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Chord Progressions? Answered

I am a beginner and I am trying to make a simple chord progression. So far I have G to Em, after that I can't seem to find the right chord.

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gmoonBest Answer (author)2012-09-30

You already have a simple chord progression (G-Em). I guess you want a more complicated progression...

Here's couple suggestions:

G to Em (I-vi) sounds like the start of a "50's chord progression," which is I-vi-IV-V. Translating that to chord in the key of G is G-Em-C-D. Hundreds of songs (modern ones too) are written around this progression.

A variation would be G-Em-C-Am.

A different progression utilizing G & Em is I-V-vi-IV, or G-D-Em-C.

Another is vi-IV-I-V, or Em-C-G-D.

In all these progressions, the roman numeral is number of the note in the major scale in that key. So "I" is the root chord (G), etc. Lower case is minor, vi is the sixth note (Em).

The V chord is often played as a dominant (7th), so you can substitute D7 for D in all those progressions--where it sounds good. If it doesn't, don't use it...

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D5quar3 (author)gmoon2012-10-06

Thanks! I really like all these progressions....Even though i have no idea what the roman numerals mean

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gmoon (author)D5quar32012-10-06

Cool. I'm sure you can come up with more on your own...

There's a bit of a learning curve, but the roman numerals just represent the starting note of each chord, all based (in it's simplest form) from the major scale in that key. Here's a little more info.

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rickharris (author)2012-09-28

At a simple level you can view the notes of chords and chords as having a mathematical relationship.

If you take a scale Say the scale of C


The the C chord sequence will be the root chord C followed by the 4th chord in the scale F followed by the 7th form of the 5th chord of the scale G7

If your looking for the minor it is the minor version of the 6th chord in the scale. Am

A number of chord triads sound good together because we are familiar with the sounds for a given type of music:

Em Am B7 Very bluesy or E A B7

C F G7 - Very folky

G C D7

some sites for you to look at





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frollard (author)2012-09-27

Depends on the type of song;

The direction the chord travels, its inversion, and whether its major, minor, seventh or any of the other chord modifiers change the feel. Sevenths can convey scary, minors can convey fear, where a switch to major can be happy or triumphant.

Rock songs REALLY like the 'pachabel canon' dabg, it shows up EVERYWHERE!

I like to think of the theme in my head, happy, sad, triumph, defeat....and think of sounds that convey those feelings.

If you currently have G Em, almost anything could follow it.

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