HearandPlay.com Monthly Newsletter --- May 2004!
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III. Online Classroom:
       "The 7-3-6-2-5-1 Progression and How to Use It!"
Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to May's newsletter! We've been exploring chord progressions all year having started with the basic "5-1" progressions in January. From "5-1," we explored "2-5-1," "6-2-5-1," and "3-6-2-5-1" progressions in February, March, and April. The final progression of the series is the "7-3-6-2-5-1!"
Now... don't let the numbers scare you. They're simply taken from major scales. If the C major scale is:
C (1)  --- D (2) --- E (3) --- F (4) --- G (5) --- A (6) --- B (7) --- C (8)
... then a "2-5-1" progression is some type of "D" chord (2) to another type of "G" chord (5), resolving finally to a "C" chord (1). Refer to February's newsletter for further details on what types of chords to play.
Also, one progressions is not better than the other; rather, they all contribute to the songs that you hear every day, whether gospel, jazz, blues or rock. Each progression has its own role.
So a "5-1" can be just as powerful as a "7-3-6-2-5-1." In fact, the "5-1" progression is in the "7-3-6-2-5-1." You use each of these progressions at different points in a song.
For example, if you have my GospelKeys 300 video course, you know where to find the "7-3-6" progression (refer to tape 1, part C).
So, let's get started with the "7-3-6-2-5-1" progression as this is one of my favorite progressions to play!

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Online Classroom:
"The 7-3-6-2-5-1 Progression and How to Use It!"
Note: You might want to print this lesson out for easier
Let's get right to work with this month's online classroom.
In the past, I've given you one-fingered bass notes to play on your left hand. In this lesson, I will give you three-fingered left hand voicings so that you'll get used to playing "bigger" chords.
These progressions will also be in the key of Db major:
Left hand

C + G + Bb    ("7")

Right hand

Eb + G + Bb + D + (F)


F + C + Eb     ("3")


A + Db + Eb + Ab


Bb + F + Ab   ("6")


Ab + C + Db + F + (Ab)


Eb + Bb + Db    ("2")


G + C + Db + F + (A)


Ab + Eb + Gb    ("5")


Gb + Bb + B + Eb


Db + Ab + B     ("1")


F + Bb + B + Eb


After the "1" chord, it is common to go to a "4" chord:

Left hand:   Gb + Db + F     /   Right hand:    F + Bb + Db


Left hand:    Gb + Db + F    / Right hand:  Bb + Eb + F Bb



Left hand

Right hand


C + G + Bb    ("7")


Bb + Eb + Gb


F + C + Eb     ("3")


A + D + Gb


Bb + F + Ab   ("6")


Ab + C + Eb + G


Eb + Bb + Db    ("2")


Gb + Bb + Db + F


Ab + Eb + Gb    ("5")


C + F + A


Db + Ab + B     ("1")


Bb + Eb + Ab


This concludes May's Online Classroom Lesson
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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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