Songs that use 2 5 1 chord progressions

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2 5 ones, frequently jotted down with roman characters () are possibly the most effective for rapidly and efficiently modulating to and from any key. On top of that, they just sound so rewarding and jazzy. From Coltrane to The Beatles to Maroon 5 you can find 2 5 ones in every corner of popular music!

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26 Comments

  1. Really amazing how just a simple dominant chord can take you to another key on the fly.

  2. Yet another interesting and informative video.
    Always learning something here.

    Great content.
    Best wishes.🎸💪👍

  3. The ur-251’s are “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, both by Cole Porter. And there’s a topic for you, David: twin songs. Another pair I always think of together: “Tears Of A Clown/Tracks Of My Tears”.

  4. If you haven’t already, could you do a video on dominant 7 chords vs major 7 chords?

  5. Thank you so much for that one.

    One of my preferred in your channel.

    And of course your improv at the end is just … Jazz !

  6. Even when you think you know everything, David’s channel teaches you more…
    I owe so much of what I know in composition to you David…

  7. Absolution era Muse used alot of these but my favourite would probably be Endlessly’s as its so satisfying in the context of the chorus.

  8. You see I remember 1c – IV – V and some other progressions but I never really understood why they worked when I was very young but now it’s making sense . …..And it is much more interesting.

  9. It was great to hear you just play for a while uninterrupted! I would love to hear more of your original or improvised tunes at the end without the Patreon names being read over them.

  10. Whenever I hear this progression my brain instantly sings “sunday mornin’ rain is falling…” Maroon 5 has a few colorful voicings in there but its a 2 5 1

  11. Spot on…. Learned some things about cadences and some chord placements watching this…. Theres a hint more beneath this defining lesson..!
    Thx David!

  12. This is a brilliant video. Really like your style of teaching. Clear and well paced. Keep up the great work 👍

  13. Would love that last piece you created yourself, on spotify someday:)) I’d 100% listen

  14. Repetition legitimizes. I’ve been following music theory on and off of the past 4, 5, 6 years now; minding that I should be practicing whilet I’m listening.
    I can say, I’m understanding this a lot better than when I started out.

  15. I still have my request, David. As I commented on your last video, I would like to see a video which discusses songs where the vocal line mimics the instrumental line and songs where the vocal line has a different melody from the instrumental line.

  16. I’ve learned so much about music from you! Thanks for making my research easier 🙂

  17. Really interesting stuff. I play guitar rather than piano, but most of your videos are equally useful regardless of instrument. Thanks.

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