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4 Chords, 65 Songs

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Published on Apr 22, 2009

Inspired by "4 Chords" by The Axis of Awesome, I decided to make my own rendition of songs that utilize these four chords. In music theory, the chords are as follows: I-V-vi-IV. Rather than performing each song (as did The Axis of Awesome) I mixed the actual recordings into a single montage.

Of course ALL of these songs are in different keys and have different meters and different tempos; mixing them in their "natural" state would sound awful. So I transposed them all to the same key (I chose the key of B major.) And once transposed, I took each single chord sequence and made them all the same length.

With these alterations, you will hear that some songs sound "Alvin and the Chipmunks"-esque while others sound "deep-voiced demon"-esque. Also, some are substantially sped-up and others substantially slowed-down. And some are hardly changed, if at all; it just depends on what the original key of the song was.

Hope you like it.


FOR MUSIC THEORY GEEKS:
Most of the songs were in a major key, with the chord progression truly being I-V-vi-IV. There were, however, a few songs in minor; with a i-VI-III-VII chord progression. This minor-key chord progression is *enharmonically equivalent* to vi-IV-I-V. So for such songs, the chord progression is repeated at least twice during the song (e.g., vi, IV-[I-V-vi-IV]-I-V) you'll obviously see that right in the middle of the doubled chord sequence (in brackets) is "I-V-vi-IV."

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