7. Scale Progression
We’ll work with a simple C major scale to make two lovely piano chord progressions.
your left hand, go down the C major scale (2 octaves!). This fits:
Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". With your right, play these
chords: (I is C, IV is F and V is G)
Right Hand Chords:
c-b-a-g-f-e-d-c-b-a-g-f-e- f- g- g (Left hand single notes)
Billy Joel’s “The Piano Man”: We could use roman numerals again, but
this time I wanted to show you how it looks like with regular chord
In C major: C Em/B Am C/G F C/E D7 G
For the regular chords without slash, your left hand simply plays the single notes of each chord base; C, F, A etc.
The “slash chords” you see here, lets say Em/B means that you play the chord, Em in your right hand but the left plays B !
So while your right hand plays the chords:
C Em Am C F C D7 and G
Your left will “walk down”:
c b a g f e d g
S Bach’s famous "Air on a G String" also has a very similar piano
chord progression, as well as Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman"
and Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry".