I Heard There Was A Secret Chord

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  1. Rodey99

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    I'm about to begin recording a drone song with a single chord. I want to fill out the frequency range with Bass, Guitar, and Synth and there will be movement but always with the drone foundation.

    Any suggestions on the best chord for droning? Tuning?

    This has obviously been done many times, Beatles, Ornette Coleman, and Boris come to mind first for me. What's some other seminal drone songs
     
  2. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched Silver Supporting Member

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    yes, there is a secret chord
     
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    Look up the bands Spectrum, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, experimental audio research, ...


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    It's F6..!


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    Are we talking about the brown chord?
     
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    Double Drop D is always good for a droning sound
     
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    Open D.

    D-A-D-D (G string tuned down to D)-A-D.
    The floppy G-string gives you a nice Indian sound for big bends/vibrato and greasy slides.
     
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  9. Microdot

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    I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord
     
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    That was my first thought too
     
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    Gmaj all the way
     
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    How do you know about the chord if it's a secret?
     
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    I know the Secret Chord. But if I divulge it, I'll have to off everybody on the Internet.
     
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    You say that like it's a bad thing.
     
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    "There once was a note. Listen."
     
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    Secret chord? I'm not sure if you're looking for a serious answer, but read up on Indian classical music. The drone instruments don't play chords as such, but do generally play inversions of the root, third and fifth of whatever mode is being used. There is no one right answer. For instruments like the sitar lot of it has to do with the rhythmic placement of the root note sympathetic strings within the context of the melody.
     
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    It's the "woman chord" and has a universal tone, or really, "a tone of the universe."
     
  20. navin johnson

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    the secret chord is a chord you already know, but you just don't know you know it yet. one day as you are playing, you will get sooooo in the zone, that suddenly an image of a fingerboard will appear in your mind. everything will begin to shift and slide like an elongated rubik's cube. when it stops, you'll understand the true secret of guitar. you'll instantly be transported to the hall of guitar gods, where you will walk among them as an equal. you'll be able to instantly play anything. it happens to everyone, eventually. nbd
     

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