After a bit of knowledge on chords and scales. We can then at least dive a bit in a world of chord progressions, starting only with major chord progressions and save minor scales and minor chord progressions for later studies
The most important question now then is what do we mean by chord progression. The chord progression refers to the order in which musical chords within a key are chosen to be played in a manner that creates the meaningful beautiful sound. It is similar to the direction through which musical chords succeed or move .
This happens when you can hear or notice the shifting tendencies of chords with each bar or count or verse in a music piece. It is hard to pick that up as a beginner but with time and ear practice, chords progressions becomes easily noticeable.
There are various chord progressions used in various songs and compositions but the most common and famous chord progression is the the I – IV – V -I progression. If you are in the key of C for instance, this translates into C – F – G – C where by the letters represents not notes but chords.
This means your right hand will play C chord, then F chord, then G and back to one chord which is C, while the left hand plays the base notes . This is the most talked about one four five one chord progression. For more on progressions, read the next post!