• What are chord progressions?

    in Chords & Progressions

    “What are chord progressions” is a commonly asked question.

    A chord progression is simply a series of chords played in order. As you play more songs, you’ll see more and more chord progressions and patterns used over and over again in your favorite tunes.

    For example, a “2-5-1” is a very popular chord progression that is commonly used, among many things, to end songs. You’ll find it at the end of an overwhelming amount of songs in all genres.

    In our courses, we cover several chord progressions as these are what make of everyday songs.

    In closing, remember these very easy set of rules:

    Notes create scales (major scales, minor scales, etc)

    Scales allow us to create chords (major chords, minor chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, etc)

    Chords played one after the other in various sequences create chord progressions (“2-5-1” chord progressions, “6-2-5-1” turnaround, etc)

    Chord progressions played in various sequences create the songs we hear everyday!

    I hope this helps.

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    2 princewill

    i find it very difficult in play the chord progression a song when i have not learn it.for instance when the progression is moving to (fa-iv)and i be playing (so-v)


    3 cathy Edge

    wish i new more about chord progression having trouble understanding them. the circle


    4 Jermaine Griggs

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    They help you to understand chord progressions better, especially report #3 (The Big Secret).

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    6 pheneas

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