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#1111367 - 07/20/06 12:26 PM What are the popular chord progressions??
Tal Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 105
Loc: Israel
I know of
I-IV-V-I and II-V-I
and the circle of progression 1-4-7-3-6-2-5-1.
And I know the dominants, sub dominants etc. in other words, I know how to build chord progressions (well the simple ones at least)

However, I'd like to know what are the most used ones (Except for those I listed), and please if you write a progression, write what it's used for (for what situation, in what kind of music etc.)

Thank you very much for your help, I just started learning by myself all the chords and inversions and I'd like to start practicing the chord progression in different keys (I hope that's what a beginning student suppose to do :X )

And what progressions should I practice till they become second nature? 2-5-1? 1-4-5-1? what about the 1-4-7-3-6-2-5-1?? I know I should know them all, just asking from what to start? What's most important? or perhaps easiest to learn?
And should I do it in all keys + major and minor? Or the minor scales are less important for now? (Yes eventually I'll learn minor scales too, I just want to know from what to start...)

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#1111368 - 07/20/06 12:30 PM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
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C-G-F or C-F-G, all major, is the foundation of most if not all blues music.

that's where my miniscule knowledge ends.

#1111369 - 07/20/06 12:59 PM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
Tal Offline
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HouseHead78 isn't it suppose to be something with seventh chords? Like I7 - VI7- V7 - I7
something that has to do with pentatonic scales if I'm not mistaking...
Really not sure here though...

#1111370 - 07/20/06 01:11 PM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
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While my own knowledge of chord progressions is, er, perhaps "limited" is the best word \:D , I found an old thread here with many good links to web sites which hopefully will be just what you're asking for. \:\)
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#1111371 - 07/20/06 01:20 PM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
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i posted a link of it before but put it here again anyway:


#1111372 - 07/20/06 01:38 PM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
Tal Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 105
Loc: Israel
Thank you very much for the ultra-useful links Monica and signa!

So I decided to practice the 2-5-1 in all major keys and to practice them going from 1st inversion to root to 2nd inversion, and practice them from root to 2nd inversion to 1st inversion.

So it's 12 keys, each key I first practice playing the scale ( I don't do it much so it's a good opportunity) and after it I play (at first I learn and play it a couple of times till I'm comfortable with it) the progression ii-V-I with 1-root-2 and after I do all that with root-2-1 (I know there's also the option of 2-1-root but I feel as if knowing 2 ways to do the progression is enough for a beginner).
So what do you say on that for a beginner's practice program?

Here's what I print (and after I do each thing couple of times and I'm comfortable I tick a V and I move on, when I finish I'll just go all over the program again).
Start of program:

Chord Progressions


Major scales

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

play scale

Gb / F#
play scale

End of program.

Do note though, that I have no idea how much this kind of thing will take me but it sure is long. The first time around I'll have to learn it, and even learn some of the scales because some of them I never played before.
Perhaps an improvement I should make is write the ii-V-I for each key just so I won't waste time trying to think about it each time? And maybe I should add the fingerings for each scale in case I forget? What do you say?

EDIT: Now that I think about it I should probably add I-VI-V-I too, to the practice program.

#1111373 - 07/21/06 07:20 AM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
CindyB - Musicmaker Offline
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Registered: 05/23/06
Posts: 132
Loc: south central IL
This is a GREAT website for creating all possible chord progressions and the chart always directs you to "acceptable" chord choices. Check it out.
Everyone is musical. No exceptions. www.PlayPianoNow.info

#1111374 - 07/21/06 08:18 AM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
Tal Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 105
Loc: Israel
Thanks for the link it looks informative, I'll be sure to read it right now!

#1111375 - 07/21/06 09:46 AM Re: What are the popular chord progressions??
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
Cindy- great link! Thanks!

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