6 Ways to Dress Up a Simple Chord Progression

A very nice lesson from a fellow bloger:

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

Here’s how to make a simple progression more interesting, while leaving the original progression intact.

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GuitaristI’m a big fan of keeping things relatively simple with regard to chord progressions in the pop genre. That’s certainly not to say that I don’t like complexity – I do! But more often than not, songwriters think they’re writing a complex chord progression when in fact they’re simply using those chords incorrectly.

Keeping things simple doesn’t mean that you can’t use some very interesting chord substitutes. Today, I want to focus on what could arguably be called the simplest (yet harmonically strongest) 3-chord progression we can use: I-IV-V-I (C-F-G-C)

One simple way to dress this progression up is to insert interesting chords between the ones that make up the backbone of the progression…

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