• Gregor Burney

Music Production Lessons: Common Chord Progressions in Dance Music

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

by Reiss Armstrong

One thing that I find commonly arising amongst music producers is a gap in the understanding of music theory. Music theory is a deep and often complex art. Having the tools at your disposal to know how to make notes sound good together does speed up the process of making music. But without a deep knowledge of music theory, is it possible to take some of the basics and apply them in a productive and worthwhile way? In this article, I am going to prove to you that knowing the major scale will open up the opportunity to make plenty of different chord progressions that you can use in your productions. It will also give you the sufficient tools needed to write a melody to go along with your chords.

The 4 Chord Game

I want to put this to you. I can make a common chord progression by playing a game. That’s right, just a game. A game of chance, like rolling dice. Using this game of chance, it is possible to create common chord progressions. There will be progressions that you have heard before, but also new ones that may seem less familiar. Let’s play.

First, choose a letter between A and G. So let’s choose F.

Second, let’s choose sharp, flat or natural. So let’s go for sharp.

Third, select major or minor. Okay, minor.

We now have a key to work in for our music, F sharp minor.

Let’s think about the notes in that scale.