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Artist Spotlight: Jimi Hendrix (Thirds Applied To A Progression)

In this lesson we’ll take a look at one of Jimi Hendrix’s songs, Wind Cries Mary. It’s a really interesting example of how you can use major and minor thirds in a chord progression. Why does a progression of major chords end up sounding minor? Watch the lesson, and find out!

Chord Progressions in D Major

In this lesson, we’re going to look at two famous chord progressions in D major. The first one is a I – V – VI – IV progression, which is one of the most common chord progressions of all time. We’re going to see how it is used in U2’s famous song With or Without You. The second one we’re going to look at is First Cut is the Deepest, the Sheryl Crow version in D major.

Chord Progressions in the Key of G

Here are a couple of famous chord progressions using chords from the key of G that you’ll find useful to start practicing with. They are Sweet Home Alabama and Heart of Gold.

Famous Chord Progressions

Here’s a lesson on some famous chord progressions – perhaps you recognize some, and perhaps you don’t, but regardless, all of these progressions have been used in multiple hit songs.