7 chord progressions music producers need to know (free MIDI files included)

Chord progressions often serve as the foundation for songs across a wide array of genres.

While there are no hard rules for what can belong in a chord progression, over time a number of popular patterns have emerged. In the tutorial video above, we go over seven chord progressions that are absolutely worth familiarizing yourself with, spanning everything from the basics to some more colorful progressions featuring borrowed chords.

With each progression, we’ll listen to how it sounds in isolation, cite some popular use cases, and demonstrate them in a track within the DAW so that you can get a clear understanding of the kinds of emotions it can paint when applied.

If you’re interested in incorporating these chord progressions into your own tracks, you can download our .zip file containing all of the MIDI files here.

If you could add an eight chord progression to our list, what would it be? What kind of tutorial would you like to see us do next? Let us know in the comments below.

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January 13, 2021

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."