Chord progressions give your song some emotion and direction. They are the canvas on which to build great melodies and rhythms! Learn all about creating them in this 30-tutorial course from our Music Theory expert, Gregg Fine...
Chord progressions in music are a lot like the canvas an artists paints on - a multi-purpose canvas, that is. That's because a songwriter can give his or her song a totally different feeling just by altering a few chords under its melody and take the listener on a completely new journey.
In this in-depth course about building chord progressions, Gregg Fine takes you on a harmonic voyage and shows you, step by step, how chord progressions are created and how they can evolve. You learn how to build progressions using techniques such as chromatic passing chords, borrowed harmonies, chords with added tones, and so on. Your ear gets a workout with musical examples that Gregg has created especially for the course. As you progress through this harmonic journey, you get familiar with various types of progressions and you find out how and why knowing how to transpose your chords to a different key is so useful. Gregg also shows you how modulation works and reveals the all-important pivot chord as a way to gently move your listener from one section of your song to another.
So open you ears wide, and get ready to listen deeply to the way chord progressions work inside a song! And while you're here, make sure to brush up on your musical theory with Gregg Fine as your guide.
In my opinion, this course struck a perfect balance: excellent examples of each technique with just enough details to give one really useful insights, without bogging one down in too much info. One can see each concept put in to practice (sometimes with several examples) and from there, one can easily jump into incorporating the techniques into one’s own composing. So important! Each video was efficient and quick, giving one just the right amount of information to digest. I highly recommend the course!
Neil Gilmartin wrote on January 18, 2022
Such a great course. Straight to the point, beautifully presented, easy to understand, and fun. I didn't feel like I was studying so much as just enjoying myself. And you learn so much in such an efficient easy way. Greg is fantastic at bringing music theory alive. This course gives you a lot of avenues to explore for creating more interesting / surprising chord progressions while also helping you understand why they work.
Jason Sioco wrote on December 22, 2021
This is a comprehensive and easy to understand course about chord progressions. It's organized in a neatly arranged order and clears out the clutter of random information out there on the internet and in music education circles. I studied harmony both in college and university and I never heard the concept of chord progressions explained in such a simple way. This course definitely filled some of my knowledge gaps with chord progressions and stuff that were once all over the place and random. I found this course by accident and I'm glad I found it! I will have plenty of stuff to memorize during the Christmas holidays!
Philip wrote on August 21, 2019
I found the visual presentation style of this course to be very helpful.
KRISHNAKUMAR KUMARAN wrote on January 31, 2019
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Pejovoi wrote on June 20, 2017
This excellent course contains a lot of basic concepts relating to chord progressions, clearly illustrated with examples at every step. The examples are simple, which makes it easy to hear the point they are demonstrating. For those like me with a minimal and shaky grasp of music theory, I think this is a very practical introduction that will be easy to apply in creating your own chord progressions and making them better.
happyfeet wrote on March 25, 2017
I have been doing music for long time. Read theory of and on. This is very a very compact and good course that you should review and rehearse until you know all the stuff in it by heart. That will improve you as a musician - guaranteed. i found the topics very well explained and with good examples.
chord progression wrote on February 23, 2016
I started the series with this one. Gregg is so much a specialist, I soon understood I needed the other courses first to fully understand this one. I followed them all and enjoyed every one of them. Great in depth tutorial.
Vaan wrote on January 28, 2016
Great course, very well done. Many topics, well explained with a lot of examples. Very useful for students that want to start practicing with harmony.