How Good Are Your Chords? Simple Chord Progressions For Beginners

How Good Are Your Chords? Simple Chord Progressions For Beginners: A blog around chords and how to write a chord progression.

What makes for a great chord progression?

It’s the question that has plagued musicians since the dawn of time. Okay, maybe not quite that long, but it’s certainly one of the most important concepts to consider when creating a song.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what chords are, they are simply a combination of two or more notes played together at the same time. If you were to play just one note at a time on a piano, it would sound very boring and simple. The reason why chords sound so rich is because they combine many different notes at once, and this creates what we call harmony.

When it comes to writing chord progressions, the possibilities are practically endless. You could spend your entire life writing chord progressions and still not come close to exhausting all of them. But don’t let that discourage you! I’m going to show you some simple chord progressions that will get you started on your journey towards writing great music!

How Good Are Your Chords? Simple Chord Progressions For Beginners

A blog around chords and how to write a chord progression.

There are certain rules to follow when creating a chord progression. The most simple chord progressions follow the I – IV – V chords. This is because of the way the chords are built on a major scale.

For example, if we take the key of A major, the chords would be A Minor, D Minor or E Major.

In this video, I will show you how to create simple chord progressions using only three chords in a row.

I will introduce you to a few new chords and talk about some common chord progressions used by songwriters and composers today. There’s no real right or wrong way to write a chord progression but it helps to know the basic rules so that your music makes sense and sounds good at the same time!

The big question is: How do you write a chord progression?

There isn’t one correct answer! You can write whatever chord progression you want. However, there are certain chords that sound good together. Below are a few examples of basic chord progressions using these chords.

1. Am – Fmaj7 – G – Em (The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”)

2. Dm – F – Am – G (The Beatles’ “Yesterday”)

3. Cmaj7 – Fmaj7 – Am7 – Dm7 (Standards like “Autumn Leaves” and “Blue Moon”)

4. C5 – Am7b5 (a jazz standard like “All the Things You Are”)

5. C6/9 – Am7/9 – G69/9 – A69/9 (Jazz standard like “What Is This Thing Called Love?”)

When you’re getting started with making music, you’ll find that songwriting is a lot of work.

Obviously it’s fun to write chords, come up with a melody and learn how to compose music, but the process might be a bit overwhelming in the beginning.

As a beginner, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how to write a chord progression or bridge for your song.

The good news is that there are some simple chord progressions that you can use as building blocks for your own songs. These chords will work in every key and on any instrument.

In this article I’m going to show you seven easy chord progressions that you can use in your songs. I’ll also show you how to add color to the chords by adding additional notes and chords.

Whether you are a composer, musician or music producer, making better chord progressions can be a daunting task. It is common for beginners to struggle with chord progressions and composing songs. However, with some practice and effort, you will become more confident in your skills and learn how to write great chord progressions.

In this article, I will provide some easy steps to follow to help you make more interesting chords. I also include some examples of common chord progressions that work well together. Keep in mind that these are just guidelines; there are no rules when it comes to writing music.

Chord Progressions Steps:

1. Decide on the key signature

2. Choose your scale (major, minor, pentatonic)

3. Choose a tonic chord (I)

4. Add two more chords (II and V)

5. Add two more chords (III and VI)


This post is directed towards beginner composers. This can also apply to musicians who want to write a good chord progression in their song.

Let’s start with the basics:

Chords are built on scale degrees. If you don’t know what a scale degree is, you should read my post on Understand Scale Degrees.

We’re going to take the key of C major as an example here:

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To build chords, we take a scale degree and add other notes to it that are part of the scale (or the key). Let’s say we want to build a triad (a 3-note chord) on the first note, C:


The second note is E (the third note). The third note is G (the fifth note). That’s our C major chord. We can also build triads on other scale degrees:

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A chord progression is a sequence of chords. The chords that are used in a chord progression can be found from the scale.

The most common chords come from the major and minor scale. To find the chords of a major or minor scale, I divide the scale in half (as we did in my article on how to find your key) and play each note separately. For example, if I wanted to find the chords of the C major scale, I would first write out all the notes of C major:


Then count up every other note:


And finally add a minor third to each note:


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