There are many varieties of chord progressions.
What’s the Point in Familiarizing yourself with Progressions?
- For anyone wanting to learn to play by ear, familiarizing yourself with common progressions is a must. It is not uncommon for people who have developed their ear, to listen to new music and to hear the progressions used in various parts of the song.
- For anyone wanting to write music, it is so beneficial to learn progressions. Progressions can help break through ‘musical writers block’.
- Click here for the PDF file of Common Chord Progressions.
Twelve Bar Blues
A popular chord progression last century was the 12 bar blues. In its most basic format it is as follows (each chord is played for one measure):
I - I - I - I IV - IV - I - I V - IV - I - I
Another way to play this progression is with a V chord as a turn-around chord to repeat the 12 bars.
I - I - I - I IV - IV - I - I V - IV - I - V --> then repeat
Practice these Chord Progressions
Play each progression over and over in the key of G. Then play in the keys of C, D, A and E, etc.
Download this sheet of Common Chord Progressions.