Chord Progressions  

I vi IV V Progression - rock ballad

Sunday, 31 May 2020

The 1-6m-4-5 progression was used often in the late 50s and the 60s. An alternative with similar effect could be 1-6m-2m-V.   Examples below: Stand by...

I IV V Progression

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

(1-4-5)  Chords I IV and V are fundamental chords for much contemporary music.   Some examples shown below: Loving Arms (Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristoffersonn),...

I IV I V Progression

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

(1-4-1-5)  A very common and popular progression. Examples below: The Pilgrim Chapter 33  (Kris Kristofferson), Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.), Katmandu (Bob...

I I I I IV IV I I V IV I I Standard Blues Progression

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

(1-1-1-1-4-4-1-1-5-4-1-1)  Standard 12 bar Blues pattern with four bars of chord I at start then it heads to chord IV.  Examples below Blues in G (BB...

I IV I I IV IV I I V IV I I Blues Quick Change Progression

Monday, 20 April 2020

(1-4-1-1-4-4-1-1-5-4-1-1)  12 bar Blues pattern (Quick Change to IV) with just one bar of chord I before it heads to chord IV.  There are variations...

I V vi IV Progression - Pop/Punk

Saturday, 18 April 2020

(1-5-6m-4)  Examples below I’m Yours (Jason Mraz), Under the Bridge (RHCP), With or Without You - U2.
The audio sample here is in the key of C....

I vi V IV Progression

Friday, 17 April 2020

(1-6m-5-4)  A popular progression. Examples below: Photograph (Ed Sheeran), Don’t Let Me Get Me (Pink). 
Listen to an audio sample. The chords played...

I IV Progression - Feelin' Alright

Sunday, 5 April 2020

(1-4)   A simple two chord progresssion. Examples below Feelin’ Alright (Joe Cocker), Imagine (John Lennon).  The repetition of two chords can be used...

I ii iii IV Progression (ascending bass line)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

This is a beautiful progression ascending the scale, often supports a moving bass line.   Some examples shown below: Here, There, Everywhere (The Beatles),...