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    Hey everyone, I just wanted to ask, what are some good chords for starting a trap beat, and the typical notes used to make a melody. BTW, no need to post youtube videos, unless they are done in 2013. Posting links to Good soundpacks and Nexus expansions would be great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMejia View Post
    Hey everyone, I just wanted to ask, what are some good chords for starting a trap beat, and the typical notes used to make a melody. BTW, no need to post youtube videos, unless they are done in 2013. Posting links to Good soundpacks and Nexus expansions would be great too.
    wtf lol all the best trap shit is 2005-2010
    https://soundcloud.com/bjb3ats

    "hey young guys how does it feel to know that the old heads used to get paid racks for tracks to pay for them expensive boards when you guys are pushing your clicky beats on soundclick for weed/snack money? just curious, no hate."

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    Then post them. Lets see what you got

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    have you heard thug motivation by jeezy? shits goat tbh

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    I trot this out every time someone new asks about trap:

    here are some links to posts and thread and some transcriptions I've done of various trap beats in terms of their chords and scales:



    specifically these posts

    You might also be interested in the following posts/threads as well

    I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that I got to initially


    forgot to mention that most of the justice leagues approach to trap writing seems to stem from the Theme from Shaft, particularly the end section which runs Fmaj7-Em7, iotw, Isaac Hayes is the godfather of trap....



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    We're only 23 days into the new year, and you only want videos from then?
    Last edited by JC Biffro; 01-23-2013 at 03:28 AM.
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    140 bpm:

    Bar 1- Em
    Bar 2- Em
    Bar 3- Em
    Bar 4- Fm, half way through- Gm

    for example, I threw this together real quick to show it
    example.mp3

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    thx for links!
    Hey, guys. Listen to my instrumentals here:
    http://www.soundclick.com/1stClassBeats

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    try a chord like E G B and then progress it to F A C

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandcoach View Post
    originally posted over there, but posted here with layout improvements
    Something I posted a few weeks back over here https://www.futureproducers.com/foru.../#post49128262

    Each of the tunes you mention do indeed use the same progression although in different keys. There are also some variations within the different songs that make the progressions used novel in each instance.



    This uses the progression Ebmin/Bb - Cb major (D#min/A# - B major)

    The first chord appears to be the home chord or chord i. So the progression is best described as i/5 - bVI







    This uses the progression Dmin - Bb major and sometimes Dmin/A - Bb major

    The first chord appears to be the home chord or chord i. So the progression is best described as i - bVI and i/5 - bVI

    Version 1





    Version 2







    This uses the progression Cmin - Abmajor/C and Cmin/G - Ab major. the progression then modulates (changes key center) to Dmin - Bb major/D and sometimes Dmin/A - Bb major

    In both keys, the first chord appears to be the home chord or chord i. So the progression is best described as i - bVI/1 and i/5 - bVI

    The key difference is the rhythm used:



    The chord i is played for the first 3 beats and chord bVI is played on the last two 8th notes with an accent.

    Version 1





    Version 2





    Lastly here are all three progressions put into the same key




    In each of the 12 keys, the progression would be
    i or i/5 bVI
    Dmin/A Bb
    Emin/B[ C
    Fmin/C Db
    Gmin/D Eb
    Amin/E F
    Bmin/F# G
    Cmin/G Ab
    C#min/G# A
    D#min/A# B
    F#min/C# D
    G#min/D# E
    Bbmin/F Gb
    Oh, and if you substitute the relative minor for the second chord then it would be a fourth away, e.g.
    Cminor-AbMajor (iii-I or i-bVI)
    CEbG - AbCEb
    becomes

    Cminor-Fminor (iii-vi or i-iv)
    CEbG - FAbC

    But I still believe that it is C minor - AbMajor because of what the bass is doing
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