How To Make The Most Common Chord Progression Sound Wonderful [Simple Music Theory]

Tommaso Zillio

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The most common chord progressions in all music is probably the progression from the V chord of the key to the I chord of the key. In C major this chord progression is G(7) to C, and in C minor it's G(7) to Cm.

If you try to play it, this chord progression sounds really plain. There is nothing really special about it - and yet in one form or another, it's been used by practically every single musician who composed anything. Why?

The reason is that, among other things, this chord progression is really 'flexible' and gives a lot of freedom to musicians in creating variations.

In centuries of music theory, great musicians have found several ways to make this simple chord movement sound different and interesting.

In this video you find some of the best-sounding tricks collected for you and explained in a simple way.

These are the tricks that professional songwriters use to make a 'plain' chord progression sound special... so watch the video, learn the tricks, and use them in your music!

In this video I work only with moving between the V chord and the I chord, but other things are possible with other chord progressions. For instance, in the video below is what you can do when you move between the I and IV chord in the key.

You can freely combine the tricks in the two videos to make a plain old I IV V chord progression sound like a million dollars.

If you like these tricks, love the way they make a simple chord progression sound better, and you are hungry for more then have a look at the Complete Chord Mastery guitar course. Learn how the pros can make the most bare-bones chord progression sound like it's a wonderful thing!


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