Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ariel Pink - Round and Round Lesson #2

More with our in depth look @ this Ariel Pink number. The first bridge section consists of the following chords: D F#m Bm and C#m. The more straightforward way of viewing it is as being in the F#m(i) key which makes the other chords D(VI) Bm (iv) C#m (v). This does work theoretically but sometimes theory and how yr mind interprets what u hear r 2 different things. This section seems on some esoteric subliminal level 2 consist of an invisible "A" chord. An invisible chord exists as a chord u somehow sense belonging 2 a progression even if it is never played just by the relationship that exists between the chords that are played. This can set up an expectation that this chord will make an appearance eventually and when it occurs all that built up tension is released dramatically. So viewing the progression in this light the chords serve the following function F#m(III) D(IV) Bm(ii) C#m (iii). The only thing missing is that invisible "A" chord and when it emerges in the chorus it really jumps out of the speakers @ u. Another example would be a progression that goes Dm/G/Em/F if a song with this progression ever moves solidly to a "C" chord u have the perfect setup for a powerful chorus. So the next time yr writing a song and at a loss 4 where a change should take u think about which missing chord looks like it could potentially b a part of that progression and try moving toward it.