Composing with Chord Progressions

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Hey friends! You can compose music in many different ways, and from different angles. You start a new track from a rhythmic centric view. You can start from a melody or hook point of view. Or, you can choose to build your track from a harmonic perspective.

In the past I have been mainly driven by melodies, riffs and hooks that just pop into my mind, and I start to hum them. Second in focus have been the rhythm and groove. And finally I harmonized by adding chords.

Well since I have now started reading and learning more about music theory, and especially tested new chords and progressions in practice on piano, I have started trying to start new songs from a harmonic point of view. And it is actually super creative and fun.

Without knowing music theory, most people tend to simply use basic triad chords like the 1,4,5 from the scale. But the more I learn, the more I realize the huge and almost infinite possibilities you have in creating the harmonic structure of a chord progression. Especially when you also consider rhythmic pattern of the chords, as well as voice leading. Oh, and you can even spice things up by using a different bass note than the root note of the chord.

I found an amazing app that makes coming up with new chord progressions super fun and easy. It is called Chordbot, and I have only been using it for a couple of weeks, but I am so hooked to this app already. It is a goldmine for music composers, so I really recommend you to check it out.

I will be using this app to create new chord progressions on the go, but also as a songwriting notepad to store song progressions that I come up with when I sit and brainstorm by my piano.

There are of course many other apps for creating your own chord progressions, but this specific app has all the features I am looking for. Here’s a short list of what you can do with this app:

  1. You can choose from a large amount of chords.
  2. You can customize each chord in your progression with different chord inversions, range, as well as bass note.
  3. You can choose the length each chord is played for, in divisions of beats.
  4. There are presets for instruments and sounds that will play your chord progression.
  5. And there are even lots of presets for the rhythmic playing style, which will greatly affect the feeling and vibe of your chord progression.

Finally, since I bought the full version of the app, I can even export the final result as MIDI and then import it into my DAW.

Are you using a cool app for making your own custom chord progressions and variations? Please share it in a comment below this video.

I’m Mike, signing out…and you rock, my friends!

Friendly regards,
Mikael "Mike" Baggström

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By |April 18th, 2017|Music and Sound|