Write Songs with 1 6 2 5 Chord Progression

Write Songs with 1 6 2 5 Chord Progression


In our last video series we discussed the 2 5 1 Chord Progression. In this series we focus on how to use those triad chords to write your own music using chord progression. This series will cover some different fingerings making 1 6 2 5 Chord Progression.


The 1 6 2 5 chord progression, also referred to as I VI II V is a common chord sequence that is used in a variety of music and genres. It is best known in Rock and Jazz harmony. Many tunes have been written using this sequence in all keys and many different styles. The chords are derived from the major scale as well as the harmonic minor scale. For example the I VI II V chord progression in the key of C major would be.

 

Triads               I  Cmajor      VI   Aminor       II   Dminor     V   Gmajor
4 part chords        I  Cmajor7th   VI   Aminor7th    II   Dminor7th  V   G dominant7th


The I VI II V chord progression can also be used in the Harmonic Minor key.

 

Triads           I  Cminor           VI   Abmajor         II   Ddiminished     V   Gmajor
4 part chords    I  Cm major7th      VI   Abmajor7th      II   Dminor7thb5     V   G dominant7th


In addition to the Major scale and the Harmonic minor scale (from where all of these chords are derived from) we can implement the Melodic minor scale I VI II V progression For example in the key of C melodic minor:

 

Triads         I  Cminor           VI   Adiminished    II   Dminor       V   Gmajor
4 part chords  I  Cm major7th      VI   Aminor7thb5    II   Dminor7th    V   G dominant7th


Now that we have established the 1 6 2 5 chord progression using all diatonic notes derived from their respective keys, we can now use extensions (diatonically) to enhance the original chords. You can also use altered notes (non diatonic) to enhance and change the original quality of the chord. Jazz players rely on this concept heavily to make the music richer in harmony, which then enables altered scales to be played over these new chords.


In this video series on the 1 6 2 5 chord progression, we will stick to using triads (three part chords) moving up and down the neck of the guitar, using closed voicing’s (notes that do not skip a string when played ). This will be an excellent start to properly set up 1 6 2 5 chord progression using four note voicing’s.


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