List of chord progressions

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The following is a list of commonly used chord progressions in music.


Code
M Major.
m Minor.
A Atonal.
B Bitonal.
I Indeterminate.
PD Phrygian dominant.
M Mixolydian.
List of musical chord progressions
Name Image Sound # of chords Quality
50s progression
A 50s progression in C: I-vi-IV-Vright repeatI.
About this sound Play  4 M
I–IV–VII–IV
in C: I–IV–VII–IV.
About this sound Play  3 M
ii–V–I with tritone substitution
(II7 instead of V7)
in C: ii-II7-I
About this sound Play  3 M
III+ as dominant
substitute
in C: ii-III+-I
About this sound Play  3 M
viio7/V-V-I
viio7/V-V-I, common in ragtime
About this sound Play  3 M
Andalusian cadence
Andalusian cadence: iv-III-II-I.
About this sound Play  4 PD
Backdoor progression
(front door is V7)
Backdoor progression in C: ii-VII7 I.
About this sound Play  3 M
Bird changes
Bird Blues in Bb: I viiø-III7 vi-II7 v-I7, IV7 iv-VII7 iii-VI7 iii-VI7, ii V7 I-VI7 ii-V.
About this sound Play  ? M
Chromatic descending
5-6 sequence
Chromatic descending 5-6 sequence in A: I-V-VII-IV.
About this sound Play  4 M
Circle progression
Circle progression [excerpt] in C: vi-ii-V-I.
About this sound Play  4 M
Coltrane changes
Coltrane changes in C: I-V/VI VI-V/III III-V I.
About this sound Play  6 M
Eight-bar blues
I-V-IV-IV-I-V-I-V
About this sound Play  3 M
Folia
Later Folia: i V i VII III VII i V i V i VII III VII i-V i.
About this sound Play  4 m
ii–V–I progression
ii-V-I turnaround in C: ii-V I.
About this sound Play  3 M
Irregular resolution
Irregular resolution Type I: Two common tones, two note moves by half step motion: V7-III7.
About this sound Play  2 M
Montgomery-Ward
bridge
Montgomery-Ward bridge in C: I-IV ii-V.
About this sound Play  4 M
Omnibus progression
Omnibus progression.
About this sound Play  ? M
Pachelbel's Canon
Pachelbel's Canon: I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V.
About this sound Play  5 M
Passamezzo antico
Passamezzo antico: i VII i V III VII i-V i.
About this sound Play  4 m
Passamezzo moderno
Passamezzo moderno in C: I IV I V I IV I-V I.
About this sound Play  3 M
I–V–vi–IV progression
I-V-vi-IV chord progression in C: I-V vi-IV.
About this sound Play  4 M
Ragtime progression
Ragtime progression in C: V/V/V/V V/V/V V/V V.
About this sound Play  5 M
Rhythm changes
Rhythm changes in C: V/V/V/V-V/V/V-V/V-V I.
About this sound Play  ? M
Romanesca
Romanesca: III VII i V III VII i-V i.
About this sound Play  3 M
Sixteen-bar blues
I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I
About this sound Play  3 M
Stomp progression
IV7-#ivdim7 I7/5-I7
IV7-#ivdim7 I7/5-I7
IV7-#ivdim7 I7/5-V7/V/V V7/V-V7 I7
About this sound Play  6 M
Twelve-bar blues
Twelve-bar blues in C: I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I.
About this sound Play  3 M
Turnaround (music)
I-vi7-ii-V7 turnaround in C: I-vi-ii-V right repeat I.
About this sound Play  4 M
♭VII–V7 cadence
VII-V7 cadence: VII-V7-I.
About this sound Play 
About this sound Play 
2-3 M
V–IV–I turnaround
V-IV-I turnaround in C: V-IV I.
About this sound Play  3 M
I VII IV VII
I VII IV VII in C.
About this sound Play  3 B

Further reading[edit]

  • R., Ken (2012). DOG EAR Tritone Substitution for Jazz Guitar, Amazon Digital Services, Inc., ASIN: B008FRWNIW.

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