List of chord progressions

The following is a list of commonly used chord progressions in music.

Code
MajorMajor
MinorMinor
AtonalAtonal
BitonalBitonal
Ind.Indeterminate
PDPhrygian dominant
Mix.Mixolydian
NameImageSound# of chordsQuality
50s progressionPlay 4Major
I–IV–VII–IVPlay 3Mix.
ii–V–I with tritone substitution
(II7 instead of V7)
Play 3Major
III+ as dominant
substitute
Play 3Mix.
viio7/V-V-I

(common in ragtime)

Play 3Major
Andalusian cadencePlay 4PD
Backdoor progression
(front door is V7)
Play 3Major
Bird changesPlay ?Major
Chromatic descending
5-6 sequence
Play 4Mix.
Circle progressionPlay 4Major
Coltrane changesPlay 6Major
Eight-bar bluesPlay 3Major
FoliaPlay 4Minor
ii–V–I progressionPlay 3Major
Irregular resolution

(Type I: Two common tones, two note moves by half step motion)

Play 2Major
Montgomery-Ward
bridge
Play 4Major
Omnibus progressionPlay ?Major
Pachelbel's CanonPlay 5Major
Passamezzo anticoPlay 4Minor
Passamezzo modernoPlay 3Major
I–V–vi–IV progressionPlay 4Major
Ragtime progressionPlay 5Major
Rhythm changesPlay ?Major
RomanescaPlay 3Major
Sixteen-bar bluesPlay 3Major
Stomp progressionPlay 6Major
Twelve-bar bluesPlay 3Major
Turnaround (music)Play 4Major
♭VII–V7 cadencePlay 
Play 
2-3Mix.
V–IV–I turnaroundPlay 3Major
I VII VI VIIPlay 3Minor

Further reading

  • R., Ken (2012). DOG EAR Tritone Substitution for Jazz Guitar, Amazon Digital Services, Inc., ASIN: B008FRWNIW.

See also

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