Chord Progressions for Songwriters

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iUniverse, 2003 - Music - 496 pages
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Each chapter of Chord Progressions For Songwriters provides a comprehensive self-contained lesson on one of twenty-one popular chord progressions that every songwriter should know inside and out.

Lessons cover ascending, basic (I-IV), blues, circle (VI-II-V-I), classic rock (I-bVII-IV), combination, descending, doo-wop (I-VIm-IV-V), ending, flamenco (Im-bVII-bVI-V), folk (I-V), introduction, jazz (IIm-V-I), minor blues, one-chord, pedal point, rock and roll (I-IV-V), standard (I-VIm-IIm-V), and turnaround progressions as well as rhythm and Coltrane changes.

You will learn how key, duration, substitution, variation (adding or subtracting chords), and displacement (rearranged chord orders) are used to vary the sound of each progression. You will also take a look at the author’s songwriter’s notebook and work through exercises to reinforce key chapter concepts and get you started building your own progressions.

 

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After eight years of music theory and countless years as a professor, I can finally point students to a very helpful and practical text that is both well researched and well written. A. Crisafulli

Contents

Basic Progressions
27
Blues Progressions
56
Circle Progressions
110
Classic Rock Progressions
130
Coltrane Changes
158
Descending Bass Lines
181
DooWop Progressions
204
Endings
231
Jazz Progressions
296
Minor Blues Progressions
316
OneChord Progressions
342
Pedal Points
350
Rhythm Changes
377
Rock and Roll Progressions
393
Standard Progressions
422
Turnarounds
452

Flamenco Progressions
244
Folk Progressions
262
Introductions
280
Chord Glossary
471
Modulation
490
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Scott has been a guitarist/songwriter for thirty-five years, an analyst for twenty-five years, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education.

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