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The chord progression that launched a 1000 songs, these three chords are called Primary Chords and they can be heard in “Wild Thing” by the Troggs, “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley and many more.

Again another serious contender for the most used chord progression in music, this can be heard in “Time after time” by Cyndi Lauper Or “Hair” by Lady Gaga

This is known as a I- IV -V progression

This is known as a I - V - vi - IV

This progression is a huge one for Jazz, it can be heard in “Autumn Leaves” and “Boyfriend” Justin Bieber

This is known as a ii - V - I progression

All music is made up of chords that tend to move in patterns. These “chord progressions” are basically common movements of one chord moving to another. They are used as they sound good and work, learning these common patterns will not only help you when writing compositions but also make it quicker to learn new pieces of music.

Experiment with the examples and see what you can come up with, the golden rule is “use you ear”, if it sounds good to you chances are that it is good!

This is known as a vi - ii - V - I progression

To itinerate try experimenting with these chord progressions, its not necessarily what you play but how you play it that makes it into music and something new that you created.

A good compositional exercise is to take a I - IV - V progression and see how many different ways you can play those chord. You could record them and play them back and see how they sound different. Below is some ideas to experiment with.

As you can see it doesn't take long before a humble chord progression can start to sound pretty cool and interesting, above all else have fun with it and see what music you can make.