My piano teacher is always telling me,
"Music is a hearing art."
I've actually lost count of the number of times he has said that. It didn't take a genius to understand what that means, but I think you would have to "experience" it to really appreciate the significance of that statement.
Just a few moments ago, I was poking around a songwriting forum, which inspired me to try writing...well, something musical -- so I fed that desire.
Recalling what my teacher mentioned about songs in the major key of Eb, I decided to start my chord progression there. After playing the Eb major chord rhythmically a few times, my fingers managed to find its way to the next chord, while simultaneously, this song started playing in my head...
"I'm a big big girl, in a big big world..."
So I went with the flow, and not too long later, I was done with the progression. It's truly the first time I've produce a chord progression purely by ear -- I didn't care about the theory behind it, I just played what felt right, and well, what fitted well with that song running rounds in my head.
I wasn't even paying attention to what I was playing. I just memorised where my fingers were pressing so I wouldn't forget what was done.
Now I understand, to some degree, what it feels like to have perfect pitch -- what it's like to be able to reproduce music my mind's ear has heard on the piano. It's an awesome feeling.:D
Anyways, I'm not sure if these really were the chords used in that song, but the general sound seems to be there. Of course I could be completely off, especially if I wasn't even in the right key to begin with...but ah well, if it isn't the same, then I guess I'd be able to ake a little more credit for coming up with it. Hah!
Anyways, here's what "manifested":
(Sorry if I got the #s and b's wrong, I'm still not able to tell when it's an Ab and when, a G#)
It's very likely my ears aren't cultured enough to appreciate the entirety of these chords, especially the suspended one, but I did get a general sense of the sound and mood it provided.
Actually, I'm sorta pleased with myself for using a suspended chord. It feels so advanced...LOL, not to mention how I ended it with just that, a chord with tension, without resolution.
Okay, it's time to get over myself.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention...
Somehow this progression turned out to be some derivative of the common I-IV-V-I progression, which is kinda cool. It sorta shows how so many of us all over the world seem to find pleasure in much the same flow of music development within songs.
Either that, or how I'm so brainwashed with the common pop music I wasn't able to come up with anything outside the box, which is really really sad...lol.