Visualize - You’ll “see” how common chord progressions are used in all styles of music
Connect - You’ll discover what different styles of music have in common.
Play - You’ll recognize chord progressions with ease, and you’ll play your favorite songs by ear
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Fundamental Chord Theory
2 questions to ask about any chord progression: “What are the chords?” and “How do they fit together?”
Discover how chords are created from the major scale. So you can find out which chords are major, minor or diminished in any major key.
The concept of “emphasis,” and how it can help you find the key of any song. So you can start learning new songs faster.
One Chord Songs
2 popular songs that only use one chord. (“Coconut” by Harry Nilsson and “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin.) So you can see how to create a groove with a really simple arrangement.
A discussion on one-chord songs, and how to make them interesting. So you can sound great even when you’re just playing the same chord over and over.
Two Chord Songs
Songs you’ll learn include “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen, and “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles. Plus 8 more iconic tunes.
11 popular songs that only use two chords. You’ll get the chords they use, and tips on how to make these songs your own when you play them.
Discover different types of 2-chord songs, and why each type has a certain feel. So you can create interesting songs with only 2 chords.
Three Chord Songs
An in-depth look at the “I-IV-V” chord progression, and why it’s one of the most common (and effective) chord progressions. (Examples: “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen and “Old Time Rock And Roll” by Bob Seger)
Tips on transposing songs into different keys. So you can play songs in a key that fits your voice. (HINT: A capo makes transposition EASY)
Discover why V-IV-I-V “mode” songs like “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band sound so cool.
Four Chord Songs
Find out how adding a minor chord to a I-IV-V progression makes a HUGE difference in sound. So you can write songs that express real emotion.
How changing the order of the chords changes the sound of the song. So you can add variety to the songs you write.
Tons of examples of classic four-chord songs. So you can learn these songs easily.
Examples of songs that don’t “fit” into a key. (“Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty, “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix, and “Hotel California” by The Eagles)
The “Theory Of Rock And Roll”: “If it sounds good, play it.” Which means, every song doesn’t have to “fit” into a key… many awesome songs don’t.
Test your knowledge of chord progressions with 4 classic rock songs. Steve will play part of a song, and you’ll figure out the key.
While you’re figuring the keys out, you’ll learn 4 songs. Which means, you’ll test your knowledge AND learn songs at the same time.
The 4 songs you’ll study in this section: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams, “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, and “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan
Other Types Of Songs
A discussion of “shape style” songs. And how to create awesome riffs by moving chord shapes around on the fretboard.
The “classic metal” whole step progression. How it’s used by metal bands like Dio, and even by punk bands like The Ramones. And why it sounds so awesome.
The “square shape” progression, the 2 5 7 progression, the “Nirvana” progression… and much more.
About Steve Stine
About Steve Stine
If you haven't heard of Steve before, just know that he's very well known at North Dakota State University and is a highly sought-after Professor of Modern Guitar.
After earning his music education degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, he went on to play in literally dozens of bands over the last 16 years touring the U.S. and England. He's been a studio guitarist for radio, television and various recording projects. And he even acted in a movie once.
He's taught private, group, and online guitar instruction for over 25 years to literally thousands of students. Many of his students attend colleges nationwide to study music and play in bands, notably, Shannon Curfman, who performs with Kid Rock.
He's taught music at Red River Valley Montesorri school for over 10 years. And was guitar instructor at Elevate Rock School in Fargo, North Dakota. And despite the tattoos, long hair, and shredder-style guitar, he's a family-man. And even finds time to volunteer his talents to plays guitar in his church.