Common Chord Progressions

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Popular Chord Progressions to Know

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As you play songs often and often, you will discover that there are similar chord patterns being played over and over.
Those similar chord patterns are common /popular chord progressions.
Most times the genre or type of music origin of that songs affects the type of chord progressions that will be used.
Rock
Reggae
RnB
Jazz
Gospel
Afro
Arabian

They all have their various identities via chord progressions and scales used over and over in them as songs in each category will 90% of the time have similar chord progressions played.
However there are some that are universal and cuts across various styles too. Chord progressions like the 2-5-1 is a very common chord progression used in Jazz and gospel etc especially to end songs.
Well, the essence of this article is to give you a few common chord progressions to practice with.

Here they are
1. 1-4-5
2. 1-2-5-1
3. 3-6-2
4. 7-3-6-2
5. 1-5-6-4
6. 6-5-4-5
7. 1-6-4-5
8. 1-4-6-5
9. 1-5-4-5
10. 6-2-5-1
11. 1-6-2-5
12. 6-4-3-5
13. 1-4-2-5
14. 1-5-6-3-4-1-4-5

Let’s examine some examples above in the key of C major…

Chord progression #1
1-4-5 = C – F – G
Here is how it’s played (Righthand/Lefthand)
CEG/C – FAC/F – GBD/G

Chord progression #2
1-2-5-1 = C – Dm – G – C
CEG/C – DFA/D – GBD/G – CEG/C

Chord progression #7
1-6-4-5 = C – Am – F – G
CEG/C – ACE/A – FAC/F – GBD/G

Chord progression #8
1-4-6-5 = C – F – Am – G
CEG/C – FAC/F – ACE/A – GBD/G

Chord progression #10
6-2-5-1 = A – D – G – C
ACE/A – DFA/D – GBD/G – CEG/C

Chord progression #12
6-4-3-5 = Am – F – C – G
ACE/A – FAC/F – CEG/C – GBD/G

Practice all these chord progressions in different keys too. You don’t want to get stuck with it on the key of C alone.
All these chord progressions highlighted are found in in several songs and not just one. Listen to songs and they will begin to unfold automatically to your understanding.

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