Chord Progression Content
Simple chord progression list with two chords
Chord progression list with three chords
- I-IV Common progression.
- I-V Common progression
Chord progression list with four chords
- I-IV-V Commonly used in rock and roll
- I-II-IV Used by the Beatles in – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- I-IV-V7 *V7 is a regular V chord with a minor third on the top. An example of a
V7 would be G, B, D, F. You can learn more about sevenths at *How to use 7th Chords
- I-flatted VII-IV Used in gospel music
- I-flatted III-IV One of my favorite progressions, used by Lynyrd Skynyrd in ‘Free
Chord progressions list with five chords
- I-IV-I-V Common progression
- I-IV-I-V7 Common progression with dominant 7th chord in place of V chord
- I-IV-V-IV Common progression with a rolling motion.
- I-vi-IV-V Heart and Soul – Theme from the film Big with Tom Hanks. Thischord progression
is fun to play.
- I-vi-ii-V Gershwin in ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’
- I-V-vi-IV Used by Journey in ‘Don’t Stop Believin’. Another fun rollingprogression.
- IV-I-IV-V Chord progression not starting on the tonic!
- I-I-IV-V Similar to the I-IV-V, but more this is more widely used because itis four
measures long. Many musical phrases are divisible by 4, normally 16, which makes
chord progression using four chords more popular than others.
- vi-IV-I-V Currently a very popular chord progression used by The Offspring, Linkin
Park, The Cranberries, OneRepublic, and others. Also used in our composition titled
Medley of Waterfalls
Chord progressions list with six chords
- I-vi-ii-IV-V7 Common Progression. Notice how the subsequent chord has many of the
same notes. I and vi, ii and IV, both have two notes in common.
- I-vi-ii-V7-ii Similar to the previous chord progression, but with a ii squeezed
in between the V7 and the I. This added ii makes the progressionless final at the
end. V to I is a popular way to end songs. With the ii, it sounds like the song
- I-IV-I-V7-IV-I Blues and jazz is normally a 12–bar progression making this chord
progression ideal for jazz tunes.
- The numerous above chord progressions lists are ideal to use if you’re stuck at
the keyboard and unsure where to begin. The above chord progressions are popular
progression that have been around, but feel free to compose your own progressions.
Who knows, maybe you’ll compose the next popular progression.