Chord Progressions – What are they and why 7th chords progress as they do
Chord progressions are simply the way two or more chords behave in a predictable pattern. For example, the most common chord progression of all is the V7 to I progression. That means that the chord which is built on the 5th degree of the scale and contains a 7th “wants” to move to the I chord. It’s like there is an invisible magnetic force that pulls it back to “home base” in that key – the I chord.
The V7 to I chord progression in the key of C is: G7 to C.
In the key of F, it would be: C7 to F.
In the key of G, it would be D7 to G.
In the key of E, it would be B7 to E.
In the key of Db, it would be Ab7 to Db.
And so on in every key.
Watch this short video on chord progressions and how consecutive dominant 7th chords “want” to move around the circle of 5ths:
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