Guitar Theory For Dummies with Online Practice
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A chord progression is a group of chords that you use to create music. Some chord progressions just sound better than others, so it pays to experiment. The following table, which shows commonly used major-key chords and the other chords they often lead to, can help you in deciding which chords will come next in your compositions.

Chord Leads To
I Can appear anywhere and lead anywhere
ii I, V, or vii° chords
iii I, IV, or vi chords
IV I, ii, V, or vii° chords
V I, vi chords
vi I, ii, iii, IV, or V chords
vii° I chord

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Desi Serna is a guitarist, a guitar teacher, and as called out by Rolling Stone, an expert in music theory. He's the author of several instructional books on guitar. Learn more at

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