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Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 11:12:18 Reply

So today that i was listening my tracks (YES I AM ADVERTISING :D... nah jk)and i just noticed that i used the same chord progression like in 3 or 4 different songs. i was like "What???, no way mmmmm dang i suck"

So what are your most used/favorite chord progressions?

Mine would be : Am G Em F/F6 and Em D C

but i warn you.... anyone responding C G AM F will be SHOT!


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 12:34:19 Reply

10 Chord progressions

I find myself overusing vi V IV V, (that's Am G F G for those who don't know this notation.)

And IV V vi V (F G Am G) for trance breakdowns.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 12:48:51 Reply

Oh, wow. Well I guess I love this chord progression (any key, really, I'll just use my favourite key, C minor).

c: i viio VI (or iv6) i6/4 bII6 i6/4 V7 i

(Cm, Bdim, AbM [or Fm/Ab], Cm/G, DbM/F, Cm/G, G7, Cm)

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 13:06:22 Reply

Protip: get "Band in a Box". You just write in the chords and get instant backing track. I love it. Here are a few progressions that I like:

Cm7 - Bmaj7 - Cm7 D#m7 - Bmaj7: Moody, jazzy, sophisticated
Cm13 - Fm13 - A#m13 - D#m13 - G#m13 - C#m13 - F#m13 - Bm13: Just move the entire chord up by fourths every time. After 8 bars, you shift it up by 1 semitone, which sounds just so damn nice.
Dm7 - Em7 Ebm7 - Dm7 - Cm7 C#m7: another moody jazzy progression. I used it in my song "Everything floats upwards"
Am7 - E7 - Am - Fmaj7 - C - G - Am6 - E7(b9): Great ballad progression, can be both cozy and dramatic.
Em - Bm7 - Cmaj7 - Bm7 (drop a B7 in the tail end of it for orgasmic leading tones): another ballad progression.
Dm - Am - A# - C - Dm - F - A# - C7: from High Hopes by Pink Floyd.
A - A - A# - C A# - A - A - Dm - C# - A#: Sounds like adventure.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 13:35:44 Reply

This is a good chart to try using when making progressions in a major key. I just drew it up, but its out of my theory book. Very conventional but cool none the less

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 13:54:13 Reply

Here is a basic simple chart i made for beginners

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 14:03:33 Reply

for some reason when I just play chords I mostly use variations of this:
em, asus2, C7#, G6, B, C5, A5, F


apparently I'm clever enough to declare myself as a dumbass

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 14:05:04 Reply

At 2/19/11 01:54 PM, eatmeatleet wrote: Here is a basic simple chart i made for beginners

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 15:29:14 Reply

I feel silly having so many fairly high rating songs on the audio portal and still not really knowing what a chord progressions is.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 17:32:42 Reply

At 2/19/11 03:29 PM, EricFreeman wrote: I feel silly having so many fairly high rating songs on the audio portal and still not really knowing what a chord progressions is.

Do you know what a chord is?

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 21:19:36 Reply

Wow, just realized that I start a chord progression on __-minor I and, 9 times out of 10, I'll end it with one of the following combinations:

VI-V
VI-IV-V
VI-VII

My most common chord progression? I-VII-VI-V. The first one I ever learned. Hell, my latest song was filled with so many mundane chord progressions that I actually didn't want to finish it after a while.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 21:31:25 Reply

Secondary dominants. Need I say more?

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-19 21:48:26 Reply

I like texture that varies - so I can chose a basic progression and go from maybe

A minor, B minor, B flat minor

to:

A minor add 9, B minor add 11, Bb add b9 add #11.

or:

A minor 7, B minor 7/ B minor 6, E 7 add b9

I supose I chose an effective bassline or harmonic outline and work from there?

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-20 01:13:26 Reply

At 2/19/11 09:48 PM, Chris-V2 wrote: I like texture that varies - so I can chose a basic progression and go from maybe

Hey, if you want to be really mid- to late-Romantic, you don't even need a chord progression or a key signature: just choose a single note, tonicize it, and go crazy with all sorts of chromaticism!

Or, you could stick to your tried-and-true chord progressions (all written in C Major for sake of simplicity):
- CM - Dm/F - CM/G - G7 - CM (I - ii6 - I6/4 - V7 - I)
- CM - Am - CM/G - G7 - CM (I - vi - I6/4 - V7 - I)
- CM - Bdim* - Am - G7 - CM (I - viio - vi - V7 - I)
(*alternatively, try a half-diminished 7 chord for some barbecue spiciness)

For a more jazzy chord progression, you could try this one, in C Minor:
- Cm7 - Fm7 - G7 - Cm7 (i7 - iv7 - V7 - i7)

or in the parallel major (C Major), it sounds very spicy:
- CM7 - FM7 - G7 - CM7 (I7 - IV7 - V7 - I7)

I'm wondering if I should write a guide to basic theory, touching on subjects like basic key signatures, basic modes, basic harmonic analysis & chord structures... Would anyone be interested in such a guide?

(I promise I won't make it too in-depth, and I'll start with the basics, but it might help out anyone who hasn't had the opportunity to take music theory classes.)

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-20 09:32:17 Reply

At 2/20/11 01:13 AM, RampantMusik wrote: I'm wondering if I should write a guide to basic theory, touching on subjects like basic key signatures, basic modes, basic harmonic analysis & chord structures... Would anyone be interested in such a guide?

I would, but only if you make some audio examples to go with every theme you cover... otherwise I'll go and read wikipedia

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-20 11:16:28 Reply

At 2/20/11 09:32 AM, SBB wrote: I would, but only if you make some audio examples to go with every theme you cover... otherwise I'll go and read wikipedia

Oh, yeah, I'd definitely do that. In my opinion, that's the only way to learn theory. Helps reinforce the topics covered. Otherwise, concepts are pretty abstract.

It'll be hard to do on the NewGrounds forums, what with the limitations on post length, only having one picture per post, et cetera. So I'll investigate other ways of distributing it -- a pdf file with links to the audio examples might work really well, actually.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-20 16:22:56 Reply

At 2/19/11 05:32 PM, LogicalDefiance wrote: Do you know what a chord is?

Yeah. I just don't know how the progressions work, nor why they work so well.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-20 17:30:57 Reply

At 2/20/11 11:16 AM, RampantMusik wrote:
It'll be hard to do on the NewGrounds forums, what with the limitations on post length, only having one picture per post, et cetera. So I'll investigate other ways of distributing it -- a pdf file with links to the audio examples might work really well, actually.

I would love to see this once your finished, it sounds like i have alot to learn, and i love learning.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-21 03:44:27 Reply

At 2/19/11 11:12 AM, Acid-Paradox wrote:

Mine would be : Am G Em F/F6 and Em D C

but i warn you.... anyone responding C G AM F will be SHOT!

nice irony lol. there's endless things you can do with I-V-vi-IV as there is with ii7-V7-I7 or just I-V. but if youre going to narrow it down like that vi is basically I and iii is almost always used as vi or I, meaning your fav. progression is almost the same. dont forget teh towels :P just keeeeeding


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 17:02:37 Reply

At 2/20/11 04:22 PM, EricFreeman wrote:
At 2/19/11 05:32 PM, LogicalDefiance wrote: Do you know what a chord is?
Yeah. I just don't know how the progressions work, nor why they work so well.

A chord progression (or harmonic progression) is a series of musical chords, or chord changes that "aims for a definite goal" of establishing (or contradicting) a tonality founded on a key, root or tonic chord.

So in the simplest way possible to explain, a chord progression is just a series of chords that play one after another to define the key tonality of the song.

You can find the list of common chord progressions or if you want to explore more you can use the chord progression generator. (this is for the guitar but if you can play piano you can easily arrange the chords for the piano)

and just in case if you don't know what the other users mean with "Vii, VI or IV" don't worry, they are using the Roman Numeral Chord Notation.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 20:54:50 Reply

i vii v IV or i IV vi VII

I'm a minor guy. Whether there are notes inbetween or not, I just use it because it feels strong (which it is). And I usually throw a III somewhere in between. Of course, I always change the style now and then. Also, neopolitans are nice to use right before a VII because it increases the tension by 10-fold. I rarely do inversions.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 21:01:28 Reply

My favourite is in lydian with progression I - I flat 3 - augmented V - Isus4 - half diminished III first inversion - II

Anyone who plays that will know the true beauty of chord progressions.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 21:17:08 Reply

At 2/22/11 05:02 PM, Acid-Paradox wrote: A chord progression...

Thanks for all the info, interesting stuff. Maybe my music will suck less now! :P

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 23:39:35 Reply

I don't write with progressions, typically. If I find a progression I like I'll use it as a focal point in a piece but once you start repeating the same 4 chords ad nauseam, all music starts to sound homogenous, no matter how interesting the progression is.


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-22 23:41:35 Reply

Favored progressions?
i-VII-VI-V7 or v7 seems to be my favorite when I'm just messing around on the piano.
In composition though, I find myself using i-iv-ii7-V or VI-III-iv7-VI9-V.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-23 02:11:13 Reply

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-23 16:35:37 Reply

At 2/22/11 09:01 PM, Mystery-Moon-Pie-Aud wrote: My favourite is in lydian with progression I - I flat 3 - augmented V - Isus4 - half diminished III first inversion - II

Anyone who plays that will know the true beauty of chord progressions.

I disagree. Anyone that shalt hear this chord progression shalt be smitten by its awesomeness.
I - ii (half-dim 6/5) - V - bVI - V - I (6/4) - bIII 6/3 - bII 6/3 - V - Vb9 - i#7 - i
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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-23 16:50:26 Reply

My favourite is the Roman Numeral progression.

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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-23 22:58:18 Reply

At 2/23/11 04:50 PM, Chris-V2 wrote: My favourite is the Roman Numeral progression.

Oh that's my favourite too! Especially when they add those little numbers on the top corner of them!


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Response to Let's talk about chord progressions 2011-02-23 23:17:04 Reply

Fuck resolution

Just throw darts at a chord chart and augment their shit up or some shit.


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