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Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 150
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The I-V7-I-IV Progression


I-V-I-IV Variations:

This progression uses the "V" chord instead of the "V7" chord in the I-V7-I-IV progression. (The I-V7-I-IV and the I-V-I-IV progressions are essentially interchangeable and the latter is presented here for purposes of analysis.) Examples of the use of this progression include Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms verse (1931), Crying, Waiting, Hoping chorus (1958), Sloop John B verse (1966), Kentucky Rain verse (1970), Sunshine (Go Away Today) verse (1971), and Glory Of Love verse (1986).

Chord Substitutions:

Below are some well-known songs written by applying chord substitutions to the I-V-I-IV progression variation.

E-B-          E-E7-A = Joy To The World chorus (1971)
E-B-B7-       E-E7-A = Song Sung Blue verse (1972)
E-B-B7-B7sus4-E-   A = Hey Jude verse (1968)
The chorus progression to Three Dog Night's 1971 hit Joy To The World (Hear Song - RealPlayer / See Tab) is shown below.
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