6 more common chord progressions and why they work

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0:00 Introduction.
0:22 the Plagal Waterfall.
2:44 the "Can't Stop" development.
5:45 the "Closing Time" development.
9:05 the OTHER other Axis progression.
13:02 the "Mr. Brightside" development.
15:39 the .

6 more common chord progressions and why they work

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  1. This is fantastic information. Thank you so much for the tutorials. I’ve learned so much from your videos already. Thanks again. Looking forward to more videos.

    1. I’m kind of disappointed that your background is in focus, as I can now see that it’s not a photo of Barry from Eastenders in your guitar strings.

      But I kind of preferred the randomness of believing otherwise.

  2. Congrats on your abroad trip that’s coming up dude! Babel is awesome!!! So was the Cascading Plagalness via the 1 to 4 progression. Love your process and how you share your knowledge.

  3. Another very well explained progression lesson; I can’t get enough of this in my search for the ‘perfect’ progression. Thanks, David. 🙏

  4. LMAO that transition from the songs using of IV – I – V – vi to the three specific songs that Adam Neely referenced in his video about Olivia Rodrigo’s “plagiarism”. Very cheeky

  5. I legitimatly burst out in laughter with the Paramore -> Olivia Rodrigo cut. HAhahahaha very well played David.

  6. Great video!! Thank you for showing us the examples!
    PD: I like these new credits with you playing while we can see the patrons! ❤

  7. It’s funny how certain chord progressions are instantly evocative of a certain era of music. The ‘Closing Time’ progression instantly makes me think of turn of the millennium / noughties music as soon as I hear it, even when used by someone like Phoebe Bridgers in completely contemporary songs.

  8. Interesting, I noticed that if you take out the IV chord in the “closing time” progression, you get “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star

    1. After the second ‘fade into you’ in the chorus they actually play the IV

  9. Great overview of more common progressions. For your next video, it might be interesting to review the progressions that use the mediant, eg, I iii IV V I or I iii IV ii V I. Great job!

  10. When you played the Can’t Stop progression I immediately heard Can’t Hold Us, and Heartbeat by Childish Gambino. Both songs that use this chord progression on piano very prominently.

  11. “What’s My Age Again” – I disagree that it’s IV-I-V-vi. You see, the IV is just a pick-up. It’s on beat 4. The landing on beat 1 is the I chord, making the progression another Axis (I-V-vi-IV).

  12. Galaxy brain: Any chord that sounds good in the key (including chromatics) can go to any other. As I, IV, V, vi, and ii are common, use those for more familiarity.

  13. Plagal cadence – did you know that the Beatles virtually re-introduced it to Western pop music? It’s part of why they sounded “different” at the time. Pop music up to that point relied more on the perfect cadence. Note how the Chuck Berry simplified 12-bar ends in a perfect. _Love Me Do_, 1962, spews plagal cadences and even _Can’t Buy Me Love_, a 12-bar, lengthens – ie. stresses – the plagal cadence at the end.

  14. Question: I don’t understand how you flatten a chord and stay in key. Do you flatten literally every note in the chord or do you flatten the root note and then play the chord as it would be regardless of which notes are in that given key?

  15. Love how you include a wide spectrum of music genres to these videos

    Also this helps explain why I kept getting reminded of “Misery Business” in “Good 4 U” they share the same chord in the same instrument (Guitar), have a female vocals and deal with similar topics (Something in a School Drama)

  16. I am at 18:32 and i am amazed you made it this far without mentioning The Beatles. One could argue but i think we can agree you almost managed to do it.

  17. Tori Amos uses this chord progression in Welcome to England. My interpretation is that the song is referencing the Oasis and U2 songs you mentioned to evoke a Brit Pop vibe because the song is about an American moving to England for love. U2 and Oasis were ubiquitous in the 90s so that is the biggest association for me.

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