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Old 12-02-2023, 08:17 PM
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Default A chord progression I'd never noticed before

I had to learn yet another new song (to me) for church tomorrow. It turns out to be a very simple chord progression (just four chords) that repeat through the entire song. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever heard this progression before:

1, 3m, 6m, 4

Have you?

I'm also not aware of many chord progressions that skip the 5 chord through the entire song.

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Old 12-02-2023, 09:02 PM
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Example of ending in a pagal cadence (appropriately also known as the Amen cadence). This type of sequence has been used in many pieces (in various keys).
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Old 12-03-2023, 04:50 AM
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I had to learn yet another new song (to me) for church tomorrow. It turns out to be a very simple chord progression (just four chords) that repeat through the entire song. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever heard this progression before:

1, 3m, 6m, 4

Have you?
Here are 90 of them: https://www.hooktheory.com/trends#ke...r&path=1.3.6.4
Admittedlly, only 46 go back to I. Your example is top of that list!

But there are countless more songs that just avoid the V chord. A whole slew of rock songs use I, IV and bVII (meaning "mixolydian mode"). Others might use dorian vamps: minor i and major IV.
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Old 12-03-2023, 06:26 AM
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Listen to Someone Like You by Adelle
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Old 12-03-2023, 01:08 PM
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Listen to Someone Like You by Adelle
Good one!

And that shows the limits of hooktheory: their list didn't even include it!
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That iii/vi combination is real common. Diatonic alchemy. And there's no law saying a song needs a V.

It's fun to discover unfamiliar combinations, isn't it?

Start throwing in the mixolydian VIIb and you're deep in Dylan/Dead country.
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That is a great song, I played it while my daughter sang it at one of the B.I.G. shows. She killed it.
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I'll go with Van Morrison's and Emmylou Harris's! (And Buffalo Springfield's "Reason to Believe.")
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That is a great song, I played it while my daughter sang it at one of the B.I.G. shows. She killed it.
Congrats on your daughter! Nice to know it runs in the family.

I like Sierra Hull's version of it.

What's a B.I.G. show?
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I had to learn yet another new song (to me) for church tomorrow. It turns out to be a very simple chord progression (just four chords) that repeat through the entire song. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever heard this progression before:

1, 3m, 6m, 4

Have you?
Hi SF…

Yep, not a one off. Another good progression to add to your 'library'.




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Listen to Someone Like You by Adelle

Oh in interesting. I thought that song was IVviIV chords just like the rest of her hits. [emoji23]
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