Floating chords

Experimenting with sus chords and such. Wrote two tunes and did a short cover of My Favorite Things.


I made up a melody last week with 6-9 and M7 chords. I couldn’t figure out why the chords worked together exactly, but I think I figured it out this morning. So there’s three chords that I came up with. The voicing is identical except for the bass note, which is one half step lower in each successive chord:

  1. IV6-9 (scale degrees 4, 8, 9, 12) (also is a Isus2-4)
  2. Isus2/III (scale degrees 3, 8, 9, 12)
  3. VIIM7-6 (scale degrees 3, 8, 9, 12)

Chord 1 resolves down a fourth to chord 2, and chord 3 resolves down a fourth to chord 2 if you move the tonic down a whole step during the resolution (this moves the bass note down a half step and the top voicing down a whole step). Because of this, there are a few combinations of these chords that can be used. Here’s the combinations that I use, in order, along with the rest of the chords in the tune:

  1. Starting on D#, use chord 1 in descending whole steps until I get to A.
  2. Chord 1 (A6-9) resolves to chord 2 without the III voicing (Esus2) and then resolves to the V of that (which is a B).
  3. Starting on C#, use chord 3 in descending whole steps until I get to A.
  4. Use chord 3, lower the tonic a whole step, and use chord 2. Repeat this pattern until I get to F.
  5. FM7 EM7 FM7/D Fm7/D♭.
  6. C/F C/E C/D G/C D/B C/A Csus2/A Csus2/G Csus2/F.
  7. Starting on D#, use chord 1 in descending whole steps until I get to A.
  8. Play chord 3 with a G in the left hand (keeping the same voicing of E, F#, B in the right hand).
  9. Am/F Em Esus2/D Bm/C A#M7 G#M7 F#M7 EM7 EM7. .

Also realized My Favorite Things contains that same descending sequence that I made up, although it might not be as sussy. Here’s a preview. I might upload a longer one once I get better at it.


Then I wrote one that felt more like a fiddle tune—at least the first part did. The chords are these: D D | D D | D D | C/D G/D D G/C D/C | D/B D/B | G/C D/C | D D

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