Last Updated on: April 24, by Klaus Crow. Make sure you practice the chords and switching between chords for each song thoroughly. It will benefit your playing. Some of the songs in the list below are played with a Capo. The capo is commonly used to raise the pitch and change the key of a song while still using the same open chord fingerings, but a capo makes it also possible to play a different set of chords for a song which makes the song easier to play while still remaining in the original key of the song. This is a common thing in guitar playing and guitar players do it all the time, not just beginners. Professional singer songwriters use the capo frequently so they can sing in a particular key but still use the beautiful sounds and possibilities of open chord fingerings.
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Almost every song in the pop charts is built around the same four chords. But why do we keep coming back to this exact structure? Quiz: what percentage music geek are you? These four chords are the magic I, IV, V and vi. But why are these four chords so universal? Chord I is built upon the first note of an eight note scale, and chord V upon the fifth. Each pitch vibrates at a certain frequency, and the ratios between these frequencies make the interval sound consonant or dissonant. The most consonant interval if you can call it an interval is the unison, which has a ratio of The reasons that the progression of I, IV, V is so pleasing to the human ear is that those chords are built upon the three most consonant intervals with the tonic:.
The I—V—vi—IV progression is a common chord progression popular across several genres of music. The '50s progression uses the same chords but in a different order I—vi—IV—V , no matter the starting point. Hirsh first noticed the chord progression in the song " One of Us " by Joan Osborne ,  and then other songs. He named the progression because he claimed it was used by many performers of the Lilith Fair in the late s. Dan Bennett claims the progression is also called the "pop-punk progression" because of its frequent use in pop punk. The vi—IV—I—V progression has been associated with the heroic in many popular Hollywood movies and movie trailers, especially in films released since A song by the comedy group The Axis of Awesome , called " Four Chords ", demonstrated the ubiquity of the progression in popular music, for comic effect. There are few keys in which one may play the progression with open chords on the guitar, so it is often portrayed with barre chords "Lay Lady Lay". The use of the flattened seventh may lend this progression a bluesy feel or sound, and the whole tone descent may be reminiscent of the ninth and tenth chords of the twelve bar blues V-IV.
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