Writing Music 101: Create a Chord Progression in a Major Key

Jason Rivera, Music Composer

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6 Videos (12m)
    • Introduction

      0:46
    • Your Assignment

      0:49
    • Chords of the Major Scale

      2:08
    • Chords in Tonal Music + Demo

      4:25
    • How This Approach is Useful + Tips

      1:55
    • Final Thoughts

      1:32

About This Class

In this twelve minute class music composer Jason Rivera will teach you how to create a balanced chord progression in a major key using a time-honored method. You will learn techniques and concepts that can be applied to writing music in practically any genre.

This class is designed for intermediate songwriters and composers. Basic knowledge of music notation, an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory, access to and the ability to play major, minor, diminished and dominant 7th chords on a chord-producing instrument, e.g., piano or guitar, is required.

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If you want to learn how to change keys (modulate) in your chord progression check out my other class Writing Music 101: Changing Keys (Modulation).

If you're interested in putting your own original chord progression to use in a song or composition check out my fundamentals class Writing Music 101: Songwriting Basics.

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Jason Rivera

Music Composer

I'm an active composer, arranger, orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist and educator with over 20 years of experience. I've toured across the United States and collaborated with an array of great artists including members of the legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

I have experience scoring music to picture, and have written for, recorded with and conducted live orchestras.

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