Archive for April 17, 2013

The Four Chord Progression

Yeah, I know I’m out-of-town doing things other than writing for this blog, but yesterday’s quick post about Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” prompted more than one person to send this video to me:

This, my friends, is Axis of Awesome’s song about a standard 4-chord progression, of which Pachelbel’s Canon is a variant.

Super special thanks to Roho and Annie L., who both sent this video to me. Roho further notes that Leonard Cohen specifically draws attention to such a chord progression in his also-ubiquitous “Hallelujah”: “It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift.”