Hello Everyone, It has been a super busy past year of song writing, recording and producing of both my own material and for others, but I’m so very happy to get back to work with my column with Phoenix Music Online! So let’s go!
Today we are going to focus on the most common chord progressions for songwriting.
Have you ever listened to a song and said to yourself”That sounds like that other song”? A lot of times it is because the chords or melody and groove (or all of the above) are similar to that of another song/songs.. Let’s start by acknowledging the fact that in music there are a finite amount of chord progressions that sound acceptable or should i say likable to the human ear. Are we born with these tendencies or subconsciously trained from our exposure to certain styles/types of music? Or is it a little of both?? The debate continues….
Below are a list of some of the most common simple chord progressions in Rock, Pop,and Country etc… I wrote the examples in various keys, but can all be transposed to your desired key quite easily. These should be quit helpful in your song writing. Enjoy!
Optional chords are in ( ).
1. I IV V (V7)
Example Key “G” G C D (D7)
2. I VI m IV V (V7)
Example Key “C” C Am F G (G7)
3. I V VI m IV then I V III m IV
Example Key “A” A E F#m D then A E C#m D
4. I m IV m V m (V7) Im
Example Key “Am” Am Dm Em (E7) Am
4 I m VI III VII
Example Key “Em” Em C G D
5. I m VII VI V (V7)
Example Key “Am” Am G F E (E7)
6. I V ( I maj7) VII m IV
Example Key “D” D A/C# (Dmaj7) Bm G
7. I III 7 IV IVm then I III 7 IV II (II 7)
Example Key “A” A C#7 D Dm then A C#7 D B (B7)
8. I II m IV V
Example Key “C” C Dm F G
9. I m III VII IV m (IV)
Example Key “C#m” C#m E B F#m (F#)
10. I m IV m VII III VI II m7 b5 V V7
Example Key “Am” Am Dm G C F Bm7b5 E E7
See You Next Month!