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Rock (I-IV-V) Progressions

Rich Scott (693) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 140
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You Assignment

After learning how some of the worlds best songwriters have dressed up the ever popular Rock Progression, your assignment is to try dressing some of your over worked Rock Progressions. To get you started, I have some ideas for you below.

Try substituting a Rock (C-F-G) Progression for a Standard (C-Am7-Dm7-G7) Progression in a song such I Got Rhythm Section A (Standard 1931).

Substitute a Minor (Am-F-G) Rock Progression over a Rock (C-F-G) Progression such as Twist And Shout verse (Isley Brothers 1962 And Beatles 1964 & 1988).

Try substituting a Doo-Wop (C-Am-F-G) Progression over a Rock (C-F-G) Progression such as Do You Love Me verse (Contours 1962 & 1988 and Dave Clark Five 1964).

Substitute a Pedal Point (C-F/C-G/C) Rock Progression over a Rock (C-F-G) Progression such as Two Tickets To Paradise chorus (Eddie Money 1978).

Try substituting an Ascending (C-C/E-F-G) Bass Line Rock Progression over a Rock Progression such as Everyday verse (Buddy Holly/Crickets - 1957).

I dont think weve seen the last of the Rock Progression and I assume clever songwriters will continue to find unique ways to resurrect this defining progression of Rock n Roll. Many guitarists are exploring Alternate Tunings , in part, to find new voicing to these tried and true chords.

If you want to learn more about popular chord progressions, check out the Chord Progressions site at MoneyChords.com. 00002007.gif
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