Radiohead Chord Generator with Dr. Levin

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AP 74
AP 74 - Πριν μήνα
Great ideas and teaching method
Jordan  Michael
Jordan Michael - Πριν 3 μήνες
Can you use these chords as pivot chords? Or is it more to harmonize the melody note? If you were writing vocals over that progression would the voice follow the min to maj notes?
Cai Revell
Cai Revell - Πριν 4 μήνες
wait were you cutting down the amnesiac booklet as per instructed?
jamesha175 - Πριν 5 μήνες
hey levin, mama called - she said to clean yalls room.
Cory Trevorson
Cory Trevorson - Πριν 3 μήνες
Gabi F
Gabi F - Πριν 6 μήνες
Professor, what scale is the i(minor) - VII(major) triad built from? Tonic Diminished? I'm confused :( , looks like the VII major triad has a b5 and a 7, which I can find only on the tonic diminished scale.
Robsdedude - Πριν 6 μήνες
Also Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode works like that.
Matt Scott
Matt Scott - Πριν 7 μήνες
Jeez! People are seriously sueing you?! I can’t believe it. Why?
Matt Scott
Matt Scott - Πριν 7 μήνες
Does Radiohead use this?
Timo Komulainen
Timo Komulainen - Πριν 7 μήνες
Whoa, what a powerful idea. Basically, you come up with a set of rules for whatever facet in music and then apply it. For instance, you could define such parameters before writing a song, which would streamline the process and focus your efforts. Thank you for this gem and all the others, Ben.
Esteban Perez Gueren
Esteban Perez Gueren - Πριν 7 μήνες
Hi, nice vid, but you could explain the origin of those chords with the "intercambio modal", srry dont know the word for this, and explain how to make them, so people can experiment with a larger amount of chords. Just saying. Great work btw.
Fabrizio Zidarich
Fabrizio Zidarich - Πριν 8 μήνες
Nothing new really, old Jazz standards were using those "tricks" already!
EzraNichols - Πριν 8 μήνες
How do you roll your fingers like that when you finger the chords?
Lasdudas - Πριν 8 μήνες
You are the coolest doctor ever.
Jarnagua - Πριν 8 μήνες
Great ideas. Sub. Thanks!
MaiLo - Πριν 8 μήνες
nah man radiohead is all jonny melody
then thom adds poppy cooly chords
Jules Gilmour
Jules Gilmour - Πριν 28 ημέρες
Thom makes most of those melodies.. Thom writes almost everything.
TylerMcCarthyMusic - Πριν 8 μήνες
Joshua Lee
Joshua Lee - Πριν 8 μήνες
Melancholy! My favorite kind of rock
TEAL MANDALA - Πριν 8 μήνες
sounds like someone perpetually playing the wrong chord but rolling with it lol
Darren Hynes
Darren Hynes - Πριν 11 ημέρες
TEAL MANDALA So true. When I try this on my own guitar my ears tell me i'm hitting the wrong chord. But when I hear someone else do it, it sounds really good.
TEAL MANDALA - Πριν 6 μήνες
that may be true, but bare in mind I meant from a traditional western music perspective. this is a great video
a.m. remorse
a.m. remorse - Πριν 6 μήνες
TEAL MANDALA you haven’t developed an ear for it. The more you listen to dissonance the more you start to appreciate it and new voicings come across and make sense immediately.
Kayleigh Saum
Kayleigh Saum - Πριν 8 μήνες
This is precisely the kind of chord progression video I was looking for. Thank you!
Zach Hill
Zach Hill - Πριν 8 μήνες
that guitar is beautiful oh it has a tone like mashed potatoes
downhill2400 - Πριν 9 μήνες
Excellent lesson!
Remi Lunel
Remi Lunel - Πριν 9 μήνες
Sorry but I don't understand the name of the guitarist at 0:48!! help me please !
Luke Mosse
Luke Mosse - Πριν 9 μήνες
End of Sir Psycho Sexy
Mitchell Reeves
Mitchell Reeves - Πριν 9 μήνες
Pwooahh I feel so lucky I get to watch this!
Guillermo Perona Guerrero
Guillermo Perona Guerrero - Πριν 10 μήνες
Praw - Πριν 10 μήνες
omg the jokes :D instant sub
Tom Goldsmith guitar
Tom Goldsmith guitar - Πριν 10 μήνες
They use Lydian a bit. They also wine and feel sorry for themselves a lot in there lyrics.
Raizor Endenium
Raizor Endenium - Πριν 8 μήνες
Also - "Whine"
Raizor Endenium
Raizor Endenium - Πριν 8 μήνες
Their* - no wonder you don't "get" Radiohead.
T3MP0 - Πριν 11 μήνες
Sounds like The Moor from Opeth
Lenny Krainie
Lenny Krainie - Πριν 11 μήνες
Hey ever thought of changing your first name to the letter “E” . Just joking :) really cool video man !
SaveNoah - Πριν 11 μήνες
I bet those jars are for growing mushrooms.
ChildOfTheSun32 - Πριν 11 μήνες
I bet you this guy does not have one fucking song that sounds anywhere near as good as a Radiohead song.
ChildOfTheSun32 - Πριν 10 μήνες
He's...... Ok.......
a.m. remorse
a.m. remorse - Πριν 11 μήνες
ChildOfTheSun32 go check his music out. He is a creative beast. No need to compare.
Mark C
Mark C - Πριν 11 μήνες
I think you can go a lot farther with this. Radiohead uses much more complex chords than just these standard majors and minors. I've noticed that chords in the shape of *xx**x, like 3xx33x and 2xx22x sound especially Radiohead-y. There are others too.
Jordan Pieters
Jordan Pieters - Πριν 8 ημέρες
Blank YD b7sus2? Seems like straight minor chords to me. Wouldn't 3xx33x be Gm?
Cory Trevorson
Cory Trevorson - Πριν 3 μήνες
Blank YD *Cool*
Blank YD
Blank YD - Πριν 4 μήνες
That's just a b7sus2 voicing. It's not really complex. In this video he wasn't talking about chord voicings, he was talking about chord movement or harmonic movement rather.
Big Sauce
Big Sauce - Πριν 6 μήνες
Mark C like knives out
Shane Bromfield
Shane Bromfield - Πριν 11 μήνες
Ben, everything about you is strange and it's great.
Fleisch Berg
Fleisch Berg - Πριν χρόνο
Also works well as an Opeth chord generator!
Nick K
Nick K - Πριν 8 μήνες
Thats' what I was thinking although it's a little simplified for what Michael actually writes
Matej / Psiloz
Matej / Psiloz - Πριν 10 μήνες
Didn't even realize that at first.
Bjørn B
Bjørn B - Πριν χρόνο
what are some good example of radioheadsongs that use the technique the doctor talks about here?
theepicr rotmg
theepicr rotmg - Πριν 11 μήνες
“Just” came to mind almost immediately while I was watching this video
Riley Merino
Riley Merino - Πριν 11 μήνες
Bjørn Brynemo also morning bell is a perfect example of the parallel minor and major chord movement, the whole premise of the chord progression is based on that
Metal' - Πριν χρόνο
Hey man, try out Sail To The Moon, Optimistic, Knives Out, Pyramid Song, Just. There's more of them, but I guess they're great in order to get used to these kinds of chord changes. But keep in mind that there are actually a lot of chord changes happening, some of them not being exactly linked to the technique the doctor talks about here. But hey, that's one of the reasons this band is fantastic, and it could make you want to know more about theory! Hope I could help, enjoy!
The Legend
The Legend - Πριν χρόνο
That music intro is great
Linus Aretun
Linus Aretun - Πριν 7 μήνες
Do you know where it is from?
Tummur - Πριν χρόνο
Love the hair dude.
Xenoforge78 - Πριν χρόνο
Allahu ackbar my friends.
Carter Thaxton
Carter Thaxton - Πριν χρόνο
This is like the L-P-R system used in Neo-Riemannian theory.
Harrison Berry
Harrison Berry - Πριν χρόνο
Sounds like Radiohead chords to me 👌🏻
Nathan Cleary Music!
Nathan Cleary Music! - Πριν χρόνο
Thanks for sharing! I love your lab coat btw! ;)
Krishnendu Mitra
Krishnendu Mitra - Πριν χρόνο
Why didn't I find this channel earlier!
Your content is amazing
Filippo Tosi
Filippo Tosi - Πριν χρόνο
Great video Ben, I really enjoy your content and also the way you explain things, I think you are a very good teacher. Anyway, I used this method (tweaked it a little) to create a track, I'll leave a link if anybody wants to listen.
TheBgorden - Πριν χρόνο
check out atomic mind by Nick Johnston
Morbs - Πριν χρόνο
ahah I noticed this thing just a couple of month ago teaching to one of my students "karma police" and then "I will"... Thom yorke or Radiohead use to compose songs only this way (btw I really love them :D )
Shining Armor
Shining Armor - Πριν χρόνο
Any relation to Tony?
ideitbawx - Πριν χρόνο
"I hope to see you next time ... but hopefully not in court" XD
Well, i always enjoy modal mixing & playing with the listener's expectations, so an approach like this is really appreciated. So, no, i won't see you in court lol. Thanks for the knowledge Ben!
Mac Donalds
Mac Donalds - Πριν χρόνο
What are the rules on playing out of a key? Going from a minor to a parallel major or vice versa, I thought you weren't supposed to do that? I'm in intro theory I know very very little
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν χρόνο
That's a good question. Theory is supposed to show you stuff that has sounded good at some point in the past. Once you find something that sounds good, you can use theory to categorize it and understand it in the context of all of music history. Theory starts out by showing you the simplest way to sound good, which is to stay in a key. But then, there are a lot of things that go beyond keys that sound good too. They just require that you know about keys before you can understand them in a theory context. This video is showing a cool theory on how to put chords together that don't necessarily fit in the same key.
Kike Díez
Kike Díez - Πριν χρόνο
0:22 - Is that a Yu Gi Oh! card?
Meurth - Πριν 8 μήνες
lol yeah i think so
Lucas Junginger
Lucas Junginger - Πριν χρόνο
Hey man this video rules (- the stale intro jokes 😘). Thank you so much
d jones
d jones - Πριν χρόνο
Ctrl-Alt-Del-U obviously
Ctrl-Alt-Del-U - Πριν χρόνο
I like to think the extremely awkward delivery of those is actually part of the joke.
Joseph Marchuk
Joseph Marchuk - Πριν χρόνο
For people who want to research further, this seems to be based mostly off of neo-riemannian chord theory.
Un Usuario
Un Usuario - Πριν 9 μήνες
Dude, I've been one hour making chord progressions and thinking about how fucking awesome they are. Thank you so much for showing me this!
Jason Olson
Jason Olson - Πριν χρόνο
You can also go read up on Tonnetz ( Tonnetz is a tonal space visualization originally conceived by Euler. It is very much like a visualization tool for the chordal theory that stems from the Neo-Riemannian world. It blew my mind when I first came across it. To grow on the rules stated in the video, taking out the parallel major/minor, you can essentially go from any chord to another chord (major or minor) that is a minor/major third above or below the current chord root. So you could go from C major to Eb major to Gb major. These kinds of movements are found a LOT in modern movie soundtracks (like Hans Zimmer and others). So much of this works because of great voice leading that happens from one chord to the next. So each individual "voice" within a chord almost has it's own sense of melody in its own movements. It's really cool stuff!
J K - Πριν χρόνο
this one comment is so much more helpful than this entire video
electricwally - Πριν χρόνο
Thank you Joseph!
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν χρόνο
That's cool, thank you for the tip!
Marcelo Kuroi
Marcelo Kuroi - Πριν χρόνο
This is awesome, it's like a 3-path fork crossroad at every turn.
Jolly Voqar
Jolly Voqar - Πριν χρόνο
Interesting I guess, but , didn't sound that good to me, and no wonder I don't like Radiohead that much. :P
Wall Alfyan
Wall Alfyan - Πριν χρόνο
Christian Castellanos I think it depends on the progression as a whole (not a big fan of the use of paralels in this video). Take Exit Music (For A Film), the song has this kind of paralel chords in the verses and it sounds pretty cool to me.
Vince De Leon
Vince De Leon - Πριν χρόνο
I felt it might sound lots better as a film score tbh
Christian Castellanos
Christian Castellanos - Πριν χρόνο
Jolly Voqar staying on the same root and changing from minor to major or the other way just sounds bad to me. Relative minors and majors sound cool though
chippchipp1 - Πριν χρόνο
+Jolly Voqar You just haven't listened to them enough.
L2112Lifz - Πριν χρόνο
I came here to say that everyone has at least two holes in them, but then I remembered that from a topological standpoint people are more like flesh tubes.
Either way, condolences on losing that medical 'license'.
atrass toumay
atrass toumay - Πριν χρόνο
L2112Lifz a tube ? nose has two holes too, I would also count ears and eventually what your mama gave you. topologicaly we're a flesh thing with holes.
Ian Burroughs
Ian Burroughs - Πριν χρόνο
This inspired me to break out my guitar after almost 2 years of strictly bass. Love the lesson! (and radiohead)
Andreas Cordier
Andreas Cordier - Πριν χρόνο
Hi Ben,
I know it is Quote an old Video but how would you write a Melodie over this chord progression?
I always have troubles with writing melodies over non diatonic chords.
Stan Jarvis
Stan Jarvis - Πριν χρόνο
Andreas Cordier take chord tones...
Andres Ramirez
Andres Ramirez - Πριν χρόνο
Really cool, a lot of brainwork needed to solo over this and sound good, or perhaps I'm over thinking it! Oh well!
Andres Ramirez
Andres Ramirez - Πριν χρόνο
Ben W
Ben W - Πριν χρόνο
There are a lot of ways to approach this, but a sort of quick, simple, surefire start would be to play each chord's penatonic scale. E.g., play C Penatonic over a C Major chord, play Gb Penatonic over a Gb Major chord, play E Minor Penatonic over an E Minor chord, etc.... If you're on guitar or bass, playing all minor penatonics might be more natural for you. In that case, play a minor penatonic a minor third down (or sixth up) from the chord's root when playing over major chords. E.g., play E Minor Penatonic over G Major, Bb Minor Penatonic over Db Major, E Minor Penatonic over G Major, etc...
OS:y FUTURE - Πριν 2 χρόνια
dope! could I borrow a few mason jars pls I'm all out?
r0 - Πριν 2 χρόνια
your character reminds of Dr.Worm . I love it. thanks for sharing
Godspeed961 - Πριν 2 χρόνια
very nice channel! i play 5 years and still aim still 0 at theory chords improvisation etc .
thx for the help!
King K.O.L.D
King K.O.L.D - Πριν 2 χρόνια
thanks man real informative
Le Sploosh
Le Sploosh - Πριν 2 χρόνια
Good lesson, thanks. Can anyone describe whats happening with the chord movements in relation to the implied key? e.g. do they sound spacey because some chords are borrowed from the relative minor key ?
Semyon Boyko
Semyon Boyko - Πριν χρόνο
I was looking for the explanation of this part of the video, since it's not from Neo-Riemannian theory. Thank you very much for the breakdown.
Thomaz da Silva
Thomaz da Silva - Πριν χρόνο
Le Sploosh It's a mediant modulation. It's basically modulating over thirds, not fifths. When you go from C major to C# minor, that's equal to modulating from C major to its major third major mediant's (E major) relative minor (C# minor). Dr. Levin, you feel the E highlighted because the modulation is done over a common tone, the third of the original chord. In a mediant modulation where the destiny key is the third of the main tonality chord, this type of modulation is extra effective as you have a good common ground between the chords.
Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown - Πριν 2 χρόνια
good question. I guess one of the answers would be that your internal sense of home key is puzzled by a chord change that's close enough to suggest diatonic harmony, but has an element of surprise (minor instead of major, etc). Also the surprising one for me was C to C#minor. I guess my ear got magnetized by that E that's the major third of C; the note remained "highlighted" in my mind and when he switched to the second chord it just sounded, well, not wrong enough, if I'm explaining myself. Psychoacoustics at its finest
Eric Luning
Eric Luning - Πριν 3 χρόνια
My favorite teacher! Ive been playing over 30 years..
Greg Mesler
Greg Mesler - Πριν 3 χρόνια
This was a really cool lesson! I m glad you chose to share it
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν 3 χρόνια
+Greg Mesler Thank you, Greg, I'm glad it reached you!
S a m a n t h a N e g r o e
S a m a n t h a N e g r o e - Πριν 3 χρόνια
damn man u look high as shit
Christian Vitale
Christian Vitale - Πριν 3 χρόνια
Doesn't this kinda disregard whatever key you'd be playing in though? Like I get that there is theory applied to this I just kind of feel like it's a simplistic way of looking at chord progressions that are actually built a lot more complexly.
Renê Couto e Silva
Renê Couto e Silva - Πριν 2 χρόνια
there is lots of examples of harmonically complex music that came to be through someone rambling a guitar or piano, not really minding what he was doing. He just liked the sound of it, even if he did not understand.
oscarw567 - Πριν 3 χρόνια
Yeah, but who cares. It's awesome.
malamute hamscone
malamute hamscone - Πριν 3 χρόνια
Well, yeah. But it is kind of a simple thing. You are disregarding the key, just like any time you use modal interchange (which is what switching to the parallel minor is). I am a blues guitarist and I use major thirds in minor keys all the time. It doesn't necessarily mean I am suddenly switching to major for half a second.
UltimateOmbuStorm - Πριν 4 χρόνια
cool video and interesting simple way of thinking about progressions. i like how you aren't even thinking in terms of diatonic harmony, but just adhering to a couple simple rules about about shared chord tones. i love this dr. character too. sweet channel im subbing
Juhani Sinkkonen
Juhani Sinkkonen - Πριν 4 χρόνια
My lawyers will be in touch with you very soon. 
Like I Is
Like I Is - Πριν 4 χρόνια
Funny! Useful! Two thumbs up!
Twisted_Arcade - Πριν 4 χρόνια
You kinda remind me of Tiny Tim. Lol. Cool lesson, thx!
neuroxik - Πριν 4 χρόνια
I actually had figured out the major -> minor sounding similar to Radiohead when playing Creep (last 2 chords being C maj then C min) and started playing around these chord progressions. Thanks for the other patterns, very nice!
playingforbritain - Πριν 2 χρόνια
You can also hear the 1/2 step min-maj (e.g. Cm -> B) in 'Just'
Rudy Perkins
Rudy Perkins - Πριν 5 χρόνια
This is so simple and amazing, really opens up my ability to improvise around these chords. I would absolutely love it if you made more videos like this show how to break away from typical chord progressions that follow the diatonic building on a scale stuff. Can you recommend any other videos in your library that will help someone like me who has been playing for years but have a hard time switching keys or transposing, or substituting chords... etc. I dunno me no talk good.
Wojciech Zieliński
Wojciech Zieliński - Πριν 5 χρόνια
You can play a maj7 chord a halfstep lower. In that case, the third and the seventh remains in the same place and only the prime and the fifth moves.
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν 6 χρόνια
Thank you very much! I am not entirely sure I understand your question, but you can substitute the minor chords in this technique with min7 chords and although it creates a different effect, it is still a cool sound.
Lam ine
Lam ine - Πριν 6 χρόνια
how do u suggest treating min7 chords in an analog fashion??
this is honestly awesome
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν 7 χρόνια
@CitizenApathy I remade this because I made 5 new lessons in HD and wanted to make all my videos HD. In other words I redid the old ones to match the new ones :)
GIGeorge23 - Πριν 7 χρόνια
other chord progressions that I particularly love are major chords to major up a minor third (or by replacing the root minor chord with a major e.g. D major to F major) or by using the Dorian mode to do something like B minor to E major or E minor to A major.
Ben Levin
Ben Levin - Πριν 7 χρόνια
@shadowray I agree! It's definitely just a tool and Radiohead is amazing.
TheOtherSun - Πριν 7 χρόνια
As a hardcore radiohead fan and musician, I have to say, this was right on the money. btw muse used progressions like this also.