One Common Chord Progression: 12 Different Songs

Common Chord Progression

What do “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Blue Moon” have in common? They all use the same common chord progression( I-vi-ii-V7-I)! It’s really amazing to think how many songs all have the same fundamentals. This is exactly the reason why so many music teachers try to drill chords into your head. Once you know your chords properly, almost any song becomes that much easier to learn. People always talk about a secret to a hit song and maybe this is it. This chord progression spans decades and genres of music to really fit almost any style.

Don’t believe us when we say how many songs use the same chord progression? Watch Debbie perform a medley of songs on the piano.

Common Chord Progression

Debbie Gruber, B.M., M.M., is the President of where she sends out free video piano lessons on playing pop/jazz piano. Debbie was a lecturer in jazz appreciation at Western Michigan University. She is also a piano and voice instructor and performs at many restaurants and parties in the Boston area.

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