Episode #1: The Coolest 4 Chords Ever!


One Progression = Thousands of Songs

There is a progression out there that is used more than kleenex tissues. It is the I – V- vi- IV progression. From the Beatles’ “Let it Be” to “Someone Like You” by Adele, we can see this progression at work in hundreds of songs. The great thing about that is that if learn how to master this simple progression, we can easily play a multitude of songs at any given time.

In this week’s lesson, we will be playing the I V vi IV progression in the Key of E Major and performing it in a slow tempo with a really neat syncopated left hand to keep things moving. Keep in mind that changing the speed or feel of the progression does not alter the chords so feel free to add your own personal touch to it.

If you want to check out just how versatile this progression is, check out the group Axis of Awesome at the following link for their amazing video showing just a few of the many songs that use this set of chords. Click here to watch the video

I – V – vi – IV in the Key of E Major


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