A discussion session
TOPIC: 'Using Weird Chords In Songwriting'.
DATE: Saturday August 15, 2020 2 pm PDT, 5 PM EDT, 9 pm GMT host: @AndyGetch
FORMAT: 40 minute Zoom meeting (detailed info below with discussion on this forum topic). There will be a brief introduction by followed by live question and answer discussion session.
ZOOM link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78379852794?pwd=UHd5Rk1jN0RyUDhjY1piZFN6Rlo5QT09
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone this weekend!
Questions for the meeting and this forum topic.
EDIT 8/15/20 Post-session summary:
What are weird chords? One that is not one easily written with standard notation or sounds weird in the context of the song. In other words not a major, minor, 7th, sus, diminished, augmented, or power chord. Anything unusual or even unexpected chords from another key.
How to play weird chords? Familiar chord shapes in a different location on the fingerboard. That can be in standard guitar tuning, using alternate guitar tuning, or on a different less-familiar-to-me instrument. For a solo track on guitar one can take a familiar chord shape (C, A, G, E, D, Em, etc.) and move it further up the guitar neck or to a different string. At many positions on the guitar neck the open (unfretted) strings will create a weird chord sound. On keyboard one can play different chord shapes/positions with both hands. Or using the familiar chord shapes on an instrument with different tuning. Chords sound different in the context of what was played before, the melody, the key, and what follows. A chord that is not of its own, weird, can sound weird if played in the context of a different key.
Why use weird chords? Experimentation. Maybe a way to get a different melody. Sometimes it is to get a different effect or feeling. To put in an unexpected chord change. To set the mood behind the melody. To transition into or imply a key change.
What do you consider to be weird chords? How and why do you use them?