Saturday 8 February 2014

Ticket 1: The Flat 6 Chord

When you're in a major key try throwing in the flat 6 chord. This works particularly well when you're expecting the root. For example, rather than landing on the I or 'root' chord (e.g. D major) at the end of a section delay the resolution by substituting the bVI (Bb) instead, before finally resolving to the I.

Honey Don't 
I Saw Her Standing There
I Will
It Won't Be Long
Lady Madonna
Oh! Darling
P.S. I Love You
Polythene Pam
With A Little Help from My Friends


Crazy Little Thing Called Love - bridge/solo (Queen)
Curl - prechorus (Jonathan Coulton)
Dune Buggy - coda (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
If You Want Love - coda (k.s. Rhoads)
Peggy Sue - bridge (Buddy Holly)
She's Electric - Coda (Oasis)
Suffragette City - verse (David Bowie)
Wake Up Boo! - end (The Boo Radleys)

See also

Ticket 6: Stay Off The Root Chord
Ticket 7: Avoid Using All Three Major Chords Early In The Song
Ticket 8: The Minor 4
Ticket 14: Write An In-Key Melody Over Out-Of-Key Chords
Ticket 16: The Picardy Third
Ticket 28: Use At Least One Out Of Key Chord
Ticket 44: Minor 5

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

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