Don’t give up on the idea of coming up with a totally original, great new chord progression.

Some people think all the good ones have been taken. Debussy didn’t think so. Duke Ellington proved them wrong. The Beatles broke the old boundaries quite successfully.

And so can you.

But show respect for the classic progressions, too. You have to learn why they’ve worked so well for so long. Then you can try to replicate their (well-worn) beauty in your own way.

You can't beat I-IV-V and ii-V-I for logic and simplicity. They pack all seven scale tones into three chords. In a classic sense, they are perfect.

But they sure can be boring.