Primary Chords - Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians (Musicians Institute) by Carl Schroeder and Keith Wyatt.
For a comprehensive, concise reference about primary chords, secondary chords & chord progressions, this book is a "MUST HAVE".
Here is part of a review of this book by Patrick D. Goonan ... The review is from: Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians (Essential Concepts (Musicians Institute).
"...I absolutely love this book. It covers essential music theory is a very short space in a well-organized manner. More importantly, it emphasizes the concepts that are most important to a musician who wants to develop their practical skills at chord substitution, improvisation, voicing chords, etc..."
The "Primary" Chords in music are the three most commonly used chords - the I, IV, and V (or V7) chords. These chords are built on the first, fourth, and fifth degrees of a diatonic scale.
DIATONIC SCALE DEGREE NAMES
DIATONIC CHORD NAMES
Here are the Primary Chords in the key of C major:
The following 4 examples use the same I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression; however, the voicing of each one is different. This is because the inversions in the right hand are different - but they are the same progression, I-IV-I-V7-I
Here are the Primary Chords in the key of F major: (F-Bb-C)
The following example is a rhythmic pattern in the key of F major. It uses the I-IV-I-V7-I chords.
The possible uses of the these three chords are endless. Thousands of songs have been written using them:
and many, many more.
Here are the same chords in the key of G major: (G-C-D-G)
Following is an example of Amazing Grace in the key of G major. It uses mostly the I-IV-V chords in the key of G.
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