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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ELIMINATING CHORD MUDDLE
About the chords inthis booklet So why am I suggesting these chords? A Companion Text Some Terminology PRINTING SUGGESTION – SAVING INK AND PAPER
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PART 1- MAJOR KEY PROGRESSIONS
Key: C MAJOR Simple progressions. Simple Progressions with Added 7ths. Ending on a Different Chord Diminished 7th Chords. Longer Simple Progressions. Inverted Chords Pedal Tones Secondary Dominant Chords Modal MixturesKey: G major Key: D major Key: F major Key: Bb major
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PART 2- MINOR KEY PROGRESSIONS
A brief description About the Roman Numerals
PART 3 – PROGRESSIONS FOR CHANGING KEY PART 4- MISCELLANEOUS PROGRESSIONS
This isn’t every chord progression…
It’s in the book… Learn to read music – it’s now EASIER THAN EVER! GaryEwer’s Easy Music Theory
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Eliminating Chord Muddle
Chord progressions are the part of writing songs that has many composers stumped. For those who find it to be a mystery, their chords sound, at best, like chord successions, and at worst, chord
What is chord muddle? Have you ever felt that you can’t get one chord to feel like it needs to go to another? Do you feelthat your progressions just meander from one chord to the next, without feeling like it’s making sense? That’s chord muddle. You can spend a lot of your precious time learning the theory of how chords progress from one to another (and I believe you should!), but you want to get going with writing songs! In this e-booklet, I have included dozens of useful chord progressions. Feel free to use themin any of your songs: as such, chord progressions are not protected by copyright, so you don’t need permission to use any of them.
About the chords in this booklet
The chords in this booklet are completely modifiable, and it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. But hopefully they’ll be enough to inspire you to get writing, and keep writing. So I encourage you to take these progressions andmodify them any way you like. Don’t be afraid to let your ears have the final say. If you like something you see, use it. If you like a progression, but feel you’d like to change it – that’s what you’re supposed to do! I have written the chords using guitar fret board notation, but the suggested voicing is exactly that… a suggestion. It’s assumed that you will voice these chords on your guitar orpiano or organ in whatever way suits your song. The same directive applies to the musical notation. The notes are meant to only indicate to you the notes found in each chord. Always use your imagination (and good taste!) to decide how to ultimately voice these chords. More than anything, these pages give you lists of chord progressions that work. It’s up to you to decide how and when to use...