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How to build a simple chord progression (for beat making)

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This video is showing you how to build an easy chord progression in only a few steps.
It is very important to understand these simple ideas if you really want to make banging beats
and step your music production game up.

So here is what's going on:

1) Pick a key for the progression (i.e.: C minor)

2) Note that each of the 7 notes in the key has a matching chord to it.

C  =  C Minor            I
D  =  D Diminished     II
Eb =  D# Major         III
F   =  F Minor           IV
G   = G Minor           V
Ab  = Ab Major         VI
Bb  = Bb Major         VII

In the example leave out the 2nd and 3rd and pick any of the chords left.

The author of the video uses I, V, VI

3) Note that you can invert any chord and in this case you'll do it because you won't have to reach too far up and down the keyboard to reach the next chord. Also this is good for variation (because inverted chords are technically the same as their root position, but they sound sightly different because of the accentuation of the seperate notes).


C - Eb - G  =  C Minor (Root position)

Eb - G - C  =  C Minor (1st inversion)

G - C - Eb  =  C Minor (2nd inversion)


4) Play the root notes of the root position chords with the left hand to make them sound thicker.

5) Note that you can shift every chord progression to any other key (transposition)

An example of the same progression in A is shown in the video.

Published in Music theory