What are the most common chord progressions in country music?
Country music tends to be made up predominantly of major chords and dominant seventh chords. One common progression you see in country music is the I-IV-V progression. You may recognize this progression as being familiar to blues and rock and roll guitar playing and so you should.
What scales do country guitar players use?
Despite the melodic complexity of their solos, country guitarists mostly rely on a few choice scales: major pentatonic, the blues scale, and the composite blues scale. The most prevalent of the three scales, major pentatonic, is a five-note scale (1–2–3–5–6) derived from the major scale (1–2–3–4–5–6–7).
What key is country music played in?
Many country songs don’t even have a chorus! To top it all off, most of the tunes are limited to the major keys G, A, C, D, E, and F, and because all of the chords in the I-IV-V-I (1-4-5-1 in Nashville) progression are major, there are no minor chords in the basic structure.
What chords are used in country chord progressions?
As well as the I-IV and V chord you will also see both the ii (minor) and the vi (minor) chord used in country chord progressions. In the Key of G those would be A minor and E minor. You will not find many (if any) chord extensions in country chord progressions.
How do you build country music progressions?
To start building our country progressions, we first need to decide what key we are playing in; then we need to use a simple formula based on the major scale of that particular key. The most common chords we’ll be using in country music are the I, IV and V chords, which are all major chords, which are all major chords.
How to play G major country guitar chord?
G Major Country Guitar Chord 1 Place your 1st finger on the 5th string/2nd fret 2 Place your 2nd finger on the 6th string/3rd fret 3 Place your 3rd finger on the 1st string/3rd fret 4 Play strings 2, 3, and 4 open
How many minor chords are there in country music?
To top it all off, most of the tunes are limited to the major keys G, A, C, D, E, and F, and because all of the chords in the I-IV-V-I (1-4-5-1 in Nashville) progression are major, there are no minor chords in the basic structure. If you do find a minor chord in a country progression, it’s almost always a VI (6).