I vi IV V Progression - rock ballad
Sunday, 31 May 2020 9:42 pm
The 1-6m-4-5 progression was used often in the late 50s and the 60s. An alternative with similar effect could be 1-6m-2m-V. Examples below: Stand by Me - (Ben E King), Don’t Let Me Get Me (Pink).
Here’s an audio sample in the key of D. The 1-6m-4-5 progression uses chords D-Bm-G-A.
Ben E King - Stand by Me
This one is in the Key of A. Over the verse the 1-6m-4-5 chords are A | F#m | D | E|
Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - Stay
This track is in the key of Bb. So in each verse the 1-6m-4-5 chords will be: Bb | Gm | Eb | F |
Alternatively - capo 3, play G | Em | C | D |
Beatles - Please Mr Postman
This version is in key of A. Verse chords: A | F#m | D | E
Other Examples of this Progression
The Kingston Trio - Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Nazareth - Love Hurts
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Gene Chandler - Duke of Earl