• The “7-3-6-2-5-1” Progression and How to Use It!

    in Chords & Progressions

    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


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    Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!


    { 18 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Peter

    Hi Jermaine, How are you doing together with your family? hope all is doing great…..I thank God for your life!

    Anyway, I must comment on this stuff right here, is a hudge one……. thanks for showing it off……

    I really appreciate.



    2 Joeash

    hi Jermaine. im from a church all the way in south africa..
    i play keys and im currently learning from your progressions.
    i do not understand how you decide what chords to play with your left hand in an example with a 2 5 1 in the key of c major. 2 being the dminor7 5 being the g dom and 1 being the c. what rule or pattern do you follow when changing those chords on your left hand,
    please explain this to me.
    God richly bless you


    3 abraham gbenga

    thanks it’s wonderful


    4 Prince

    Wow! I can’t believe i’m playing dis. My God, i hear dis almost alot & i keep wondering what note combination to use. I must say i’m vry greatful, thnks a bunch.


    5 Anthony

    This stuffs are aint properly explained. Pls help me understand. Thank you


    6 lambito

    Dear jermaine griggs i cant express how grateful i am to u for d free on line piano lessons i ve enjoyed on ur web site.It has undoubtedly revolutionized my knowledge about playing of chords.the first time i tried playin ur two hands altered chords voicings i was amazed at d head turning sounds i heard. I pray God to continue to take u from glory to glory in ur ministry and all ur endeavours. I wud appreciate if u cud kindly give me some more advanced two hands chord voicings.


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    8 sam

    This is realy good. Pls how do I get ur materials, Am in nigeria. Thanks


    9 stoddart

    hey jermaine i am a slow learner and thank God for what you are doing i am able to still learn some chords many has gone pass me who i also helped but i dont give up love the keyboard thanks again


    10 michael

    God bless you so much


    11 michael

    pls can you help me with some runs I could do in the keyboard at all I play on Db thanks


    12 beaullard

    Hi Jermaine …the 5 chord is supposed to be major any reason you made it minor (B instead C ) Abm9…thanks man thought it was a mistake but noticed same (gispel keys202 ) I love the Lord today !


    13 Zeph

    Just a question I’m wanting to use these examples on organ, can omit the bass note of each chord for the progression so I can play a rootless 7th in my left hand so that I can add more notes to my right hand.




    14 imilykeyz

    Awesome but _Movements_ is the key to good playing



    I am impressed by this wonderful lick by JG, God bless you JG.


    16 Solomon Ankrah

    JG God bless u


    17 Emmanuel Opare

    Hello Mr Jermaine please how can I receive my free bonuses please I’m in Ghana West Africa thank you


    18 Meyen Ikatt

    I Serve In The Police Band, Your Write Ups Are Inspiring, Thanks.


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