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Using chord iii in a chord progression (major key)

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I haven't come across music as yet where chord iii is used in a chord progression. I read somewhere that generally chord iii is not used, or very rarely used. Is this correct?

If chord iii is used, can you state examples of a chord progression showing how chord iii can be used in it?

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As iii is diatonic in a major key I’m sure it’s used all the time.

I flipped open a song book and the first song was “she loves you” by the Beatles. Key of G, verse has two B minor chords.

“Got to get you into my life” and “I feel fine” by the Beatles also in G have B minor.

“I guess that’s why they call it the blues” - Elton John. In C, has E-7.

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iii-vi-ii-V is used in a hymn I played today. You will find iii chord in hymns. Buy a book with hymns harmonized. You will eventually see a iii chord.


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Using chord iii in a chord progression (major key)

up vote 14 down vote

I haven't come across music as yet where chord iii is used in a chord progression. I read somewhere that generally chord iii is not used, or very rarely used. Is this correct?

If chord iii is used, can you state examples of a chord progression showing how chord iii can be used in it?


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As iii is diatonic in a major key I’m sure it’s used all the time.

I flipped open a song book and the first song was “she loves you” by the Beatles. Key of G, verse has two B minor chords.

“Got to get you into my life” and “I feel fine” by the Beatles also in G have B minor.

“I guess that’s why they call it the blues” - Elton John. In C, has E-7.

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Grace, the best way to find out is to get some sheet music for hymns and chorales and figure out the key, and then figure out what the iii is in that key and see if the chord is in the song. An even better, although a bit harder way is to find recordings of hymns and chorales and figure out what key they are in and then figure out the changes and see if the iii is used. If you figure it out by reading the sheet also listen so you can learn what iii sounds like making future figuring out easier. - b3ko May 14 at 15:20

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