Simple - Basic Chord Progression
Alternation between two chords may be thought of as the most basic chord progression. Many well-known pieces are built harmonically upon the mere repetition of two chords of the same scale.
What Is A Basic Chord Progression?
Diatonic scales such as the Major scales and Minor scales lend themselves particularly well to the construction of common chord progressions because they contain a large number of perfect fifths (see Lesson Series on Intervals ).
Such diatonic scales predominate in those regions where harmony is an essential part of music, as, for example, in the common practice period of western classical music. On the other hand Arab and Indian music, though they use diatonic scales, also have a number of non-diatonic scales available because the music has no chord changes: it remains always upon the key-chord, as does a certain amount of hard rock, hip hop, funk, disco, jazz, etc.
- (WikipediA) · : Simple Progressions
One Chord Songs
- Put The Lime In The Coconut (WikipediA) · (WikipediA) · Put The Lime In The Coconut by Harry Nilsson • The single chord is an arpeggiated C7
- Get This Party Started Pink • Bm
- Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin • Bbm7
- Get Up, Stand Up Bob Marley • E.
- Run Through the Jungle Creedence Clearwater Revival • Bm
- Political World Bob Dylan
A lot of folk and children's songs have simple two and three chord progressions using primary chords ( I , IV , V ) of the diatonic scale.
iRealPro Practice Progressions
Here are a few common harmonic cells, i.e., the chords that show up in basic songs. CLick on the link and a pages will open that has a link, when clicked will load into iRealPro (if installed on same computer).
- I (Example in C Major: C)
- I IV (Example in C Major: C F)
- I V (Example in C Major: C G)
- I V7 (Example in C Major: C G7)
- I IV I V (Example in C Major: C F C G)
- I IV I V7 (Example in C Major: C F C G7)
Use iRealPro — a great way to join the band and not have them know your in the band. Explore in several different styles and transpose to multiple keys. What sounds good in one style might not sound good in another style.
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NOTE: - I (Curt, LearningUkulele.com, Learning Ukulele with Curt) Have been using iReal Pro, bought and paid for on several platforms ever since it first came on to music scene. It is a great tool and one I use with all students as well in my daily, persons practice sessions. iReal Pro was made by a very small team of passionate people led by Massimo Biolcati, a jazz musician in NYC who taught himself to code for his first iPhone so that he could build his dream app.
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