It’s been a few hours since you last had an interesting idea or thought. You are now in need of some entertainment, but don’t want to waste any time finding it. Luckily for you, we have the solution! In this blog post, we will discuss a few chord progressions that will keep your mind entertained and your fingers busy. The first chord progression is a simple C to F that will keep your fingers busy for minutes. It’s perfect if you are looking for a quick pick me up!
Another great chord progression is only two chords, Am and G. This one has some pretty interesting changes, but they are easy enough to play on the guitar (or any other instrument). If you want something more challenging than just playing these two chords over and over again, try adding an E note in between them from time to time or add different notes with each beat of the measure. You can also experiment by changing the tempo or switching key signatures.
A couple of songs you could play with these chords are “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran, “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” by Carole King, or “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles.
Another fun chord progression is only three chords, Em, C and G. This one moves around a lot more than the previous example, but it still stays within a basic key signature (G major). I like this one because you can try to switch up how you are playing each instrument in different ways on top of what’s already written out for guitar or piano. Maybe change your strumming pattern so that instead of counting with every beat as if it were just single notes there are now sets of four beats per measure. Or maybe use some cymbals! Some songs worth checking out using these chords include “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Hey Ya!” by Outkast and most of the Beatles’ songs are good to use this key signature.
“One Less Bell To Answer” is a song that uses just two chords, Dmaj and Gsus (which are both in the key of C). I enjoy using these chords because they have very mellow sound but also seem to be more interesting than playing an entire scale on one instrument. It’s fun to play around with how long you sustain each note or when exactly you hit each chord – at what point it best for dramatic effect? This style would work well as background music for a slideshow video about going through different seasons throughout the year. Not too distracting from whatever else might be happening on screen.
The key of D major and C minor are both relied on heavily by popular groups like the Beatles or The Beach Boys, with many songs in these keys being used for movies such as “A Hard Day’s Night” or “Drums Along the Mohawk”.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Hey Ya!” by Outkast
- most John Lennon/Paul McCartney penned songs written between 1961 – 1970 (Beatles)
- most George Harrison/John Lennon penned songs written during 1963 – 1969 (Lennon/McCartney).
- a song that uses just two chords: Dmaj and Gsus which are both in the key of C. I enjoy using these chords to create a simple yet captivating melody.
- In the key of D major, C is in second position from the left and E is in third position from the left.
- In this case, X would be G which can also serve as an “inversion” of F (F being found three notes to the right) or A (found five notes to long). Note that both are triads with notes evenly spaced apart.
- The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is a great example of this, as are the verses in John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s song “We Can Work It Out.”
- -A few other interesting songs use these two chords:
- -“Penny Lane,” by The Beatles.
- “What I’m Looking For,” written by Fiona Apple for her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine (which was also covered by Norah Jones).
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” penned by John Lennon/Paul McCartney. This one has three chords which are Cmaj Gsus Dmaj it starts on Am but you can change that if you want!
- “Across the Universe,” by John Lennon
The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is a great example of this, as are the verses in John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s song “We Can Work It Out.”
A few other interesting songs use these two chords: Penny Lane, by The Beatles. What I’m Looking For, written by Fiona Apple for her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine (which was also covered by Norah Jones). “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” penned by John Lennon/Paul McCartney. This one has three chords which are Cmaj Gsus Dmaj – it starts on Am but you can change that if you want! Across the Universe, by John Lennon. Bored yet? Good. Across the Universe,” by John Lennon The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is a great example of this, as are the verses in John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s song “We Can Work It Out.”