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Chord Progressions for Songwriters [Paperback]

Richard J. Scott
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Book Description

Jan. 30 2003
Each chapter of Chord Progressions For Songwriters provides a comprehensive self-contained lesson on one of twenty-one popular chord progressions that every songwriter should know inside and out.

Lessons cover ascending, basic (I-IV), blues, circle (VI-II-V-I), classic rock (I-bVII-IV), combination, descending, doo-wop (I-VIm-IV-V), ending, flamenco (Im-bVII-bVI-V), folk (I-V), introduction, jazz (IIm-V-I), minor blues, one-chord, pedal point, rock and roll (I-IV-V), standard (I-VIm-IIm-V), and turnaround progressions as well as rhythm and Coltrane changes.

You will learn how key, duration, substitution, variation (adding or subtracting chords), and displacement (rearranged chord orders) are used to vary the sound of each progression. You will also take a look at the author’s songwriter’s notebook and work through exercises to reinforce key chapter concepts and get you started building your own progressions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book. Aug. 29 2014
Time saver!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Get it, I did! June 19 2004
By Ju
Great book. Turns a non-musician into a music-maker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Sept. 14 2009
By Sadek S - Published on Amazon.com
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Harmonic progression is (often) the first thing that comes in the songwriting process. If it's not the first thing and if your song is not based on a riff, you'll have to put chords somewhere in the process anyway.

To me, this book has a big advantage on all others "chords progression" books : it puts each chord progression in one of the 21 kinds that are referenced. So you know all kinds of progressions, all the variations you can make and on what hits it has been used.
A great thing too : the book distingues the different inversions or pedal that are used on the progressions.
I am an arranger and building a interesting bass line over a progression can really refresh that classic progression that people already heard one million times.

You won't "discover THE music secret" thanks to this book or write hit songs just by using one of the chords progression (and if you think that a book like this exists, I have some very bad news for you :) ) but you will have all the basic material for harmony in songwriting, at the same place. There is nothing more to look at, it's all there.

I also bought this book just to give me new ideas and change my habits. Check yourself, you might always use the same progressions ... I did and this book teaches me new ones (no big discovery but even if I know these chords, I don't really use them in that order), and gives me a new approach on the harmonic analysis of the progressions I frequently use.

to finish with, sorry for my poor english ...
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PROFOUND & AWESOME March 24 2011
By Lucille Grey - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I would have had this book ten years ago! After spending hundreds (yikes probably more) on music lessons, books, and dvd's for about ten years now- I bought this two weeks ago and the improvement in my understanding is immense. Suddenly the hours and hours of scales and chord inversions make sense! Hurray! I don't read written music (well, very poorly) and having a book that explains how songs (of all sorts) are put together means never having to buy a fake book again. So, he gives you the progression in roman numerals and then in C, then he lists quite a few songs (from diverse genre's) that use that progression- (yeah! Immediate application!) so while you practice the progression in various keys you are learning a quantity of songs at a time- AND becoming so familiar with that progression that you can HEAR it elsewhere. It makes "practicing" fun because you are playing songs instead of exercises, and developing an understand of how song patterns are repeated, which is the key to playing with other folks. If you have your basic theory down (know your major & minor chords, scales, basic transposing, and maybe some chord inversions) you can't go wrong with this book (and even if you don't, he has handy charts in the back). I wish I would have had this years sooner, but am so so glad to have it now. Quite possibly the most useful music book I've ever come across.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book WILL improve your craft Nov. 12 2005
By Daniel James - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a songwriter, it is of crucial importance to have as many tools in your toolbelt as possible. This book is an aid to avoid being a one trick pony in terms of songwriting style, structure, or overall tone.

Looking to improve your improvisational skills? This book is a fantastic resource. "Chord Progressions" clearly defines the chord progressions used for various different styles of music. Regardless of whether or not you play jazz, or by the Nashville charts, understanding the lessons of this book are crucial to the art.

Regarding the above reviews, there was no promise that this is any way a fake book or "encyclopedia of chord progressions" as the first reviewer states (if you are looking for a great book that is in that area by this author, try Money Chords, or the website MoneyChords.com, as the second review mentioned). At the same time, I don't agree with the third reviewer either. If I could find a product that could do this, I would certainly be willing to pay more than $30 so I could collect my millions.

I hope this review helps sort out some issues, because this book is an essential tool and resource.

On a personal note, Amazon should disallow reviews from anyone who has not purchased the book directly from the site (especially to curb the effect of editorials not related directly to the work being reviewed).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but could use improvement April 13 2011
By Chasard - Published on Amazon.com
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A fairly useful text but really needs an index. At least one instance of a chord ( a G(alt)) is not shown
In the chord list in the appendix. The major problem is sparcity of extended chord progression examples:
actual notation examples would have been helpful vice lists of song titles.

I was expecting a book I could use as a refference manual. This book isn't. However, as a self-teaching
text (the "now-you-try-it" exercizes are a nice touch) it is well worth the cost.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Info July 23 2006
By Loves music and reading - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is packed with some great info and I find it most useful. I do however find the binding of the book to create a problem. It would be better served in a spiral binding. For instance, the book says 'pick up your guitar...and play these chords' but as soon as you play the chord the book snaps shut. It makes it difficult and frustrating and any type of clip to hold the page just makes more difficulty because I find myself flipping through a lot, therefor having to move the clip. Other than that the book is really useful and informative and I do love it, I would have preferred an online download to print and bind it myself under the circumstances. It really is great, well written, ,etc.
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