Writing Simple Chord Progressions

In this article I will show you how to write some simple chord progressions. If you don't know what a chord progression is, it is simply a series of chords played one after the other in a particular order.

writing simple chord progressionsThese are not only a good way to learn about music, but also a great way to practice your chords without constant, boring repetition.

First, let's take a look at the seven simple chord progressions, then we'll look at how to play them.

  1. G – C – D – G
  2. G – Am – D – G
  3. D – G – A – D
  4. D – C – D – G
  5. D – E minor – A – D
  6. C – Dm – G – C
  7. E – D – A – E

The simplest way to play these chord progressions is to strum each chord four times with a down up, down up strumming pattern. Play it very slowly to begin with so that you can make smooth chord changes.

As you learn them better, you can increase the speed or even change up the strumming pattern for more of a challenge.

Don't become discouraged if you are having trouble in the beginning or if it takes you a while to get to the point where you are comfortable changing up the strumming pattern or even increasing the playing speed.

The important thing is that you keep practicing. There is no set amount of time that it should take you to get to a certain point of playing at any particular level. It varies from person to person. You just have to stick with it, never give up on yourself.

You can see from the seven examples that it's easy to create your own chord progressions. If you need help picking the right chords I suggest you check out the chords in a key chart.

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