Popular chords

For some people, chords come naturally to them, and the Woovebox make easy to find a chord progression you like. There are no rules.

However, if this is all new to you, here are three progressions (assuming the default C major / A minor scale) that form the basis of many hit songs.


I-V-vi-IV ("Axis of Awesome")

In the key of C major, the I-V-vi-IV chord progression would consist of the following chords:

I - C major (C-E-G) V - G major (G-B-D) vi - A minor (A-C-E) IV - F major (F-A-C)

So the chord progression would be C-G-Am-F. This progression is a very popular and widely used chord progression in modern music, and is often referred to as the "Axis of Awesome" progression because it can be used to play dozens of popular songs.


vi-IV-I-V

In the key of C major, the vi-IV-I-V chord progression would consist of the following chords:

vi - A minor (A-C-E) IV - F major (F-A-C) I - C major (C-E-G) V - G major (G-B-D)

So the chord progression would be Am-F-C-G. This chord progression is also quite common and is often used in pop, rock, and folk music. It is a versatile progression that can be used in a variety of tempos and styles, and is often used as the basis for simple and catchy melodies.


i-bVII-bVI-V ("Andalusian Cadence")

Assuming a key of C major / A minor, the i-bVII-bVI-V chord progression would consist of the following chords:

i - A minor (A-C-E) bVII - G major (G-B-D) bVI - F major (F-A-C) V - E major (E-G#-B)

So the chord progression would be Am-G-F-E. This chord progression is often used in rock and pop music, and has a melancholy, moody feel to it that can be used to evoke emotion in a song. It can be played in a variety of tempos and styles, and has been used in a number of popular songs.


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