• How to Add Bigger “3-6-2-5-1” Progressions to your Songs!

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    The “3-6-2-5-1” progression is common in gospel music and creates a distinct sound. In this month’s classroom lesson, I am going to share with you a few of my favorite “3-6-2-5-1” progressions and how to use them in your gospel music.

    Like every other progression we’ve learned, this one simply adds on to the “6-2-5-1” progression from March. In fact, the “3” chord simply pulls us towards the “6-2-5-1 progression.

    So it is safe to say that any “6-2-5-1” chord progression with the addition of the “3” chord can be transformed into a “3-6-2-5-1” progression.

    First, I want to explore “3” chords that will actually pull us towards our “6-2-5-1” progression. Let’s explore the following chords:

    (In the key of Db major):


    D major scale = Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db1) F7 (#9#5)Left hand = F * Right hand = A + Db + Eb +Ab

    2)

    F7 (b9#5)

    Left hand = F * Right hand = A + Db + Eb + Gb

    3)

    Dmaj / F

    Left hand = F * Right hand = A + D + F#

    4)

    F7 (b9)

    Left hand = F * Right hand = Gb + A + C + Eb

    5)

    Fmin7 (b5)

    Left hand = F * Right hand = Ab + B + Eb

    6)

    Ab (add 9) / F

    Left hand = F * Right hand = Eb + Ab + Bb + C



    Ok, now that we have learned a few “3” chords, let’s combine them with “6-2-5-1” to create our “3-6-2-5-1” progressions. 1) “3” chord: A + Db + Eb + Ab / F “6” chord: Ab + C + Db + F / Bb “2” chord: G + C + Db + F / Eb

    “5” chord: C + F + A / Ab

    “1” chord: Bb + Eb + Ab / Db

    2)

    “3” chord: A + Db + Eb + Gb / F

    “6” chord (1): Ab + C + Eb + G / Bb

    “6” chord (2): Ab + B + D + F / Bb

    “2” chord: Gb + Bb + Db + F / Eb

    “5” chord: F + A + C + F / Ab

    “1” chord: Eb + Ab + Db / Db

    3)

    “3” chord: A + D + F# / F

    “6” chord: Ab + C + Db + F / Bb

    “2” chord: Db + Gb + Bb / Eb

    “5” chord: C + F + A / Ab

    “1” chord: Bb + Eb + Ab / Db

    4)

    “3” chord: Gb + A + C + Eb / F

    “6” chord (1): F + Ab + Db / Bb

    “6” chord (2): F + Ab + B + D / Bb

    “2” chord: Gb + Bb + Db + F / Eb

    “5” chord: Gb + Bb + C + F / Ab

    “1” chord: Eb + Ab + Db / Db

    5)

    “3” chord: Ab + B + Eb / F

    “6” chord: Ab + B + D / Bb

    “2” chord: A + Db + Eb + Gb / Eb

    “5” chord (1): Ab + Db + F / Ab

    “5” chord (2): C + F + A / Ab

    “1” chord: Bb + Eb + Ab / Db

    6)

    “3” chord: Eb + Ab + Bb + C / F

    “6” chord: F + Ab + Db / Bb

    “2” chord: Gb + Bb + Db + F + Ab / Eb

    “5” chord: F + A + C + F / Ab

    “1” chord: Eb + Ab + Db / Db

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    { 21 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 virginia

    I wish these examples could have been in C instead of Db.

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    2 BRIAN AKA TRUMUSIC1SOUL

    AYE MATEY, HIDDEN TREASURE

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    3 Jermaine

    @Virginia… this is one of my “throwback” newsletters from 2006 I think. You can see the rest at http://www.pianoweekly.com.

    At any rate, I used Db major a lot back then because our GospelKeys 202 course was spankin’ brand new and it focused on Db, which is a popular gospel key… especially contemporary music like kirk franklin, etc.

    But just type in “transpose” or “transposition” in our search box and there are lessons on how to transpose chords to other keys. You’ll find it helpful. And because Db is just one half step above “C,” if you move everything down, you’ll have your answers right there! :)

    Take care,
    Jermaine

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    4 Prince

    pls sir jermaine, how can i know what chord to play on my left hand when i hold a chord on my right hand?

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    5 oswald hall

    Germaine, you are the best thing to happen to me musically. i have been playing sheet music for the past 15 years. I purchased a few courses and I have embraced your concepts and now i can play by ear, i still have a long way to go, but I know I will get there with your continued help thanks.
    Tony (Jamaica)

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    6 onyema

    Thanks to Jermaine Griggs and his team…Jonathan Powell and the rest i’m yet to fish out. Somehow they are not aware that far away in Africa-Nigeria, their great work is burnishing the talent of a pianist.

    Jermaine is not only a mentor but a method. In him I find an Emperor and a General. Thanks for keeping it up.

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    7 oswald hall

    Jermaine can you give me an example of how to sing a song over the 3-6-2-5-1 progression or is the progression just ending chords?

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    8 abraham gbenga

    Big thanks u have boost my moral,God bless u real good. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    9 kissogram glasgow

    salutations from over the sea. detailed article I shall return for more.

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    11 car care products

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    12 http://www.digitalconceptsmedia.co.uk

    salutations from across the world. interesting post I shall return for more.

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    13 austin

    Thanks a lot… God bless you real good

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    14 luckybrooks

    tanx alot i’m na ok but jst a list question shw me 7-3-6-2-5-1 progression

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    15 promise Od

    dnt knw hw to start but may God continually bless you”

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    16 Teresa

    How to add bigger 36251 progressions to your songs I just don’t understand these

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    17 John

    I love this chords it has so much helped my playing and knowledge about chords… Thanks so much
    Jermaine

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    18 Dianne

    I did not understand the chord progression 36251. You used the term 3 chord. What does the 3 chord mean?

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    19 Jermaine Griggs

    Diane, check out this post and also search our blog for “number system.” Essentially, the numbers come from numbering the major scale. A 3-chord is a chord based on the third tone of the scale: http://www.hearandplay.com/main/why-the-number-system-is-so-important

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    20 David Brakes

    Any song that has these progressions that you can help us with??

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    21 Emmanuel

    PRICELESS!!!!! Can’t believe i’m actually sounding like a pro!!! God bless you sir.

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