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headrulz101
02-05-2006, 06:56 AM
Well lately I've been writing and working on my own stuff but I seem to be having a bit of trouble with my progressions and rhythm. You guys got any tips for me? What are some common progressions in Pop Songs?

The lyrical parts are going great and I seem to be having no trouble in this area.

Thanks!

Madaxeman
02-05-2006, 09:55 AM
Here is a link to a site that has different progressions...
http://www.accessrock.com/Songwriting/chord-progression.asp
Welcome to the club, as most of us have had the song writing blues at one time or another. (or in my case, constantly!)
I will just pass on the tips I've recieved...listen to music that is the same as what you are trying to write. Analyze those progressions, and play those songs. When writing your own, start simple...keep playing your favorite bands, then gradually more complex songs will become a little easier.
(Also...Google "common chord progressions" and you'll get plenty of sites like the one I listed.)

leppard81
02-05-2006, 10:04 AM
Here are some progression that come to my mind:

Candences (sp?) in C:

I-V (C G)

I-IV-V (C F G)

I-IV-V-vi (C F G Am - this one seems to appear quite often in Sam Cooke songs BTW)

IV-V-iii-IV (F G Em F) (this progession appears in Cindy Laupers "Time after time"; at least it sound very much like it)


VI-V-III-IV (in D: Bm-A-F#m-G . This ones the progression of Marillions "Kayleigh")

EDITed to add:
iim7-V7-Imaj7 ("Jazz-cadence" Dm7-G7-Cmaj7)


BTW: Its correct that minor degrees are written as lower case letter, right? Just not sure right now.


ALEX :-)

headrulz101
02-05-2006, 04:17 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah I'm quite a perfectionist and I'm never satisfied with what I come up with but I guess I gotta start simple and work on like you stated.

Thanks guys!

Malcolm
02-05-2006, 04:40 PM
If lyrics are not a problem you have it made. No point in re-inventing the wheel. Look at some of the songs you like. And copy their basic structure, then as you get better add your own "stuff".

I play country out in public. Jazz at home with the door closed.
Country is a basic four line verse. One chord progression for the first two lines and repeated in the next two lines. The last word in the first two lines rhymes with the last word in the last two lines....... over and over again.

Now Jazz is way different than that, but, it's mostly old standards so again no one is really re-inventing the wheel, just taking that wheel and adding their interpatation............

My point....... copy what others have done first.

Apple-Joe
02-06-2006, 09:03 AM
The I-IV-V progression is very common, as someone has mentioned already. Also, another interesting progression is the I - vi - IV - V; for instance C - Am - F - G. Quite a nice sound. Or if you want a different atmosphere, treat the Am as the tonal center, and add the G and F chords, so you get: Am - G - F. There are so many possibillities. You should experiment!

headrulz101
02-06-2006, 07:13 PM
The I-IV-V progression is very common, as someone has mentioned already. Also, another interesting progression is the I - vi - IV - V; for instance C - Am - F - G. Quite a nice sound. Or if you want a different atmosphere, treat the Am as the tonal center, and add the G and F chords, so you get: Am - G - F. There are so many possibillities. You should experiment!

Definately man. In the end, it's all about what sounds good to your ear.

Thanks again!