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3 Amazing R & B Chord Progressions


I know these r & b chord progressions may seem a little odd given that the site is about reggae. But let’s not forget that reggae chords had their genesis in r & b.r & b chord progressions

These r & b chord progressions may be a little challenging if you are just starting out. So learn your majors, minors and dominant chords well.  Enjoy!

1. Brian McKnight used this r & b chord progression in I Belong to You.  A song I absolutely love.  My younger brother always did it back in the day. The original is in G# major, but you may find it easier playing it in G major.

Chords: G #minor – D minor – C minor for the intro and verse.

Pre-chorus:  A minor 7 flat 5 – D#7#9 (the Jimmy Hendricks chord)


2. Jamie Fox used this r & b chord progression in Do What You Do.  The live version with Ricky minor on bass and Charlie Bereal on guitar is just out of this world.  It’s the best I have heard Charlie Bereal play.  Check it out on YouTube.

Chords:  D minor – E minor –A minor.  It’s a turn around, the root is in A minor, but it starts on the E minor.  It’s a devastating r & b chord progression and will get anything in the mood.


3. Keith Sweat and Athena Cage used this r & b chord progression in No Body.  It’s a very smooth chord progression that instantly gives a smooth kind of vibe.  It’s well worth learning.

Chords:  F major 7 – E minor – D minor – E minor – D minor.  This is repeated over and over.  It’s not terribly complicated and it’s the same for the verse and chorus.  for reggae chord progressions

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