What Are Some Primary Chord Progressions To Practice Using The I IV and V Chords?

There are several common chord progressions that you can practice that include the I IV and V chord. Since many hymns begin with the I chord and then go to the IV chord and then back to the I chord you could practice playing the I IV I chord progression.

Play the root of the chord in the bass and play the chord in the right hand.

The second phrase may begin with the I chord, go to the V7 chord and then back to the I chord. So you could practice the I V7 I chord progression.

In music theory class in college we were required to play the I IV I6/4 V7 I chord progression for all 12 keys and also play all three inversions in each key.

Let’s look at this progression in the key of C. From the C scale, the 1 is C, 4 is F, and 5 is G. So the chord progressions mentioned in the last paragraph for the key of C would be C F C6/4 G7 and C.

The I6/4 chord is where the I chord has the lowest bass note played on the fifth note of the scale or the upper note of the chord in root position. There are two notes (intervals of a sixth and a fourth) above the bass note. For example, if you play a G in the left hand and an E + G + C in the right hand then you are playing a C6/4 chord. The E note is a 6th above the G note and the C note is a 4th above the G note. Thus the C major chord with the G note being the lowest in the bass then the chord is referred to as a C6/4.

Practice these chord progressions for the key of C.

Primary Chord Progressions Using I IV V Chords, gospel-piano.com

After you have mastered these progressions for the key of C, then choose another key and master the progressions for that key. Learn these progressions for other keys as time permits.

This will also help in transposing later. Since most hymns use just these three primary chords this will also help you as you begin to play piano by ear.

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