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Self-taught pianist here...

I've been playing piano for almost a year now and I've been making up my own compositions. Recently, I feel like I've hit a plateau in regards to style. All of my compositions are beginning to have the same sort of "ethereal" sound and I'm having trouble changing it up. Does anyone know of any good chord progressions for inspiration? Something epic, creepy, sad, etc...

closed as primarily opinion-based by Todd Wilcox, Richard, Tim, guidot, Dom Nov 7 '18 at 20:22

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  • Have you tried to do formal harmonic analysis on your past work? "Ethereal" sound could be from a number of factors which may not necessarily be harmonic. – Michael Curtis Oct 29 '18 at 19:12
  • No, I've never tried that. I don't know a lot about theory or anything. I play almost entirely by ear. – CaptainAmerica16 Oct 29 '18 at 20:42
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Here you are. This is still about as far as chord sequences go. Enjoy!

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  • This just has to be upvoted! – Tim Oct 29 '18 at 19:03
  • Apparently not everyone agrees with @Tim :-) – Laurence Payne Oct 29 '18 at 19:39
  • It'd be a first if many (or any?) ever did... They have a sense of humour bypass. – Tim Oct 29 '18 at 20:18
  • Lol, thanks for the suggestion. Looks fun :) – CaptainAmerica16 Oct 29 '18 at 20:41
  • Maybe we just don’t get the joke. – Todd Wilcox Oct 30 '18 at 4:02

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