PRISM’s Guide to Chord Progressions

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  1. […] the A string and the D position chords have the root on the D string. Use these chords along with my guide on chord progressions to properly master them. Here’s a quick rundown of the chord numbers and their […]

  2. […] chords over and over again; you just might make it big in the music industry! Check out my guide on chord progressions if you want to write something slightly more original. Share this:StumbleUponFacebookPrintEmailLike […]

  3. Kid Meatball says:

    Great lesson! Just a little correction. The I/IV/V progression in C is C F G.

  4. Jake says:

    Couple things, this is fine as a basic chord structure but one of the most important aspects of the minor keys are the leading tones. It makes the v chord a V, which is of utmost importance, considering one of the strongest chord progressions is I IV V I. Of that there is no argument. It also makes the VII a diminished vii. Also these chords that you give for using flat chords are…unconventional to say the least. If this is a guide to making things sound good, I’m in support. But it seems to be passing off as a lesson in music theory. For that, it would be neccessity to go over predominant, dominant, secondary dominants, the I64 chord, cadences, modulation, etc. I don’t mean to attack this, but were anyone to read this and use this as a guide to music theory, they would come out of it with bad information.

    • Thanks for the reply, this is not meant to be a lesson in music theory, I have other posts dedicated to that. I’m not exactly sure how you saw this trying to pass off as music theory. This is simply a quick guitar lesson to help people with chord progressions and was not meant to be in depth at all.

      • bammbamm1963 says:

        Thank you for your efforts. I appreciate someone taking the time to break this down and simplify it.
        Cheers and Thanks to StumbleUpon for getting me here.

  5. Trumpetblast says:

    When in a minor key, because of the leading tone > tonic relationship, you usually use the minor seven (vii). The major VII is diatonic (follows the key) but it more often used as a subdominant of IV rather than a seven. Really good resource though!

  6. Thanks for the list of chord progressions. I’m going to use the information for my piano student tonight. I’m going to have him play a few of the simpler progressions and make him pick which one he likes best. Then he can practice it with a drum beat on his keyboard.
    Chords are great! It can make a student an instant musician.

  7. Nick says:

    Thanks for the post! It was really helpful šŸ™‚

  8. Jukejoint says:

    Ty for the chart and post. For those of us who are learning both how to play, and write the countless melodies in our heads, the last thing we want to deal with is too much info. You gave just enough for basic comprehension of progression. Thank you for taking the time to help others that share the love of music

  9. Mike says:

    Awesome post! I look forward to part 2!

  10. […] The Chord Guide: Pt I – Chord Progressions | END OF THE GAME – StumbleUpon vi/IV/V/vi (or i/VI/VII/i) ā€“ Iā€™m Eighteen by Alice Cooper (Em/C/D/Em) I/iii/IV/I ā€“ The Weight by The Band (A/C#m/D/A) I/V/IV ā€“ Blue Sky by The Allman Brothers Band (E/B/A) I/ii/iii/IV/V ā€“ Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan (C/Dm/Em/F/G) […]

  11. Dannylee214 says:

    Whats a Ib? and how is it different from vii? In C major Ib would be Bmaj and vii would be Bmin. Am I reading that wrong?

    • endofthegame says:

      Yes, Ib is a flattened first, so in C major it would be Bmaj as you said, vii would be a B half diminished chord (or Bm7b5). There is a difference between a flattened first and a seventh!

  12. […] the A string and the D position chords have the root on the D string. Use these chords along with my guide on chord progressions to properly master them. Here’s a quick rundown of the chord numbers and their […]

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  21. […] vi/IV/V/vi (or i/VI/VII/i) ā€“ Iā€™m Eighteen by Alice Cooper (Em/C/D/Em) I/iii/IV/I ā€“ The Weight by The Band (A/C#m/D/A) I/V/IV ā€“ Blue Sky by The Allman Brothers Band (E/B/A) I/ii/iii/IV/V ā€“ Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan (C/Dm/Em/F/G) I/V/vi/IV ā€“ Let It Be by The Beatles (C/G/Am/F) The Chord Guide: Pt I ā€“ Chord Progressions | END OF THE GAME […]

  22. […] The Chord Guide: Pt III ā€“ Chord Progressions | END OF THE GAME Chord progressions are the canvas on which musicians paint their masterpieces, and is a canvas which is a piece of art in itself. A chord progression can be subtle and in the background or it can be blatant and loud; it can be simple and catchy, or it can be technical and complex; it can stay in one key or it can change like the seasons. In any of these cases a chord progression is what drives the song and it literally shapes the music that it accompanies. Chord progressions are like a cozy home where melody and rhythm can hang out and groove. All the songwriting giants, such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan, to name a few, have/had a tremendous knowledge about the art of the chord progression. Iā€™m not going to promise you tremendous knowledge, but I will offer you a good head start in the way of making your own music, in an easily digestible chunk to boot. […]

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  24. Santa says:

    Just a detail: The song is actually called ‘Where is my Mind’ not ‘Head’ by The Pixies šŸ™‚ Besides from that, great lesson!

  25. Doug Smith says:

    Girl From Ipanema was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim—Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto performed it with him. Credit where credit is due. Nice article.

  26. Eric says:

    Just a typo I think; shouldn’t paragraph 5 say “the vi chord” and not “the iv” chord? The sixth tone of a major scale is the relative minor, I mean. Thanks for the page. Very cool.

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  28. Jc says:

    Is there a part 4.

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