Chord

How to build chord progressions

How to build chord progressions

The 5 basic rules of Chord Progressions

  1. Choose a key to write in (if you are just starting out the C major, G major, A minor and E minor are good keys to start with)
  2. Work out the primary chords (I, IV, V). ...
  3. Always start and end your chord progression on chord I.
  4. Try using some common progressions (see below)

  1. Can you make your own chord progression?
  2. How do you make interesting chord progressions?
  3. Is it legal to steal chord progressions?

Can you make your own chord progression?

Giving yourself the time and freedom to explore putting chords together is the only way to write something that works. Use the charts above to play some basic progressions, then start building your own based on what sounds good. There's no real rules for progressions, it's up to your ear in the end.

How do you make interesting chord progressions?

5 Ideas To Turn a Boring Chord Progression Into Something More Exciting

  1. Use a Bass Pedal Point. A pedal point is a note that stays constant while chords change. ...
  2. Use Modal Mixture Chords. ...
  3. Add Non-Chord-Tones. ...
  4. Use Chord Inversions. ...
  5. Create Secondary Dominants.

Is it legal to steal chord progressions?

Many songwriters are not aware of this, but chord progressions, as such, are not protected by copyright, and can be used by other songwriters. ... The more unique a progression, the harder it is to hide where you got it. This is a completely legal use of another chord progression.

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