Do you have cool exotic ending chords that have an emotional hit?

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  1. ASATKat

    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    The last chord of the song, the chord of closure.

    Do you have some beautiful, haunting, sad or happy ending chords?

    Please post your faves in tab so I can hear the magic, and steal it lol. Audio is better.

    My first exoticly haunting ending chord is for a minor blues, let's use D minor blues,

    end on this,
    Dm6 add9
    --
    -5
    -4
    -3
    -5
    --

    Care to share?
     
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    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    I love this lush ending chord for a Cmaj7 song,

    Cmaj9
    -x
    -5 i
    -7 m
    -9 p
    -x
    -8 r
     
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    A ii-V-I in C. I think that last chord is a Bill Evans chord, sneaking in a #9 on a major chord.

    D11:x55565
    G13b5: x43453
    B|C (CMaj7#9#11): x32442
     
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    Any C major song.

    C13
    8
    10
    8
    9
    10
    8

    Cliche, sure. Nice though!
     
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    I like to play an F11 (no 3rd) for songs in F major sometimes.

    xx556x

    If I feel jaunty, I'll tap the A on the low E string after striking the chord
     
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    That chord is G-C-F, so Fsus2.

    Add2 chords can give you that Steely Dan feeling, without getting too jazzy:

    Fadd2: xx7.10.8.8

    And if you have long fingers:

    Fadd2: 135211 -- easier to play higher up the fretboard.
     
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    this is great info.
     
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    Just the Major 6th. I use it on everything. It's my trademark. The crowd goes nuts when I do it on the end of the Immigrant Song.
     
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    I like to end on a non tonic chord. Minor 7ths are good. So are add 2nds.
     
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    For jazzy tunes, I often end on a Major7b5 chord, e.g.:


    CM7b5 = 8-x-9-9-7-x

    (the 2nd string is the b5 note, Gb)


    ..or as a barre chord, with the index finger also fretting the two top notes, a fret down:

    8-10-9-9-7-7


    ...or at 3rd fret:

    x-3-5-4-5-2

    (the 1st string is the b5 note, Gb)


    You can discover all kinds of ways to form M7b5 chords...which are good to know anyway, as they show up in Bossa Nova tunes and the like.


    As an ending chord, it sort of leaves the ear hanging but has an air of finality.


    (It can also have a comic effect at times when ending a 'less jazzy' song.)
     
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    Another ending chord we used a lot in "James Bond" themes, "Secret Agent Man" and the like:

    For ending such a tune in Em:

    0-8-7-6-5-0*


    It has that 'finality' to it but leaves tension in the air, a kind of mystery!


    * edit — CORRECTION: See BigDaddyLH's correct fingering below......
     
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    Do you mean 0.10.9.8.7.0 = E G B D# F# E = Em9(Maj7)
     
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    Yes, I did mean that! Thanks!

    I haven't been playing these tunes lately so forgot the right fret and was typing 'by ear' without a guitar in hand.

    The one I typed would work in C#m...right?
     
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    To end a Blues in A7, highlight the #4/b5 for the crazy almost cartoonish dissonance, then resolve up into the 5th (if you must) I like to hold the #4 and deny the resolution.

    A7 blues ending
    ------------
    -4-------5 < e resolution
    -6-------6
    -5-------5
    ------------
    -5-------5 < optional
     
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    x8765x could work for Dm9(Maj7) but there's no root.
     
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    In one song I use an Fm6 which transitions to C, (since the song is in the key of C).
    Fm6 is not used anywhere else in the song (Verses: C G7sus2 :/ Chorus uses G F & C)

    I find I almost always finish on the chord of the key. Not very jazzy of me.
     
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    It’s one of my favorite “tricks”!
     
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    Ooo this is a good thread ! I love cool chords and will try out everything above tomorrow. I have a couple that I like.

    Am11?——> X-0-5-5-3-0
    (X-A-G-C-D-E)
    I like this one because you can take off the D note and get the open b string or you can make a small bar with your first finger and get the D and high G on the b and e strings which makes kind of cool sus sound.
     
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    Plain ole major 6/9 gets you far on any "old time" major tune.

    I'll try it on Immigrant Song too.... I'm sure my band mates will also go nuts (dunno if in a good way) :lol:
     
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    Open G chord played at 4th fret,...
    Might be the prettiest thing I do all evening....
     
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