The Chord /Scale Secret to Sad Emotional Guitar

Ever wonder why sad /emotional pieces of music always have a similar sound and feel? In this post, I’m going to show you a secret trick to creating a series of chords that will produce a perfect sad emotional effect. You'll also learn how to incorporate the chord series into a practice routine to get your harmonies and your solos sounding both sad and emotional as well...



So, let me ask you a question, what song out there was it that sticks in your memory because it grabbed at your sad emotions and made you feel that you wanted to write music similar to that.

We’ve all heard pieces of music that end up triggering feelings of sad emotions within us. And, for us guitar players, those experiences will often cause us to want to compose music in the same way.

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WHAT SONG DID IT FOR YOU?
For me personally, songs that come to mind that are like this are; Joe Satriani’s – “The Forgotten (Part 2).” Another nice one is; Gary Moore’s – “Still Got The Blues,” as well as, “Little Wing,” by Jimi Hendrix, (along with Stings version as well).

When it comes down to creating this sad emotional sound in Minor Keys, there’s a really easy way that I like to use to help my own students apply this effect into any Minor key.

In this post, I’m going to teach this idea to you, so that you can start coming up with your own "Sad Minor" music!



CREATING A SAD MINOR HARMONY:
To create sad Minor Key emotional effects the process you can start working with is simple. It is based upon selecting a Minor chord as your primary starting chord, (or what is also called the “Tonic Chord” or the “Root Chord” for your progression).

From there, off of that "Tonic" chord you’ll simply drop down a Whole-Step, into a major chord, and then another whole step into another major chord, plus, you’ll make one final half-step into your last major chord.

EXAMPLE:
For example, if you were in the key of “A Minor,” you’d drop down to a “G Major” and then down into an “F” Major, and finally into an “E” Major.





For practice of this concept, you’d simply repeat that progression, creating an emotionally charged sad musical idea…. Listen in the video at [03:58] to hear how this progression would sound, played with some nice slow arpeggiated drop picking across each chord.





SAD EMOTIONAL GUITAR SOLOING:
If you’d like to start soloing using some sad emotional melody over that chord progression, keep in mind that our example is based out of “A” Natural Minor, so our scale will be from the root chord of “A Minor.”

"A" NATURAL MINOR:



All of your solos will work nicely using nothing more than the, “A Natural Minor,” plus you could also use the “A Minor Pentatonic.”

"A" MINOR PENTATONIC:



EXTRA SADNESS:
Keep in mind that if you want to create some stronger sad emotion for that last “E Major” chord, you’ll do it justice by covering it using another scale called “Harmonic Minor.”

You can use the root of the first chord of the progression for creating all of your Harmonic Minor ideas. In this case, we’d be using the notes of the, “A Harmonic Minor Scale.”

"A" HARMONIC MINOR SCALE:



Here’s an example of creating a sad emotional solo over that progression using Natural and Harmonic Minor scales.

SOLO EXAMPLE:



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