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Generating Chord Progressions

An easy way to generate simple Chord Progressions (for Practicing, Composing, etc.) is to use dice. First, pick a Scale. If we roll a 1, then we use the I Chord of our chosen Key. If we roll a 2, then we use the ii Chord. If we roll a 3, then we use the iii Chord...And so on. If we picked a Major Scale, then we only get the Primary and Secondary Chords because there are only six faces on a die (i.e.: there is no way to roll a 7 for a diminished Chord).

There are also charts for coming up with basic Chord Progressions, such as these two from Mark Feezell:

Chord Progressions In Major Keys



• The I can go to any other Chord.
• The ii can go to V or vii°.
• The iii can go to IV .
• The IV can go to I, ii, V, or vii°.
• The V can go to I or vi.
• The vi can go to ii, IV, or V.
• The vii° can go to I.

Chord Progressions In Minor Keys



• The i can go to any other Chord.
• The ii° can go to V or vii°.
• The ♭III can go to iv or ♭VI.
• The iv can go to i, ii°, V, or vii°.
• The V can go to i or ♭VI.
• The ♭VI can go to ii°, iv, or V.
• The ♭VII can go to ♭III.

For more sophisticated Chord Progressions, we can use Stephen Mugglin's "Chordmaps". There are some for both Major Keys and minor Keys as well.