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Chord Progressions For Songwriters
Master the twenty-one popular chord progressions every songwriter (and guitarist or keyboard player) should know inside and out.

Each chapter of Chord Progressions For Songwriters provides a comprehensive self-contained lesson on one of twenty-one popular chord progressions that every songwriter should know inside out.

Lessons cover ascending, basic (I-IV), blues, circle (VI-II-V-I), classic rock (I-bVII-IV), combination, descending, doo-wop (I-VIm-IV-V), endings, flamenco (Im-bVII-bVI-V), folk (I-V), introduction, jazz (IIn-V-I), minor blues, one-chord, pedal point, rock and roll (I-IV-V), standard (I-VIm-IIm-V), and turnaround progressions as well as rhythm and Coltrane changes.

You will learn how key, duration, substitution, variation (adding or subtracting chords), and displacement (rearranged chord orders) are used to vary the sound of each progression. You will also take a look at the author's songwriter's notebook and work through exercises to reinforce key chapter concepts and get you started building your own progressions.

The author, Richard Scott, is a singer/songwriter with a degree in education. He is also the owner/webmaster of, a popular guitar lessons website. His prior books include Money Chords published in July 2000, a chord progression dictionary for songwriters.

Chord Progressions For Songwriters is a 510 page 6.0" x 9.0" trade paperback (ISBN: 0-595-26384-4) published January 2003 by Writers Club Press and can be purchased at the following online booksellers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and TrueFire.

"Look around any successful singer-songwriter‘s studio and you’ll likely find a copy of Richard Scott’s Chord Progressions for Singer-Songwriters and/or Money Chords (if they haven’t hid their copies from plain view). These “insider” books are requisite reference material for anybody who composes, arranges or plays popular music." [read more]

Vicki Genfan

Hear what Vicki Genfan, Guitar Player’s Superstar 2008, has to say about Chord Progressions For Songwriters. [click here]

The Muse's Muse

"...every so often a book comes along that speaks directly to a specific core issue related to my art, (which is not actually journalism but songwriting itself). For a musician, one such book is Chord Progressions for Songwriters by Richard Scott." [read more]

"...the best resource I've ever seen for providing the most recognizable and useable examples on how chords should progress based on real practical use." [read more]

Chord Progressions For Songwriters is on The Muses's Muse Suggested Reading list.

The Maximum Musician

"If you're interested in writing songs or you simply want to improve and expand your musical vocabulary and overall level of musicianship, the wealth of info in Chord Progressions for Songwriters can help you achieve those goals."

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