Chord Progression Generator

Free Online Progressions Maker With Guitar Fretboard

New! June 2018 - We have just published the new version of this tool. We are working on a brand new tutorial to help you get the most out of the guitar learning software, stay tuned! Click here to start the Chord Progressions Generator

chord progression generator

If you are looking for a free chord progression maker, you've come to the right place. We have built this tool to help musician test their ideas by creating chords sequences on the fly. This software app runs online in the browser, no installation required, and it works on Windows, Apple and Linux systems. Click the red button below to launch the progression generator or continue reading below to learn more about the tool.

How this chords sequences maker works

In the design of this tool, we've kept things simple as much as possible. The progression maker allows you create 4 chords progression in 4/4 3/4 5/4 or 7/8 time signature. Just this. We know that out there you can find many professional software packages for creating complete songs in every genre, styles and tempos (my favorite one is Band-In-A-Box), but we wanted to provide to the musician's community a simple and quick tool that required no installation, system requirements, license or other complex things.

chord progression maker control panel

Available Chords Types

The online chord progressions generator has plenty of different chord types to choose from, from the most common major and minor chord to dominant, diminished and so forth. Here below you find the complete chord types list:

maj 5 6 6/9 7 #9 #11 b5 b9 b5(#9) 7sus4 9 9b5 9#11 9sus4 11 13 13b9 13sus4 add9 dim dim7 m m6 mb6 m6/9 m7 m7b5 m9 m9b5 m9(maj7) m11 m13 m(add9) m(maj7) maj7 maj7b5 maj7#11 maj9 maj13 sus2 sus4 aug aug7 aug7#9 aug7b9 aug9

How to use this tool for improving your guitar improvisation skills

This site is mostly dedicated to guitar players, so we developed the progression maker with the guitar fretboard in mind. In fact, the tool shows you the single tones that compose each chord of your progressions directly on the fretboard. This is a great help for developing solo improvisation skills.

One guitar soloing strategy is to use the tones of the chord you're playing over as main notes of your melody and add passage notes that do not belong to the backing chords.

As a first exercise, set up a simple and common chord progression such as C G Am F, take your guitar and improvise small melodies, trying to play only the tones of the backing chords. Then start to add some other notes, and feel the differences in sound and feeling. Sometimes you'll feel more tension, other you'll feel a sense of resolution and completeness. This is, in a nutshell, the core of music: tension and release. Try this exercise as much as possible, it's a great way to developed awareness on the instrument.

The tool also allows to select different alternate tunings: Drop D, Drop C, C Standard, Open C, D Standard, Open D, Modal D, Open D Minor, Open G and many others.

Here below you find a presentation video of the chords sequences creator:

Further resource to help you with chord progressions

Here are other useful tutorials and reference pdf that will help you master chord progression and music composition in general. Be sure to check them out:

  • The Nashville Number System: a popular system for denoting chord symbols by using Roman Numbers, and it's really useful for transposing songs and communication with other musicians
  • Guitar Keys Chords | Free Pdf: download this free cheat sheet that shows you the chords of each major and minor keys; it's an invaluable tool for studying music theory
  • How To Transpose Songs: being able to transpose songs is an important skill for every accomplished guitar players, this guide tells you everything you need to know about the process

Hope found this online tool and the resources listed above useful for your music adventures. If you have questions or comments please write some line in the comment section below, and don't forget to share this page with your friends. Happy chord progressions!

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