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Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« on: October 28, 2011, 01:02:39 PM »
Progressions Practice Routine

Hereís a routine that you can practice every time you get to a keyboard to get you used to playing in all 12 keys. Donít miss a key now, alright? It doesnít matter what key you start at, but I recommend starting at C. The progression in this routine is the 1-7-3-6-5-2-1 progression. It is used a lot in gospel music as a full progression or in bits and pieces.

The first few chords are an intro into the key utilizing the 1 in the bass. Then, it starts into the 7-3-6-2-5-1 part. In between 2 and 5  & 5 and 1 there are some filler chords. As an added bonus, there is also a modulation chord to go to the next key. That modulation chord contains the 5th of the new key in the left hand and the 4th scale degree chord of the new key in the right hand.

All chords are played LH/RH
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Key C

C / E-G-C  or  C / D-E-G-C (1)
C / G-C-E  or  C / G-C-D-E
C / Ab-C-D-F
C / G-C-E  or  C / G-C-D-E
/ D, E
B / A-D-F (7)
E / G#-C-D-F (3)
A / G-C-E (6)
D / Ab-C-D-F (2)
E / G-C-E
F / Ab-C-D-F
G / G-C-E (5)
G / F-G-C-D
G / F-G-B-D, C
C / E-G-C  or  C / D-E-G-C (1)

Modulation chord to Db:  Ab / Gb-Bb-Db  or  Ab / Gb-Ab-Bb-Db


Key Db (also C#)

Db / F-Ab-Db  or  Db / Eb-F-Ab-Db (1)
Db / Ab-Db-F  or  Db / Ab-Db-Eb-F
Db / A-Db-Eb-Gb
Db / Ab-Db-F  or  Db / Ab-Db-Eb-F
/ Eb, F
C / Bb-Eb-Gb (7)
F / A-Db-Eb-Ab (3)
Bb / Ab-Db-F (6)
Eb / A-Db-Eb-Gb (2)
F / Ab-Db-F
Gb / A-Db-Eb-Gb
Ab / Ab-Db-F (5)
Ab / Gb-Ab-Db-Eb
Ab / Gb-Ab-C-Eb, Db
Db / F-Ab-Db  or  Db / Eb-F-Ab-Db (1)

Modulation chord to D:  A / G-B-D  or  A / G-A-B-D


Key D

D / F#-A-D  or  D / E-F#-A-D (1)
D / A-D-F#  or  D / A-D-E-F#
D / A#-D-E-G
D / A-D-F#  or  D / A-D-E-F#
/ E, F#
C# / B-E-G (7)
F# / A#-D-E-A (3)
B / A-D-F# (6)
E / A#-D-E-G (2)
F# / A-D-F#
G / A#-D-E-G
A / A-D-F# (5)
A / G-A-D-E
A / G-A-C#-E, Db
D / F#-A-D  or  D / E-F#-A-D (1)

Modulation chord to Eb:  Bb / Ab-C-Eb  or  Bb / Ab-Bb-C-Eb


Key Eb

Eb / G-Bb-Eb  or  Eb / F-G-Bb-Eb (1)
Eb / Bb-Eb-G  or  Eb / Bb-Eb-F-G
Eb / Cb-Eb-F-Ab
Eb / Bb-Eb-G  or  Eb / Bb-Eb-F-G
/ F, G
D / C-F-Ab (7)
G / Cb-Eb-F-Bb (3)
C / Bb-Eb-G (6)
F / Cb-Eb-F-Ab (2)
G / Bb-Eb-G
Ab / Cb-Eb-F-Ab
Bb / Bb-Eb-G (5)
Bb / Ab-Bb-Eb-F
Bb / Ab-Bb-D-F, Eb
Eb / G-Bb-Eb  or  Eb / F-G-Bb-Eb (1)

Modulation chord to E:  B / A-C#-E  or  B / A-B-C#-E


Key E

E / G#-B-E  or  E / F#-G#-B-E (1)
E / B-E-G#  or  E / B-E-F#-G#
E / C-E-F#-A
E / B-E-G#  or  E / B-E-F#-G#
/ F#, G#
D# / C#-F#-A (7)
G# / C-E-F#-B (3)
C# / B-E-G# (6)
F# / C-E-F#-A (2)
G# / B-E-G#
A / C-E-F#-A
B / B-E-G# (5)
B / A-B-E-F#
B / A-B-D#-F#, E
E / G#-B-E  or  E / F#-G#-B-E (1)

Modulation chord to F:  C / Bb-D-F  or  C / Bb-C-D-F


Key F

F / A-C-F  or  F / G-A-C-F (1)
F / C-F-A  or  F / C-F-G-A
F / Db-F-G-Bb
F / C-F-A  or  F / C-F-G-A
/ G, A
E / D-G-Bb (7)
A / Db-F-G-C (3)
D / C-F-A (6)
G / Db-F-G-Bb (2)
A / C-F-A
Bb / Db-F-G-Bb
C / C-F-A (5)
C / Bb-C-F-G
C / Bb-C-E-G, F
F / A-C-F  or  F / G-A-C-F (1)

Modulation chord to Gb:  Db / Cb-Eb-Gb  or  Db / Cb-Db-Eb-Gb


Key Gb (also F#)

Gb / Bb-Db-Gb  or  Gb / Ab-Bb-Db-Gb (1)
Gb / Db-Gb-Bb  or  Gb / Db-Gb-Ab-Bb
Gb / D-Gb-Ab-Cb
Gb / Db-Gb-Bb  or  Gb / Db-Gb-Ab-Bb
/ Ab, Bb
F / Eb-Ab-Cb (7)
Bb / D-Gb-Ab-Db (3)
Eb / Db-Gb-Bb (6)
Ab / D-Gb-Ab-Cb (2)
Bb / Db-Gb-Bb
Cb / D-Gb-Ab-Cb
Db / Db-Gb-Bb (5)
Db / Cb-Db-Gb-Ab
Db / Cb-Db-F-Ab, Gb
Gb / Bb-Db-Gb  or  Gb / Ab-Bb-Db-Gb (1)

Modulation chord to G:  D / C-E-G  or  D / C-D-E-G


Key G

G / B-D-G  or  G / A-B-D-G (1)
G / D-G-B  or  G / D-G-A-B
G / D#-G-A-C
G / D-G-B  or  G / D-G-A-B
/ A, B
F# / E-A-C (7)
B / D#-G-A-D (3)
E / D-G-B (6)
A / D#-G-A-C (2)
B / D-G-B
C / D#-G-A-C
D / D-G-B (5)
D / C-D-G-A
D / C-D-F#-A, G
G / B-D-G  or  G / A-B-D-G (1)

Modulation chord to Ab:  Eb / Db-F-Ab  or  Eb / Db-Eb-F-Ab


Key Ab

Ab / C-Eb-Ab  or  Ab / Bb-C-Eb-Ab (1)
Ab / Eb-Ab-C  or  Ab / Eb-Ab-Bb-C
Ab / E-Ab-Bb-Db
Ab / Eb-Ab-C  or  Ab / Eb-Ab-Bb-C
/ Bb, C
G / F-Bb-Db (7)
C / E-Ab-Bb-Eb (3)
F / Eb-Ab-C (6)
Bb / E-Ab-Bb-Db (2)
C / Eb-Ab-C
Db / E-Ab-Bb-Db
Eb / Eb-Ab-C (5)
Eb / Db-Eb-Ab-Bb
Eb / Db-Eb-G-Bb, Ab
Ab / C-Eb-Ab  or  Ab / Bb-C-Eb-Ab (1)

Modulation chord to A:  E / D-F#-A  or  E / D-E-F#-A


Key A

A / C#-E-A  or  A / B-C#-E-A (1)
A / E-A-C#  or  A / E-A-B-C#
A / F-A-B-D
A / E-A-C#  or  A / E-A-B-C#
/ B, C#
G# / F#-B-D (7)
C# / F-A-B-E (3)
F# / E-A-C# (6)
B / F-A-B-D (2)
C# / E-A-C#
D / F-A-B-D
E / E-A-C# (5)
E / D-E-A-B
E / D-E-G#-B, A
A / C#-E-A  or  A / B-C#-E-A (1)

Modulation chord to Bb:  F / Eb-G-Bb  or  F / Eb-F-G-Bb


Key Bb

Bb / D-F-Bb  or  Bb / C-D-F-Bb (1)
Bb / F-Bb-D  or  Bb / F-Bb-C-D
Bb / Gb-Bb-C-Eb
Bb / F-Bb-D  or  Bb / F-Bb-C-D
/ C, D
A / G-C-Eb (7)
D / Gb-Bb-C-F (3)
G / F-Bb-D (6)
C / Gb-Bb-C-Eb (2)
D / F-Bb-D
Eb / Gb-Bb-C-Eb
F / F-Bb-D (5)
F / Eb-F-Bb-C
F / Eb-F-A-C, Bb
Bb / D-F-Bb  or  Bb / C-D-F-Bb (1)

Modulation chord to B:  F# / E-G#-B  or  F# / E-F#-G#-B


Key B

B / D#-F#-B  or  B / C#-D#-F#-B (1)
B / F#-B-D#  or  B / F#-B-C#-D#
B / G-B-C#-E
B / F#-B-D#  or  B / F#-B-C#-D#
/ C#, D#
A# / G#-C#-E (7)
D# / G-B-C#-F# (3)
G# / F#-B-D# (6)
C# / G-B-C#-E (2)
D# / F#-B-D#
E / G-B-C#-E
F# / F#-B-D# (5)
F# / E-F#-B-C#
F# / E-F#-A#-C#, B
B / D#-F#-B  or  B / C#-D#-F#-B (1)

Modulation chord to C:  G / F-A-C  or  G / F-G-A-C
Real musicians play in every key!!!
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 01:15:52 PM »
Here's an explanation of what the chords are using the Key of C chords. I'll show the spelled out chord, then it's spelled out name, then what it looks like in chord symbol form. Then you can take this and apply it to the other 11 keys:

C / E-G-C: C major chord, C

C / D-E-G-C : C major add 9 chord, Cadd9

C / E-G-C: C major chord, C

C / Ab-C-D-F: D minor 7th with a b5 and C in the bass, Dm7(b5)/C

B / A-D-F: B minor 7th with a b5 or B half-diminished, Bm7(b5)

E / G#-C-D-F: E dominant 7th with a #5 and a #9, E7(#5/#9)

A / G-C-E: A minor 7th, Am7

D / Ab-C-D-F: D minor 7th with a b5, Dm7(b5)

E / G-C-E: C major chord with E in the bass, C/E

F / Ab-C-D-F: D minor 7th with a b5 and F in the bass, Dm7(b5)/F

G / G-C-E: C major chord with G in the bass, C/G

G / F-G-C-D: G dominant 7th suspended 4th, G7sus4

G / F-G-B-D: G dominant 7th, G7


Modulation chord to Db: 

Ab / Gb-Bb-Db: Gb major chord with Ab in the bass, Gb/Ab 

Ab / Gb-Ab-Bb-Db Gb major add 9 chord with Ab in the bass, Gbadd9/Ab
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 03:50:57 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to explain these T. I know that a few weeks when we had a guest pastor visiting, i was playing something very similar to this as he was being welcomed and it was so sweet.
I also tried playing something like this just to test a piano at a music shop, before I knew it, people were showering me with complements that I play beautifully :P

Thanks a zillion man- i will definitely be making use of these.
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2011, 08:20:31 AM »
Thanks SOOOOOO much..... I have been stuck these last few days by just playing what we are gonna practice on.  This gives me something I can start with and build on.  Thanx Sensei!!!!!
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011, 02:56:42 PM »
You're welcome fellas. I'm trying to get back into music teacher mode, but it's kinda tough wit all the projects in school.
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 12:31:25 PM »
Got a question:

I'm trying to learn the "Why?" to everything I play.  I just recently played preacher chords for the first time the other day (Guest Preacher) and I saw that all I had to do to play simple preacher chords was follow the Blues Scale backwards.  Never heard it explained that way.  So now, I can play a set of preacher chords if asked.  So now I was listening to this:

Glory Glory Hallellujah - Traditional Song - Piano Tutorial


I'm trying to find out the logic behind playing intermediate & advanced congregational hymns.  Right now I bounce basic progressions, but I'm trying to add more to them musically & I'm trying to find out the "How?" to doing that.  Is it just practicing a various number of licks at certain times?  Is it really just basic chords with some bouncing rhythm?  Or is it some real theaory behind that can be unlocked to make this more simple than I'm making it?
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 12:57:26 PM »
***still thinking***  Or is it that the basic progressions are always the same, but the intermediate & advanced additions to those progressions consist of creative ways to get from one basic chord to the next?
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011, 05:11:49 PM »
***still thinking***  Or is it that the basic progressions are always the same, but the intermediate & advanced additions to those progressions consist of creative ways to get from one basic chord to the next?

This is more of the way I think of it. The simplest way to make a basic progression intermediate or advanced is to add/subract/replace something. It can be a chord substitution, a passing chord, etc. As soon as you make that change, it's no longer basic. Once you've perfected that move, it now becomes basic to YOU then it's time to learn something else. So, lots of times you hear these cats playing stuff, and to you it's advanced, but to them its basic.

I tell people all the time, 85% of my RH chords are basic major, minor, and dim7 chords. Adding the bass, it's almost purely major, min7, and dim7. Every now and then I throw in a maj9, dom7, dom7 #5/#9, or dom9. Also, I like to play strings of chords to act like I'm being creative. So, for instance, let's say I'm playing a 1-4 progression. Instead of playing it regular, I would spice that up with a walk-up:

1-4 progression
Key Bb LH/RH

Bb / F-Bb-D (1)
Eb / G-Bb-Eb (4)


spice it up:

Bb / F-Bb-D (1)
C / G-Bb-Eb
D / A-C-F
Eb / G-Bb-Eb (4)

or

Bb / F-Bb-D (1)
F / Ab-C-Eb-G
Bb / Ab-C-D-G
Eb / G-Bb-Eb (4)

The theory can come into play when trying to explain what chords have been played, what progression movements have been used, etc. so that you can transfer it to every key.

Here's the kicker, once you've learned a move, you can use that same move in other situations. So, then it's no longer a theory (what) issue, but more of a rhythm or "placement" (how) issue, which can be worked out during pratice time or by trial & error in a live setting.

Theory explains the what, but not too much of the how. A lot of musicians have either the what or how, but only the really skilled have both. So, my question to you is are you struggling more with what to play or how to play it?
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011, 11:24:01 AM »
I guess the real answer is both, but the biggest hurdle for me is the "What?".  I need to know what I'm doing.  To know exactly where I am going after I leave a certain place in the song.  Or better yet how to identify & explain the chords I hear.  I know alot of this comes with practice, so I'm trying to play what you have provided....and again I thank you.  It might be necessary for me to get a theory book or something.  What I don't want to happen is that I play certain chords and progressions & I don't know the names of the chords; how they fit into the scale; whether the scale is major, minor, blues, etc.......stuff like that.  I want to know what's going on by understanding the patterns & logic behind the music.

***I hope I'm making sense***

Is there enough info on here for that type of growth or do you recommend a theory book (or class)....lol
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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2011, 02:34:23 AM »
You're welcome fellas. I'm trying to get back into music teacher mode, but it's kinda tough wit all the projects in school.

its been a while since anyone posted any bass centric lessons in the bass forum...i'm just saying

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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2011, 03:49:01 AM »
.... trying to come up with a bass line for this ... just to practice on the bass...


stayin in the key of C the basic progression is the

1-7-3-6-2-5-1
C-B-E-A-D-G-C

Going to try to use the chords listed to get the other notes

So
C7...C-E-G-B
Bm7(b5)... B-D-F-A
Em7...E-G-B-D
Am7...A-C-E-G
Dm7...D-F-A-C
G7...G-B-D-F
C7...C-E-G-B


reads like a lot of minors .... guess i need to play it LOL

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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2011, 04:05:25 AM »
c-e-g-Bb (passing note) guess it isn't really the 7th now ... oh well
B-D-A-F (passing note)
E-G-D-B
A-C-E-G
D-F-A-C
G-D-F-B
C-E-G-C (Felt like finishing with a major)
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brain messing up

lack of sleep

will continue tomorrow

or I can be lazy and do this

C-G-C-E
B - A-D-F (7)
E - C-D-F (3)
A - G-C-E (6)
D -C-D-F (2)
E - G-C-E
F -C-D-F
G - G-C-E (5)
C


hmm ... still doesn't sound nice ... gotta get the phrasing right or something

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Re: Progressions Practice Routine re-do
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011, 09:10:12 AM »
hey man good stuff...it's been about a year since i started playing...i'm ready to take it up to the next level...thanks for the advices
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