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Does anyone know how you find on banjo Ben website, chord progression charts for particular songs look something like this

For example : (looks something like this) will the circle be unbroken

      1. 1
      1. 1
      1. 6-
      1. 1

Hi @Bobby66 Bobby the only time you would see a progression written out in the way you describe would be on a lesson on back up - @BanjoBen does this to show students the framework of the chord progression.

This chart refers to the National; Number System . If the tune is in the Key of G the numbers represent the following Chords

1 = G - The Root Chord
2 = Am
3 = Bm
4 = C
5 = D or D7 is some times used
6 = Em
7 = F# Diminished

There are tunes laid out in chord progressions groups with vague explanations of how to use them over on the Banjo Hangout. Here is a direct link . I have not used that link in years but I don’t recall it having the numbers laid out in a grid pattern

If your looking for a lesson on Will the Circle Be Unbroken Click on this link.

You may find this link to an Interactive Circle of Fifths helpful if you looking to figure out the chords in another Key. Simply click on the Key letter on the left side and read of the chord names on the dial

Hope this helps.


That looks like some form of Nashville Number System chart, though some of it looks a bit off for that song. First, you don’t normally number the lines. Second, I’m not sure what that 3rd column of “1.” is for. A NNS Chart of Circle would be:

1… .1… …4… …1
1…1/6-…1/5… …1

Sorry for the dots. The board formatted it weird when I didn’t use them.

To my knowledge, Ben doesn’t have any NNS charts on the site. I’m sure if you need one for a particular song, we could help you out.


Does this chart help?


It’s interesting, but through years of Jazz-band, we just called it the “one chord” , “sixth-chord”, “three- minor chord” etc… This of course was to communicate to instruments of different keys, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and so forth. Never heard it called the Nashville numbering system. To me, it was just a universal music language.


I have studied with a several teachers both online and on DVD and many refer to this as the NNS.