TIP OF THE DAY

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The I IV V Chord Progression
I IV V Songs: Rise Up Singing PLUS Chord Chart

I IV V
G C D
Ab Db Eb
A D E
Bb Eb F
B E F#
C F G
C# F# G#
D G A
Eb Ab Bb
E A B
F Bb C
F# B C#

One of the best musical resources for the intermediate musician is the book Rise Up Singing. If you don't know much about music, this book will not help you a lot but, hopefully, with the information in the I-IV-V tips series, you will be able to do a lot with this book.

Rise Up Singing has the words and chords to 1200 songs. You personally will know between 100 and 300 of these songs - songs such as This Land is Your Land. However, to use this great resource on your G-tuned kalimba, you will need some additional information - you will need to be able to transpose chords from one key to another.

To start out, we list the I-IV-V chords in each of the 12 major keys in the western system of music at right:

Note that every note with a # or b actually has two names. F# is the same as Gb, or Bb is the same as A#, but I have just written the notes that I usualy think of them as.

It doesn't hurt to memorize these for the keys you play in. On the other hand, you can always "calculate" what I, IV, V is in a particular key, but that is a bit like counting on your fingers.

On the other hand, if you never do more than play on your Alto kalimba in G, you will never need to know any more than G, C, D.

Check back NEXT WEDNESDAY to see how I apply this info to songs in Rise Up Singing.