Common Chord Progressions and you…

by Josh

Over the last two months, I’ve been working on a lot of song practice.  Most recently, I have discovered the newest offering by one of my favorite bands: Barenaked Ladies.  For some reason, their new song “You Run Away” has burrowed into my brain and I have been listening to the single I purchased from iTunes frequently.

After some discussion with John, he pointed out that the guitar parts of this song are pretty easy.  I was somewhat skeptical, knowing that Ed Robertson’s guitarwork is on average far more advanced than what I would consider pretty easy, but I asked John to get me the chords for it anyway.  He quickly hit me back with details that as far as he could tell, the song used a capo on the 2nd fret and the chords were G, Dsus4/F#, Em7, and Cadd9.

That sounds like a mouthful, I thought… but I tried it out and quickly realized that these were the EXACT same chords that I use to play Eve, The Apple of my Eye.  I was but a few hours of strumming practice away from getting the pattern and with little effort I had another song in my repertoire!  John pointed out that this is one of the more common chord progressions in pop/rock music today and there is probably 100 more songs that follow the same pattern.  We’ve started work on a list that we will post up here, but it’s fun when skills from one song directly transfer to another!

Thanks to John for the chord tab and to Barenaked Ladies for a great song that inspired me to look deeper.  Their new album arrives in Canada on March 23rd and the US on March 30th, so be sure to check it out!

3 Responses to “Common Chord Progressions and you…”

  • Vanessa Says:

    Hi John,

    I am attempting to learn Eve the Apple of My Eye, but having trouble with the strumming pattern. Could you provide some insight?


  • Josh Says:

    Hi Vanessa, Josh here. I found this great YouTube video that is the guys from Bell X1 just playing Eve acoustically. This might help you make out the strumming pattern. Enjoy!

  • John Says:

    My suggestion is to practice different strumming patterns to get a sense of how different patterns sound. Once you get the rhythm and strum pattern I suggest playing it quite a bit. Even if it doesnt sound right at first the more you play with the music the better you will get.

    SOme of those strumming exercises are pretty boring but they really help.

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