#1
Hello,
I have a question about chord progressions.

I know practically the basic structure of it.

You have the notes.

C-D-E-F-G-A-B

So let's say you play in the key of C

The chords would be like:

C - I
D - II
E - III
F - IV
G - V
A - VI
B - VII

So if I read that we'll play a standard I-IV-V blues progression.

That would make:

C - F - G


My question is.

How can I determine whether I play the chords in there as major, minor, 7th or whatever variation.

What rules should I apply or what theory lies behind it.

or in shorter term.
What determines the alteration of a chord in a chord progression?
#2
there is a basic rule

major minor minor major major minor diminished

I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii
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#3
Don't quote me on this but I beleive a lot of it has to do with wether it's C major or minor, in this case it's major, CDEFGAB, so they're major, Cmaj, Fmaj, Gmaj. Try the arpeggios of the chord and make sure they're all on the C major scale, if so then it's good but that's not always the case, you know, the notes don't all have to be on the scale in order to harmonize.
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#4
Quote by Night_Lights
there is a basic rule

major minor minor major major minor diminished

I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii


If it's major
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#5
Doesn't it have something to do with the intervalls between the notes?
And is that rule of
major minor minor major major minor diminished
allways applicable or are there exceptions?

What if I would start a progression in Aminor, or Gb or something?
What if I start the progression with a D7?

*is confused*
#6
Quote by Night_Lights
there is a basic rule

major minor minor major major minor diminished

I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii


So would I be right in thinking that would be:

Cmaj.
Dmin.
Emin.
Fmaj.
Gmaj.
Amin.
Bdim.

And using any of those chords would be acceptable?
#7
Quote by Jules

What if I would start a progression in Aminor, or Gb or something?
What if I start the progression with a D7?

*is confused*



A minor is the relative minor of C major (they have the same number of flats and sharps) so if u apply the maj min min maj maj min dim starting at C then u get
C Dm Em F G Am Bdim. those are the chords you would use for A minor or C major.

Another way of thinking of it is that the minor goes

(A)min (B)Dim (C)maj (D)min (E)min (F)maj (G)maj
#8
Ok, that makes sense thank you.

But could you maybe explain WHY they are minor or major.
Just so I can get my head around it and try and understand the relation.
And if there are other formula's one can use to determine it.

not that this one isn't clear, but I always like to understand WHY thing are how they are.
And more ways to accomplish the same goal are always benificial.
Thnx!
#9
Quote by Jules
Ok, that makes sense thank you.

But could you maybe explain WHY they are minor or major.
Just so I can get my head around it and try and understand the relation.
And if there are other formula's one can use to determine it.

not that this one isn't clear, but I always like to understand WHY thing are how they are.
And more ways to accomplish the same goal are always benificial.
Thnx!


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Its a long lesson about the major scale's chord progression. But read it thoroughly.
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