Chord Progression

Chord Progression

Chord Progression - Intro

What is a chord progression?

Find Chord Progression Intro below.

Chord I

Chord I

Chord I is most songs home chord!

Go to Chord I.

Chord II

Chord II

Chord II is the happy minor chord!

Go to Chord II.

Chord III

Chord III

Chord III - the dramatic minor chord!

Go to Chord III.

Chord IV

Chord IV

Chord IV is the striving major chord!

Go to Chord IV.

Chord V

Chord V

Chord V wants to go to chord I!

Go to Chord V.

Chord VI

Chord VI

Chord VI is the saddest chord!

Go to Chord VI.

Chord VII

Chord VII

Chord VII is the most unusual!

Go to Chord VII.

Beginner whiteWhat is a chord progression?

All songs have a key center, this means that a song is “in the key of.”

Every key has seven chords and you can number them from 1 to 7.

In the key of C we have these chords: C – Dm – Em – F – G – Am – Bdim.

To replace this with roman numerals you simply number them:

C (I) – Dm (II) – Em (III) – F (IV) – G (V) – Am (VI) – Bdim (VII)

Song Example

Let’s take the song The Drugs Don’t Work as an example.

The first part of the verse chord progression is: C – Am – Em – F – G – C

That means the roman numerals are: I – VI – III – IV – V – I

Since there are only 7 chords we can start seeing different combination’s, these are called Chord Progressions.

As long as we translate a chord letter to a number we can hear and even predict musical movement.

To take this chord numbers to a different key, use the SWS.

Learn more about chord progressions in the Guitar Conspiracy.

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