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The vast majority of songs out there are written in a major key, so for those of you who avoid minor keys, you’re missing out on an entire palette of colours. Minor key music has a different feel, and a different effect on the listener.
If you’ve written a song but you can’t seem to get the lyrics to sound right, it may be useful to try switching over to the minor mode. This will not only mean that your chords will be different, but (of course) the melody will likely have to change slightly.
To give you an idea of the effect we’re talking about, here are some simple short melodic fragments, first given in a major key, and then in a minor key equivalent:
A D A Bm A (Listen – opens in a new browser window)
Am Dm Am G Am (Listen)
A A/G# F#m E (Listen)
Am G F G (Listen)
A D/A A D/A Bm/A A (Listen)
Am G/A Am Dm G/A A (Listen)
The minor mode gives the music a darker mood, with potential for a bit more edge. These are just midi files that I’ve posted here, so you’ll have to use your imagination and your own instrumentation to bring them to life.