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Week 2


  1. Using a traditional polyphonic instrument like piano or guitar, play a 6, 4, 1, 5 chord progression in the key of C Major for 24 bars noting, once again, that, in major keys, the 1, 4, and 5 chords are always major in quality while the 6 chord is always minor.

The songs below feature the "6 4 1 5" progression

  1. Click a song title below.
  2. Click the "Play" button to listen to the song once without playing along.
  3. Practice playing the song without the music track using the chord sheets provided. The chord sheets provide the number of beats to play each chord number. You may take liberty with the rhythm you use, but stay within the number of beats within the bar.
    • Play along with the music by playing the appropriate chord number for the key as the music plays. Note: songs may use added notes beyond the root, 3rd, and 5th of the chord, as well as suspensions but you may limit your performance to only play triads.
  4. Using a traditional polyphonic instrument like piano or guitar, play the appropriate chord function along with the song as it plays.
  5. Click on each of the other songs below and play the appropriate progression for each of these songs repeating the process if time allows.

Songs to Play: Apologize | Run Away | All the Right Moves | If I Were a Boy |

Other Songs to Play: Hear You Me | Machinehead | Hey, Soul Sister

Please work on this activity for 1 1/2 to 2 hours total this week in any way your time allows (spread across several days is recommended) but for no more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours per week.



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