Classic chord progressions
Don’t fear the progression! Relax, it’s just a formula
Chord progressions are sometimes shown in Roman numerals. It looks scary, but it’s just a formula that helps you to transfer chord sequences from one key to another. For example, a I-IV-V (‘one-four-five’) progression can be played starting on A (A-D-E), from D (D-G-A), or from any starting chord for that matter. The chords change depending on which key you’re in but the relationships between them stay the same. This is known as ‘transposing’. Jam along to these staple chord progressions and see if you can work them out in different keys.