Interactive Chord Progression Generator

Interactive Chord Progression Generator

Directions

Use this interactive tool to build and create chord progressions for your song.  Here are the rules:

  1. Each progression begins with the I chord.
  2. The I chord can go to any other chord in the scale.
  3. The current chord is highlighted in blue.
  4. Chords move from blue to green.
  5. As you click on the chord it will display in the the text box.
  6. Resolve chord progression back to the I chord.
  7. To start over just click on the “Clear” button.
  8. When you are satisfied with the progression, write it down and use it in your song.

For reference here are the chords in the key of “C”

I = C

ii = Dm

iii = Em

IV = F

V = G

vi = Am

Chord Progression Flow Chart

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19 Responses to Interactive Chord Progression Generator

  1. Boris says:

    C-Em-Am-F-Dm-C-G
    I – III – VI – IV – II – I – V
    chord progression generator can’t produce the above example and what about the VII chord in a scale

    • songwriter says:

      The app is built on a major scale. To produce the chord progression would require a some additional programming to allow for notes outside of the major scale. The VII is not included only for simplicity sake. Although it can be used it is really not used for most chord progression. However in the Mixolodian scale the VIIb is used more often.

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  4. fly says:

    when using the chord progression tool
    and I start on the 6th how do I resolve the one chord
    I understand one chord i s the major key I am in and the 6th is the relative minor .. Bla Bla Bla ..I just need to know when I’m starting on a different mode of the major scale where does the one resul of

    • songwriter says:

      The tool is build on cadences. Because the vi is the relative minor to the I and can easily be substituted with one another, there in no real cadence for this chord movement. Since the vi is so closely related to the tonic you could simply substitute the tonic with the vi chord. The I chord becomes the vi chord.

      • fly says:

        thank you for that information now I am assuming if I start on the second Dorian or third Phrygian and so on the same rule applies

        • songwriter says:

          Yes, for the most part the chord movement will still work if you start in a Dorian mode or any other mode. Keep in mind, this tool always starts on the Tonic. But for modal scales, make your second chord the first chord of your progression and remove the Tonic. The basic concept with this tool is built on the theory of cadences.

          • fly says:

            thank you so much I never thought I would get this much help ..can I ask why if I’m working within the mods do I start with the second chord and eliminate the one

          • songwriter says:

            When creating a mode scale, the starting point is the Ionian scale which is the same as the basic Major scale. To create a mode the composer will “shift” the starting note. For example: to make a Dorian scale the first note of the scale is shifted from the 1st to the 2nd note. My main point is explaining that your eliminate the I note is to use the same concept of shifting the starting tone. For a Dorian scale the chord progress should start on the ii chord, not the I (tonic) chord.

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  9. Rylee Strange says:

    Don’t mean to sound like a ****, and while i agree most times, a progression doesn’t always start with the I.

  10. benq says:

    isnt there supposed to be a seventh chord like VII or something?

    • songwriter says:

      Your are correct. Technically, there is a vii diminished chord. For nearly all genre of popular music this chord is rarely used. To simplify the processes of creating the progressions this has been omitted.

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