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Free Triad Chord Progressions for Download

Looking for chord progressions? Here are a few chord progressions to download for free:

Key Meter Progression MIDI Download Demo
Major 12-8 I -VII vi -VII I -VII vi V Free Midi Loop
Major 3-4 I I IV V I I -VII IV Free Midi Loop
Major 3-4 V ii vi IV V ii vi I Free Midi Loop
Major 4-4 I IV I V Free Midi Loop
Major 4-4 I vi ii V I vi II V Free Midi Loop
Minor 3-4 i iv i iv i iv -VI V Free Midi Loop
Minor 4-4 i -VII iv V i -VII iv V Free Midi Loop
Minor 9-8 i V v -VII i V iv V Free Midi Loop
Major 5-4 I V v -VII I V IV V Free Midi Loop
Major 5-8 I vii vi V I vii vi V Free Midi Loop
Major 6-4 I I -VII IV I I IV V Free Midi Loop
Minor 7-4 i -III iv V i -III iv V Free Midi Loop
Minor 7-8 i -VI iv V i -VI iv V Free Midi Loop

The demos above are short examples of what you can do with Prosonic Patterns. Each demo starts with the pattern, then builds up to show how it could be used. The recorded sounds and some of the patterns used in the build-up may not be included in this midi library.

There are over 160,000 chord progressions in this library and they all sound as good as, or better than, the demos.

Chord Progressions

Triads in Complex Time

Prosonic's Chord Progression Library is packed with thousands of professional midi chord progressions in complex time signatures and they're all royalty free! Go to free downloads.

4-Bar Midi Patterns in this Library:

7,090 Progressions in 5/44,338 Progressions in 5/8
17,337 Progressions in 6/419,194 Progressions in 7/4
8,052 Progressions in 7/87,091 Progressions in 5/4

8-Bar Midi Patterns in this Library:

4,338 Progressions in 5/817,337 Progressions in 6/4
19,194 Progressions in 7/48,052 Progressions in 7/8

16-Bar Midi Patterns in this Library:

17,337 Progressions in 6/419,194 Progressions in 7/4
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More Information


This isn't like one of those old "chord dictionaries" in a paper book . . . It's a full-blown MIDI library that's over-flowing with thousands of professional chord progressions in multiple time signatures!

You'd have to purchase hundreds of "chord dictionary" books to even come close to the content in this library, and since they're all in MIDI, you can hear the progression instantly with any MIDI instrument you have. No paper book could ever do that!

This collection is like having a WHOLE LIBRARY of "chord dictionaries" and you can use the chord progressions in your own music royalty-free!

Each progression is carefully crafted to follow correct harmony & voice leading rules and the result is amazing! Every inversion is included and each chord is notated with MIDI marker events so that you know exactly what harmony is voiced at each spot in the sequence! (see images below)

I've experienced instant inspiration and song writing has never been easier. Each MIDI progression is like a creative launch-pad for your melodic ideas and the 'next part' in the song just leaps out at you! Begging you to take it to the next section!

If you perform an instrument these progressions are an invaluable tool for perfecting your improvisation skills. I play guitar and these have instantly made me a better player.

Just randomly select a progression and loop it over one of the PROSONIC MIDI DRUM BEATS! If you get stuck on a chord and can't seem to find the right notes . . . just look at the MIDI marker and you'll know exactly what chord it is!

I've found the progressions incredibly useful for honing my bass and vocal phrasing too. I can put up a progression and score a bass line to it. It's really amazing what happens when you have a simple harmonic structure to work from. This is going to revolutionize our craft and I'm extremely pleased to share it with you.

These progressions can be used in any style and are perfect for a base layer to build your song up from!

There are over 160,000 diatonic and non-diatonic progressions in this library [and they all sound as good as the demos] so be ready to stretch your sonic imagination beyond the limits!

File Info & Folder Layout

1. ROOT:

root midi chord folder

The first folder is the ROOT folder. It contains all of the MIDI Chord Progressions. It is named Midi-Progression-Library and is selected (highlighted blue).


time signature folder

Inside the ROOT folder are the TIME SIGNATURE folders. In the Simple Rhythms & Common Time Signatures Library there is 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 and in the Simple Rhythms & Complex Time Signatures Library there is 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 5/8, and 7/8. We currently have the 4/4 folder selected.


tonic quality folder

Each TIME SIGNATURE folder contains the TONIC QUALITY folders. In this case Major and Minor. Chord progressions in Major Key are found in the Major folder and progressions in Minor Key are found in the Minor folder. We currently have the Major folder selected.


chord type folder

Inside the TONIC QUALITY folders are the CHORD TYPE folders. We currently have the Triads folder selected.


chord progression start folder

Inside the CHORD TYPE folders are the PROGRESSION START folders. These folders contain chord progressions that start on each scale degree in the key. We currently have the "Start at I" (tonic in major) folder selected.


chord stop count folder

Inside the PROGRESSION START folders are the CHORD STOP COUNT folders. In this case we have "4 Chords" and "8 Chords". In the "4 Chords" folder there are progressions that have four chord "stops" or "pulses" and the same for "8 Chords". (Except there are eight chord stops in each progression.)


midi chords phrase type folder

Inside the CHORD STOP COUNT folders are the PHRASE TYPE folders. The "Phrase Type" indicates how the second two measures are treated in the progression. In "NoRepeat" the second two measures are different than the first two. In "QuestionAnswer" the first two measures are the "question" and the second two measures are the "answer". In "Repeat" the second two measures are a repeat of the first two but played a little differently. We currently have the NoRepeat folder selected.


midi chord progression folder

Inside the PHRASE TYPE folders are the actual PROGRESSION folders. Each folder is named according to what progression it contains. The image below was taken in the "8 Chord" folder so that you can see it too. Notice that there are eight chord stops in each progression.


Finally we are at the actual MIDI files. (Examine the file name in the above image.) The file name contains more information about the progression. At the beginning of the file (up to the '_') is the Rhythmic Pulse. So, for example, the first file (starting with "Beat1And2") has chords that sound on the 1st and 2nd beats of the measure.

The second part of the file name (the part after the '_') is the Beat Grouping. [This is only included in complex time signatures like 7/8.] Each digit represents the eighth note count in each beat. So, in the first file shown above, the Beat Grouping is 223. So there are 2 eighth notes in the first beat, 2 eighth notes in the second beat, and 3 eighth notes in the third beat.

The third part of the file name (the part after the second '_') is the Chord Inversion indication. 0 = Root position, 1 = First inversion, and 2 = Second inversion. Each position applies to each chord sequentially.


midi chord markers in cakewalk

Inside each MIDI progression file are the MIDI CHORD MARKERS. Each chord stop and its chord symbol are provided. So, looking at the image below, each chord has its chord symbol (and its inversion) marked above it. So the first chord is the tonic major in second inversion, and the second chord is a minor second chord in first inversion, etc.

Midi Drum Patterns FAQ

Is the download version different than the shipped version?

No, they are exactly the same. The download version contains exactly the same files as the DVD except you can start using them now!

What is a Midi File?

The word "MIDI" is used to describe a few different things. A "MIDI file" can be thought of as "Sheet Music in Digital". (Sheet music that computers can read and play.)

Why use Prosonic Patterns instead of audio loops?

Midi is a superior method of music composition for a number of reasons.

If you've ever used audio loops to write music you know how frustrating it can be to get them to fit just right in your song. You might find a great drum loop but how can you develop it while keeping the same drum sounds? You can only make variations on the timbre of the sound itself and that's it.

With Prosonic Patterns you have total control over every aspect of each note. Need to bring the hi-hats up in the mix? Easy! Need to change that note and make it sweeter? Just move it where you want it! Don't like a note . . . delete it!

You can also use a Prosonic Pattern on any instrument. So you can use a drum Phrase on any instrument (flute or violin for example) and come up with very unique and creative musical ideas!

You can even change the tempo of a Prosonic Pattern and the sound of the drums will be exactly as you sampled it.

What software can I use Prosonic Patterns in?

Every Prosonic Pattern is mapped to the General MIDI Standard and is compatible with, and can be loaded into, any General MIDI compatible software or hardware device (ie: your favorite sequencer).

Loading them into Propellerhead's Reason™ and Twelve Tone's Sonar™ has been especially rewarding. They are perfect for Cakewalk, Project5, Battery 3, Cubase, Garageband, Pro Tools, Motif ES, Fruity Loops, EZdrummer, DFH, Sony's ACID® Pro, Ableton Live, and many more!

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