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Common Chord Progressions
In Western Harmony there is no stronger chord resolution in a major or minor key than then the V chord to the I chord. In the key of C major this is G or G7 to C.
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The key of C major is one of the more common keys used in music and is typically the first key used when learning to play an instrument. This is very true when learning the piano. The piano is color coded with black and white keys. The key of C major contains no sharp or flat notes and uses all seven letters of the musical alphabet: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C'. The white keys are all in the key of C major and the chords that are part of C major.
Common Progressions, Key of C Major
In a major key the goal of a chord progression is the I chord, the “home” chord of the key. In the key of C major the I chord is C or C major. The strongest move to the I chord is using the V chord, G or the bVII chord Bb.
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Common Chord Progressions for the Key of C Major • Updated: Feb 25, 2013
Sometimes called the “learning key”, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.
The key signature for C Major and A Minor contain NO sharps or flats.
C major (often just C or key of C) is a musical major scale based on C, with pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Its key signature has no flats or sharps.
Its relative minor is A minor, and its parallel minor is C minor.
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection
Updated: Jan 1, 2003
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
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