A new perspective on chord progressions

April 21, 2015

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If you find yourself stuck in a rut of using the same old chords and chord progressions, there are a few simple techniques that may help open up new creative avenues for you. This post assumes that you have a basic understanding of music theory, if not then some of my earlier blog posts on music theory may be helpful.

I’ve added a circle of fourths and fifths diagram and listed the chords in each key for easy reference below:




Tension and resolution

One point to bear in mind when trying these techniques is the principle of tension and resolution. Whichever key you are using the further away from the root chord – or tonic – you move, the greater the tension and the more the sound wants to resolve to the tonic. This isn’t a linear progression though, it moves in fifths through the key. So this gives a…

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