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GOD CHORDS - Writing Epic Changes

I think I went a bit overboard with this but oh well, hope you enjoy :). I composed all this music using this technique, and used Reason for the orchestral stuff.  Free online guitar lessons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. Located in Crystal Lake, Jake Lizzio provides free jam tracks and video lessons for guitar players, as well as music theory videos and other music education content.

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Knowledge is power power to write epic chords.

Majestic cords cords that Inspire chords that move chords that are overused in science documentaries, but can also be used in downtempo ambient chillwave or even instrumental progressive rock. Rock Today we explore the power of God chords.

Well, that was fun. So moving on let's talk about actually using these things and composing with them. All right. This is a very simple concept but all of those chords you just heard what they all had in common is that they didn't have much in common.

Okay these records that did not share a key. They didn't often times. They didn't even share a note between the two of them. Okay.

So here's what I want to do is I want to show you all the primary candidates for God chords Keep in mind. God chords are not an official thing. All right there just a term. I've heard used and I'm just going to give you the best examples of them. Okay, so What you need to know is our scale degrees. If you don't know what scale degrees are check out my other video, but that's just how I'll be labeling these things. Even if you don't know that you should be able to follow along. All right, let's talk about starting on E major. All right, we have to start somewhere. All right now, I'm just picky.

So there's my E chord. All right, and then I need to find out where my candidates for my God chords. Well, the first candidate I would pick is starting on the flatted 3rd. All right, so that would be a g. So if I go from E to G, that's three Frets away if I play a G major then I'll have one of those epic changes.

All the God chords. I played you with their all major chords. Nothing fancy just major chords back and forth It's just where you're going between those major chords is where the magic happens here. It is going to a natural three. This is your next job Gordon. One, two, three.

All right, that's a little more bold. I think a little bit more inquisitive right a little more light shining from that one.

The best one though is definitely the change from our route to our tritone. So that would be from E major to be.

All right you hear Nice of the change that is from E to be for our next one would be to our Flat 6. Okay, that would be from E major to see major.

Nice change right there.

Remember all I'm doing is playing the chords. But if you do something different like arpeggiate them very nice idea. Once you know, once you have a chord progression or record change you like do more than just run them do something cool with them. The last God chord would be our natural six. All right, that would be from E to C sharp.

All right, big bold change giant change, but definitely my favorite is the one that starts off the tritone.

So let's beef up this concept a little bit more. It's pretty boring to just do major chords.

Obviously the next step would be spiced up these major chords, maybe extend them turn them into major 7th chords.

I really enjoy adding in a tritone to make them like a sharp four to add a sharp 4 and there but let me show you what I'm talking about. Let's go back to E major to C major.

Let's go. A 1 2 a flat 6 Right One Flat 6. Let's just take that c and let's just make it a C major 7 instead.

All right, and now we've got this really nice change of e major to C major 7 and that to me is a very pleasing lovely chord change.

Another thing I like to do is to add in the tritone to some of these chords to kind of imply a lydian feel. So let's go back a major to see Right. I start playing that up Char to give it a little bit of lydian tonality see.

And I like that we can do that on a that change. Let's go from E to C sharp.

And then get that lydian in on C sharp. And that's one of the things I recommend since we are not in one key here, since we're always changing keys with every single chord we're doing it's going to be very difficult to like play a solo on top of this or even to sing on top of this you really have to address each chord as its own key. All right, and or just kind of focus on the notes of the chord and just treat it like an arpeggio, but when you are treating it like it's own key. I kind of suggest you treat it like lydian just because it'll just ramped up that whole epic weirdness of it. So let's do like B flat to G. Right? Here's B flat and then if I go to G right there, that would be a real one to a flat 6 right one to a natural six.

But if I make it G lydian by adding in some of the notes of G. Lydian Right just like I didn't see so I suggest lydian to help these entire things out and the last little element to making these God chords more interesting is to add in the augmented fifth.

I think it's a really really cool note to add in there. So for like C major, here's the c major Triad ceg, but that G sharp the the sharp Fifth and if I kind of go up and down like that, I start getting that on spiring sense of wonder anytime you have a major chord and that augmented fifth gets a little dreaming.

Alright, so if I combine that to what I was doing before this time, let's go from F sharp to C. Alright, so here's an F sharp major and here's C major with that augmented Fifth and I don't know how you can't get visions of like, I don't know like every scene from Interstellar when you hear something like this.

I'm sure actually listen to the beginning of the cosmos show with Neil deGrasse Tyson. They use these chords pretty much the entire beginning. It's much better. Other than that, it's not just random major chords, but this to me is like the watered-down version of Epic composition.

All you really have to do is take some chords that don't relate to one another cram them together and make sure they don't share a common key and you're going to start sounding this way and I think that's a completely legitimate way to compose figure out how something makes you feel figure out how it's done. And then when you want to make somebody feel that way you just do that thing. All right. I wanted you to feel aw and wonder at the beginning of this video, so I just put together chords that I remember.

Awe-inspiring.

Wonder if there's not a lot of you know writing where there's not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to that. It's just like hey what will work? I know it'll work this will work. So it's definitely a mechanical method to work. But I don't know I enjoyed it was a lot of fun to do and hopefully you get something out of this and hopefully it gives you an idea to kind of expand your cords outside of just regular major regular minor anything modal.

Okay. So I hope you enjoyed this video.

If you did enjoy this video, please like subscribe all that kind of stuff and thank you so much for 10,000 subscribers. I saw that the other day. That's insane. I can't believe it's actually real I'm going to try to get more videos out of here as quickly as I can and I apologize for the delays. But hope you enjoy this one and I will see you soon.

 





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