Chord progressions are what all music is based on. A chord progression is simply a progression of chords that sound really good together. There are so many different progressions that you can use depending on what genre of music you are playing. This lesson will outline some of the more popular progression and give you some ideas for creating your own.
The most popular progression in pop music is based on the 1-5-m6-4.These numbers refer to degrees in the scale and will will show you where to play your chords based on the scale or key that you are in. For example in the key of C we have:
Play these chords in any order to create your own progression!
In jazz music, the 2-5-1 is a very popular progression. Play these chords as 7ths for an added jazzy touch. In the key of C we have
In blues, we have the 1-4-5 progression to give us that iconic blues sound. In the key of C this looks like:
I hope you find these genre guidelines helpful. Remember you can create your own progressions based on your favorite style of music, mood and simply what sounds best to your ears! Mix and match, change up the order, and play with rhythmic and dynamic variations.