Does this chord progression work

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mark_oh1985

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Hi I’m just after some advice,
this chord progression seems to work to my ear but want to know if I’m missing anything obvious
it’s for a folk/bluesy slow ballad type song

all in minor chords
4/4 60bpm
Verse
/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Em Bm. Em. Bm. X 7

/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

am. Em. B7. Em. X 1


chorus
/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Am. Em. B7. Em. X 2


Any thoughts would be appreciated
thanks in advance

#1

Hi I’m just after some advice,
this chord progression seems to work to my ear but want to know if I’m missing anything obvious
it’s for a folk/bluesy slow ballad type song

all in minor chords
4/4 60bpm
Verse
/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Em Bm. Em. Bm. X 7

/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

am. Em. B7. Em. X 1


chorus
/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Am. Em. B7. Em. X 2


Any thoughts would be appreciated
thanks in advance

jarkko.eklund

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Joined: 09/25/13

Posts: 141

Those chord functions work well.

Key is Em

verse

i - v - i - v

iv - i - V7 - i

Chorus

iv - i - V7 - i

Harmony fits to a minor key and dominant (v/V7) is always resolved to a one (i) chord. Nice.

#2

Those chord functions work well.

Key is Em

verse

i - v - i - v

iv - i - V7 - i

Chorus

iv - i - V7 - i

Harmony fits to a minor key and dominant (v/V7) is always resolved to a one (i) chord. Nice.

mark_oh1985

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Joined: 12/08/17

Posts: 3

Thank for the reply

I was just a bit concerned that the 7 bars of em to Bm were too repetitive

#3

Thank for the reply

I was just a bit concerned that the 7 bars of em to Bm were too repetitive

jarkko.eklund

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If it is only a strumming chords, then 7x can be too repetative. But I assume you have a melody/words as well. You can avoid the repetative feeling by rhythmic variations while chord progression stays the same.

#4

If it is only a strumming chords, then 7x can be too repetative. But I assume you have a melody/words as well. You can avoid the repetative feeling by rhythmic variations while chord progression stays the same.

mark_oh1985

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Originally Posted by: jarkko.eklund

If it is only a strumming chords, then 7x can be too repetative. But I assume you have a melody/words as well. You can avoid the repetative feeling by rhythmic variations while chord progression stays the same.

good point, it’s finger picked and the vocal melody seems to sit well with it.

thanks for your vote of confidence I can carry on with it happily now :)

#5

Originally Posted by: jarkko.eklund

If it is only a strumming chords, then 7x can be too repetative. But I assume you have a melody/words as well. You can avoid the repetative feeling by rhythmic variations while chord progression stays the same.

good point, it’s finger picked and the vocal melody seems to sit well with it.

thanks for your vote of confidence I can carry on with it happily now :)