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Common Chord Progressions

PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2018 UPDATED: Jun 11, 2019 • VIEWS: 2 • LESSON CODE: UL36a

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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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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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