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       "The Incredible Power of 6-2-5-1 Progressions in Gospel Songs!"
Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to March's newsletter. This month, we will focus on the famous "6-2-5-1" chord progression. You will find that the "6-2-5-1" is very common in gospel and blues music. In many cases, it is used as a "turn-around" at the end of songs (especially praise songs).
So pay close attention to this month's online classroom session!

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Online Classroom:
"The Incredible Power of 6-2-5-1 Progressions
in Gospel Songs!"
Note: You might want to print this lesson out for easier
By now, I doubt I need to go over the individual scale tones and corresponding chords, as we've covered these basic fundamentals in the last two month's of lessons. If you haven't read January and February's newsletter, scroll above to get the link to the newsletter archives, where you can view all 2004 newsletters.
Meanwhile, let's get right to work.
The following chart will list my favorite "6-2-5-1" progressions. I will start each progression with the "1" chord just so that you get a sense of what major key the chord progressions start and end on.
"6-2-5-1" Chord Progressions
The following examples will be in the key of Db major:
A "  /  " slash means that the note to the right will be played on the bass (left hand).
"1" "6" "2" "5" "1"
Bb Eb Ab / Db Ab C Db F / Bb Gb Bb Db F / Eb C F A / Ab Bb Eb Ab / Db
Db Eb F Ab / Db Ab C Eb G / Bb Gb Bb Db F / Eb F A C E / Ab Eb Ab Db / Db
B F Bb / Db Ab D F / Bb G C Db F / Eb Gb C F / Ab B F Bb / Db
F B / Db D Ab / Bb Db G / Eb C Gb / Ab B F / Db
Ab Db Eb F / Db Ab B D F / Bb G Bb Db E /Eb Gb B C E / Ab B F Bb / Db
Bb Eb Ab / Db Ab Bb C Eb / Bb G C Db F / Eb C F A / Ab Bb Eb Ab / Db


Also, keep in mind that just because the progressions says "6-2-5-1" doesn't mean you must only play one chord on the "6," one chord on the "2," and so on...

I actually like to play multiple chords on the "6." Here are some examples below.

From the "1" chord in Db:

(1)    Ab Db Eb F / Db

(6)    Ab C Eb G / Bb

(6)    Ab B D F / Bb

(2)    Ab C Db F / Eb

(2)   G   C Db F / Eb

(5)   Db Gb Bb / Ab

(5)   C  F A / Ab

(1)   Bb Eb Ab / Db

Notice how many chords I used in the above "6-2-5-1" progression. The first chord of each scale tone was usually more subtle but the second chord of the two would always push us towards the next chord. For example, the first "6" chord above led to a stronger "6" chord, which ultimately led us to our "2" chord. Keep these types of ideas in mind when playing "6-2-5-1" or any other progressions for that matter!


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Further References

"The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course

[5] Chord Progressions: pgs 65-78, 105-130, 147-165, 182-227.

Do you know what a2-5-1” or "3-6-2-5-1" progression is? Or perhaps the famous 12-bar blues chord progression? In this piano course, you will not only learn how to play gospel, blues, and jazz progressions, but how to recognize them in songs. In addition, you will learn the simple techniques to playing these progressions, hymns, and songs in all 12 major keys! ... Enjoy learning:

The famous "2-5-1" Chord Progression: pgs 114-120, 153-156, 208, 235-236.

I - IV - I - V - I Chord Progressions: pgs 66-70.

I - IV - V - IV - I Chord Progressions: pgs 77-78.

Techniques behind the famous "5-->1" progression: pgs 68-72.

I --> IV,  I --> V Chord Progressions: pgs 74-75.

"Circle of Fifths" Chord Exercises: pg 78.

Major and Minor Chord Progressions: pgs 105-130.

"6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 121-122, 157-159.

"3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 122-123, 160-162.

"7 - 3 - 6 - 2 - 5 - 1" Chord Progressions: pgs 124-125, 190-191.

Gospel Chord Progressions ... ranging from "up-tempo praise" chord Progressions to "worship-oriented" chord progressions: pgs 65-78, 105-130, 147-165, 182-227.

Various Blues Progressions ... 12-bar, seventh chords, diminished chords ... and others: pgs 163-165, 192.

Jazz Chord Progressions ... using dominant ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords: pgs 193-240

Study the different types of Root Progressions --- closing, opening, circular and other types of progressions: pgs 121-122.

Study how chord tones and scale degrees relate to each other [which chord progressions are most likely to be compatible]: pgs 122-130.

Learn various "turn-around" progressions [used in gospel music]: pg 213-214.

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