Japan’s favourite chord progression and why it works

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The "royal roadway" development (王道進行, ) is to what "the axis development" is to the Western world. This comes up time and time again throughout Japanese music, to the point that to numerous listeners, the progression has a "Japanese" sound to it.

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0:00 Intro.
0:45 Japanese examples.
2:36 Western examples.
4:33 Flowkey.
5:09 why does it work?
9:12 Piano outro.

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    1. Just take the vi and make it a VI. They do a lot of mixolydian too! That’s a very modern take

  1. I’d like you to make a video about the “just the two of us” chord progression which would be
    VI | V | I | VII III
    (note sure about that)

  2. Can’t believe it took this long for you to do a Rickroll. You’d think as a music theory channel there would be more opportunities for it.

    1. i need to hear the piranha plant sleeping theme mixed with rickroll vocals now

  3. I think this progression is very interesting when the III of the progression is a major chord, for example

    F | G | E | Am

    1. Just made a progression with it in e major the bass notes are perfect for some happy DnB!

  4. I’m loving that there’s more videos coming out about Japanese music. I’ve been a fan for 15 years now, been learning guitar for 2 and wanted to dig into it more. Started writing about my theory discoveries on my blog 😊 Hope I can find more people who want to learn more!

  5. I really like your videos. The chord progression on the screen are fun to try to guess the I and follow along.

  6. The first song that came to mind is “So Happy I Could Die” by Lady Gaga and looking back it always sounded like an anime song.

  7. I appreciate the choice to analyze this progression in major instead of minor despite it having a vi with no I. It always confuses me when people analyze chord loops with no strong tonal center in modes other than ionian, since I’m never thinking of any of the chords as the tonic at all.

  8. What that I most love in your videos is the fact of your examples over chord progression’s helps me to expand my musical repertoire! Greetings from Brazil❤️

  9. Correct me if I’m wrong but could another western example be Dilemma by Nelly?

    Glad you included songs from Pokemon GSC, second generation has really awesome and interesting themes.

  10. If you think of vi as the tonic chord, the progression can be cast as a minor key progression that goes i, VI, VII, v.

  11. I always forget that there are more progressions and scales than just Western, so this is a great reminder. Thank you.

  12. I can’t tell if it’s the “Royal” or “Never gonna give you up” progression, but Cyndi Lauper’s “Time after time” seems to fall into this as well.

  13. “Time after Time” by Cindy Lauper comes to mind.
    As always an excellent breakdown. Thank you!

    1. Yes, that’s the first one that came to my mind also. But I looked up the chord chart and it’s almost, but not quite. Time After Time is actually IV V iii IV—only one note different.

  14. Being a musician and an anime fan as i am, watching this video with the information i have been looking so long, about why the music in anime often has the same kind of drama in their chord progressions… This video is awesome! thanks for sharing, really loved it and enjoyed it!

  15. I’m not great at music theory, but I wonder, if the progression doesn’t actually go to the 1 chord at any point, how can you tell that it starts on the 4 and/or ends on the 6? Would the tonic note have to be highlighted in the melody?

  16. Came for Japanese chord progression songs, got Rickrolled, instantly thought of Robo’s Theme from Chrono Trigger. Great video

  17. By far one of my favourite chord progressions, I will love to see more videos about Japanese chords progressions or theory, thank you for this video!!

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