How to Create
Emotionally Powerful Music and Lyrics
How Chords and Chord Progressions REALLY Work
Where Chords Come From
What Is a Chord? And What Is a Chord Progression?
For practical purposes, think of a chord as three or more different-pitched notes played or sung simultaneously. Not two. Consider two notes, whether sounded simultaneously or in succession, an interval.
A chord progression is a succession of chords, the way a melody is a succession of intervals. Psychologically, as discussed in Chapter 3, harmony provides aural “depth” to melody’s height and rhythm’s length. Harmony has nothing to do with pitch-like “height.” You’ll find out why later in this chapter.