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Eric Davis

Chord progression theory

Posted on 5-Sep-08 09:56
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Can anyone please offer advice on the following.

Progression Cm/C4,C,Eb,G   Gm/G3,Bb4,D,G   Fm/F3,Ab4,C,F   Gmaj/G3,B4,D,G

I am a beginner and following a book which gives basic rules for chord progression.

Rules
1)Use only Major & minor triads
2)Begin & end with a tonic triad
3)Diatonic triads from within the key may move freely among them-selves
4)A chord of one type may move freely to any other chord of the same type
ie major to major or minor to minor (Diatonic or Chromatic CM to C#M)
5)The root of the next to last chord must move by 2nd, per 4th, or per 5th(from above or below) to the root of the last chord
6)The roots of the chords must support the tonic and must form a singable line.

My question Is, In the above progression which seems to work by ear how does F min progress to G maj.
Should Fmin not be followed by another min chord or a diatonic chord.
Though It would be difficult to pick a diatonic chord as no key was given.

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13-Oct-08 22:47
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Hi Eric,

Looks like a mix of scales is happening there.

Cm, Gm and Fm all relate to C Aeolian
Fm, Gmaj and Cm all relate to C Harmonic Minor

Often music will switch scales mid-sequence like this.  For more details have a look at:
http://www.howmusicworks.org/hmw907.asp

You can also explore the Tools-Relations window in ChordWizard or Songtrix, which will help you see how chords and scales work with each other.

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15-Oct-08 13:36
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Eric Davis

Thanks for reply, It would seem It's not a very helpfull book; Giving a set of rules and then Immediately bending them.

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