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Common Gospel Progressions

How to give your chord progression a classic gospel sound

Lisa Witt - Mar 29, 2019

Gospel music uses some of the richest, most lovely chords and chord transitions out of any genre. If you want to learn new chords and find new ways to approach progressions and transitions, then diving into gospel music will take you where you want to go!


Let’s begin by looking at the most common gospel chord progression: the 2-5-1 progression. This will come up often in gospel and jazz genres of music. In the key of C, you'd play Dm7-G7-C. In gospel music, the 2-5-1 works to beautifully  transition you to a different chord in the progression you're playing. Think of it as a little bit of gospel bling!


For example, if you play the progression 1-5-6-5-4-5-1, you can add in the 2-5-1 to give you a classic gospel sound. It would go like this:


1-5-6-5 (2-5-1) 4-5-1


In the key of G, you'll end up playing these chords:


G-D-Em, then Dm7- G7- C, then C-D-G


That's just the beginning. Watch the video to see this concept in action, and learn more ways to give your progression an awesome gospel sound!



#Chord Progression

#Gospel Music

#Gospel Piano

#Piano Chords

Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.