List of chord progressions

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

Code
Major Major
Minor Minor
Atonal Atonal
Bitonal Bitonal
Ind. Indeterminate
PD Phrygian dominant
Mix. Mixolydian
Name Image Sound # of chords Quality
50s progression
I-vi-IV-V
About this soundPlay  4 Major
I–IV–VII–IV
I–IV–VII–IV.
About this soundPlay  3 Mix.
ii–V–I with tritone substitution
(II7 instead of V7)
ii-II7-I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
III+ as dominant
substitute
ii-III+-I
About this soundPlay  3 Mix.
viio7/V-V-I

(common in ragtime)

viio7/V-V-I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Andalusian cadence
iv-III-II-I
About this soundPlay  4 PD
Backdoor progression
(front door is V7)
ii-VII7 I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Bird changes
I viiø-III7 vi-II7 v-I7, IV7 iv-VII7 iii-VI7 iii-VI7, ii V7 I-VI7 ii-V
About this soundPlay  ? Major
Chromatic descending
5-6 sequence
I-V-VII-IV
About this soundPlay  4 Mix.
Circle progression
vi-ii-V-I
About this soundPlay  4 Major
Coltrane changes
Coltrane changes in C: I-V/VI VI-V/III III-V I.
About this soundPlay  6 Major
Eight-bar blues
I-V-IV-IV-I-V-I-V
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Folia
i V i VII III VII i V i V i VII III VII i-V i
About this soundPlay  4 Minor
ii–V–I progression
ii-V I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Irregular resolution

(Type I: Two common tones, two note moves by half step motion)

V7-III7
About this soundPlay  2 Major
Montgomery-Ward
bridge
I-IV ii-V
About this soundPlay  4 Major
Omnibus progression
Omnibus progression.
About this soundPlay  ? Major
Pachelbel's Canon
I-V-vi-iii-IV-I-IV-V
About this soundPlay  5 Major
Passamezzo antico
i VII i V III VII i-V i
About this soundPlay  4 Minor
Passamezzo moderno
I IV I V I IV I-V I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
I–V–vi–IV progression
I-V vi-IV
About this soundPlay  4 Major
Ragtime progression
V/V/V/V V/V/V V/V V
About this soundPlay  5 Major
Rhythm changes
V/V/V/V-V/V/V-V/V-V I
About this soundPlay  ? Major
Romanesca
III VII i V III VII i-V i
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Sixteen-bar blues
I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
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 soundPlay  6 Major
Twelve-bar blues
I-I-I-I-IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
Turnaround (music)
I-vi-ii-V
About this soundPlay  4 Major
♭VII–V7 cadence
VII-V7-I
About this soundPlay 
About this soundPlay 
2-3 Mix.
V–IV–I turnaround
V-IV I
About this soundPlay  3 Major
I VII VI VII
I VII VI VII
About this soundPlay  3 B

Further reading[edit]

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

See also[edit]