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Chord Progressions -- Theory and Practice

Everything You Need to Create and Use Chords in Every Key

By Dan Fox

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Everything You Need to Create and Use Chords in Every Key. Composed by Dan Fox and Dick Weissman. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - General; Theory. Book. 96 pages. Alfred Music #00-35174. Published by Alfred Music (AP.35174).

Item Number: AP.35174

ISBN 9780739070567. English.

No matter what instrument you play, chords are an important part of your music. Chord Progressions: Theory and Practice breaks down how they're important and gives you all the information you need to create chords and use them in your own music. Start off by learning how to build simple major chords and eventually move on to more complex chords such as ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, and altered chords. Also learn to compose your own progressions using techniques such as passing chords, neighbor chords, pedal tones, and voice leading. Finally, learn how chord progressions are used in various styles of music---from early jazz to the music of today. This book is ideal for pianists, but it can be used successfully by any musician familiar with the grand staff.

After completing this book, you will have gained a clear understanding of chords and progressions in a variety of musical styles.

  • The I-VIm-IIm-V7 Progression 
  • The I, IV, And V Chords in Early Rock 
  • Progressions in the '60s 
  • More Progressions from the '60s 
  • Lines in the '60s 
  • Some Odds and Ends from the '60s 
  • The 1970s and '80s 
  • Rock Standards 
  • The 1990s 
  • The 2000s 
  • More Classic Songs 
  • Substitutions 
  • For a Major I Chord 
  • For a Minor I Chord 
  • For a V7 (Seventh) Chord 
  • The Tritone Substitution 
  • How to Avoid the Tritone Within a Chord 
  • Chromatic Passing Chords 
  • Side-Slipping 
  • Neighbor Chords 
  • Repeated Chords 
  • Creating Variations 
  • Lines 
  • Turnarounds 
  • Turnarounds from Rock Standards 
  • False or Deceptive Endings 
  • Pedal Points 
  • Introductions 
  • Simplifying Chord Progressions 
  • Blues Chord Progressions 
  • Country Blues  
  • Minor Blues 
  • Swing, Boogie-Woogie, and Bebop Blues 
  • Early Rock 
  • Blues in Early Rock 
  • Contents 
  • Foreword 
  • Overview: Chords, intervals, Scales, and Triads 
  • Major Scales 
  • Triads 
  • Four-Note Chords 
  • Chords Built on the Major Triad 
  • Chords Built on the Minor Triad 
  • Chords Built on the Diminished Triad 
  • Chords Built on the Augmented Triad 
  • Chord Built on the Suspended Triad 
  • Altered Chords 
  • Summary of Triads and Four-Note Chords 
  • Extended Major Scales 
  • Building Ninth Chords 
  • Major 9th Chord 
  • Dominant 9th Chord 
  • Six-Nine Chord 
  • Minor Major 9th Chord 
  • Minor 9th Chord 
  • Minor Six-Nine Chord 
  • Diminished 7th add 9 
  • Major 9th Sharp 5 
  • Dominant 9th Sharp 5 
  • 9th Chord with a Suspended 4th 
  • Omitting Notes from 9th Chords 
  • Altering 9th Chords 
  • Eleventh Chords 
  • Dominant 11th Chords 
  • Minor 11th Chords 
  • Augmented 11th Chords 
  • Major 11th Chords 
  • Thirteenth Chords 
  • Dominant 13th Chords 
  • Minor 13th Chords 
  • 13th Chords with Augmented 11th 
  • Major 13th Chords 
  • 7th add 6th Chords 
  • More Altered Chords 
  • Omitting Notes from Extended Chords 
  • Voice leading 
  • Chords with Alternate Bass Notes 
  • Power Chords 
  • Summary 
  • Chart of Chord Tones 
  • Using Roman Numerals 
  • Your First Chord Progression: I-V7-I 
  • Songs That Use I-V7-I 
  • The I-V7-I Progression in Every Key 
  • The Im-V7-Im Progression 
  • The Im-V7-Im in All Minor Keys 
  • The I-flat VII-I Progression 
  • Two-Chord Songs That Use Other Chords 
  • The I-flat VII in Every Key 
  • Three-Chord Songs 
  • The I-IV-V7 Progression in a Major Key 
  • Songs in a Major Key That Can Be Played Using Only I, IV, and V 
  • The I, IV, and V7 Chords in Every Major Key 
  • The I-IV-V7 Progression in a Minor Key 
  • Other Songs That Use the Im, IVm, and V7 Chords 
  • The Im-IVm-V7 in All Minor Keys 
  • Passing Chords 
  • Diatonic Passing Chords 
  • Diminished Chords 
  • Avoiding the Tritone in Diminished Chords 
  • Substituting for Augmented Chords 
  • Tonicization 
  • A Final Word 
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