Choosing the right chords for a song can make all the difference between a great song and a terrible one. When you first start writing songs though, you may be overwhelmed by the options available to you. 12 major chords, 12 minor chords, plus all kinds of diminished, sus, and seventh chords to consider…

How do you know which chords to use in your songs?

Start from what works

There are certain patterns of chords which work well together, and create the kind of “musical journey” we’re used to hearing in songs. Studying these common progressions is a great way to get started when writing your own songs. The sounds they create will be familiar and effective, and while you may want to venture into more unusual territory later on, it’s very helpful to start from something you know will “work”, musically.

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