The I-IV-I-V7 Progression
This progression uses the "V" chord instead of the "V7" chord in the I-IV-I-V7 progression. (The I-IV-I-V7 and the I-IV-I-V progressions are essentially interchangeable and the latter is presented here for purposes of analysis.)
Examples of the use of this progression include The Lion Sleeps Tonight
) verse (1961), Another Saturday Night
) verse (1963), Brown Eyed Girl
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- RealPlayer) verse (1967), Sweet Caroline
) verse (1969), Spirit In The Sky
)verse (1970), and American Pie
) chorus 1972.
Below are some well-known songs written by applying chord substitutions to the I-IV-I-V progression variation. The I-IV-I-V and the I5-IV-I5-V progressions are essentially interchangeable and the latter is presented here for purposes of analysis. These Power Chord substitutions are most frequently encountered in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Music as these chords sound particularly good when distorted.
E-A-E-[F#m-G#m-A]-B = The Cheater
E-A6-E-B = Me And Julio Down By The School Yard
E-Asus2-E-Badd4 = Free Fallin'
E5-A-E5-B = Katmandu
E5-A5-E5-Bsus4 = Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
verse 1 (1969)
E5-Aadd9-E/G#-B5 = You Shook Me All Night Long
The chord diagrams to play the verse to Tom Petty's 1990 hit Free Fallin'
are shown below followed by
the openning verse progression to Van Morrison's 1967 hit Brown Eyed Girl