These are the most common chord progressions on guitar, found in tens of thousands of the most popular guitar songs. Learning all 10 of these common chord progressions will prepare you to strum-along with all your favorite songs.
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Practice a common three-chord progression in the key of A! Used to play songs like: Lean On Me – Bill Withers, Three Little Birds – Bob Marley, Hound Dog – Elvis Presley, I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash, Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan + WAY more!
Practice a common three-chord progression in the key of G! Used to play songs like: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day, Don’t Stop Believing – Journey, Soul Sister – Train, I’m Yours – Jason Mraz and much much more!
Practice a common three-chord progression in the key of C! Used to play songs like: No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley, Let It Be – The Beatles, Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers, Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry & more!
Practice a common three-chord progression in the key of D! Used to play songs like: Mr Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan (also covered by The Byrds), Free Fallin – Tom Petty (also covered by John Mayer), Highway To Hell – AC/DC & more!
Practice a common three-chord progression in the key of E! Used to play songs like: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson, Sweet Home Chicago – Blues Brothers, Heart Break Hotel – Elvis Presley, Pride And Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan & more!
Usually we start our progressions on the home key. In this case, the key is C, but we start on F. This is a great way to get used to hearing “modes” on guitar.
This progression starts in C, but modulates to A minor via the E chord. The theory sounds pretty complicated, but the shapes themselves are simple.
This sound is found again and again in jazz music (Ragtime, Swing, Bebop and Dixieland styles) and is indicative of the style.
Practice a common four-chord progression in the key of A minor. These 4 chords in the key of Am are found in countless songs in various combinations, so be sure to work it out with this chord switching training video!
An awesome combination of chords. I like to play this one with a really slow strumming pattern that emphasizes the backbeat.
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