Some help needed


Jays.traas
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Jays.traas
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09/20/2011 11:14 am
Hey there,

Former full subscriber here and I need some help.

Am writing a song with my band, the chord progressions are as follows:

Intro/Verse:
Em / D / Bm / Am

Chorus:
G / D / Bm / C / G / D / Am / C / Bm / C / Bm / C / F

For the lead solo the guys wanted something completely different, so I went to this:

C#m / A / E

And now I'm trying to figure out how to get from E back to G, right now I climb like this:

C#m / A / E / B / C / D / G

My question is, are there any other ways I could climb from E to G to lead into the chorus again? Any suggestions would really help me,

Thanks in advance
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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/20/2011 1:04 pm
Originally Posted by: Jays.traas
Chorus:
G / D / Bm / C / G / D / Am / C / Bm / C / Bm / C / F

For the lead solo the guys wanted something completely different, so I went to this:

C#m / A / E

And now I'm trying to figure out how to get from E back to G, right now I climb like this:

C#m / A / E / B / C / D / G

My question is, are there any other ways I could climb from E to G to lead into the chorus again?

Since your target is G major try the V chord of G major, a D7 chord. Add in an A7 to help point to the D7, then the 7th chords will really help lead the chord voices toward the G.

If the lead (bridge section) is normally this:

C#m / A / E

Then, try this:
C#m / A / E
C#m / A / E
C#m / A / E
C#m / A7 / D7

Or you could add a secondary dominant for variety:
C#m / A / E
C#m / A7 / G#7 (V7 of C#m)
C#m / A / E
C#m / A7 / D7

Best of success with it!
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Jays.traas
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Jays.traas
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09/21/2011 11:09 pm
The secondary dominant of G#7 sounded really really very good, also gives me some very nice options for expounding on the lead a bit more.

I think I'll add that A7/G#7 in for some great variety in the solo.

Thanks so much for your advice CSchlegel, I really appreciate it.
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