Rock Music Theory for Beginners #2

We talk about "progressions" mostly because they provide a pattern to a song and how to figure out the rest of the song so that everyone can play or sing along, especially if you're in a band trying to learn a tune for an upcoming gig, or if you're just an individual musician curious and wanting to figure out a whole song. We'll talk about a few more "familiar" progressions and where they fit in. Although the I-IV-V progression and variations of it are important in rock, it didn't start there. It was definitely in classical music, folk music, country, jazz, and so on long before rock. The I-IV-V was a big start of rock and roll. Another pattern was the I-vi-IV-V, or "one, minor sixths, fo

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