The Four Chord Medley

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time since I did "Tell the One Way", here it is!



The idea here is that Hillsong, as well as a lot of other bands/churches, use the I V VIm IV (e.g. A E F#m D, depends on what key you're in) chord progression ALOT. Its catchy, and its easy to make melodies over it.

13 comments:

Tim said...

I guess that's one way to look at the way Hillsong creates their music. I know it's more about the lyrics than the music, but I guess I'm a bit disappointed how worship music is a bit....repetitive. What do you do to keep this from bothering you?*

*Should this be a forum question?

kenny said...

On a broader level, most people won't realise that the chord progression is used so often, so I guess using them is pretty ok, and its just four chords (instead of e.g. 10).

But maybe you find the music repetitive because it doesn't suit your taste? For example, I find rap terribly repetitive, like its the same thing for every song, but a rap fan would think otherwise.

It could also be repetitive because your church sings too many songs from the same artist or genre; why not suggest some new songs? After all, the Bible tells us to sing unto the Lord a new song (in Psalms).

Nate said...

so does anyone know of any other Christian songs that use this same chord progression?

kenny said...

Plenty! 'Never Let Me Go' by Planetshakers is one other example.

Zac said...

we also use alot of: vi IV I V/vii
ie. F#mi D A E/G#

DDDX07 said...

wow
thats impressive

DDDX07 said...

I was wondering if u could tab this medeley

kenny said...

Not at the moment, but u can give it a try as an exercise. I've a post on scales under 'theory & techniques', you can use the pattern in A major, and try to figure the melodies as an exercise. Its very rewarding!

kodie said...

you guys should realize that this pattern of chord progressions isnt just used in christian praise music.just like how pachelbels canon in d chord patterns are repeated in many songs.this pattern of chord progressions is used everywhere,a lot of the times in different keys.also,who cares if it IS repetitive.these songs are for praise and worship written to be spread all over the world for everyone to sing.therefore,an easy tune that is familiar is good for a congregation to learn quikly and enjoy for their praise to God.

mike said...

Yep, I call this the standard punk rock progression. Its in a lot of Unleash songs, and especially FIlipino songs. I have a name for this for kids i teach, and they know what i mean when i call this progression by name.

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Virgil said...

I was reading through psalms and was thinking about going to a new level in worship. The repetitive stuff can be cool, and easy to remember when you follow your basic verse/chorus/bridge line up but looking back on history worship seems to keep evolving.

In the psalms David doesn't follows a sequence like this but generally has new lyrics for every line. What would this look like? Obviously we don't know if he was playing a four chord progression. Anyway what are your thoughts?

Sean Pomory said...

This isn't just a worship song thing; everyone does this. Watch this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I (excuse the language) !!