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Unleash the power of the Ebm – chord of the week

This week’s chord of the week is Ebm. As we’ll see, it’s a triad that lends itself perfectly for raw and powerful songs. Not so long ago we treated this chord’s big brother; the Eb. We learned that the Eb is a just an E played on a guitar that’s tuned down a semitone. This also applies to the Ebm.

Let’s start at the beginning. The scale of the key Ebm consists of the notes Eb, Fb, Gb, AbBb, Cb, Db. We can’t emphasize enough that one chords can be viewed two ways. A Ebm is a lowered Em, but at the same time it’s a higher Dm, so a D#m. Whatever we call it, the tone is the same.

Count Your Blessings – Mattiel

Okay, all theory aside, now it’s time for the fun part. “Count Your Blessings“, because now you can play along. And it’s not just any song, but one that we get very enthusiastic about. We spoke with diva Mattiel during the Dutch music festival TakeRoot, and she told us that her favorite chords are the E, G, and Dm. Is that also the case on this track?

Looking at the chord progression we can conclude that it’s not made up of her favorite chords. The three most important grips are Ebm, Dd, and B. Keep in mind thought that her guitarist is playing on a down-tuned guitar. Suddenly we see that the finger placements are the same as the Em, D, and C. Ha! There are those favorite chords.

Beat It – Michael Jackson 

The classic song “Beat It” from the King of Pop isn’t considered an obvious song for beginning guitarists. Eddie van Halen’s solo is not only phenomenal, but also imbues the listener with a feeling of unachievable genius. Well, that’s not totally true.

The most important songs of this composition are Db, Ebm, and B. Yup, only three chords. So, there’s a simplicity in this genius. What are you waiting for? Jam along!

This is America – Childish Gambino 

This controversial track by Childish Gambino is a mishmash of classic riffs and phat hip-hop beats. It is not a song that you start playing while visiting your grandma, but at an outing with your hipster friends, it’s a bull’s-eye throw.

The chord progression of this track very straightforward. It’s all about the Ebm, Gm, and the F. Now and then a C or Dm is thrown in the mix, but it’s mainly about the aforementioned triplet. Try it out yourself! Is singing along proving difficult? Ask you friend, sister or brother to jam along with you!

God is a Woman – Ariana Grande

What if you find out “God is a Woman”? Ever thought about that? Ariana did. And she’s not horsing around. This track isn’t just a nice addition to your autumn jam, but it’s also great for developing your skills. It teaches you how to convert a three-chord song into a four-chord song by incorporating an extra low note.

This song is for the advanced guitarist. If you look closely at the chord progression then you’ll see that it has notations such as Db/B and Dbm/Eb. This just means that there’s an extra base note inserted. For instance, if you play a Db chord and you place an extra finger on the B (which you’ll find at the second position on the A string). It’s not that hard, just give it a go! Happy jamming.

Bbm the ideal sound for all your autumn jams – chord of the week

What’s lower than a B chord? Bb minor of course. Low, melancholic, and robust – a perfect fit for the drizzly vibes. We’ve selected some colorful tracks that will go well with your autumn leaf collection. Time to adjust your setlist to the darker days.

Let’s start with the basics. The Bb minor scale consists of the notes Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, Gb, and Ab. We can expect these to pop up in the compositions written in Bb minor key. Go through the chords to loosen your fingers and to get acquainted with their positions on the neck.

When I’m Gone – Eminem

When I’m Gone” by Eminem is a surprise for every jam. It’s a sensitive song about family and being a father. It’s actually a very straightforward hip-hop song, but playing it on guitar or piano will release its poppy core.

The chord progression is suited for both the beginner and the more advanced guitarist, because the most important chords are Gb, Ab, and Bb, with a detour via Fm. Playing tip: tune your instrument to an Eb tuning.

This way you can play the flattened chords (those that are noted with a b) at more familiar positions. So, a Bb is B finger placement, an Ab is an A grip, et cetera.

Water Me – FKA Twigs

And now that we’re on the subject of adding surprising tracks to your jam. No one will see “Water Me” by FKA Twigs coming. This alternative pop song is sad and a bit of a challenge.

Pay attention to the count and the rhythm. The chord scheme consists of Gb, Db, Bbm, and Ab, with some detours via Ebm and Bbm7. Playing tip: use the transpose function to lower the chords a semitone, this will make the chord progression look more familiar.

Boo’d Up – Ella Mai

This next song is one for the lovers of minor chords, Billboard charts banger “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai. This R&B track is a good variation on the songs that came before. It’s still comfortably melancholic, but it has a sparkle of hope.

The chord progression isn’t very difficult. Again, don’t let names like Gbm7 scare you, but just look at the finger placement. You’ll see that it’s only a variation on the Gb where the octave finger is placed a semitone lower.

Samurai Champloo – Shiki No Uta

But, enough sober songs. It’s time for one of the most colorful styles within pop music to take over: Asian Pop. For instance, the opening track of the series “Samurai Champloo” by Shiki No Uta. Do you want to make your nerd friends jealous? Jam along to this track.

The chord scheme mainly consists of three grips: Ebm7, Fm7, and Bbm7. We’ve touched on this before, the m7 chords revolve around the art of omitting. So don’t be scared about the names, but just try it out. The lyrics may take a bit longer to learn. Enjoy and happy jamming!  

Groove away with G#m – chord of the week

Oh yes, we’ve safely arrived at the more obscure-looking chords. At first sight, the G#m, also known as Abm, sounds a bit evil, like some aberration crawling out of the depths of hell. We soon find out that this isn’t the case at all when we take a look at the groovy tracks that have this chords in their composition.

It’s important to keep in mind that the shape of this chord (with a barre on the fourth fret) can be moved up and down the neck of your guitar. For example, played on the first fret this same shape is an F minor chord and played without barre this is an Em. The G#m is what you get when you place this shape on the fourth fret. So it’s not obscure at all!

The scale of the G#m consists of the notes G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, and F#. These are the notes that fit perfectly in compositions written in the G#m. It won’t come as a surprise then, that these notes are recurrent in the songs that we’ve listed below. 

Sing – Ed Sheeran

Let’s start with an all-time favorite, “Sing” by Ed Sheeran. Would you expect the song to consist of only two chords? No? Well, it does. But the blazing beat and on-the-mark vocal lines make you want to dance your socks off.  

Looking more closely at the track, we’ll see that the G#m7 and C#m7 are the only chords that Ed plays. While longer in notation, these chords are easy to play, you just lift up your fourth finger (pinky) from the D string. The same goes for the C#m7, just lift up your pinky. That’s all, now grab your guitar and play along!

Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj

Did you have Barbie dolls growing up? And did you dream about them? Well, Nicki does. And she sings about it. “Barbie Dreams” is a rough-rider track served up with a funky sauce of oldskool hip-hop influences.  

The chord progression consists of the G#m, E, Em, Dm, A, and F. In other words: a lot of basic triads. There’s an extra challenge on offer with this song; when you’re done practicing the chords, you can start on the riff that’s woven through them.

Never Recover – Lil’ Baby, Gunna and Drake

Still bouncin’ on those funky hip-hop vibes from Nicki? Good! ‘Cause there’s more where that came from. “Never Recover” by Lil’ Baby, Gunna, and Drake has been rockin’ the Billboard charts. Not without reason, because this song has a phat beat and three rappers that are mc-ing so tight that there’s hardly a pause for breath.  

“Is this a song for guitar?” Good question. And, yes it can be quite a challenge to incorporate this in your jam. No one will expect you to play this in your jam. Especially when you’re out for a tea at your grandma’s. What’s even better, it’s easier than you think. The chord progression revolves around the G#m and the D#m, with some excursions to the G# and the D#.          

Call Out My Name – The Weeknd

Did we mention that G#m is a groovy badass? No? Well, now we did. We’re staying in the hip-hop and soul corridors with this track, “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd. This song starts out as a nineties R&B banger, but quickly changes to a hard-hitting soul track after the first chorus.

This twist is so surprising and heavy that you can totally lose sight of the chord progression. But actually, it stays the same throughout the song, alternating between the G#m, and the D#m. “Two chords again?” That’s right, so pick up your guitar and play along. Happy jamming! 

Rock it hard, rock it slow, Bm always steals the show – Chord of the week

Now that we’ve gone over most of the basic major chords it’s time to delve a little deeper into the minor differences. One of the best chords to play after the Am is the Bm. Do you know why? Because it’s the same shape moved down two frets on the neck. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. 

When you’re looking at chords you can approach the neck from different angles. The most obvious way is to look at each position separately. After all, they are all different chords. The other way is to consider that there are a limited number of shapes that sound different at each position.

That makes it a lot clearer, don’t you think? Just look at the Bm. You have to put your index finger in barre to simulate the nut, but in fact, the figure is the same as the Em, the Fm, the Gm and so on and so forth.

Green Eyes – Coldplay

The Bm scale from which the Bm chord results consists of B, C#, D, E, F#, G, and A. It is therefore not strange that variations on these notes can be found in the form of chords in tracks written in Bm, such as “Green Eyes” from Coldplay.

So we see that the A, the B, the D, the G, and the E form the basis for this song. These are beginner chords that are good for practicing as often as possible. Therefore this track is suitable for both beginners and advanced players. The latter should pay close attention to the touch. This sounds easy but is fundamental for the correct interpretation of the song.

Swan Lake – Madness

Rock ‘n roll occurs in many forms. Upbeat ska mixed with a touch of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” is a good example of this. Madness’ song has everything a pop song needs to find the edges of the genre.

The chord progression leads you along almost all notes of the Bm scale. Therefore it’s a challenge for the beginning guitarist. Although, with the loop function you can learn the song piece by piece. Pay attention to the ska attack.

911 – Wyclef Jean ft. Mary J. Blige

“Someone please call ‘911′“, because this track is sick! Last week we already had Wyclef Jean together with The Fugees, this week we can’t ignore it again. This track with Mary J. Blige is simple when it comes to the chord progression, so you can do anything with it. As a beginner you can just practice on the E, Bm, A and G chord scheme.

As an advanced guitarist, the guitar lick may be the bigger challenge. Pay attention to how the tune of Wyclef Jean subtly goes through the scale of Bm. If you really want to impress people with your jam, you can try to alternate between the chords and the guitar riff.

Move on Up -Curtis Mayfield

We conclude this week’s chord with a groovy classic. “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield is a track that appeared during the seventies in America. Fun fact: the original track is longer than nine minutes. To make it suitable for radio it was shortened to less than three minutes.

Because of the orchestration the song seems more difficult than it is. Although the tempo in which the chords follow each other up and the fingerings themselves are quite difficult in the beginning. Therefore we advise you to take your time for this. Start with the chords first, without practicing the track and only then play along. Cancel all your appointments, because this will make your weekend sweet. Happy jamming!

In case you didn’t know, the G minor is always there for you – chord of the week

From the Beatles to Damien Marley everyone loves the G minor (Gm). This chord of the week is a cherishable barre, and its sound lends itself to every genre. Want to see more Chordify awesomeness? Follow us on Instagram.

First, let’s take a look at the Gm scale. This will give us an insight into which tones go well with our chord of the week. In this case, these are the G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, and F. These tones are fundamental tones that form the basis for variations on chords that result from them, so we can get a picture of what awaits us.

Welcome to Jamrock – Damien Marley

Welcome to Jamrock” is Damien Marley’s breakthrough. The son of the great reggae star certainly sticks to his roots but gives it his own spin. He developed a style that’s a beautiful crossover between reggae and hip-hop.

What remains characteristic of the Jamaican style is the simplicity of the chord scheme. This song mainly consists of the Gm, the D, and the Bb. Try it out and throw it in a spontaneous jam. Pay attention to the attack of your strum.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd

The song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a suite in pop music, which means the structure of the track is reminiscent of a classical piece. The song is about Syd Barrett, a band member who was expelled, because of his drug problems. The song is drenched in melancholy and love.

The intro is made up of a subtle guitar solo accompanied by keyboards. In it, the Gm, Dm, and Cm play the leading role. The second part of the song is dominated by the Bb, F, G, and E. Overall, the track is quite clear and even recommended for the beginning guitarist. If only to get a feeling for barre chords.

Bone Dry – EELS

The track “Bone Dry” by the Los Angeles-based band Eels takes you on a journey through the scale of Gm. The song largely consists of a long riff that descents along the scale through F, Eb, Dm, Bb, Cm, and Gm.

The advantage of this track is that both advanced beginners and newbies can practice switching grips at a manageable pace. Moreover, this song is a nice addition to your setlist. Let your audience sing along with the bitter “shalalaa”.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles

We will end this week with another classic. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is one of the few Beatles songs written by George Harrison. It is a melancholic blues with a topping of pop.

Don’t be surprised when you see chords like C/E or Gm/F. The second note is an extra bass tone. So a C with an E in the bass, or a Gm with an F as the lowest tone. The rest of the chord scheme speaks for itself. The song is full of basic chords like Em, Bm, G, C, D, and F. In other words: the ideal exercise during your weekend. Happy jamming!

Hip-hop, blues rock you name it and the C minor’s got it – chord of the week

This week we tune into the C minor. Wait, there no reason to be sad. Minor is not always a synonym for tearjerkers and sad songs, on the contrary. From hip-hop to blues and pop, our chord of the week fits everywhere – and everywhere in between. It’s an honor, and a real pleasure to present to you: the C minor (Cm).

Our chord of the week is – not surprisingly – build up out of notes from the Cm scale, which consists of C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, and Bb. You might recall, from other blog posts, that the notes from a scale often appear as chords in compositions. But enough theory. Time for action!

Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin

Let’s start with a classic. “Since I’ve Been Loving You” by Led Zeppelin is an example of a song in which blues and rock converge, and it’s written in Cm. The track is a nice crossover between seventies rock and the fertile ground from which this genre originated: the blues.

The song starts with a solo by Jimmy Page. The accompanying melody immediately covers the entire spectrum of the basic tones of the Cm scale – it passes through C, Eb, F, G, Ab – and variations thereupon, that follow each other in quick succession. As such, this song is a good exercise for the advanced beginner.

Skyfall – Adele

We all know the sweet soulful voice of Shirley Bassey that symbolizes the sound of the first Bond movies. ‘No diva can beat that’, you might say, although Adele will certainly come close with “Skyfall”.

The verse of “Skyfall” consists of Cm, F, Fm, Gm, and Ab. The chorus is extended with a D and an Eb. Don’t be put off by the fast succession of chords, rather make it easy for yourself by cutting the song into pieces. First practice only the verse, and then only the chorus. Use the loop function for this. This way you don’t have to rewind each time.

Rich Bitch – Die Antwoord

We promised you pop and hip-hop, and if we promise something, we deliver on it. Die Antwoord is one of the most controversial hip-hop acts of the moment, and this South African duo is anything but boring, as we can hear in the track “Rich Bitch.

This song is suitable for the beginner who is up for an experiment. The chord scheme is not very difficult since it only consists of two triads: Cm and Fm. Diversions to Gm and D are good for some variation. Play this song in a jam and see if your audience recognizes it.

Africa – Weezer

“Rich Bitch” may not fly at your grandmother’s birthday party, but you can lighten the mood with this classic song in a new look. Weezer made a quite literal cover of the Toto song “Africa“. The track is exactly the same as the original, with the only difference that it is set in Cm instead of C#m.

This track is a challenge, even for the advanced guitarist. If you thought “Since I’ve Been Loving You” has a fast chord progression, then the pace at which the triads in this song follow each other may feel like warp speed. Of course, nothing is impossible. Use the loop function and cut the song into pieces, it will become much easier to comprehend. Happy jamming!

Flatten your B’s and sharpen those A’s ’cause here’s another chord of the week

Remember what we said about flattening and sharpening chords? Yup, it’s all a matter of how you look at a note. In this case, our chord of the week is an A#, also known as a Bb. The name doesn’t change the sound, so lets cut to the chase. Here are some cool tracks written in Bb.

Don’t let difficult chord names confuse you. Just look at the finger settings on the guitar neck. The Bb is a flattened B so that’s practically the same barre figure, only played a semitone lower. The notes in the Bb scale, that make up this chord, are Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, and A. So expect these chords to frequently show up in the songs that revolve around the Bb.

Landslide – Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks left Fleetwood Mac, once one of the biggest bands in the world, in 1977 for personal reasons. The song “Landslide” appeared on the album Fleetwood Mac (1975), but Nicks incorporated the track in her live set and performed it over the course of her solo career.

The way Stevie Nicks performs the song is a lot slower than the original. The track is written in Bb and most of the time the composition varies between three chords: Eb, Bb, and Cm. When the chorus arrives the triads Gm and F are added. You can choose to just stum the chords, but as you become more advanced, you can try to tinker with them.

Porcelain – Moby

Porcelain” by the British producer Moby is a classic from the nineties house scene. Fun fact: the producer’s great-great-great-grand-uncle is the author of the 1851 novel “Moby-Dick,” hence the reference in his artist’s name. Due to the electronic nature of the track, this song is more suitable for piano and keyboard than for guitar. Although you can, of course, throw it in a jam to see if there are real connoisseurs in the audience.

The first part of the song centers on the chords Bb and Fm. The second half falls back into the pure basics Am, Em, C, and D. After the bridge Moby repeats the first part of the track. Try jamming along and see how far you can get. If it’s too difficult, use the loop tool to practice a certain part several times in a row.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

There it is, then, one of the most famous songs in the history of pop music. Did you know that “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is the first music video ever made? Queen couldn’t appear on “Top of the Pops” to promote their track on television so they shot a video instead.

This song is also more suitable for piano than guitar. The track is full of seventh chords, minor chords, and an occasional major chord. The triads follow each other in rapid succession. It is, therefore, a matter of staying calm and going through the song part by part. The most important thing is, of course, to keep practicing. Nothing is as difficult as it seems.

It’s Gonna Be Me – NSYNC

And now that we’re on the subject of pop classics. “It’s Gonna Be Me” by boy band *NSYNC now belongs to the category of pop relics. Even if it’s only because the group was the kick off for pop star Justin Timberlake’s career.

This song fits into any cheerful jam. It has a good sounding progression which is more challenging then you would think. This is due to the fast pace at which the chords alternate. This also makes it a good opportunity to check how good your skills really are. For the beginner, this track is a good challenge to pick up the pace. Enjoy and happy jamming!

A minor equals classic rock – Chord of the week

One of the most dramatic chords you can grab at the top of your neck is the Am. The scale of this chord of the week consists of the basic notes A, B, C, D, E, F and G. That’s why there are countless rock classics written with the Am at the core.

Our chord of the week is made up of the same tones as the A major, with the main difference that the third tone – the third – is not a C# but a C. The above tones that appear in the Am scale, therefore, fit as stand-alone chords in combination with the Am. Just look at the tracks below.

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Stairway to Heaven” is a rock classic and a welcome addition to any setlist. Jimi Page’s powerhouse display of technical skills might overshadow the core of the song: the chords. But, when you look past the spicy fingerpicking and listen to the soul of the track, you’ll soon notice that it consists of basic triads played at the top of the neck.

Which is why “Stairway to Heaven” is actually a good song for a beginning guitarist. It comprises several standard chords, like Am, C, D, E, F, and G. Give it a try. If it’s easy, you can go and see how the plucking fits in there.

Le Freak – Chic

While true for “Stairway to Heaven”, not everything written in the Am sounds serious and gloomy. Take “Le Freak“, the song from the legendary funk band Chic, led by hitmaker Nile Rodgers. It doesn’t get more buoyant than this. The track has everything, from frisky vocals to groovy bass lines and well-timed guitar punches.

As you might expect this song is not very difficult as far as the chord scheme is concerned. The most important funk riff revolves around the Am, D, C progression. The only thing you have to pay close attention to is your strumming hand. It doesn’t take long to play the chords, but to ‘feel the funk’: that’s a steep learning curve.

Child in Time – Deep Purple

If you include Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” in your jam, another classic that shouldn’t be omitted is the epic “Child in Time” by rock band Deep Purple. It’s a mesmerizing gem from the seventies. Let’s take a closer look at the song. We’ll see straight away that one thing stands out.

It’s not Richie Blackmore’s versatile guitar part that makes this epic ballad feel so elusive. This can be attributed to frontman Ian Gillan’s towering range and Sir Jon Lord’s illuster organ part, which envelope the basic chords of the song: Am, G, and F.

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga is not old enough to be a golden oldie, but it’s sure to be a classic in the long run. And of course, we don’t want to bore you with only seventies classics. “Bad Romance” will restore the balance.

Obviously, this track is electronic, but you can tame the electric bleeps and turn this song into a sultry campfire hit, by applying a standard strum to the basic chords Am, F, G, E and C. Well, that’s pop music for you of course. Everything is possible with a limited number of chords. That doesn’t make it any less fun to play though. Happy jamming!

Warning! The versatility of the Dm can make you dizzy – chord of the week

This week we’ll discuss one of the most mysterious triads you can play at the top of the neck of your guitar. The D minor has something sad, something exciting, something tough and something scary in its sound. Therefore, it lends itself to many styles. From pop and rap to metal and folk, the Dm covers it all.

Our chord of the week is versatile, so take advantage of it by including some of the songs below in your jam. They’re not necessarily the easiest tracks, but a little challenge every now and then is good for your skills.

Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden

Fear of the Dark by British metal band Iron Maiden is a classic; from the intro, on which the bass guitarist plucks a Dm, to the dramatic end. Due to the technical nature of the metal genre, a song like this sounds difficult, but nothing could be further from the truth. When we look at the chord progression of this track we quickly see that it mainly consists of the basic chords Am, C, F, G, E, D, Em and of course the Dm.

The Bb, the Fm and the Gm seem to be the more difficult chords, at first glance. If you look closely though, you see that these barre chords have almost the same finger placement. The only difference is that they are performed on a different position on the neck. With this in mind the level is not as difficult as it seems. But you really have to practice.

Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club

The hit single “Chan Chan” performed by the legendary musicians of Buena Vista Social Club is a nice track for the sultry summer evenings. The song is very laid-back and has a less predictable chord progression than many other pop songs.

Use this track to practice your basic chords and for training your motor skills, because there are a few quick transitions between Dm and G and Dm and F. Make sure that your grip doesn’t soften and that the triads sound bright and clear.

All Eyez on Me – 2Pac

Did we say how multifaceted the Dm chord is? Yes, we certainly did. The song “All Eyez on Me” by rapper 2Pac is yet another example of this. The melancholic harmony and the sturdy beat ensure that everything falls perfectly into place in this track.

As far as the chords go, this song is entirely built around a bass line that varies between the Dm and Gm. This makes it fun to experiment with filling in the time between these chords with some plucking. However, the rapping part is a completely different story. You really need to spend a little more time on mastering that skill.

In the Air Tonight

We saved the best for last. This pop classic will never sound the same again after you’ve seen the movie “The Hangover.” Yes, we’re talking about “In the Air Tonight ” by drummer, singer and songwriter Phil Collins. The drum break halfway through the song is epic.

This track is a good moment to borrow your sister’s keyboard. On the guitar the chords Dm, Gm and C sound beautiful, but the song is mainly written for synthesizer. So, if you’re able to experiment on the black and white keys, then this is the moment. Happy jamming!

Guitar heavyweight champion Em is chord of the week

You can’t get a lower chord on your six string than the E minor (Em). It’s a heavyweight that demands and deserves attention and it’s an inspiration for musicians in every genre, because it possesses an almost infinite number of possibilities. Below you’ll find five songs that honor the diversity of this triad.

The E minor is part of the Em scale, that consists of the pitches E, F#, G, A, B, C and D. Don’t be afraid, we’re not going to bore you with difficult theories. The pitches serve as a mental note, to show that the songs in Em often contain the chords that derive from the scale they’re in.

Livin’ on a Prayer – Jon Bon Jovi 

Livin’ on a Prayer by the New Jersey band Bon Jovi is a classic from the ’80s. It’s also their first song to hit the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The track was released in 1986 on the record Slippery When Wet and to this day it’s one of Bon Jovi’s most famous songs.

Looking at the chord progression we see that the whole song consists of four chords, namely the Em, C, D, and G. There’s an interesting thing happening at the end, where the band transposes the chorus to a G minor chord. That’s why you see the same intervals but played higher. You don’t have to do this in a jam. Stick to the normal progression and it’s likely that nobody will notice. But it never hurts to try.

I’d Rather Be with You – Bootsy Collins 

I’d Rather Be with You by funk legend Bootsy Collins transmits a completely different vibe than Livin’ on a Prayer. The 1976 track is one of the most sampled songs in hip-hop. For example, 2Pac, Eazy-E and even Beyoncé used the song in their tracks.

The funk classic produced by Bootsy Collins and George Clinton is built around an interesting bass line. The foundation of the track is made up of the chords E, Em, A, Am, C, D and G. The transition from minor to major may seem strange, but in funk it’s common to play around with the third, because it adds punch to the groove.

Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues

Well it seems that the chord of the week has turned into a list of classics, so why not throw in another epic song like Nights in White Satin by the British band The Moody Blues. The song appeared on the 1967 album Days of Future Passed and it’s about the silk sheets that front man Justin Hayward got from a friend. The song is radiating unrequited love and desire.

The track is written in Em and the chord is also dominantly present alternating with D, A, C, G and F. In the bridge where the famous fluit solo can be heard we hear a transition to B, Am and B7. In your own jam you could choose to leave this part out.

Losing Your Mind – Raury and Jaden Smith

The song gathered fame as a title on the soundtrack of the Netflix series The Get Down. At first sight Losing Your Mind, written by Raury and Jaden Smith, doesn’t fit in our list of Em classics, or does it? You are right, the version used in The Get Down is a new track, but its inspiration comes from the hit Vitamin C from 1972 which was written by the German krautrock band CAN. Now that’s a classic.

The original chord progression doesn’t differ that much from the remix by Jaden Smith and Raury. We encounter the same trick that Bootsy Collins used, where he switched between thirds. This is not surprising as this track has a funky vibe and the bass line plays a leading role. We could argue that the composition is more about rhythm than about melody. Try it out for yourself.

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

One of the most famous ballads from the nineties is perhaps Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. The track made so much impact that the band decided to re-release the track in 1999 in collaboration with a classical music orchestra.

The song contains a lot of technical strumming, but can ultimately be reduced to a few basic chords. The verse consists mainly of Em, C, D, G and the chorus of C, D and A. Therefore, this track is a perfect addition to your setlist. If you’re an advanced guitar player, try out some strumming. Otherwise, just stick to the chords. Happy jamming!