Never let it be said that I give up easily :lol:
Having looked at scales and chord progressions, I still can't make anything that resembles a decent tune. It all sounds generic and lifeless.
So, I think I'm going to study some good songs and analyse how they are put together. The first one I'm going to look at is by Be Bop Deluxe. It was somebody here that reminded me of them so I nipped round to see my Dad and borrowed his CD. The track is Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape. Here's the chords and lyrics:
Looking at just the guitar chords to begin with, it seems like a relatively simple Dm based progression right? I - VI - VII - I
Dm, Bb, C, Dm (with a little D C A G F D lick)
Dm, Bb, C, Dm....C, F (into chorus)
G, F, C
G, F, C
Bm, Cmaj7, Fmaj7
Cmaj7, Fmaj7 (repeat til end)
The chorus changes key because Gmaj is not in Dm (unless we're playing harmonic minor, right? except, that ruins the Bb in the verse!). I think the chorus is in Cmaj and is therefore a simple V - IV - I progression.
After that, I'm lost! Although the solo section certainly seems to be played with an Em derivative scale over a Cmaj based chord sequence.
Can someone translate this gobbledy ****!?