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.
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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.
Stefen wrote on January 26, 2016
I have watched most of Gregg Fines tutorials. They are good, though I am not a fan of his delivery style nor graphics. This course, however, really opened my ears (even though it suffers the aforementioned irritations). He develops the construction of chord progressions in a perfectly logical manner, but more than that, for each example progression he demonstrates, even though they are just piano, you can hear the hits that have been made with these progressions. The theory he gets into could be fairly heavy for novices, but the applications can give the uninitiated lots of ideas to explore and develop their own progressions - so persevere, the course is worth it
Marky mark wrote on June 9, 2015
I am an experienced bass player / guitar player but nowadays I focus on experimental electronic music. I needed to go back to get some basic progression theory that may be useful to my compositions. This is very helpful basis course. Well put out and I learned a couple of small new things with are very helpful.
Phil wrote on June 3, 2015
A superb course, I learnt a lot from it
Brock wrote on February 20, 2015
This was the best course out of the six music theory foundation classes covered by Gregg. The amount of concept involving chord progressions to my knowledge seemed comprehensive compared to some of the other classes. I would recommend this for any music producer or singer/songwriter.
Simtech16 wrote on December 1, 2014
Clear. With simple harmonic examples, and visual representations of chord progressions.
Well worthwhile for those with early to intermediate music theory knowledge.