The I-V-IV Progression
I-V-IV-I Variations: (Continued)
Below are several well-known songs created by using chord substitutions and inversions. Notice the use of the Major to Minor substitution.
E-B/F#-Aadd9-E = Wedding Song (There Is Love)
E-Bm7-A-E = Fire And Rain
E-Bm7-A9-E = We Are Family
E-Emaj7-Bm7-A-Am-E = Kokomo
The following chart shows a comparison of these progressions:
E- Bm7- A- E
E- Bm7- A9- E
E-Emaj7-Bm7- A-Am- E
The Sister Sledge We Are Family
verse takes the "I-V-IV-I" Rock Progression Variation and substitutes the "v7" chord for the "V" chord and a "IV9" chord for the "IV" chord, creating the unique chord progression below.