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Longer Progressions


introduction diatonic chromatic


short progs.
longer progs.


These pages discuss passages that are either longer than those in the 'short progressions' section, or that modulate from one key to another. There are a number of tonal progressions that are found in a wide variety of styles, and this section introduces a selection of these common patterns.

Diatonic Progressions
A survey of some longer chains of progressions involving the both the same and different intervals. As in 'short progressions', these are arranged according to the interval of the main harmonic progression involved.

Chromatic Progressions
The chromatic chords in the previous section were introduced mostly as intensifications of diatonic progressions. In this section, chromatic chords are both extended and used to modulate between keys.


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