Common Chord Progressions Every Beginner Should Know

Here are 3 chord developments that all beginners should understand use the . I go over some extremely standard theory describing build every one, and show each one in the secret of C significant.

Number 1:
I – IV – V progression. This is incredibly popular and can be heard in a many amount of pop, rock and blues songs. In the secret of C, the would be: C, F, G.

Number 2:
I – V – vi – IV development. This is the most popular chord progress of all time and appears in hundreds of well-known pop tunes. In the secret of C, the would be: C, G, Am, F.

Number 3:
I – vi – ii – V progression. This is another very typical chord progression discovered in numerous pop, rock and blues songs. In the secret of C, the chords would be: C, Am, Dm, G.

I suggest practicing these in a few different keys to help internalize the developments and also to enable you to play along to even more tunes!

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36 Comments

    1. Love the video.
      thanks so much !
      Could you share the music sheet of the the three progression
      My girls love these so much and motivated them in playing piano

  1. I appreciate your teaching style and would like to get the most out of it. Can you recommend [for a beginner] a series of your tutorials and the sequence in which to watch them? So far the few I have watch and used as guides have been great.

  2. Thank you for the video. After hours of not understanding the progression explained on other sites you finally made me understand that the idea is to combine the individual notes of the chord however you like and with different variations – you were the first one I found to explain this important piece of information. I thought you’d have to play the exact same chords, but that didn’t make sense. Now I get it! Thanks!

  3. I’ve always loved music. Learned to read music in high school and always dreamed of playing and writing it. However I never understood the ‘mystery’ of how songs are written and told myself it’s only people with a real gift that can do that. However after studying the circle of fifths I found this video and after hearing the progressions and seeing the patterns it finally ‘clicked’ for me. Wow! Thanks for this great video and explanation that even I can understand! Subscribed.

    1. That’s great to hear! I’m glad I managed to help you understand the magic of music 😀

  4. The chord progressions are important, the second important thing are the chord inversions

    1. Thank you very much sir but please sir I need more videos on how to play chords very well sir and I will appreciate it if you can help me sir

  5. Well done. Very clear and concise instructions. I appreciate some theory to understand how progressions and song melodies are created.
    Now subscribed. Thank you for sharing…

  6. I like your slowed down approach and I’ve learned a lot in the few minutes I was here. At 73 years pf age, it’s getting more and more difficult to learn all the time. You have a new subscriber, and I thank you very much for your video.

    1. I’m happy that you enjoyed the video! I wish you the best of luck on your piano journey 😀

    2. …music comes from the heart…one can learn at any age 🎶🎹💙

  7. Thank you a million! This is a big help to me learning to play piano by the chords! I’ll keep looking for more of your teachings! ❤️👍

  8. great video, very useful! do you have a video showing the same chord progressions in different keys? would be very helpful for my trying to grasp the basics of piano.

  9. I love teaching myself how to play music you’re always reaching new levels and then you find some gold like this and it opens up a new level… may not be the best tactic for learning but I love it! Thank you sir you explained this perfectly!

  10. This was a fantastic lesson for a beginner, easy to understand, thanks very much.

  11. Thanks for the tutorial!! I’m looking to practice my improv a bit more…what are some scales that I can use for each of these chord progressions? Thanks again:)

  12. Thank you so much Simon!! for these tutorials!! They are helping me a lot! You explains clean and simple! Well done keep going!!

  13. Excellent video. Really clear on how chord progressions work, including use of inverted chords. I’m only a beginner, and you’ve really helped me understand some basics. Thank you. Only being picky here, but at 5:33 and 5:42, you play an F major chord instead of the D minor in the I – vi – ii – V progression in C. So, you are demonstrating a I – vi – IV – V chord progression.

    1. it’s been a year since you’ve posted this comment. how have your piano skills evolved?

  14. I love the way you got straight to the point and explained and showed how to use progression. Also I did not understand the difference between the major and minor basic chords,
    This lesson really broke some ice for me.
    Thank You

  15. Thank you so much for your videos. I play guitar and just bought a midi keyboard to record my songs and wanted to know the basics of chords on piano. You are a great teacher and you go straight to the point. 🙂

  16. Excellent tutorial, very clear easy to understand in a simple language that even a child could understand. Thank you

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