Only four chords needed for a pop song

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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by keaggy220 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:30 pm

Funny... I think Paperback Writer is only 2 chords...
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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by DavidRoss » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:02 am

Isn't most pop-rock based on I-IV-V three-chord progressions, i.e. A-D-E?
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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by Wallingford » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:16 pm

keaggy220 wrote:Funny... I think Paperback Writer is only 2 chords...
Debatable, to be sure: the song's raison d'être is that luscious, magnificent, overdubbed 11th (13th?) chord on the song's title.....large kudos to Paul, George & John.
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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by karlhenning » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:26 pm

An artist can find creative stimulus in limitations.

I began the third piece in my suite for cello ensemble — It’s all in your head (not that that’s a bad place for everything to be) — with the idea of restricting myself to two chords.

(Just saying.)

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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by BWV 1080 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:28 pm

just think, there weren't any chords in western classical music before some time in the 1600s

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Re: Only four chords needed for a pop song

Post by Guitarist » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:22 pm

I'm waiting for a 12-tone pop song!

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