• “1-4” chord progressions you can use!

    in Chords & Progressions

    The 1-4 chord progression is one of the most commonly used progressions in gospel and blues music. In our 300-pg course, we cover several ways to play 1-4 chord progressions.

    In this lesson, I will show you a couple of ways to transition from a 1 chord to a 4 chord. These techniques are taken from pages 292 and 293 out of my 300-pg course

    1) Adding a Vmin9 — I 9 / 6 Chord Progression:

    This progression can always lead to the IV chord. I play it all the time! In C major, this progression is: Cmaj – Gmin9 – C9 / 6 – F9

    Don’t worry about all the terminology like C9 / 6 as this is covered in our workbook. Below, you will find the notes of each of the chords.


    Cmaj = C + E + G
    Gmin9 = F + A + Bb + D
    C9/ 6 = E + A + Bb + D
    F9 = Eb + G + A + C

    Now … try playing them giving the Cmaj and F9 twice the amount of duration than the Gmin9 and C9 / 6 (pronounced “C minor nine with added 6th”).

    Cmaj Gmin9 C9/6 F9

    How did it sound? If it worked out for you, try adding it to some of your songs when you need to transition from any 1 chord (like Cmaj) to a 4 chord (like Fmaj) … that is, just simply add a Gmin9 –> C9/6. And don’t forget, the only REAL difference between the Gmin9 and C9 / 6 chord is the lowered F to E.

    For more information on these types of chord progressions, check out my 300-pg “The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear!” at https://www.hearandplay.com/course or https://www.hearandplay.com/ordernow.html

    2) Add a IV#9 right before the IV chord:

    If the IV chord is a dom9 chord, then simply add the dom9 chord a half step higher to create a IV# 9 — IV 9 progression. This sounds great in blues and gospel music! For example, in C major, this is: C9 – F#9 – F9


    C9 = Bb + D + E + G (this chord is inverted so that Bb is on the bottom)

    F#9 = E + G# + A# + C#

    F9 = Eb + G + A + C

    … Try it!

    C9 F#9 F9

    >>> These two progressions can be used when you are in a situation that requires a fill-in between a C7 or C9 and an F7 or F9 (or any 1-4 relationship in another key). For more fills and progressions like the ones above, visit: http://www.https://www.hearandplay.com/course

    This concludes this month’s lesson on “1-4 Chord Progressions.”

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    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 dan

    hi,i would like to know which tone will be the 6th on the C minor scale ,
    and what will BE the chord Cm6 .
    if the scale is :


    2 Coker

    If the numbering like u said is:
    how did u get C9 of F9 and stuffs.


    3 tolulope

    i really enjoyed the lesson its quite interesting i love it.


    4 Glenwood


    Thank you for staying true to your dream; for maximizing your “Call!”

    The courses are great, your energy and enthusiams: excellent.
    I can see that you “leave no stone unturned” in your teaching method.

    May God continue to bless you and may you continue to have Good Success (Joshua 1:9)


    5 Vikokeyz

    Amazing moves there! pretty gud cos it helps me fill up spaces left in the songs. planning seriously towards getting the 300pgs course. i really need it! GBU Jermaine cos for me its a dream coming through after a long time of searching patiently.


    6 samyeddy

    i want note on piano


    7 Car wash

    I considered leaving this pingback awesome gadget


    8 Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack

    At this moment I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.


    9 pauL

    how do i combine 5 diffrent chords to play any rythim


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