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Thread: Chords progression

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    Registered User loveguitar's Avatar
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    Jun 2003

    Cool Chords progression

    Have a question here about getting chords progression,
    purely by hearing and not using the guitar.

    I am trying various methods. One of which is to hear
    the bass, and using the relative intervals of the bass,
    perhaps we can get the I-IV-V kind of things.

    But problem is, some songs have no clear bass. And if
    a friend just starts singing, and wants me to catch the chords,
    then it would not work.

    I also realize there are certain simple progression that I
    can recognize because many songs use that progression.
    When the chords change, eg, C to F, there's a certain
    sound about it that can be recognizable.

    Any suggestions? Note I am referring to chords progression
    hearing without any help from muscial instruments, just hearing.

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    IbreatheMusic Author Bizarro's Avatar
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    Oct 2002
    I suggest recording tons of chord progressions and then listen back and try identify what they are by ear.

    When you get good at that, then record them again with different chord inversions (3rd in the bass, 5th in the bass, etc). Learn how to recognize all of those. It's not as easy because you have to figure out the tonic of each chord and pay less attention to the lowest note.
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    a great way to figure out the chord progression is to listen for intervals. you can hear the points of emphisis in the song, usually at the very beggining of a new measure. if you know your intervals, 2nd's, triads, and so fourth you can usually go, "ok that sounds like it went UP a third" (or 2 steps)

    just a way of looking at things i guess it works for me hope i helped.
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    I suggest recording tons of chord progressions and then listen back and try identify what they are by ear - Bizarro
    I like that "flash card" approach. Ultimately we play what we hear, so listening is always that place to start.
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