Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
D minor (Dm)iiD, F, A
E minor (Em)iiiE, G, B
G Major (G)VG, B, D

"I" chords are the sound of "home", where tension is resolved.  :-)

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
D Major (D)IID, F#, A
F Major (F)IVF, A, C
G Major (G)VG, B, D


​​​​Major II chords (a.k.a. V of V chords) often lead to V chords because that follows the Circle of Fifths.  Learn more "here".

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B

This chord progression is the backbone of jazz, and it also 

comes straight from the circle of fifths.  Learn more "here".

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B

  • C I III VI II V 077bpm1:46
  • C I III VI II V 096bpm1:24
  • C I III VI II V 120bpm1:07
  • C I III VI II V 144bpm0:56

Track #6: C-E(7)-A(7)-D(7)-G(7)

 I-III(7)-VI(7)-II(7)-V(7); turnaround = I-V


Track #4: C-D-F-G

I-II-IV-V


  • C I bVII IV V 077bpm1:57
  • C I bVII IV V 096bpm1:34
  • C I bVII IV V 120bpm1:15
  • C I bVII IV V 144bpm1:02

More Key of C Major Chord Progressions

Track #3: C-Bb-F-G

I-bVII-IV-V


Track #1: C-Em-Dm-G

I-iii-ii-V 

For these key of C Major tracks, try these scales:
C Major: CDE, F, GA, B
 (all the notes in white boxes)
C Major pentatonic: CDEGA (the underlined notes)

     See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:

  • Use page 19 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 11-14 of any Essential Edition







  • C I iii ii V 048bpm1:52
  • C I iii ii V 060bpm1:30
  • C I iii ii V 075bpm1:11
  • C I iii ii V 090bpm0:59
Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
F Major (F)IVF, A, C
G Major (G)VG, B, D
Bb Major (Bb)bVIIBb, D, F

In Fretboard Toolboxes, anything in italics is outside of the key!

Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
D minor (Dm)iiD, F, A
G Major (G)VG, B, D

  Now see how many of these chord progressions you can play along with when you don't know which track is coming up next! Use the Roman numerals that show up in the audio player as your clues & practice learning those Roman numerals here!  

  This is where you really start going a long ways towards training your ear and building the muscle memory you need to play songs "on the fly"! 

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
C

​​

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
D(7)II(7)D, F#, A, (C)
E(7)III(7)E, G#, B, (D)
G(7)
V(7)
G, B, D, (F)
A(7)VI(7)A, C#, E, (G)


Learn how the Circle of Fifths works and you'll start finding TONS of chord changes within songs that "follow" the circle!  :-)

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
C Major scaleC
D
EF
G
A
B


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
C Major (C)IC, E, G
E Major (E)iiE, G#, B
F Major (F)IVF, A, C
F minor (Fm)ivF, Ab, C
G Major (G)VG, B, D


Going from I to a Major III chord has a really cool ragtime-y sound.  The IV to iv (minor) chord change is beautifully sad!  :-)

All of this page's Tracks on Shuffle!


  • C I iii ii V 075bpm1:11
  • C I III VI II V 144bpm0:56
  • C I III VI II V 120bpm1:07
  • C I III VI II V 096bpm1:24
  • C I III IV iv 120bpm1:00
  • C I II IV V 100bpm1:10
  • C I II IV V 120bpm0:58
  • C I III IV iv 080bpm1:32
  • C I III IV iv 100bpm1:13
  • C I II IV V 080bpm1:28
  • C I bVII IV V 120bpm1:15
  • C I bVII IV V 144bpm1:02
  • C I bVII IV V 096bpm1:34
  • C ii V I 120bpm0:56
  • C ii V I 100bpm1:07
  • C I iii ii V 060bpm1:30
  • C I iii ii V 090bpm0:59
  • C ii V I 080bpm1:24
  • C I III VI II V 077bpm1:46
  • C I III IV iv 064bpm1:55
  • C I II IV V 064bpm1:50
  • C I bVII IV V 077bpm1:57
  • C ii V I 064bpm1:46
  • C I iii ii V 048bpm1:52

  • C I III IV iv 064bpm1:55
  • C I III IV iv 080bpm1:32
  • C I III IV iv 100bpm1:13
  • C I III IV iv 120bpm1:00

Track #5: C-E-F-Fm

 I-III-IV-ivturnaround = I-V-I-V


  • C I II IV V 064bpm1:50
  • C I II IV V 080bpm1:28
  • C I II IV V 100bpm1:10
  • C I II IV V 120bpm0:58

  • C ii V I 064bpm1:46
  • C ii V I 080bpm1:24
  • C ii V I 100bpm1:07
  • C ii V I 120bpm0:56

Track #2: Dm-G-C

ii-V-I