If you're blown away
by that Axis of
Awesome video on YouTube where the trio sings 52 popular song melodies over the same four
chords, AND you're thinking "what a coincidence," then read no further -- pick this course up
If you kinda get what a "one four five" progression is BUT you'd freeze if
they asked you to play a I-iii-vi-IV in the key of G, then consider this course the means by which
you will save yourself a lot of embarrassment in the future.
If you think the Nashville
numbering system is how you keep track of how many broken hearts, loyal dogs, cheating lovers,
pick-up trucks and/or bottles of whiskey you need to include in a country music song, then dig in
If you can't rattle off at least 20 of the top 25 most popular rock and pop
progressions AND play them in any key, then say hello to your new little friend, Ravi's Guitar Lab: 30 Rock & Pop Progressions.
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As a course of
study, Guitar Lab: Rock & Pop Progressions will reveal the underlying theory and harmonic
application of what is commonly referred to as the Nashville numbering system. So much more than
just a way to communicate a series of changes, the system also guides your understanding of the
harmonic relationship between the chords in that series of changes.
As a reference guide,
Guitar Lab: Rock & Pop Progressions presents 30 of the most popular progressions used in rock and
pop music. You hear them all the time, you just can't identify them yet. Get a grip on these 30
progressions and you'll be able to recognize them instantly making it real easy to learn new tunes.
As an inspirational tool, Guitar Lab: 30 Rock & Pop Progressions will light your fire. If
you learn to think of a progressions as a painter thinks of a canvas, then you will appreciate how
so many songs can use the same progression and still sound distinctive. Your first baby step towards
Ravi's professional credits are very impressive;
the guitarist, singer and songwriter has performed on the stages of Madison Square Garden, Louisiana
Superdome, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Today Show, Good Morning America, Saturday
Night Live and even a White House Christmas party for President Clinton.
the chord progressions into four sections and then within each section, I'll dissect the common
variations and chord substitutions ultimately yielding 30 unique progressions. As a player or
accompanist, your ear will more easily learn to identify chord progressions through reason and
deduction (and muscle memory) rather than memorizing arbitrary sequences of chords. Moreover, this
will also help you understand songwriters' tendencies so that you can better anticipate chord
movements. Although this is not a technique course, I do include a few guitar-centric techniques to
help you spice things up as you play your favorite songs, jam with the band, or write the next big
Guitar Lab: 30 Rock & Pop Progressions Syllabus Theory Primer:
Chord Theory The I-vi Progression The I-IV Progression The I-IV Delayed Change
Progression The vi-IV Progression The I-ii Progression The I-ii-I-IV Ascending Bass
Progression The I-IV-V Progression The I-IV-V-IV Progression The I-IV-V Dominant Chords
Progression The I-IV-V Power Chords Progression The I-vi-IV-V Progression The I-IV-I-V
Progression The I-IV-vi-V Progression The I-V Progression The I-V-I-IV Progression
The I-iii-vi-IV Progression The I-V-IV Progression The I-V-IV-V Progression The I-V-IV-V
Descending Bass Progression The I-V-vi-V-IV-V Descending Bass Progression The I-V-ii
Progression The vi-V-IV Progression The I-V-vi-IV Progression The V-IV or I-bVII
Progression The V-IV-I Progression The V-IV-I Key of G Progression The V-IV-I Descending
Bass Progression The vi Descending Half Steps Progression The Suspended Chords
Progression The Circle of Progressions
Whatever your level of play or preferred style,
if your understanding of chord progressions is a bit weak or even rough around the edges, Guitar
Lab: 30 Rock & Pop Progressions will take you to school and open your eyes and ears in a hurry!
Look around any successful
singer-songwriter's studio and you'll likely find a copy of Richard Scott's Chord
Progressions for Singer-Songwriters and/or Money Chords (if they haven't
hid their copies from plain view). These "insider" books are requisite reference material for
anybody who composes, arranges or plays popular music. Check them out on Amazon (here and here) and you'll find them both to be highly ranked and
available at $28.95 plus shipping.
Richard is allowing us to exclusively offer TrueFire
students downloadable PDF versions of both books for just $14 each: the entire 322-page
Money Chords and the entire 322-page Chord Progressions for
Singer-Songwriters (no typo -- that's fourteen bucks each!). Thanks Richard!
Money Chords is a comprehensive reference book of
eighty popular chord progressions that have been used to write hit songs and also drills down on
twelve essential tools for creating them. Chord progressions are categorized both chronologically
and by progression type. Progression type listings compare how the best songwriters and performers
have utilized similar chord progressions.
Chord Progressions for Songwriters is an intensive
study of the twenty-one most popular chord progressions that every songwriter should know inside and
out. You'll learn how key, duration, substitution, variation (adding or subtracting chords), and
displacement (rearranged chord orders) are used to vary the sound of each progression.
up Ravi's 30 Rock & Pop Progressions and Richard's Chord
Progressions for Songwriters and/or Money Chords, lock yourself in the
shed, and emerge with a highly educated understanding of chord progressions and how to make them
sound fresh and exciting to your listeners.