The Art of Limits: write a song based on the 4-chord progression I - V - vi - IV.
How to Respond
Write a musical phrase or song using the I-V-vi-IV chord progression, and post your work below using SoundCloud or video to receive feedback from Deidre and Mike. Don’t worry if your song is short, this is just an exercise!
You can write your song in any key, but here are a few examples of this chord progression in different keys:
- In C: C - G - Am - F
- In G: G - D - Em - C
- In D: D - A - Bm - G
- Can you arpeggiate the chords or should you play block chords?
- What rhythmic elements can you incorporate to make this chord progression sound different?
- How can you use a melody from this activity to create a song structure?
- Are you new to roman numeral chord symbols? Check out this lesson for more information. Visit musictheory.net for more music theory lessons and activities.
- Use a song from one of your Musical Exchange peers and make a mashup with your own song!
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