Code:Chord Progression Circle ------------------------ Every now and then i have been asked,mainly a query of the beginers that "how will i detect the chords of a song by hearing it ?" Well as always...the answer is CHORD PROGRESSION CYCLE...(or circle). Am Dm Em C F G Gm Bm Bb D Cm Eb A F#m Ab E Fm C#m Db Gb B F# Bbm G#m Ebm D#m How to use this circle ---------------------- If the key is "C" (major) the letter left of the "C" will indicate the subdominant (F) and the one on the right the dominant (G). So you have to use the chords C, F and G If there are minor chords in the song, they will be Am, Dm and Em (Usually it would be Em7, but that means going deeper into the theory more & more!) If the key is Bbm, all possible chords were: Bbm, Ebm, Fm, Db, Gb, Ab. The parallel minor scale to C is Am, the parallel major scale to Fm is Ab. Now all the songs may not follow this rule...but its handy to learn the basic chords in a cycle of any song.Many many songs follow this rule...so why not learn it ?Exceptions are mere occurance rather than regular or persistant incident. Any comments,suggessions are welcome in this regard. Any further help over this lesson are more than welcome ! With warm regards, Arindam Ray.