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Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part2

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 25 - 2008

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This is a follow up from yesterdays tutorial “Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part1”

Did you practice yesterday? Let’s get back to it today with steps 5 & 6. This is actually the fun part. I like to use the steps in this order:
5.Play some chord progressions
6.Incorporate your melody to your chord progressions

Music is based on principles and theory. Once you learn theory, there is no set way of how to apply it. If you apply it using the universal principles of composition, there won’t be room for disharmony.

In this tutorial I am using the “F Major Pentatonic Scale” ( F,G,A,C,D) from the LookNoHands/chordhouse/piano site, the “F Major chord progression” (F Major, F, Gm, Am, Bb, C, Dm, E dim) from the chart.

I’ve mentioned before how music is similar to language. When you write a sentence, you don’t use every letter of the alphabet. The same concept applies to music. You don’t have to use every single chord group in a progression to make a measure.

Step 5.

I will use 3 chords today.* F Major, Gm, and Am*. I make a hi hat pattern, add an organ, and play my F Major chord progression using the three chords. Chord Progressions are free to use for everyone. Always try to be unique with how you play em though.

Hats and F Major Chord Progression 8

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Step 6
Next I add a quick drum pattern using a kick and a snare

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Now I begin to work on a melody. I am making the melody only from the F Pentatonic Major Scale , so I know I will only play around with the five notes ( F,G,A,C,D).

** here is one of the most important parts of production


Melodies, basslines, etc. are the things you will need to come up with on your own. When composing, the same copyright laws apply as those used for sampling. **

I won’t show the exact melody, because I want you to come up with your own 🙂
I will give an example of the melody I came up with. I added a synth, and a bassline using the F Pentatonic Major Scale …

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Alright now you should be able to start a few beats with a few chord progressions and come up with melodies that fit and are in the correct key. Music theory is a huge field of study. I have mentioned some advanced things like scale modes (Pentatonic Major). There is so much more to learn, like harmony, and cadence etc. Continue to follow through, and learn past the basics. If you are able to take a class in theory please do so. Below are a few more sites I use, and I’ve included some books in the store….

Let me know if this helps you and send a link to your beats..feel free to ask questions
Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later….

Music Education Sites

Music Theory Sites



ComputerMusic.Com For Song Writers

Books I Use and Suggested Reading

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6 Responses to “Free Chord Progression Chart, and How I Use It Part2”

    Here is my chord progression using MATLAB. I hope you like it.
    PS I look for a music computer programmer for business .

  2. Hello Hiroaki, that looks interesting,.. do you have any more information about it?

  3. tayo says:

    Hi. My interest is all about urban music. I will to ask since the chord progression comes before the melody, does it mean that i cant leave to any other keys expect those ones in my intended chord so as to creat my melodies? say i will like to use the f pentatonic major , does it implies that i can only play around keys of f pentatonic major to creat my melodies?

  4. Hey Tayo.. that’s an excellent question. I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge. You are not confined to use the F Pentatonic Major scale by any means. If you are using an F Major chord progression you can play around almost any F major scale for your melody. F A C is the F Major progression for example. You could work with notes from the F Major Pentatonic scale, The F Major Harmonic scale, The F ionic scale and more. If you are using an F major progression, the F Major Pentatonic scale will allow you to find a melody easily, but you are not restricted to use it. I’ve used F Major Chord progressions with A minor harmonic scales as well as with the C major scale.

    Hope this helps. My favorite site to find scales: Try different ones, if you are choosing scales in the Key of your progression, you will create melodies that fit to that progression.

  5. Thanks a lot 4 this!!

    but wheres part 1?? ne1?? electrip at htmail 🙂

  6. Hey Erika sorry so long responding..preparing for our new fall post and in school… but yes there is a link right below this post to :free-chord-progression-chart-and-how-i-use-it/

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