Chord Progressions

THE MAJOR SCALE AND PROGRESSION THEORY

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There are so many chords and chord progressions, the combinations of them are virtually unending. So we’ll start with the old standby, the MAJOR SCALE and how it affects chord progressions.

  1. There are 7 notes in the major scale, each made up of different intervals.
  2. You can build chords on each of these notes.
  3. Some of them are minor chords, some of them are major chords, some of them are diminished chords.

REMEMBER THAT CHORDS CAN BE SUBSTITUTED BY OTHER CHORDS IN THEIR FAMILY so the I, IV and V may be substituted for other major family chords

the Major Chord Progression Pattern:

Major I … minor ii … minor iii … Major IV … Major V … minor vi … diminished vii

Chord / Key A B C D E F G
I A B C D E F G
ii b minor c# minor d minor e minor f# minor g minor a minor
iii c# minor d# minor e minor f# minor g# minor a minor b minor
IV D E F G A B C
V E F# G A B C D
vi f# minor g# minor a minor b minor c# minor d minor e minor
Vdim G# dim A# dim B dim C# dim D# dim E dim F# dim

Major chord progression charts

Harmonizing the Major scale

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