Note: Some of you have used the following exercise/game to write new music. If so, please leave a comment and share that music. Would love to see what you’ve come up with.
You know the game. When a word is thrown at you, you respond with a word(s) or image it triggers in your head. For example: Paris: Eiffel. Coffee: Good Morning. Etc etc.
So, I was thinking of what chord types trigger what words or images in me and how I can use them to write songs and perhaps tell a story – or set a mood, at least.
Major – Home
Minor – Nostalgia
Major 7th – Love
Minor 7th – Joy
7th – Pain
Diminished – Puzzle
Just a few to start with. No need to do that with all the chords (you will go nuts and will be very confused). Now a DM7 will feel slightly different than CM7 – than will EbM7. DM7, to me, is a little “warmer” than a CM7.
How would I write songs or music with that? If I played the progression, a IIm7-V7-IM7 (Dm7-G7-CM7), and tried to state a theme or tell a story, it just might mean – taking the association I’ve made above – “Joy Pain Love”
The night is a little cold and I’m feeling a little nostalgic, so I played the sequence bossa nova style. A title springs to mind – “When I Remember Your Face.” Not so good, but not such a bad way to start.
Just one of many, many, many approaches to start a song. What the game did, if nothing else, is that it gave me a title and a style to begin work with.
What comes to your mind when you hear those chords? Do you tend to pick certain types over others?