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Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 140
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The I-IV-V Progression



I-IV-V-IV Variations:(Continued)

Chord Substitutions:

E- A-Bm-A      = Louie Louie verse (1963)
E5-A-B- A-A7-E = Truckin' chorus (1971)


The Kingsmens' 1963 hit Louie, Louie takes the "I-IV-V-IV" Rock Progression Variation and substitutes the "v" chord for the "V" chord, creating the chord progression below. This is another great Major to Minor substitution.

Static Bass Lines:

Another great Static Bass Line Progression is created by playing the "I-IV-V-IV" progression over the unchanging bass note of the "I" chord. Below are a couple of popular songs that used this approach.

E-A/E-B/E-A/E      = Your Song intro (1970)
E-A/E-B/E-A/E-Am/E = Up Where We Belong verse (1982)

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