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I need help. If I posted me singing a melody could someone help me with a suggested chord pattern?


(@neztok)
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(@diceman)
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I believe someone would if you actually were to post something. Is it the chord progression you want or a strumming pattern?

If I claim to be a wise man , it surely means that I don't know .


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A chord progression... I spent all of 5 minutes on a simple voice recorder app. Sorry for the lousy voice.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rz2e4xxxz9uelic/2015-02-22_17-30-18_161.wav?dl=0

The lyrics:

Demon
He fought his Demons.
He saw the light.
For these reasons
The love he lost.
In the end
There was no saving grace.
... hence the end.
Goodbye.
For all of my days.
Who shall I blame?
It's not my fault.
You worthless know it all.
Two is too many.
How can others forget?
You murdered your Mother...
and your best friend.
He fought his Demons.
He saw the light.
For these reasons
The love he lost.
In the end
There was no saving grace.
... hence the end.
Goodbye.
An eye for an eye.
Is what I've been told.
Don't say that I didn't warn you.
You evil, cunt Bitch!
Talk to whomever will listen.
Why do they even care?
Your days are numbered.
I hope you BURN in Hell.
He fought his Demons.
He saw the light.
For these reasons
The love he lost.
In the end
There was no saving grace.
... hence the end.
Goodbye.

Here's a related song that I spent 45 minutes recording. It needs a strumming pattern. But I'll deal with this one later.

https://soundcloud.com/neztok/my-ghost


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Look at me I can write a melody, but I can't expect a soul to care...


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I'm not speaking for everyone here but as soon as I read the lyric to your song , I became disinclined to contributing to it any further . There is already too much hate in the world . I'm not judging you but this is not my battle . Good luck .

If I claim to be a wise man , it surely means that I don't know .


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Ignore the words. The melody came first, the words fell into place. If you think you can somehow fit happy go lucky words into the melody and write a chord progression then that's cool. Somehow I don't think the melody is going to work with the words you come up with. Therefore, limiting your range as a musician... sometimes music comes from dark places. But yeah, I'm struggling with a chord progression.


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Anyway to send an MP3 to my direct email? I'd be more than happy to take a stab at adding chords.

For whatever it may be worth, we do have an article on harmonizing melodies here at Guitar Noise:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/lessons/a-before-e/

The section you want is subtitled "Picking a Color."

Peace


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I'm guessing the Dropbox link isn't working? Oh well, I'm sure I could come up with something if I put it on my looper and played around with it. I haven't played much guitar recently so maybe I'm just trying to get inspired from a having conversation. Honestly, I used to write the chord progression/riff first and make up a crappy melody, for example, https://soundcloud.com/neztok/unusable-signal (no verse to speak of) to along with it. Now I'm coming up with better melodies and having the reverse problem.

To summarize:
chord progression/ riff first - crappy melodies no verse whatsoever
better melodies first - no chord progression/riff.


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My connection, when it comes to downloading, is unreliable at the best of times. But I managed to get it going this morning.

If you're okay with writing chord progressions, working in reverse (harmonizing a melody) isn't all that much of a stretch. Like most things concerning music, it's usually a matter of practicing to the point of being comfortable. When you think about it, there aren't that many chord progressions, at least ones that work well, so sometimes it's a matter of feeling your way along as the melody progresses.

Listening to your melody, it reminded me of some early classical guitar pieces in terms of potential harmonies. Mostly minor, but not always. E minor seemed a good place to start, and I came up with this for the first part:

He fought his (Em) Demons.
He saw the (Am) light.
For these (D) reasons
The love he (Em) lost.
In the (Em) end
There was no (Am) saving grace.
... hence the (D) end.
Good (Em) bye.

(please note that these are based on the approximation of the melody - the exact notes didn't stay in any specific key or pitch so I extrapolated on the basis of where my ears thought you were going)

While I liked this, I also played around some more and came up with two variations I also liked a lot:

He fought his (Em) Demons.
He saw the (F) light.
For these (G) reasons
The love he (Am) lost.
In the (Em) end
There was no (F) saving grace.
... hence the (G) end.
Good (Em) bye.

He fought his (Em) Demons.
He saw the (Fmaj7) light.
For these (G) reasons
The love he (Am) lost.
In the (Em) end
There was no (Fmaj7) saving grace.
... hence the (D) end.
Good (Em) bye.

Having a place to start from, one could then either make the chords more complex (adding sevenths, ninths, suspended, etc.,) or even go for the simpler power-chord rock style:

He fought his (E5) Demons.
He saw the (F5) light.
For these (G5) reasons
The love he (A5) lost.
In the (E5) end
There was no (A5) saving grace.
... hence the (D5) end.
Good (E5) bye.

One could also decide to put in more or fewer chords. There are lots of different choices once you get started. Usually just choosing where to start is the hardest part.

Hope this helps.

Peace


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Thanks for the reply, unfortunately these chords aren't working for me. Maybe the chords aren't supposed to stay in the same key. We'll see...


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Close to yours... but here what I have.

He fought his (Am) Demons.
He saw the (C) light.
For these (Dm) reasons
The love he (Em) lost.
In the (Dm) end
There was no (C) saving grace.
... hence the (Em) end.
Good (Am) bye


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Close to yours... but here what I have.

He fought his (Am) Demons.
He saw the (C) light.
For these (Dm) reasons
The love he (Em) lost.
In the (Am) end
There was no (Dm) saving grace.
... hence the (Em) end.
Good (Am) bye


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https://soundcloud.com/neztok/goodbye


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