Diatonic chord progressions

Diatonic chord progressions in circle of fourths In 12 keys

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Diatonic chord progressions in circle of fourths In 12 keys

Example of a diatonic chord progression using the steps of the C major scale:

1 - Diatonic chord progressions using the example of C major - Saxophone lessons Bonn & online - Thomas Kimmerle

This is a diatonic cadenza that you will find in extracts in many jazz standards. The “most famous” diatonic chord progression is the so-called II – V – I connection.

Example in C major:

2 - Diatonic chord progressions using the example of C major - Saxophone lessons Bonn & online - Thomas Kimmerle

But also the chord progression I – VI – II – V is often used.
For example in the composition “I got Rhythm” by George Gershwin.

Example in C major:

3 - Diatonic chord progressions using the example of C major - Saxophone lessons Bonn & online - Thomas Kimmerle

Nowadays the VI – in our example Am7 – is often replaced by a dominant seventh chord V7:
The dominant seventh chord dissolves more strongly into the following chord and offers more possibilities
to alter.

Example in C major:

But also the chord progression III – VI – II – V is very popular and is often used in so-called turnarounds.
Again, the VI can be replaced with a dominant seventh chord.

Example in C major:

Diatonic chord progressions