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Song Writing 101 Part III


Nov 21, 2017 Beginning, General Comments are off

Lets look at one of the most common chord combinations,

known commonly as “PROGRESSIONS”. These are used in contemporary music.

Referencing the “Family of Chords – Song Writing 101 ” blog lets take the C major scale

and its harmonized family of chords and put it to work!


ii, V, I = The two or D minor chord the five or G major or G seventh chord and the one or

C major chord. This is how it is written for a basic rhythm chart. The lines are called hash marks and are the same thing as a quarter note. Each chord gets four beats.


Dm //// G //// C /////


Example written on staff:


Record or have a friend play this progression for 5 to 10 minutes

while you play the C major scale using quarter then eight notes.


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