Music Composition For Dummies
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As you compose music, you quickly realize that some chords just sound right together, and some don't. The following is a list of the tried-and-true major chord sequences that always sound good when played together:

  • I chords can appear anywhere in a progression

  • ii chords lead to I, V, or vii° chords

  • iii chords lead to I, ii, IV, or vi chords

  • IV chords lead to I, ii, iii, V, or vii° chords

  • V chords lead to I or vi chords

  • vi chords lead to I, ii, iii, IV, or V chords

  • vii° chords lead to I or iii chords

The minor chords that form good-sounding progressions echo those of the major chords, as shown in the following list:

  • i chords can appear anywhere in a progression

  • ii° or ii chords lead to i, iii, V, v, vii°, or VII chords

  • III or III+ chords lead to i, iv, IV, VI, #vi°, vii°, or VI chords

  • iv or IV chords lead to i, V, v, vii°, or VII chords

  • V or v chords lead to i, VI or #vi° chords

  • VI or #vi° chords lead to i, III, III+, iv, IV, V, v, vii°, or VII chords

  • vii° or VII chords lead to i chord

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Scott Jarrett is a producer and musician who currently runsthe Monkey House Recording Studio. Holly Day is the coauthor of Music Theory For Dummies and Music Composition For Dummies. Her articles have appeared in publications across the globe.

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