Creating Chord Progressions (Guitar Lesson)


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David Wallimann

Creating Chord Progressions

David Wallimann explains how to write diatonic chord progressions. This lesson features excellent practical music theory.

Taught by David Wallimann in Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann seriesLength: 12:07Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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rarebird0rarebird0 replied on August 29th, 2016

Most common triads are a major 3rd and a minor 3rd. A minor triad puts the minor 3rd first and a major 3rd on top. I'm surprised he did mention this. If you put two minor 3rds together its diminished. Two major 3rds, augmented. Done.

ninetails89ninetails89 replied on October 28th, 2013

it works out for any major scale but i wanna be able to compose a chord progression using starting with a minor chord. If anyone can figure it out please let me know.

wolfe1ltwolfe1lt replied on October 27th, 2013

If I make all of the three note chords off of the C mixolydian scale, and the third is flattened anyway in the 5th chord in the progression, do I flatten the third again?

wolfe1ltwolfe1lt replied on October 27th, 2013

Correction; if I make all of the three note triads off of the c mixolydian scale, and end up with the seven triad chords; what is the major/minor patter. is it still 1 major, 2 and 3 minor, 4, 5 major, 6 minor, 7 minor b5?

wolfe1ltwolfe1lt replied on October 27th, 2013

also, if that's the pattern, do I still flatten the third on the minor chords even if it's flattened already? for example do I flatten the F in the 2nd position?

caserafin1969caserafin1969 replied on July 5th, 2013

Best instructor on jamplay!

nh48932nh48932 replied on December 17th, 2012

Did I miss something, or did we not find out how to develop a progression for a minor scale? I was practicing the technique with major scales and everything sounded good, but tried working out the triads for Em and now I'm not sure what the system should be if starting with a minor chord. Thanks David!

atlasatlas replied on April 3rd, 2013

c major has 3 notes, d minor 3 notes, e minor 2 notes does not fit in the cord progression it does meet the criteria 3 notes, we skip it, f same thing more than 3 strings, g major 3 notes meet criteria, a minor meet criteria. This is what I understood, correct me if I am wrong thank you

rflora4660rflora4660 replied on March 7th, 2012

Thanks David. This brings a lot of clarity to some things that have been confusing me on putting together chord progressions. I understand the sequence or pattern of major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, minor b5 in the major scale. What is the pattern if you are playing in the minor scale?

drjamxdrjamx replied on December 5th, 2011

I still can't understand....

NemquinNemquin replied on May 4th, 2011

Brilliant, thank you so much for this. Very useful.

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on January 11th, 2011

great lesson as always-thanx

jam_play_guitarjam_play_guitar replied on January 6th, 2011

Really nicely packaged lesson. Love your style of teaching and good uses of graphics that punctuate you videos. I could feel the hinge on the great music door open a little further with this lesson. Thank you so much for sharing.

robabrobab replied on December 31st, 2010

Very nice lesson. Could you give examples of Minor b 5 chords and is it common to use this minor b5 chord in rock, blues music? Are there other names for this seventh position? diminished, suspended, etc..???

alien_xalien_x replied on January 4th, 2011

This chord is mostly referred to as diminished. Technically it is a minor chord with a flatted 5th, hence b5. In fact I only know it as diminished. Suspended chords are something completely different. In that case the 3rd is replaced by either a major 2nd (sus2), or a perfect 4th (sus4). Suspended chords are used quite a lot in rock music, especially in acoustic guitar playing. Diminished chords, well you might run across them every once in a while, but not really a lot. Hope this helps, until Mr. Walliman comes up with a better / more thorough explanation. Keep on rockin' ...

JZCode45JZCode45 replied on January 4th, 2011

Can you give more details on how you got those 2 chord progressions? Did I miss something or did you leave a few details out? Thks...

dleedlee replied on January 2nd, 2011

Could you post the picking pattern?

nash24nash24 replied on December 31st, 2010

Love the lesson and your teaching style.

ronin808ronin808 replied on December 30th, 2010

great ideas there man, cant wait to add to my routine

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Understanding Intervals

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Minor Pentatonic Scale

David teaches the minor pentatonic scale. He explains its scale formula, various fretboard positions, and how it can be used.

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David Wallimann introduces three minor modes. In this lesson he covers Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes.

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Major Modes

David Wallimann covers three major modes in this lesson. He covers the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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The Locrian Mode

David Wallimann introduces the Locrian mode. He explains its formula in terms of scale degrees as well as its five fretboard patterns. A few fun arpeggio-based ideas are also demonstrated.

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The Magic Formula

David Wallimann teaches a magic formula that will allow you to play each of the modes up and down the entire fretboard. He also teaches some exercises to help cement this knowledge.

Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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David Wallimann talks about how modes can be classified and thus used in a musical context. This is a valuable wrap-up lesson to the mini-series on modes.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Creating Chord Progressions

David Wallimann explains how to write diatonic chord progressions. This lesson features excellent practical music theory.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Easy Outside Tricks

David Wallimann teaches a valuable fusion guitar technique that he calls "Easy Outside Tricks."

Length: 8:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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David Wallimann demonstrates how minor pentatonic scales can be used when improvising over the minor modes.

Length: 22:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Playing Modal with Major Pentatonic Scales

David Wallimann shows how the major pentatonic scale can be used in modal playing.

Length: 11:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About David Wallimann View Full Biography David was born in Aix-en-Provence, South France in 1977. At the age of 15, he picked up the guitar and started developing a true love for instrumental music and composition.

In 1999 he was recognized by Ibanez for his promising musical achievements and received an artist endorsement. That early recognition in David's musical career encouraged him to consecrate more time on crafting his musical art and apply to the school of modern music Artist' in Cavaillon, France. He received a full scholarship there where he graduated with honors.

In 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France. He graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors.

Following his school years, David spent the next 5 years working with several bands recording, writing and playing shows in France and Belgium. It's during that time that Wallimann was exposed to the world of progressive rock which opened new doors to his musical creativity.

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In 2005 he joined the internationally renown progressive band Glass Hammer based in Chattanooga, TN. He released several studio albums and live DVDs with the band.

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