I IV I V Progression
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 12:46 am
(1-4-1-5) A very common and popular progression. Examples below: The Pilgrim Chapter 33 (Kris Kristofferson), Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.), Katmandu (Bob Seger), (I Can’t Stop Loving You (Ray Charles).
Here’s an audio sample in the key of A. The 1-4-1-5 chords are A | D | A | E |
Kris Kristofferson - The Pilgrim Chapter 33
This song is in the Key of G, then moves to key of A.
During the chorus ”He’s a poet..” the chords (1-4-1-5) will be G | C | G | D |, and once in key of A chords are A | D | A | E |.
Bob Seger - Katmandu
This song is in the key of E. The verse uses 1-4-1-5-1 chords | E | A | E | B7 | E |.
Ray Charles - I Can’t Stop Loving You
This song is in the key of F. The song uses 1-4-1-5-1 chords | F | Bb | F | C7 | F |.
Other Examples of this Progression
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (’69)
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino (’57)