Three Chord Songs
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Learning to play the piano by ear if you'll start with these songs. These are often the most famous songs in the pop world. The ones we sang in our youth or encountered on TV.
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In the previous lesson I have thought you about the three basic chords that have three main functions in chord progression process in music.
Before I give you the list of the three chord songs I'd like to add one detail on the dominant chord. In the previous lesson we said that the dominant chord (fifth degree) is called so because of its tendency to bring us back to the tonic (first degree).
After when we checked a few examples we realized that G major could lead sometimes to F too. So how can we be certain?
Well that's what G7 is for. In order to increase the need of the dominant chord to go to the tonic an extra note has been added. The F note. So if we created the G chord by playing G,B and D now we add the F note and this is what we get.
The F note is called the seventh note. You can find it if you count one tone under the root note. We're going to discuss this issue later in detail when we speak about the blues chords. However I'd like you to know that the seventh note (F) increases the attraction toward the Tonic.
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Here's a free piano chord chart of all twelve dominant seven chords.
And here's a free piano chord chart of the I-V7-I that demonstrates the process between these two chords on the piano.
Bottom line, when you play a three chord song and a G chord is played before a C chord it's better play G7 to increase the tension. If not a G chord might be good enough. It depends on what you're singing basically. Listen to the sound and judge if your ear allows it or not.
I gave as an example the C major scale but you can play those three chord songs on all the other keys. Here's a list of the I, IV and V degree of all 12 different keys. You can use it to transpose the three chord songs here under to different keys.
1) C, F, G7 | 2) G, C, D7
Hey, don't hesitate to try and fail sometimes. Try and press the different chords until you make it. It might take sometime but you're going to improve your musical ear enormously until playing three chord songs becomes piece of cake.
I've created this picture here of the I,IV and V chords in C major in the right inversions so that you won't have to bother to much about finding it. However if you want to play these three chord songs in an other scale you can print the file below.
And here it is. A free printable chart of the I-IV-V7 Chord progressions in all major scales. which will make it much easier for you to practice all these three chord songs.
Things to Remember When Figuring Out Three Chord Songs
Almost every song start with the Tonic(I) (The root chord) and the last chord of each and every song is the Tonic(I).
The chord before the last chord (tonic) is always the dominant seven (V7).
The duty of the subdominant(IV) is to suspend the tension before reaching the dominant (V) which has to solve to the tonic(I).
Here's a list of the Three Chord Songs
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Abide with Me
Battle Hymn of the Republic
For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
Get on Board
Hand in my Pocket (Alanis Morisette)
If I Had a Hammer
Mama Don't Allow
Nearer My God to Thee
Oh! Dear! What Can the Matter Be
Old Black Joe
Pack Up Your Sorrows
Red River Valley
Saints Go Marching
The Marines Hymn
Vive L'Amour (Vive la compagnie)
Three Chord Songs for Christmas
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
O Come All Ye Faithful
The First Noel
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
If you know other three chord songs that are not mention in this list please contact me and I'll add them immediately.
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