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  • Yes you can! Play a top-charting pop song with just 4 chords!

    by Jermaine Griggs · 20 comments

    in Playing songs

    I’m off to support my grandma as she has surgery today in Long Beach but I wanted to post this short lesson before I leave.

    I just posted a mega 33-minute video so this lesson will just give you an abbreviated version of the video. What I really encourage you to do is stop what you’re doing and head over to view the entire lesson. Dozens of comments have already come in about it since i posted it last night (…don’t forget to leave me one as well!)

    The tutorial teaches you how to play a popular song with just 4 chords! And they’re all seventh chords too (major, dominant).

    I’ll use my new piano tool I announced yesterday to show you the chords below. But visit the 33-minute video to get the full scoop!

    Here’s the four chords…

    Dmin7

    G7

    Cmaj7

    Fmaj7

    Notice the stepwise motion between tones. That’s what makes it sound so good!

    This is what we call a 2-5-1-4 chord progression.

    “2-5-1-4?”

    “huh?”

    Don’t worry. It’s simple. The number just come from the major scale:

    C major

    Just number each tone of the scale:

    C D E F G A B C
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    The “2nd” tone is D.
    The “5th” tone is G.
    The “1st” tone is obviously C.
    The “4th” tone is F.

    If you look at the root of the progression, it’s moving from D to G to C to F. Thus, a “2-5-1-4″ progression.

    Check out the 33-minute video lesson for details! I hope you like it! :-)

    Until next time —

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    { 19 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Missie

    nice lesson here jermaine. The video is awesome too!

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    2 Laketa

    Jermaine, I’m praying for your granny! God Bless

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    3 ann st clair

    Hi Jermaine,

    Wow! this is great. Can you use this keyboard to show me how to play the 12 major scale. Thanks.

    Ann.

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    4 TRUMUSIC1SOUL aka BRIAN

    TIGHT…YOUR GRANDMOTHER IS DEFINITELY IN OUR PRAYERS..

    @ ANN ST CLAIR

    NOW I CHALLENGE YOU TO TRANSPOSE THEM IN EACH KEY. SIMPLY MOVE EACH NOTE UP OR DOWN ONE HALF[1/2] STEP, OR TO SIMPLIFY IT, ONE PHYSICAL KEY… YOU CAN DO IT, YES ,YOU CAN!!!

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    5 TRUMUSIC1SOUL aka BRIAN

    @ANN…SORRY C MAJ SCALE

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    6 Jermaine

    @Ann St. Clair

    C major scale

    Db major scale

    D major scale

    Eb major scale

    E major scale

    F major scale

    Gb major scale
    Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F Gb
    (I’m doing this one regular because my piano tool doesn’t support Cb yet. It will soon though).

    G major scale

    Ab major scale

    A major scale

    Bb major scale

    B major scale

    I hope this helps :-)

    Jermaine

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    7 Eresmas

    Cool lesson JG. The video is good too. Your granny is in ma’ prayers and God will prevail.

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    8 madcatmoore

    Man, the chording technique in this lesson are amazing. Granny is really cooking with gas in this kitchen. Love the video dude you know my prayers are with you!!!

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    9 carmen

    Hi Jermaine! Your latest colourful music chord charts are the best I’ve seen! A real pleasure to view and hear and inspire great chord progressions. Very Grateful to You and Your Grandmother. We give her credit for your pleasant manner and how you share your knowledge and joy for music. May God’s strength hold her close and be with you in all your visits. Play On and Be Well, Gram! from Carmen and your Canadian admirers

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    10 Elaine

    Hi, Jermaine,
    Thank you for the chord charts, they’ll really help me, as I am trying to learn the chords and scales but find it difficult. Am in prayer for you and your family.
    Elaine.

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    11 carol

    I need lessons!

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    12 Sergio Ferreira

    Very useful information.

    One of the easiest and fastest ways for you to play piano is to learn chords. Once you learn a few basic chords and the melody notes for the right hand, you’ll be on your way to play the songs you enjoy. You can start by learning a few basic chords well.

    You can download Free Piano Chords at: http://www.easypianolessons101.com/free-piano-chords/

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    Hello Jermaine, I want to say I think that you are a very blessed person and God loves you very much, I know that I will reach my goal through your course. I will stay in contact with you on my progress and I cant thank you enough for helping all the people and my self included for a opportunity to become a musican and feel good about your self.

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    Hi, Jarmaine I just want to say that you are the best in teaching your course in music as you do and may you never change you way of teaching but I know that you will become better as the Lord leads you in your teaching techniques. Thank you.

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    19 Lerry

    hello, thanx alot. am ok with the root note but am havin problems wit the last two note of the chords, i don’t understand how they came about. pls can u explain that to me? i cant access the video. my phone won’t allow me. pls am not happy wit myself

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