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INTRODUCTION

The principles of chord progression are based upon the harmonic movement of a series of two or more chords as they move from one chord to another chord and eventually to the tonic chord. Root movement describes this harmonic motion and the relationship and function of the chord patterns. Chord groups are used to further describe the relationship and function of the chord patterns in a progression. Harmonic flexibility is achieved through the use of four different types of progression.

In this lesson you will learn to identify the principles of chord progression.

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify root movements
  • Identify chord groups
  • Identify the four types of chord progressions

NOTE: The musical examples throughout this lesson are shown in C Major or C minor.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015