• # Can I Show You Circular Chord Progressions Over The Ditone Progression

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Circular chord progressions can be played over the ditone progression and they sound very amazing.

In this lesson, I’m taking you by the hand and walking you through the ditone progression and I’m very certain that if you play circular progressions over the ditone progression, you’ll sound sophisticated like an experienced jazz keyboardist.

But before we begin to explore the progressions, let’s talk about the ditone progression.

## “What Is The Ditone Progression All About?”

The ditone progression is basically a melodic progression and it is the division of the octave into a certain number of parts that produces melodic progressions.

So, the division of the octave into three equal half-steps produces the ditone progression.

Using the C octave (as a reference):

…you can divide it into three equal parts; and each of the parts is a ditone progression.

“Let’s Divide C Into Three Equal Parts…”

Every octave has twelve half-steps. The division of twelve half-steps into three equal parts would require some calculation:

12 half-steps / 3 = ???

Although I’m not very good at Maths, I know that when twelve is divided by three, the answer is four:

12 half-steps / 3 = 4 half-steps

In the division of the C octave:

…into three equal parts, each part would have four half-steps each:

Four half-steps from C is E (the first ditone progression):

Four half-steps from E is Ab (the second ditone progression):

Four half-steps from Ab is C (the third ditone progression):

Feel free to look at the three ditone progressions of the C octave:

…in one glance as the C augmented triad (played in octave position):

“In A Nutshell…”

The division of the octave into three parts (of four half-steps each) produces the ditone progression and the augmented triad is a typical reference of the ditone progressions because each of the chord tones of the augmented triad are four half-steps away from each other.

## Circular Chord Progressions Over The Ditone Progression

In this segment, we’ll be playing the 2-5-1 chord progression (which is a circular chord progression) in three parts and we’ll be   moving from key to key.

Note that there are three keys in the ditone progression of C:

…and they are C, E, and Ab. So, the ditone progression from C cuts across the following major keys:

E major:

Ab major:

C major:

Let’s start from the first part which is in the key of E major:

### Part 1 — “2-5-1 Chord Progression To E Major”

For a moment, you have to take your mind off the key of C major:

…and think in the key of E major:

“So, Here Are The Chords…”

The 2-chord:

…which is the F#min9 chord.

The 5-chord:

…which is the Bdom7 [b9] chord.

The 1-chord:

…which is the Emaj9 chord.

The 2-chord:

The 5-chord:

The 1-chord:

The 2-chord:

The 5-chord:

The 1-chord:

## Final Words

Playing circular progressions in a ditone progression can sound very fanciful when played at the end of a song.

For example, instead of ending a song with a 2-5-1 chord progression in the key of C major, you can play a series of 2-5-1 chord progressions in the ditone progression starting from the key of E major, then to the key of Ab major, then to the key of C major (which is the prevalent key.)

Going from one key to another sounds really cool. However, it takes a lot of experience and expertise to know the songs to apply these progressions on.

See you in the next lesson.

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#### Chuku Onyemachi

Head of Education at HearandPlay Music Group
Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as the head of education, music consultant, and chief content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of musicians across the world.