Watch the 19 Rhythm Guitar Techniques online guitar lesson by Vicki Genfan from Acoustic Rhythm Survival Guide
One of the initial motivations for creating this course came from watching the musical-comedy group, 'Axis of Awesome' perform their "4 Chord Song
' routine it ended up going viral on YouTube. They showed us that hundreds, if not thousands of hit songs use the very same chord progression (In this case it was I-V-VIm-IV)!
If that's the case, then what distinguishes one song from the next?
What can we learn from this?
Certainly each song has its own melody and lyrics... but what are the other elements that give a song its unique 'ID'? Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Survival Guide answers these questions and more! You'll discover that you only have to know a handful of chord progressions in order to play and/or write thousands of songs!
Drawing from the 19 tools I've presented here, some which are my own special creations, and many which have been used by hit-makers across all styles of music, you'll have enough fuel to ignite your creative sparks into a raging fire.
To get started, we're going to use that same progression that Axis of Awesome used - the I-V-VIm-IV.For those of you new to chord vocabulary, the roman numerals refer to the number of the root of each chord, based in a particular key.
For instance, in the key of G, the I chord is a G Major chord. The V chord is D Major, as D is the 5th note in the G scale. The VIm refers to the chord starting on E or the 6th note of the G scale. The lower case ‘m’ lets us know this is a minor chord. Finally, the IV refers to the C or 4th note in the G scale.
This is a Major chord. If you're new to music theory and want to learn more, it’s worth finding a good teacher or check out the TrueFireTV curriculum to find the course that's right for your level.