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    What are some good chord progressions? for (hip hop)

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    I'm looking for some new chord progressions to tryout I'm new to the game and have a intermediate understanding of music theory

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    Anything will work, more specific information is need to advise further.
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    Ok, progressions are progressions, you just try different chords one after another and voicing is important as well. You can find countless lists of them on the internet.

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    Do you have some nice patterns or different ways chords are played? Because Im stuck with those 8th and 16th timing Dre'ish type of progressions in C minor and A min which sounds so overplayed.

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    So check these out

    Band Coach ~ Common Chord Progressions: Major

    Band Coach ~ Common Chord Progressions: Minor

    And then look at patterning in one of two ways

    Note selection without repetition
    i.e.

    Scale tones Example with C major
    1-3-5 C-E-G
    1-5-3 C-G-E
    3-1-5 E-C-G
    3-5-1 E-G-C
    5-1-3 G-C-E
    5-3-1 G-E-C

    Note selection with repetition
    i.e.

    Scale tones Example with C major Scale tones Example with C major
    1-1-1-1 C-C-C-C 1-1-1-3 C-C-C-E
    1-1-1-5 C-C-C-G 1-1-3-1 C-C-E-C
    1-1-3-3 C-C-E-E 1-1-3-5 C-C-E-G
    1-1-5-1 C-C-G-C 1-1-5-3 C-C-G-E
    1-1-5-5 C-C-G-G 1-3-1-1 C-E-C-C
    1-3-1-3 C-E-C-E 1-3-1-5 C-E-C-G
    1-3-3-1 C-E-E-C 1-3-3-3 C-E-E-E
    1-3-3-5 C-E-E-G 1-3-5-1 C-E-G-C
    1-3-5-3 C-E-G-E 1-3-5-5 C-E-G-G
    1-5-1-1 C-G-C-C 1-5-1-3 C-G-C-E
    1-5-1-5 C-G-C-G 1-5-3-1 C-G-E-C
    1-5-3-3 C-G-E-E 1-5-3-5 C-G-E-G
    1-5-5-1 C-G-G-C 1-5-5-3 C-G-G-E
    1-5-5-5 C-G-G-G 3-1-1-1 E-C-C-C

    etc....

    In addition remember that you do not have to use the one rhythmic pattern throughout but can change it up every beat or every 4 or 8 bars.

    So, just as with the note selection strategies above you can use different duration selection strategies to improve your arps and your scale runs and your melodic lines.....
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    Also inversions from these chords. Please dont forget about inversions, multi octave inversions

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    Harmonic minor is great for hip hop!

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    That's a scale, not a chord progression...... (noob )

    One I heard in my head last night and then rendered is

    i-bVI-i-bVI-i-bVI-IV-II, e.g.

    Gm-Eb-Gm-Eb-Gm-Eb-C-A

    Chord Notes
    Gm G-Bb-D
    Eb Eb-G-Bb
    C C-E-G
    A A-C#-E
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