Chord Generators: Forager Takes A New Approach

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If you’re a music creator, doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced, there will be a point where you run into a dry spell or what many call writer’s block. To get out of writer’s block, you can use chord generators or melody assistance tools like the ones outlined here

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Or you can do the typical stuff…Walk it off, listen to other genres of music, or wait until you feel inspired or whatever the other cliches are.

Those all work, but sometimes you just want to sit down and create and that’s where these today’s tools really shine.

Now, before we talk about chord generators, let’s talk a little about chords and why they’re important.

Why Are Chords Important?

Chords are an important part of music because they provide the harmony that gives a song its mood, depth, and emotional direction. Every Melody has a set of chords that work with it and often times melodies imply chords. This isn’t to say that you need to use them in every song, as some are purely rhythmic, but they definitely help add richness to your music.

Choosing the right chords can really make a composition shine while choosing the wrong chord progressions can result in a mediocre-sounding composition or make it sound directionless.

5 Ways To Use Chord Generators To Get You Out Of Writers’ Block

1. Create a list of chords you wouldn’t typically use then experiment with working them into progressions.

2. Limit yourself to only working with 2 to 3 chords. this will help you narrow down and focus on chords that work together seamlessly.

3. Take your chord progressions and put them in any random order without any thought just to see what you come up with you’ll be surprised.

4. Experiment utilizing chord variations for different sections of your songs:

This could help build a lot of variety within your music and help you move in directions you probably wouldn’t have.

5. If you’re using a loop, try creating progressions that use the same chord but have a different sound. This allows you to create interest in your music without having to use different chords.

Grab a loop pack, snag a melody from it and load it into DAW and mess around with creating chord progressions around it.

Let’s take 5 a step further. Load a song you like into your DAW. Start off with using the same chords as but add different extensions or reorder the chords.

Next, try reharmonizing it, using different chords. For example, if the song was written in A Minor, change the chord progression to fit C Major and listen to how the mood shifts.

Excellent, So Which Chord Generator Do I Recommend?

There are quite a few chord generation tools out there, one that’s quite new to me and interesting is Forager. I like this plug-in because it takes the MPC-styled approach to trigger samples but you’re triggering chords.

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They call it the ‘Chord Grid’ I call it MPC pads

Forager Features To Pay Attention To

Chords: There’s a wide range of chords to choose from in multiple keys; triads, sus, extensions, etc.

Randomize: Sometimes you just want to experiment. Select a key of your choosing and Forager will present you with a list of chords. From here you can select the chords you want to work with or use the Randomize feature.

Chord List: This is where chords are populated. Each chord has a play button next to it for you to audition before moving it over to the Chord Grid.

Lock: If you find a combination of chords but want or need something different to spice things up you can lock the cords that you like and hit the generate button again to get more chords.

Inversions and Octave: Switching these up is also really nice for quickly getting different ideas of tonality within your music. Sometimes we don’t have to change the cord just the order in which the keys are laid out within the cord and their velocities and I can make all the difference.

Drag and Drop: The drag & drop feature is nice as well. All you have to do is hit record in the bottom right red button. Play your sequence of chords once you’re done click the drag button and drag the chord progressions or portal sketch end to your doll and finalize from there.

Filter Panel: This will allow you to instruct Forager to obey a set of rules such as which type of chords to focus on root position chords, sus chords, etc. You can set also exclusion parameters to further narrow down the type of cords you want to be presented to you and moved over to the chord grid.

See Forager In Action

Is Using A Chord Progression Generator Cheating?

No, It’s no different than pulling chords from Sheet Music, Chord Books, and Fake Books. People have been doing this for decades. The only difference is the medium in which the process is done which is digital and faster, same result though.

How Many Chords Are In A Chord Progression?

At a minimum, two chords are needed to create a chord progression, as the purpose is to move from 1 chord to the next. With that being said, they can contain as many additional chords as you like.


Chords generators can really help you in a pinch. They can provide a fresh outlook on the project and give you combinations of The you may not have known or thought of using. they can also be a great learning tool, especially for someone who is not familiar with music theory or chord progressions. There will be people who say tools like these are cheating or hindering your development, ignore them, the goal is to create good music and move forward. In time, you’ll definitely learn which chords work with what and why they work.

If anything, I’d say that assistant tools like Forager could further help you as you study traditional ways of music so use it as an aid and as a guide.


About Author: Greg Savage is a music producer/sound designer with over 20 years of experience in the field. For information on music licensing and mentoring please visit




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