A sequence of chords, in music. Musical genres have different approaches to using chord progressions. Some genres, such as Garage Rock and Punk Rock prefer catchy sequences of just a few chords. Some genres, such as jazz, Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock use a large number of chords and are more likely to use less common chords (diminished chords and augmented chords). Some genres prefer to focus on the groove, like funk, so a song may be a two-chord vamp.
Certain chord sequences are notable.
Chord progression tropes include:
- Cadence tropes (where a melody comes to rest for a moment)
- Circle of Fifths
- Falling Bass, which is not technically a progression but has progressions of secondary dominant chords commonly associated with it.
- "Pachelbel's Canon" Progression
- The Four Chords of Pop
- 12-Bar Blues