8 Chord Progression Sequences for Songwriters

May 16, 2014

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

Sequencing chord progressions is an easy way of creating longer progressions from short ones. Here’s how it works.

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You’re probably familiar with a sequencer, which is a piece of hardware (or software) that can record and play back music. This article isn’t about that. A musical sequence occurs when you take a short bit of melody and play it again, starting on a higher or lower pitch. It used to be a very common way of writing melodies back in the days of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. A great example is the Christmas Carol “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

Though rare in the pop song world, one recent tune that’s constructed using melodic sequences is Train’s “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”…

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