If you are looking for a free chord progression maker , you've come to the right place.
You can use the tool online in the browser , no installation required, and it works on Windows , Apple and Linux systems.
It works even on mobile devices .
Drill Down: if you are interested in chord progressions, be sure to have a look at our 52 Chord Progressions Ebook, a complete ebook that will teach you how to connect chords and create great songs.
In the design of this tool, we've kept things simple as much as possible.
The progression maker allows you create 4 or 8 bars chord progressions in 4/4, 3/4 and 5/4 time signature.
Quick and easy.
We are aweare that out there you can find many professional software packages for creating complete songs in every genre, styles and time signatures!
However, we wanted to provide the musicians community with a simple and easy tool that required no installation, complex system requirements, license or other strange things.
Even if the you can set freely any chord root and types you'd like, the chord sequences creator comes with a predefined a list of common and less common chord progressions , such as the Four chord progressions or the Rock & Blues Three chords.
They are a good start from which we can modify chords in order to create your own progressions .
Here's the list of the standard chord sequences (they are all in the key of C):
- I vi IV V | C Am F G | 50s progressions
- I V VIIb IV | C G Bb F | Rock progression 1
- I I IIIb IV | C C Eb F | Rock progression 2
- I V vi IV | C G Am F | Pop progression 1
- V vi IV I | G Am F C | Pop progression 2
- vi IV I V | Am F C G | Pop progression 3
- IV I V vi | F C G Am | Pop progression 4
- I V vi iii IV I IV V | C G Am Em F C F G | Pachelbel's Canon
- I7 I7 IV7 IV7 I7 V7 I7 I7 | C7 C7 F7 F7 C7 G7 C7 C7 | 8 bars blues
- I IV viio iii vi ii V I | C F Bo Em Am Dm G C | Circle Progression 1
- I VII7 III7 VI7 II7 V7 I VIb7| C B7 E7 A7 D7 G7 C Ab7 | Circle Progression 2
- IIm7 V7 Imaj7 | Dm7 G7 GMaj7 | Jazz progression
- vi V IV III | Am G F E | Andalusian cadenc
Here below you find the complete chord types list available in the chord progressions generator:
The tool also allows to select different alternate tunings : Drop D, Drop C, C Standard, Open C, D Standard, Open D, Modal D, Open D Minor, Open G.
It will be appreciated also by bass players, as you can activate 4, 4 and 6 bass strings layout.
It's also possible to invert the visualization of the guitar fretboard for lefty guitar players .
This site is mostly dedicated to guitar players , so we developed the progression maker with the guitar fretboard in mind.
In fact, the tool shows you the single tones that compose each chord of your progressions directly on the fretboard.
This is a great help for developing solo improvisation skills.
One guitar soloing strategy is to use the tones of the chord you're playing over as main notes of your melody and add passage notes that do not belong to the backing chords.
As a first exercise, set up a simple and common chord progression such as C, G, Am and F , take your guitar and improvise small melodies, trying to play only the tones of the backing chords .
Then start to add some other notes, and feel the differences in sound and feelings.
Sometimes you'll feel a sense of tension , other times you'll feel a sense of resolution and completeness .
Pay attention on which notes are dissonant or consonant, or neutral.
Creating tension (with dissonant chords) and resolving it (with more consonant chords), this is, in a nutshell, the core of music composing.
Try this exercise as much as possible, with different progressions and time signatures, it's a great way to developed awareness on the instrument.
The fact of showing the tones that compose the chords on the fretboard, allows you to also see the CAGED shapes on the fretboard , that change for each chord of the progression.
If you are used to navigate the fretboard using the CAGED system, you'll find this tool even more useful.
Launch The Tool
Ok, now that you know how the tool works, it's time to begin have fun with your chord progressions. Click the button below to get you started!
Here are other useful tutorials and reference pdfs that will help you improve your chord progression knowledge and music composition in general.
Be sure to check them out:
- The Nashville Number System : a popular system for denoting chord btn btn-default roundeds; really useful for transposing songs and communication with other musicians
- Guitar Keys Chords | Free Pdf : download this free cheat sheet that shows you the chords of each major and minor keys; it's an invaluable tool for studying music theory
- How To Transpose Songs : being able to transpose songs is an important skill for every accomplished guitar players, this guide tells you everything you need to know about the process
I Hope found this online tool and the resources listed above useful for your musical adventures.
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