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February 25, 2020 1 min read

You hear it all the time. "Learn these four chords and you can play a thousand songs."

Well. Yes and no. But it does start with these chords: the one, the six, the four, the five.

Here's an example -

C                                      Am

Who put the bomp in the bomp babom babom

F                                    G

Who put the ram in the ramalama ding dong

In the key of C that's C, Am, F, G. In C# it'd be C#, A#m, F#, G#.

So, if you learn these chords in all 12 keys, then it's not really four chords. It's 24 chords. 12 major, and 12 minor.

It's a good starting place though. I've written out this progression in every key, in all close positions (root, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion). I only included treble clef - if you're on solo piano, you'll be playing roots in the left hand anyway. Or maybe root and fifth. So if it's C Major in right hand, play just the note C in the left hand, and it'll sound great.

I vi IV V in all 12 keys - no key signatures

I vi IV V in all 12 keys - with key signatures

I teach piano in Richmond, TX and online. Email me here.

Andy Grall
Andy Grall


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