BASIC CHORD PROGRESSIONS


7-3-6 progression

This is a progression that by itself doesn't mean much. But, when you add other progressions to it, it sounds really good:

B / B-D-F (7) B / B-D-F (7) B / B-D-F (7)
E / E-G-B (3) E / G-B-E (3) E / B-E-G (3)
A / A-C-E (6) A / A-C-E (6) A / C-E-A (6)
(repeat) (repeat) (repeat)

B / D-F-B (7) B / F-B-D (7)
E / E-G-B (3) E / G-B-E (3)
A / E-A-C (6) A / A-C-E (6)
(repeat) (repeat)


2-5-1 progression

This progression can be used instead of the 1-4-5-1 progression. Sort of like a substitute progression. I like this one better than 1-4-5-1 because it sounds better to me:

D / D-F-A (2) D / A-D-F (2) D / D-F-A (2) D / F-A-D (2)
G / G-B-D (5) G / B-D-G (5) G / D-G-B (5) G / G-B-D (5)
C / C-E-G (1) C / C-E-G (1) C / E-G-C (1) C / G-C-E (1)
(repeat) (repeat) (repeat) (repeat)


3-6-2-5-1 progression

This progression is the musical ZIP CODE. If you want your chords to flow smoothly and naturally from chord to chord, follow this pattern as much as possible:

E / E-G-B (3) E / G-B-E (3) E / B-E-G (3) E / E-G-B (3)
A / A-C-E (6) A / A-C-E (6) A / C-E-A (6) A / E-A-C (6)
D / D-F-A (2) D / A-D-F (2) D / D-F-A (2) D / F-A-D (2)
G / G-B-D (5) G / B-D-G (5) G / D-G-B (5) G / G-B-D (5)
C / C-E-G (1) C / C-E-G (1) C / E-G-C (1) C / G-C-E (1)
(repeat) (repeat) (repeat) (repeat)


7-3-6-2-5-1 progression

As you can see from the name, it just combines all of the progressions above into one big progression:

B / B-D-F (7) B / B-D-F (7) B / B-D-F (7)
E / E-G-B (3) E / G-B-E (3) E / B-E-G (3)
A / A-C-E (6) A / A-C-E (6) A / C-E-A (6)
D / D-F-A (2) D / A-D-F (2) D / D-F-A (2)
G / G-B-D (5) G / B-D-G (5) G / D-G-B (5)
C / C-E-G (1) C / C-E-G (1) C / E-G-C (1)
(repeat) (repeat) (repeat)

B / D-F-B (7) B / F-B-D (7)
E / E-G-B (3) E / G-B-E (3)
A / E-A-C (6) A / A-C-E (6)
D / F-A-D (2) D / A-D-F (2)
G / G-B-D (5) G / B-D-G (5)
C / G-C-E (1) C / C-E-G (1)
(repeat) (repeat)


Get familiar with all these progressions. Listen to how each one sounds. Also, pay attention to the inversions used. I tried to use inversions of each chord that allow you to flow to the next chord w/out moving your hands too much. It is very important to use the nearest inversion of a chord so you don't have to jump around the keyboard, unless you want to. I hope you can use some of these basic progressions.




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