Should you’re fascinated by studying the chord development each church musician should not be with out, then this lesson is for you.

Have you ever ever questioned why Storm Is Over and My Life Is Obtainable To You share the identical 1-4-5 chord development? It’s now not a secret {that a} explicit chord development can be utilized to play tons of songs – all skilled musicians will inform you this.

Should you give me your undivided consideration, within the subsequent 15 minutes or so, you’ll be studying a chord development that’s generally utilized in gospel songs – particularly in songs which might be categorised as worship songs.

A Brief Breakdown Of The Time period Chord Development

The harmonic motion from one chord to a different creates a chord development.

In any given key (be it a significant or minor key), there are eight levels. Utilizing the important thing of C main:

…as a reference, now we have:

C as the primary diploma (aka – “the tonic”)

D because the second diploma (aka – “the supertonic”)

E because the third diploma (aka – “the mediant”)

F because the fourth diploma (aka – “the subdominant”)

G because the fifth diploma (aka – “the dominant”)

A because the sixth diploma (aka – “the submediant”)

B because the seventh diploma (aka – “the subtonic”)

C because the eighth diploma (aka – “the octave”)

The motion of chords from one diploma of the dimensions in a given key to a different creates a chord development.

Though there are numerous courses and kinds of chord progressions:

  • Chromatic and diatonic chord progressions
  • Cyclical and non-cyclical chord progressions

…and so forth, we’re specializing in one of many long-established chord progressions which have taken a standard place in worship songs.

“What Is A Cyclical Development?”

Consideration: Attributable to the truth that the chord development you’re about to study is a cyclical chord development, we’ll make investments a couple of minutes into the overview of cyclical progressions.

In chord progressions, Chord 1 can transfer to any scale diploma chord starting from chord 2 to chord 7 in an unpredictable method.

Cyclical chord progressions are predictable chord progressions the place the foundation of a chord strikes in a sure interval.

In music, the strongest motion between chords is in fifths and fourths. Chord progressions which might be based mostly on root actions in fourths and fifths are referred to as cyclical progressions and it is because they transfer in a cycle utilizing the identical interval.

Fourth Vs Fifth

Consideration: Fourth or fifth right here has rather a lot to do with route. Cyclical progressions ascend in fourths and descend in fifths. Utilizing the chart under:
C to G generally is a fifth or fourth.

“Right here’s how…”

C: G:

…within the ascending route is a fifth, encompassing C to G:

…5 levels of the dimensions.


C: G:

…within the descending route is a fourth, encompassing C to G:

…4 levels of the dimensions.

Because of the relationship between fourths and fifths, I’ll suggest that you simply comply with the association of notes within the circle of fifths in a counter clock-wise method whereas taking part in cyclical progressions.

Should you comply with the circle of fifths/fourths chat in a counter clockwise method as beneficial, you’ll definitely end up in notes which might be international to the important thing that we’re in.

Ranging from C, if we comply with the circle:
…we’ll have…






and so on

…that are are international notes to the C main scale:

…save F. Due to this fact, as a substitute of those international notes, we’ll fairly have the notes of the C main scale organized in fourths.

C to F:

F to B:

…as a substitute of the common Bb on the chart.

B to E:

…as a substitute of the common Eb on the chart.

E to A:

…as a substitute of the common Ab on the chart.

A to D:

…as a substitute of the common Db on the chart.

D to G:

…as a substitute of the common Gb on the chart.

G to C:

…as a substitute of the common Cb on the chart.
Put collectively, right here’s the C main scale in fourths:



















Within the subsequent section, we’ll be placing the chords of those scale levels collectively to have a chord development that’s generally utilized in worship songs.

The Chord Development Each Church Musician Should Not Be With out

We’ll be studying this chord development in the important thing of C main:

“Verify It Out…”

Chord 4:

…the F main seventh chord.

Chord 7:

…the B altered chord.

Chord 3:

…the E minor seventh chord.

Chord 6:

…the A minor seventh chord.

Chord 2:

…the D minor seventh chord.

Chord 5:

…the G dominant ninth suspended fourth chord.

Chord 1:

…C main seventh chord.

Ultimate Phrases

In a subsequent publish, we’ll be exploring variations of this chord development. I’ll kindly recommendation that from now until then, you transpose this development to different eleven main keys on the keyboard.

Thanks in your time and see you in one other lesson.

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Good day, I am Chuku Onyemachi (aka – “Dr. Pokey”) – a musicologist, pianist, writer, clinician and Nigerian. Impressed by my function mannequin Jermaine Griggs, I began educating musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. At present, I am privileged to work as the top of schooling, music guide, and chief content material creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of data with lots of of 1000’s of musicians internationally.

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