Purchased Captain Plugins, recently. Really fun to use. If you haven’t checked it out, take a look. Not saying it will make you the next Hans Zimmer, but if you have a hard time with writers block, CHECK IT OUT.
I sometimes use Captain Chords to record chord progressions in, and then drag and drop into the sequencer.
Maybe it’s because I’m just really getting into using Captain Plugins, but one (sort of) dilemma I run into is, when I do use Captain Chords is, how do I know which chord progression to use, when composing an instrumental?. I know Major keys are “happy” and minor keys are “sad”, but let’s say I select “C” major, and it gives me a whole bunch of chord progressions to choose from…how do I know which chord progression will work? Or does it depend on the type of instrumental, and I just have to listen and trust my ears?
My understanding of chords, progressions and creating ‘stories’ with music…really my ‘eureka moment’ in music came when I really started learning to play the piano/keys. It opened up a whole new world to me, so I can really recommend focusing on piano/keyboard practical skills.
And yes, always trust your ears. And think about your chord progressions as storylines, with a beginning, a middle, and a resolving end.