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Chord Patterns


Welcome to chord patterns - Chord patterns are the way songs are made. The most common chord pattern is the 1-4-5-1pattern found in all types of music. A chord is two or more notes held at the same time. The most common chord is the triad three notes held at the same time. The 1, 3 and 5 notes make up the major one chord - see The Major Scale to learn note numbers.


Chord patterns also known as Diatonic Harmony are easy and fun to practice. Below are some examples of chord patterns try a few if you learn them once you can use them for ever.

At Diatonic Harmony I have a chart that shows how chord patterns can work using chord numbers 1-4-5-1 instead of chord names ( C-F-G-C). Please have a look its very easy and has been a great great tool for me.

At Wah Wah Guitar I have a video that shows seven chord finger shapes of The Major Scale that can be used to play these patterns. Even better the same 7 chord finger shapes can be used to play any song in any key! The best guitar trick I ever learned.


Again notice how at the top of the example it show roman numerals and then the chord names for the key below try to think in numbers theres much less to think about and your doing yourself a favor.

Examples 1
1 - 4 - 5 -1 Chord Pattern

I - IV - V - I Chord Pattern


Key of C: C - F - G - C
Key of D: D - G - A - D
Key of E : E - A - B - E

Examples 2
1 - 3 - 4 - 2 - 1 Chord Pattern
I - iii - IV - ii - I Chord Patterns
Key of F: F - A - Bb - G - F
Key of G: G - B - C - A - G
Key of A: A - C# - D - B - A
Examples 3
1 - 6 - 2 - -5 - 1 Chord Pattern
I - vi - ii - V - I Chord Patterns
Key of B: B - G# - C# - F# - B
Key of Db: Db - Bb - Eb - Ab - Db
Key of Eb: Eb - C - F - Bb - Eb
Key of Gb: Gb - Eb - Ab - Db - Gb
Examples 4
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 1 Chord Pattern
I - ii - iii - IV - V - I Chord Patterns
Key of Ab: Ab - Bbm - Cm - Db - Eb - Ab
Key of Bb: Bb - Cm - Dm - Eb - F - Bb
Examples 5
1 - 6 - 2 - 4 - 1 Chord Pattern
I - vi - ii - IV - I Chord Patterns
Key of C: C - Am - Dm - G - C
Key of D: D - Bm - Em - A - D

Apps for chord progressions.

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