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Guitar Chord Progression:

I-ii-iii - - Chord stream

Other Chord stream progressions

A "chord stream" is characterized by sliding, step wise root movement from chord to chord. This is a technique is most closely associated with either early twentieth century Impressionism or Jazz and it happens to break one of the standard old-fashioned rules against using parallel octaves and fifths between chords. Aesthetically, it suggests a languid sensuality. (This is taken from Alan W Pollack's comments to P.S. I Love You) We will stick to some more basic application of this harmonization. I think of it as climbing the harmonized scale, and this was the name I had given to such progressions until I learned the term "chord stream".

If we climb just three steps I-ii-iii, the fist song that comes to my mind is The Beatles' Ask Me Why. It is in the key of E-major, and the main part of the song is built around the chords E-F#m-G#m-F#m. You just move up and down between these chords.

The I-ii-iii progression is the beginning of the I-ii-iii-IV and I-ii-iii-vi-IV-V progressions. You should look into these progressions too, for more information and songs where you find the I-ii-iii progression

Recordings with the I-ii-iii progression - Annotaded

  • The Beatles - Ask Me Why -
  • The Beatles - If I Fell -

  • Books covering the progression -

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