Chordmaps — Ahh Pick A Scale then – Pick a Map

clipped from chordmaps.com

Let’s say we’re writing a song. First we choose a key. Now here comes the mountain. Which chords are available in this key… and how do they flow from one to another in ways that sound good?

These questions are very easy to ask, but it took me years to understand what I wanted to know

clipped from chordmaps.com
In the key of D, name the
three major chords and the three minor chords.

The answer: the three major chords (I, IV, and V) are D,
G, and A, while the three minor chords (ii, iii, and vi) are
E minor, F# minor, and B minor.
What do the new chords look like?

The Em chord looks like this.

This is the F# minor chord.

And B minor looks like this.

Concept #6 – The Simple Map
This is where the big question begins to emerge. We now
have six chords available. How do they flow from one to
another?
Some chords feel stable and strong while others feel like
they’re leaning or going somewhere. Some chords create
tension, waiting for another chord to come along and
relax the tension. Sometimes a chord is meant to surprise
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