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Guitar Chord Progressions - index

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On this page you find an overview over chord progressions. Here it is just an alphabetic list. You will find a more systematic approach to chord progressions in the chord progressions lessons series and discussion of some aspects of harmony and chord progressions in the theory lessons series.

I have chosen to include chord functions in the progression section. A major chord is a major chord, but it can play different roles in music. Chord functions is about the various roles a chord can have in an harmonic context (chord progression). You will find more on chords on a basic level in the chord section in the theory lessons, and a discussion on individual chords in the chord section (similar to this progression section).

If you choose a group of progressions, it will be a bit easier to navigate. But not all progressions are grouped (yet).

Blues * Major * Major - Three Chord * Minor * Chord (how a chord function in a context)
Ascending * Chord stream * Circle of fifth * Onion Shuffle * Power Chords * Modulation * Minor walk
Intro * Bridge * Ending * Turnaround * Substitution
Modal proogressions: * Dorian * Phrygian * Lydian * Mixolydian

More groups will be added to the list, but I have to do some sorting first ...

ChordsNameGroupMode
12 bar Minor Blues T1 Minor Blues 12-bar Type 1 Blues
12 bar Minor Blues T2 Minor Blues 12-bar Type 2 Blues
12-bar Blues variations 12-bar Blues variations Blues
16-bar Blues 16 Bar Blues Blues
16-bar Blues 8x2 Blues
24-bar Blues 24-bar Blues Blues
3-Chord
8-bar Blues variation It Hurts Me Too Blues
Ascending bass line Ascending bass line Ascending
Blues - minor Blues
Blues - minor variations Blues
Blues 12 - VVII ending Blues
Blues 12 Type1 12 Bar Blues - Type 1 - No turnaround Blues
Blues 12 Type1T 12 Bar Blues - Type 1 - With turnaround Blues
Blues 12 Type2 12 Bar Blues - Type 2 - No turnaround Blues
Blues 12 Type2T 12 Bar Blues - Type 2 - With turnaround Blues
Blues 8 Bar 8 Bar Blues Blues
Blues minor 12 Type 1 VIb-V-Im Blues
Chromatic Ascending I-I#-II-II#-IV Ascending
Decptive Cadence Decptive Cadence Ending
I Tonic Chord
i Tonic - Minor Minor
I-I+-I6-I7 Ascending Augmented Ascending
I-Idim7
i-ii Dorian
I-ii Major
I-ii-iii Chord stream
I-ii-iii-IV Chord stream
I-ii-iii-vi-IV-V Chord Stream
i-ii-IIIb-ii Minor
I-ii-IIIb-VIb
I-ii-IV-I
I-II-IV-I Lydian II progression Lydian
I-II-IV-IIIb-V
I-II-IV-V Major
I-ii-IV-V-vi Major
I-II-V Lydian Lydian
i-II-VIb-V
i-ii-VIIb Minor
I-ii-VIIb-I
I-II7-V7
i-IIb-IIIb Phrygian
I-IIb-IIIb-iv
i-IIb-IIIb-iv Phrygian
i-IIb-IIIb-VIIb Minor
I-IIbdim7-ii7-V
I-iii-ii-V
I-III-ii-V
I-iii-IV-V
I-iii-V
I-III-VI-II-V Blues Rag progression Circle of fifth
I-iii-vi-IV
i-III-VIb-IV Minor
I-iii-VIIb
i-IIIb Vamp Minor
I-IIIb-II
I-IIIb-IV Onion Shuffle
i-IIIb-IV-i Dorian Dorian
I-IIIb-IV-IIIb Onion Shuffle
i-IIIb-IV-iv Minor
I-IIIb-IV-V Onion Shuffle
I-IIIb-IV-V-VIIb-V Mixolydian
i-IIIb-IV-VI Minor
I-IIIb-IV-VIb I-IIIb-IV-VIb Mixolydian
i-IIIb-iv-VIb-V7 Minor
i-IIIb-V
I-IIIb-V
I-IIIb-Vb-IV
i-IIIb-Vib-iv Minor
I-IIIb-VIIb
i-IIIb-VIIb Dorian
i-IIIb-VIIb-IV Dorian Dorian
I-IIIb-VIIb-IV-V
i-IIIbM7-V Minor
I-IM7-iii-ii-V7
I-IV
i-IV (dorian) Dorian
i-iv (minor) Minor
I-IV-I Major
I-IV-I-V Basic Folk-Progression Major - Three Chord
i-iv-i-VIIb Minor
I-IV-I-VIIb-V
I-IV-ii
I-IV-II
I-IV-ii-V
I-IV-II-V
I-IV-ii7-iii7-IV-iii7-V7
I-IV-IIIb Onion Shuffle
i-iv-IIIb-ii-v-i Minor
I-IV-IIIb-IV Harmonized Shuffle Onion Shuffle
i-IV-IIIb-V
i-iv-IIIb-VIb-ii-V-i Minor
i-iv-IIIb-VIb-IIIb-V Minor
i-iv-IIIb-VIb-iv Minor
I-IV-iv ending Aeolian cadence
I-IV-iv-I
I-IV-V Major - Three Chord
I-IV-v (Mixolydian) Mixolydian
i-iv-V(7) Harmonic minor Minor
i-IV-V(7) Melodic minor Minor
i-iv-v(7) Natural minor Minor
I-IV-V-IV Major - Three Chord
I-IV-v-IV (Mixolydian) Mixolydian
I-IV-Vbm7b5-IV
I-IV-vi Major
I-IV-VIb-VIIb-I Lady Madonna-progression
I-IV-VIIb-IIIb-I
i-iv-VIIb-IIIb-VIb-iidim-V-(i) Diatonic (full) circle of fith - minor Circle of fifth
i-IV-VIIb-V-i
I-IVb-IV-V
I-V Half close / imperfect cadence
i-V / V-i Minor
I-V-I Major
I-V-I-IV
I-V-ii
I-V-ii-IV
I-V-iii-II
i-V-IIIb-IV-VIb-VIIb Minor
I-V-IV
i-v-iv Minor
I-V-IV-I Major - Three Chord
I-V-IV-V Major - Three Chord
I-V-vi
I-V-vi-I-IV
I-V-VI-ii Major
I-V-vi-IV
I-V-vi-IV-V
I-V-vi-V
i-v-Vib-iv Minor
I-V-VIIb-I
i-V-VIIb-IV Minor
I-v-VIIb-IV Mixolydian
I-V-VIIb-V
i-V7-i-VIIb-IIIb-VIIb-i-V7 La Folia Minor
I-v7-ii7-vi-II9-V9
i-V7-VIIb-VIb-IIIb Minor
I-vi vamp
I-vi-ii-IV
I-vi-II-V
I-VI-II-V Circle of fifth
I-vi-ii-V Major
I-vi-ii-VIIb
I-vi-iii
I-vi-iii-ii-iv
I-vi-iii-ii-V Major
I-vi-iii-V
I-vi-IV
I-vi-IV-ii-VIIb-I
I-vi-IV-V
I-vi-iv-V
I-vi-V Major
I-vi-V-IV-(I)
I-vi-VIb-V
I-VI-VIIb
i-VIb Minor
i-VIb-IIIb Minor
i-VIb-IIIb-IV Minor
i-VIb-IIIb-V Minor
i-VIb-IIIb-VIIb Minor
I-VIb-IV-V
i-VIb-iv-VIIb Minor
i-VIb-V Minor
I-VIb-V-I
I-VIb-VI-II-V-I Circle of fifth
I-VIb-VIIb
i-VIb-VIIb Minor
i-VIb-VIIb-i Minor
i-Vib-VIIb-IIIb Minor
i-VIIb Dorian Dorian
I-VIIb Mixolydian Mixolydian
I-VIIb-I-IV7
I-VIIb-IIIb
i-VIIb-IV Dorian Dorian
I-VIIb-IV I-VIIb-IV Mixolydian
I-VIIb-IV-I Mixolydian
I-VIIb-IV-V Mixolydian
I-VIIb-IV-VIb I-VIIb-IV-VIb Mixolydian
I-VIIb-IV-VIb-VIIb I-VIIb-IV-VIb-VIIb Mixolydian
i-VIIb-IVb-V Minor
i-VIIb-v Minor
I-VIIb-VI-VIb-V Semi-chromatic descending Chord Stream
i-VIIb-VIb Half Spanish Minor
i-VIIb-VIb (VIIb-I)
i-VIIb-VIb-iv-i Minor
i-VIIb-VIb-v Minor
i-VIIb-VIb-V Spanish Minor
I-VIIb-VIb-V-(I) Mixolydian
i-VIIb-VIb-v-iv-VIIb-i Minor
i-VIIb-VIb-VIIb Minor
I5-IIIb5-VIb5-I5 Power Chords
I5-Im11-bIII
I5-V5-VI5-IV5 Power Chords
I5-VIIb5-VIb5-V5-VIIb5 Power Chords
I7 Tonic7 - V-of-IV Chord
Iadd9-I-IM7-I6-I
ii Supertonic Chord
ii-I Weak plagal Ending
II-I-V-I
II-IIIb-III-IV Chromatic Ascending Chord Stream
II-IV
ii-IV-I
II-IV-I Ending
II-IV-II-VI-V Minor to Major substitution Modulation
II-V II-V Turnaround Turnaround
ii-V-I
ii-V-iii-VI Major
ii-v-IIIb-IV
ii-VIb-I
ii-VIIb-I
ii-VIIb-V-I
II7 V of V chord Chord
ii7/3 ii7/3 - ii6/5 Chord
IIb Flat Second (in Major) - Neapolitan Chord
III Major mediant - V-of-vi Chord
iii Mediant Chord
iii Ending - mediant Ending
iii-ii-IV-V-vi Chord stream
iii-iiib-ii Chord stream
iii-iiiM7-I Minor walk - short Minor walk
iii-IV
iii-VI-II Major
iii-vi-ii-V Minor
iii-vi-IV-VII Minor
IIIb Flat Third Chord
IIIb-III-IV Chromatic, Ascending Chord Stream
IIIb-IV-I
IIIb-v-i-ii-V Minor bridge Bridge
IIIb-VIb Minor
IIIb-VIIb-i
Isus2-V-iim7
IV Major IV in minor key Chord
iv Minor iv in a Major setting Chord
iv Minor iv in minor key Chord
IV Sub Dominant Chord
IV Intro on IV Intro
IV-I Plagal Cadence Ending
IV-II-V-I Modulation
IV-ii-vi-IV Bridge
IV-ii-vi-v Bridge
IV-ii-vi-VI Bridge
IV-IIIb-I
iv-IIIb-i-VIIb iv-IIIb-i-VIIb Minor
IV-IIIb-IV
IV-IIIb-V-I
IV-IIIb-VIIb-IIIb
IV-iv-I iv-Minor Plagal Variation Major
IV-iv-VII7b-I Minor Plagal Cadence Minor
IV-V-I
IV-V-I-IV
IV-V-iii-vi-V
IV-vi / vi-IV Major
IV-VIIb-I Ending
m-m#5-m6-m7 Ascending Minor Walk Minor Walk
m-mM7-m7-m6 Minor walk Minor walk
m-mM7-m7-m6-mb6 Minor walk Minor walk
Major to minor Major to minor substitution Substitution
Minor to major Intro
Minor to major Minor to major substitution Substitution
V Dominant Chord
V Major V in a minor key Chord
v Minor v in major key Chord
v Minor v in minor key Chord
V-I Autenthic Cadence / Full Close Ending
V-i Harmonic minor ending Ending
v-i Natural minor ending Minor
v-ii-IV-I Mixolydian
V-IV-I Blues ending Blues
V-VIIb
V-VIIb-VI
Vaug Chord
VI Major Submediant - V-of-ii Chord
vi Relative minor (Submediant) Chord
vi Ending in relative minor Ending
vi-II-V
vi-II-V-iv-I
vi-II-VIIb-I
vi-II7-V-I-IV-V Turnaround
vi-iii-IV-V
vi-IV Major
vi-IV-I-V Major
vi-IV-V Major
vi-IV-V-i
vi-V-I Ending
vi-V-IV-iii-II Major opening
vi7-II-IV-I
VIb The Buddy Holly - VIb-chord Chord
VIb-i Minor
VIb-IIIb-iv-V
VIb-IIIb-V-i Minor
VIb-IIIb-VIIb-IV-I
VIb-iv-i Minor
VIb-VI-VIIb Chromatic, Ascending Chord Stream
VIb-VIIb-I Deceptive Cadence Chord Stream
VIb-VIIb-i Minor
VIb-VIIb-III Modulation
VII Major on major seventh, V og iii Chord
VII7 Dominant Seventh on the major 7th. Chord
VIIb Flat Seventh Chord Chord
VIIb-iv-i
VIIb-IV-I Double plagal cadence Ending
VIIb-IV-i Minor
VIIb-vi-II7
VIIb-VIb-v-iv
VIIb-vii5b7-I
VIIdim Chord
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