Saturday, 2 August 2014

Ticket 43: Use The Fourths Luke!

Take your chord progression backwards through the circle of fifths (which makes it a kind of circle of fourths) for a classy and powerful ride.

Can’t Buy Me Love
Carry That Weight
Golden Slumbers
Honey Pie
Rocky Racoon - verse
The Long And Winding Road
You Never Give Me Your Money


All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)
Be My Baby - verse (Ronettes)
Falling In Love Again - bridge (Marlene Dietrich)
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue (Henderson/Lewis/Young)
Fly Me To The Moon (Bart/Howard)
Hello (Lionel Richie)
I Got Rhythm – bridge (Gershwin/Gershwin)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Isn't She Lovely - verse (Stevie Wonder)
Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)
Mister Sandman (The Chordettes)
No Matter What - chorus (Badfinger)
Spinning Wheel (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Sweet Georgia Brown - A section (Bernie/Pinkard/Casey)
The Windmills of Your Mind – verse (Legrand/Marnay/Bergman/Bergman)
Those Were The Days - chorus (Mary Hopkins)

See also

Ticket 25: Transplant Cliches From Other Genres
Ticket 28: Use At Least One Out Of Key Chord
Ticket 48: Static Melody/Changing Chords
Ticket 53: Write A 'Jazz-Style Intro' Verse
Ticket 60: Drop to the 7th Chord
Ticket 65: Build Up On The V Chord

Thanks to Rich Scott for examples

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Further Reading:

Circle Progressions by Rich Scott

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