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Hi, my name is Kaitlyn and welcome back to Pianoly. Today, we’re going to go over some really beautiful and easy chord progressions that anyone can play today. I’m thrilled to share with you five commonly used chord progressions, and I’m going to show you some awesome songs that use them. And if you’d like to get more videos on how to go from zero to playing your favorite songs on the piano in months, not years, be sure to hit the bell and subscribe because I post new videos every week. And if you’re clicking around a lot on YouTube right now to try to learn the piano, I highly recommend taking my free training. The link is in the description. I’m going to show you exactly the path that I take my students on that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs in months, not years.
All right. So, let’s get started. These are chord progressions that you can start playing today to play your favorite songs. I highly recommend learning more about chords here. This is a great YouTube video on that. Or just checking out my entire chords playlist. Once you’ve got some chords down, head to ultimateguitar.com and start playing your favorite songs. But I hope today I can show you some inspiration on some really cool chord progressions you can play and what songs use those awesome chord progressions. I’m going to be using Roman numerals to present all of these chord progressions. You’ve probably seen this on YouTube already from other YouTubers, so I’ll explain it to you briefly.
We use Roman numerals to show how chords relate to scales or basically what key they’re in. Each Roman numeral matches a different note in the scale. So, for example, in the key of C major, all of the notes in the C major scale are used in the key of C major. So, if you hear a song in the key of C, that’s what they mean. It only uses the notes in the C major scale. So, if I saw a Roman numeral one, that means that it is the C major chord, because C is the first note in the C major scale. If you saw a two, then that means it’s D, or a D minor scale, in this case. Three, four, and so on. If I was in the key of G major, here’s the G major scale. One would be G major, two would start on A, this is A minor and so on.
When you see the Roman numerals written with an uppercase letter, that means it’s a major chord. When you see the Roman numerals written with lowercase letters, that means it’s a minor chord. If you understand these Roman numerals really well, you can play all these cool songs in different keys. So, now let’s get to our very first awesome chord progression. It is the most commonly used chord progression of all time. I talk about it a lot in this video. The reason why this chord progression is so awesome, is because if you learn it, you can truly learn thousands of songs. I call this chord progression the instant radio hit. This chord progression is 1, 5, 6, 4.
And here’s some fantastic examples of songs that use it. You can find it in the very lovely song, Let It Be, and you can also find it in the really awesome song, Don’t Stop Believin’. So, if I play this chord progression in the key of C major, it would go like this, C, G, A minor, F major. And that’s what you’ll find in Let It Be. All right, chord progression number two. I call this Let’s Party Like It’s No Tomorrow. This chord progression is 1, 4, 5, 4. There’s some really awesome songs that use this chord progression. How about Twist and Shout by the Beatles? (Singing). We also find it in the really fun song, La Bamba. (Singing). So, if we played this chord progression in the key of C major, it would be C, F major, G major, F major.
All right, chord progression number three. I call this The Feel-Good Sing-Along. This chord progression is 1, 6, 4, 5. A really awesome song that uses this is Stand By Me. (Singing). In the key of C major, it would look like this, C major, A minor, F major, G major. Before we get to the next two chord progressions, let me know which one’s your favorite so far. Let me know in the comments. All right, chord progression number four. I call this the heartfelt reflection. This chord progression is 6, 4, 1, 5. And some really awesome songs that use it are Perfect by Ed Sheeran. (Singing). Another great one is Africa by Toto. (Singing). I love that song so much. If we played it in the key of C major, it would go like this. A minor, F major, C major, G major.
And our fifth chord progression is one of my favorites. I call it The Creepin Emotion Ride. This cord progression is so pretty, and eerie and kind of creepy, and it’s also really unique. It goes like this, 1, 3, 4, and then a minor 4. Listen to that again. And some really awesome songs that uses chord progression are Creep by Radiohead. Another one that’s really new right now is Vampire by Olivia Rodrigo, (singing). And if we played it in the key of C major, this would be the chords, C, E major, F major, F minor. So, that’s it for our chord progressions for today. I hope you can take some of these and get some inspiration for some songs to learn or just learn these chord progressions, because it’s going to help you be able to play tons of songs anyway.
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