When scoring a film scene or just writing a legato section in your piece that calls for sublime changes in mood, it might be a good idea to try and use a pad built on common-tone relations to achieve this. Not only does it make transitions between chords sound smoother, but it offers a new pallet of harmonic progression possibilities that best fit the feelings you are going after.
To do so, start off with any chord in mind:
Then, take a note from the preceding chord:
And make it the root of the following chord. (For this example, we are making it the root of the triad, but it can be any chord tone – even the seventh if you want to get experimental!)
Continue this process, and don’t be afraid to change up the chord qualities or adjust the inversions of the chords to best fit.
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