Four Chord Song Worksheet

Great ideas & very helpful worksheet – for visualizing & applying chords commonly used in a myriad of songs. :)

Sara's Music Studio

My students love playing the “Four Chord Song.” It’s been a staple in our studio for a couple of years now. Over the past fifty years (and probably even earlier than that), countless songs have used a simple and very catchy four chord progression. The chords are as follows: I – V – vi – IV. Play this progression in any key, and you’ll hear songs like “Let it Be,” “Wagon Wheel,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” and “Poker Face.” The list goes on and on (and on and on and on and on).

Quick Explanation for Students: In the key of C major, the four chord song uses the following order of chords: C – G – Am – F. To figure those chords out, we use the C major scale and build chords upon the notes (or “degrees”) of the scale as shown below:

c-major-scale-triads-numerals.gifA Song for All Ages:

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2 thoughts on “Four Chord Song Worksheet

    • Thank you for supplying such great material to reblog! :) Summer is going great. I’m so glad the policy idea worked well for you. Being able to share ideas & styles with other teachers (I’ve learned a lot, being on the receiving end too), has been incredibly helpful through the years! :) You and I seem to have similar styles, and I always love your website materials. More reblogs in the future, I imagine. :)

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