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chord progression

n. (context music English) movement of chords by the same interval and/or the interval's inversion

Chord progression

A chord progression or harmonic progression is a series of musical chords, or chord changes that "aims for a definite goal" of establishing (or contradicting) a tonality founded on a key, root or tonic chord and that is based upon a succession of root relationships. Chords and chord theory are generally known as harmony.

A chord progression can be thought of as a harmonic simultaneity succession: it offers an ongoing shift of level that is essential to many musical traditions. A change of chord, or "chord change", generally occurs on an accented beat, so that chord progressions may contribute significantly to the rhythm, meter and musical form of a piece, delineating bars, phrases and sections. This is known as harmonic rhythm.

Usage examples of "chord progression".

She cycled through the chord progression twice, held the final chord, and let her volume fall until only the bass and drums were left.

She jacked in her ebony twelve-string and strummed a chord progression.

Annie running over a chord progression on her guitar, augmenting the syncopated pattern with brief flourishes of melody.

Adam and I essentially wrote the final song onstage one night, as he improvised a chord progression and I let fly with a dark dive on the mortality theme.