D in bar 9, I hear a completely different direction (based on the previous chord). Depending on what else is going on, this will either be a very abrupt change to D, or it could still transition more "gently"...but that is a stylistic thing as far as I'm concerned, and cannot be judged but by "taste". ;\)
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#1150425 - 03/08/06 08:49 PM Re: Chord progression
pianojerome Offline
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I like it! Especially the last 2 lines.
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