I am not a musician, I have mostly self studied some music theory, and I really enjoy composing small pop pieces on the guitar.

Recently I got stuck. I have all the lyrics, and the rhythm works, but I just feel I am missing some sort of "twist", and that everything sounds like I've heard it already. I would like to change the verse's chords.

Chorus: G - Bm - C - Am

Verse: G - Am

DO you have any suggestion of what could fit harmonically?

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    What does "SOL", "Slm", "DO", "LAm" mean? I have never heard of these. – Olli Jul 12 '19 at 9:32
  • Ah, it's just G - Bm - C - Am, and the strofe is G - Am. :) – usr1123 Jul 12 '19 at 10:02
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    @Olli - in some parts of Europe, notably France, a 'fixed do' system is in general use. Do is always C, which means the rest of the solfege follows on. Sol = G, Si m = Bm, etc. Si is instead of ti. – Tim Jul 12 '19 at 11:36
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    Without listening to the melody, this is virtually impossible to answer. – Tim Jul 12 '19 at 11:37
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    Also please be aware that "fixed do solfege" is not in common use in English, so most English speakers will only understand if you use letters (A,B,C etc.). Terms like "Do, Re, Mi" have a different meaning in English than in your first language (when the solfege is used in English, it is "moveable Do", i.e. "Do" means not "C" but "the first degree of the current key", so here, in English, in your piece, "Do" would be G, "Re" would be "A" etc. in the English usage ) – Some_Guy Jul 12 '19 at 11:39

This is too long for a comment, so I'll submit it here as an answer.

Without hearing how you are actually using these chords, (the rhythm, if you've written a melody then what that sounds like etc.) it's impossible to give an answer to this question.

If I heard the context and how you are actually playing the chords, I might suggest some specific changes to the chords you are using or how you are using them. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn't do that at all, maybe what the song is "missing" is some other characteristic, and perhaps different chord voicings, a small change to the melody, some better "linking" between these exact chords etc. would sound great.

Take the following chords for example:

G, D, Am

They could be the basis for a really boring song. And perhaps a song that needs some changes to the chords, you know, maybe if I actually heard a specific song I would recommend that to improve the song and make it more interesting the chords should be changed to something like | G | D9 | Am11 | Ab7b5 |.

On the other hand, " | G | D | Am | Am " is also the chord progression to "knocking on heaven's door". And in that context, I'd say that the simple chords that are used are best just the way they are.

The point is, chords on their own tells you nothing, in order to know what changes would be best for a song, you have to actually know something about the song more than the chords. So upload an audio! (or sheet music)

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  • Yes I understand. I am realizing that my question is way too vague ... When I ll have time I will hopefully write a more detailed better question. Thanks! – usr1123 Jul 12 '19 at 12:07
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    @usr1123 OK, good luck, and welcome to music.stackexchange.com! I hope you don't mind, but I will vote to close this question for now. – Some_Guy Jul 12 '19 at 12:44

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