Hey all, I'm stuck! Well, only just a little bit, but maybe you can get me on the right track to get some new ways of writing stuff. There's two bits: 1) A lot of my riffs and chord progressions follow minor scales. No matter how I write, A LOT of the progressions follow the same schemes, some examples: a)D-Bb b)D-Bb-F c)D-F-Bb d)D-A-Bb-F I could throw in a Db every now and then. 2) When writing a song, I'm usually a bit stuck on the root note, D minor in this case, which means that a lot of riffs either start with it or work towards is. That's just boring in a song, it needs some variation. So to me the most obvious progression for e.g. going from a verse to a chorus would be to go to a Fmajor root note. Sometimes I would then throw in a bridge that in a phrygian dominant scale, in A. This all makes a lot of sense to me. Now my questions to you: Concerning 1) Could you give me some of your chord progressions within a minor scale? These don't necessarily need to start with the root note. I'm particularly sick of the D-Bb progression, which to me seems as the western music trope for minor scale progressions. Concerning 2) A bit more complicated, I experiment with following up sections with non-logical progressions. The example progressions above, the Fminor and A phrygian dominant are actually both very much in the same scale as the D minor. Now how would you follow up a D minor section with root note and scale that hits a lot of notes that aren't in the D-minor scale and still make it sound good?