L4: 7 Chords 7 Keys

LOOKING UP CHORD SHAPES

CHALLENGE

Earn your Core Chords Level 4 patch by demonstrating the following chord sequences in the keys of Bb, F, C, G, D, A & E:

  • I–V–vi–iii–IV–I–IV–V7 (Pachelbel Progression) : Used in Piano Man (Billy Joel), Puff the Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul & Mary), Basket Case (Green Day), Go West (Village People) and others . . .
  • I–vi–ii–V or I–vi–ii7–V7 (The Jazz Progression or subsititute for The 50s Progression) : Used in Heart and Soul, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, I Got Rhythm, Sleigh Ride, Try to Remember, Come Go With Me, Sh-Boom, Goodnight Sweetheart and others . . .

For instance, in the key of G, you would strum G–D–Em–Bm–C–G–C–D7 and G–Em–Am–D (or G–Em–Am7–D7), making sure to keep a steady beat and changing smoothly from chord to chord.

THE EXTRA MILE

Although demonstrating the use of these chords in the context of a song is not required to earn the patch, you may wish to consider learning one or more songs that use these sequences for an easy addition to your Set Lists.