Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions

This lesson is once again all about bookwork. Now that we have taken a look at the chords that make up a major key chord progression, we are ready to delve in to the world of minor keys.

Minor keys can seem pretty complicated at times, but the key here is just to memorize the order of chords for each of the minor scale types. Then it is just a case of lining up the notes with the appropriate chord type. It is all explained in the tutorial.

In Part Two of this lesson, I will once again apply the minor chord progression chords we learned in part one to the guitar in a video lesson.

I hope everyone is enjoying these theory lessons and please let me know if you would like to see more theory studies.

Get the Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions PDF tutorial here.

Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions PDF

Thanks for following along!! HAVE FUN creating new chord progressions!!

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  1. jj on February 8, 2010 at 7:44 am

    thank you.

  2. acosebede on February 16, 2010 at 4:06 am

    great stuff

  3. Mike on November 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Carl, your lessons are amazing… I recieve a completely new understanding of music I never got when i was first learning guitar. and Im glad I can now actually, better understand what im playing.

    • Carl Brown on November 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      Hey thanks a lot Mike! Hope to hear from you a lot in the future, please let me know if you need any help at all.

      Carl… 😀

  4. Dean on November 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Let’s say I use a chord from the Melodic minor scale. Does that mean during the time I’m using that chord, I should limit my melody and any ohter accompanying notes to that specific scale?

    How about chords that are used in both the natural minor and harmonic minor scales. Could I then use notes from both scales in the melody?


    • Carl Brown on December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      Hey Dean, for the most part you would want to use a scale that doesn’t have any tones that clash with any of the chord tones.

      So yeah, if you are using a chord from Melodic Minor for the most part you would use the melodic minor scale, but there will be chords in others chord systems like harmonic and natural minor that would work just fine.

      So if you have an A minor 7th chord (A C E G). Just make sure that the scale you use over it doesn’t have any Altered A C E or G’s like Ab or C#. Then you will be fine. 😀


  5. Ryan on January 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Carl, you are seriously probally the best teacher I have ever studied theory from. I have learned more in two days from your lessons than I have in two years of taking lessons, so, Thank You!

    • Carl Brown on January 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      No thank you Ryan for coming to my website and watching my lessons! Glad you are having fun with them. 🙂

      Cheers! Carl..

  6. sinkler sinkler on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 am

    this section of your site really helped me link together so much info i already knew from previous studies, but never actually used, into something i now feel i understand and really want to experiment with again! 🙂

  7. Dilbart Basumatary on February 10, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Where can i download the pdf file?

    • Carl Brown on February 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

      The link is above. It should be red and says Creating Minor Key Chord Progressions PDF. right click it and download the PDF to your computer.

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