EiP had a good idea, so I wondered....is tre a way to truly make chord progressions easier? Using these three tools...YES, while they are limited, they help!
Chord progression and song type generator: www.autochords.com
Piano chord charts/directory: www.8notes.com
Hope this helps!
Lots of good resources out there to learn basic music theory and structure of chords and scales....
Once a person learns their note names, learns their basic scales, and learns to associate the numbers to the notes in the scale and the key it is in, you will go a loooong way.
My oldest daughter has been learning that this weekend, and is soaking it up so fast, I have to keep up with her now, she's ready to learn her basic major/minor scales already after 2 days. Just wow...
another good tool on google play is the app chordbot. you can also export the chords as wav or as midi-file.
I learned music theory from the guitar grimoire series, easiest way to associate the notes to numbers, TONS of scales to learn I'm a big fan of the Lydian and pentatonic scales, just love the sound!
I've written some theory lessons on my blog - www.andrulianblog.wordpress.com
There are tons and tons of resources out there, I find that some resources are either over complicated or assume you know certain things already. I'm by no means a music teacher but I tried to explain the basics of music theory introducing notes, keys, chords and scales in an approachable way so they may be of interest if you want to learn theory.
There are loads of apps available too, I use piano companion a lot and also the DavidKDB range of apps.
It's not essential to know music theory, some great artists don't know any consciously but have a great musical ear. I tend to think if you know the basics it really helps to open up new sounds and creative possibilities but always be prepared to completely ignore the 'rules' and experiment, don't feel constrained by them.
You can admire the beauty of a flower without knowing anything about it. You could dissect it, chop it up work out how all the pieces fit together but then you haven't got a flower anymore.
The same is true of theory, you can understand the fundamentals but applying them too mechanically doesn't mean you're making music, you also need to add a bit of yourself too for that.