Songs to recognise different chord types by ear

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0:00 Introduction.
0:45 Major triad.
1:17 Small triad.
1:45 Significant 7th.
2:46 Minor 7th.
3:20 Dominant 7th.
4:14 Decreased triad.
4:51 Increased triad.
5:30 Sus4.
6:53 Sus2.
8:00 Major sixth.
9:35 Power chord.
11:00 the chord.
12:10 the Bond chord.
13:22 Open Ear.
14:01 Patreon.

Songs to recognise different chord types by ear

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34 Comments

    1. It’s amazing. I find that some of my fretboard misfires are exotic chords that I can use!

    2. @John Chastain Kronos keyboard does that – tells me what jazz chord I accidentally played. If I tried to use it for ear training, I’d be cheating because I’d already know what chords I programmed or played, tho…🤣

  1. Have you ever considered doing a video about particularly long songs, like for example Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”?

    1. @Nikolai Hermansen I know, I know, I just wanna talk some Weezer you know?

    2. @SincerelyVince truly the greatest song over 20 minutes I know of and the longest song to ever enter my “on repeat” on Spotify

    3. @Nikolai Hermansen kinda an acquired taste but Swans have some incredible long songs … one of the most poignant being Helpless Child off of Soundtracks to the Blind

  2. My favourite Sus2 chords are in Hamilton. For example in Burn where Elisa burns Hamilton’s many letters the song lands on a dramatic statement of a Sus2 chord that literally just does not resolve. And that’s not the only time where Lin Manuel uses a Sus2 as an open question or defiant statement.

  3. My example for Dominant chords is not a particular song, but “la cadencia andaluza” (Andalusian cadence I think?). It’s just that classical flamenco cadence Am, G, F, E7 with that E7 being so clearly a Dominant everyone gets it when I tell them.

    1. Also, I feel sus2 to minor chord feels like sus4 to major, probably because of the semitonal movement although in a different direction. Metallica’s The Unforgiven is a great example.

  4. Time and time again you are absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for all your work. Unbelievable that this and all of your content is free to watch

  5. Two other noteworthy examples of suspended 2nd chords in action are the main loops of “History” and “Lucky Man” by The Verve. Both songs use Dsus2 and Asus2.

  6. Brilliant! So much fun to watch this. I was guessing WAY more songs based off of one chord than I thought I would! <3

  7. Holy cow, this video came at the perfect time for me. I’ve been getting into synth lately and have had to finally forced myself to learn how chords work. This was super helpful.

  8. Incredible video! Your explanations are always so clear and so helpful. I can’t believe that all these amazing informative videos of yours are just here for young learners like me to discover and grow from. Thank you David Bennett!

    Oh and a question: have you made a video on the concept of creating effective and interesting melodies over chords? I’d be curious to hear what you have to say about writing and developing melodic lines.

  9. 1:55 Sounds also like Gymnopédie No.1 by Satie, but it’s a different key

  10. I really love the dominant seventh suspended fourth chord, which is prominent in Bargain by The Who. It’s especially climactic on the V chord. V7sus4 to V7 is an amazing progression.

    1. How about Wuthering Heights? The last chord before the chorus is an F7sus4 (on “Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Heights Heath—”) and it’s super climactic. It’s a iii7sus4 chord there.

  11. Man I think you don’t know how much these videos help. You always keep giving and giving!

  12. Thanks a lot David. I think we are all waiting for part 2 for more unusual chords. Keep up the good work!

  13. David, your editing skills are getting better and better, amazing! And your video ideas are also spectacular, keep it up 🙂

  14. Another great example of using popular music to help simplify music theory. A great song reference for all.

  15. _Mr Blue Sky_ fun fact: The opening sequence, F – Em – A – Dm, is the same as _Yesterday_ . So if the opening sounds familiar & poignant, there’s a reason 😉

  16. Fun fact: The C – Fmaj7 loop, cited here for Oasis, is also both _Imagine_ and _Band on the Run_ .

  17. SIxth chords are sparkly! They even work as an alternate resolution to the plain old major triad. And when you need it, sus4’s are a smoother replacement to the ordinary dominant 7th. Let’s hear it for dissonance!

  18. I still think the Maj7 chord is one of my favourite sounding chords. They just sound so warm and endearing. That real love-y and homely, yet jazzy quality to them.

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