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I'm writing a strange little ukulele tune that goes G-G7-C-Cm and then repeats, basically. But I'd like it to repeat to a different last chord/last two chords but I'm having an issue finding a chord that works well but also sounds "finished". It would play out like this - G-G7-C-Cm, G-G7-new chord-new chord. If you have any suggestions please let me know, I'm having a lot of trouble!

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  • What melody are you singing or playing with it? This could give hints for what key/mode you are in. – Tim H Dec 14 '17 at 8:03
  • Notice you have a descending note pattern of G-F-E-Eb. What notes might follow that? What chords contain those notes? – Todd Wilcox Dec 14 '17 at 8:22
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    Following Todd's comment - there's stability in a common G note all the way through. You may wish to include that note in each chord. But the melody will be the main driving factor, as Tim H says. – Tim Dec 14 '17 at 8:42
  • Welcome to this site! While I think this is an interesting question, I've voted to close it as off-topic. The help center states that questions are off topic if "every answer is equally valid." The criteria you've provided is that the final two chords must make the song "sound finished." If two people were to disagree about whether or not a chord sounded finished, then we'd be at an impasse. We don't currently have any objective criteria for figuring out who is right or for evaluating the answers below. So in effect, every answer is valid. – jdjazz Jul 9 '18 at 13:41
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Is the melody in C or G? If it's in C, then land on a C major chord. (Google Picardy Third for the logic on this one.) If it's in G, find some way to get a-D7-G in there as a final progression. That'll lock the key right in.

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TRY - G-G7-Bb-Bb first inversion (D, F, Bb)

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Without seeing the melody, I'll just guess. The G-G7 really calls out for some type of C chord so a small change might be G-G7-Cm-C. G7 is nicely followed by either an Am or Ab chord perhaps G-G7-am-D7, setting you up for a nice repeat (if this doesn't clash too much with the melody. Other possibilities are G-G7-C7-F7 or G-G7-C-F7 (keeps the Eb note).

If your melody gives enough time, C64-G7-C-Cm or G-G7-Am-D7-C64-G7-C-C really sounds finished. Adding some chromatic stuff: G-G7-Am-N6-C64-G7-C-Cm. There are other possibilities.

  • I second the G-G7-am-D7. That will loop nicely back to the top, and you can alternate the two. Then add a bridge in C.. – Robert Fink Dec 17 '17 at 22:57
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The chords are in G, but with some borrowing going on. Very cool sound! To continue on, I'd try Cm7 and F7 for a sadder sound (Backdoor!), or one could use A half-diminished and D7 for a brighter ending. Additionally, if you want more of a turnaround feel in the middle, one could replace the G with an Em the second time around, then Edim7, Am7, D7, for example.

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