Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs

There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

This series of lessons explores common chord progressions.

Remembering songs is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the harmonic cells and form of the song.

With a few music tools and an understanding of the principles of how chords and chords progressions work. You can start unraveling what's going on in a song. There's a lot more in common between songs than you might think. Each song has it's own direction, signs and landmarks.

Published: Jul 17, 2019 Updated: Jul 17, 2019

9 Lessons in the “Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs” Series
Remembering Songs

Listening to songs and wanting to play the same songs on ukulele - that's what draws most people to the ukulele.

Simple - Basic Chord Progression

Diatonic scales such as the major and minor scales lend themselves particularly well to the construction of common chords because they contain a large number of perfect fifths.

Three Chord Progressions

Three-chord tunes, though, are more common, since a melody may then dwell on any note of the scale.

Four Chord Pop Progressions - I V VI IV ( 1 5 6 4 )

This is the most popular chrod pregression used today.

Pachalbel's Canon Progression

In the key of C major Pachelbel's Canon is: C G Am Em F C F G.

Fifties (1950s) Chord Progressions

Another common way of extending the I - IV - V sequence is by adding the chord of the sixth scale degree, giving the sequence I - vi - IV - V or I - vi - ii - V, sometimes called the 50s progression.

The Andalusian Chord Progression

The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise.

Blues Chord Progressions

The twelve bar blues and its many variants use an elongated, three-line form of the I - IV - V progression that has also generated countless hit records, including the most significant output of rock and rollers such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Backdoor Chord Progressions

In jazz and jazz harmony, the chord progression from IV7 to bVII7 to I has been nicknamed the backdoor progression or the backdoor II-V.

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