Overall Rating: 4.4 (of 5)
Rating Votes %
38 72 ||
8 15 ||
1 2 ||
0 0 ||
6 11 ||
From 53 votes total
Rate This Lesson
Rate from 1 (poor) to 5 (best)
Send Feedback

Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 140
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24





The I-V-IV Progression


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

Chord Substitutions:

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) verse (1971)
E-Bm7-A-E = Fire And Rain verse (1970)
E-Bm7-A9-E = We Are Family verse (1979)
E-Emaj7-Bm7-A-Am-E = Kokomo verse (1988)

The following chart shows a comparison of these progressions:

E-      B/F#-Aadd9-E
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.

Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions - Page 12