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"Songs You Can Play Using Only 4 Chords!"
Instructional Audio CD and DVD video & "Most-Used-Chords" Sheet
"Songs You Can Play Using Only 4 Chords!"
"Songs You Can Play Using Only 4 Chords!"
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Songs You Can Play Using Only 4 Chords!
There are four chords in every key which are used
more often than any others.


They are called the tonic (I), the sub-dominant (IV), the dominant (V), and the super-tonic chord (ii). Most songs begin and end on the tonic so it functions as. The other 3 chords are used to provide contrast to the tonic. Learn what the four main chords are in every key, and guess what -- you've got the magic key to which chords are likely in a song. You'll also learn to match your melody note to these 4 chords, so you can harmonize virtually any simple song.

There are many songs you can learn with 3 or 4 chords in them, in fact if you're not afraid to improvise a little, you can play any song with less than 3 chords if this is what you prefer to do.

There are many music books that are specially arranged so that pianists who aren't confident enough in their ability to tackle multi-chord changes within a song can use. These books may not show the music as the composer intended, but they do allow for a player who is still learning techniques to make music that sounds good.

What you need to remember about song playing is that you can change the chords at will. If you prefer to only use 1 or 2 chords and can improvise the tune on what's in the music, then you can do this. You will end up with a harmony that isn't as interesting as one with a myriad of chords in it, but if you can play it confidently without hesitating, then it will sound better than one with many chords that your fingers stumble over.

If you're not confident about chord changes and prefer to use only 3 or 4 chords, then you should learn some chord techniques such as suspensions and anticipations that will allow you to use the few chords you are sure of to better effect. Just by moving a finger here or there during the chord playing you'll add an additional interest that will make the music you play sound more complicated than it actually is! In turn this will raise your own confidence level and motivate you to experiment more with the music.

Learning major chord structure is something that should be part of your everyday practice session. As you become more confident playing these chords you'll find that you aren't afraid to choose songs that have many chord changes in them. Until you have that confidence play the chords that you are familiar with and concentrate on getting them right. Involuntarily hitting the wrong notes in the chord can create a completely different sound, perhaps in a way that completely throws your entire piece of music into an unintended discord, by keeping the chord progression simple even an inexperienced pianist can create good music that doesn't hurt the ear of those listening!

Whether you are just starting out with learning to play the piano, or are a little more experienced but still feel that you don't have the confidence in your ability to create music requiring many different chord changes in your music, you can find music at the level you require it. On the other hand, if you prefer to improvise, just confidently play the chords that fit naturally with the harmony line. Add some interest with passing notes, and appoggiaturas and listeners will enjoy your playing as much as they would one with a complicated chord progression that's played with hesitation.

Don't let lack of chord confidence put you off playing. Continue to practice chord changes, but in the meantime enjoy playing pieces of music with a minimum amount of chords that allow you to strengthen your skill base with these chords as well as increase your confidence in your ability as a pianist.

Here is a list of just a few of the songs you can play:

Abide with Me
All Shook Up
Aloha Oe
Amazing Grace
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Angels We Have Heard on High
Around Her Hair (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
Auld Lang Syne
Away In A Manger
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Beautiful Dreamer
Big Rock Candy Mountain
blowin in the wind
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Tail Fly
Brahm's Lullaby
Bye Bye Love
Caisson's Song
Camptown Races
Canadian Errant Un
Careless Love
Catch a Falling Star
Cielito Linda
Columbus Stockade Blues
Comin' Through the Rye
Crawdad Song
Deck the Halls
Dinah (In the Kitchen)
Du, Du, Liegst Im Herzen
Don't It Make You Want to Go Home
Down By the Riverside
Dry Bones
For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
For the Beauty of the Earth
Frankie and Johnny
Gentle On My Mind
Get on Board
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Gotta Travel On
Grandfather's Clock
Hand in my Pocket
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Wanderer
Hello My Baby
Holly and the Ivy
Home on the Range
Home Sweet Home
Old Gray Mare
Old Kentuky Home
Old MacDonald
Old Oaken Bucket
Everybody Loves a Lover
Folk and Popular Songs:
If I Had a Hammer
If You're Happy and You Know It
In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Irene Goodnight
I Saw Three Ships
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
I Wish I Were Single Again
I'm On My Way
I've Got Sixpence
Jacob's Ladder
Jimmie Crack Corn
Jingle Bells
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Johnny Be Good
Joy to the World
Jump Down, Spin Around
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
King of the Road
Kum Ba Yah My Lord
La Bamba
Lemon Tree
Listen to the Mocking Bird
Little Brown Church in the Vale
Little Brown Jug
Li'l Liza Jane
Lonesome Valley
Long Tail Sally (Beatles
Love me Tender
Mama Don't Allow
Marianne (All Day)
Me and Bobby McGee
Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore
Midnight Special
Moonlight Bay
MTA Song
Muffin Man
Music in the Air
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
My Grandfather's Clock
My Heart Cries for You
Nearer My God to Thee
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
O Come All Ye Faithful
Oh! Dear! What Can the Matter Be
Oh! Mary Don't You Weep
Oh! Tannenbaum
Oh! Them Golden Slippers
Oh Susannah
Oh When The Saints Go Marching In
Old Black Joe
Old Chisholm Trail
Old Cotton Fields Back Home
Old Dan Tucker
Old Folks at Home
Old Paint
Old Rugged Cross
Old Time Religion
One More River
On Top of Old Smoky
Pack Up Your Sorrows
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
Red River Valley
Reuben and Rachel
Ring, Ring, the Banjo
Rock of Ages
Saints Go Marching
Sentimental Journey
She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
Sidewalks of New York
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Sloop John B.
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
St. James Infirmary
Swanee River
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
The First Noel
The Marines Hymn
There Is a Tavern In the Town
There's a Hole in the Bucket
This Land Is Your Land
This Land Is Your Land
This Train
Three Chord Songs for Christmas
Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
Tijuana Jail
Trail to Pretoria
Turkey in the Straw
Tutti Frutti
Twelve Days of Christmas
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Twist and Shout
Vive L'Amour (Vive la compagnie)
Wabash Cannonball
Walk of Life Waltzing Matilda
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We'll Sing In the Sunshine
What Child Is This
When the Saints Go Marching In
When You and I Were Young Maggie
Wide River
Wild Thing
Willie and the Hand Jive
Wings of a Dove
I've been workin' on the Railroad
Worried Man Blues
Yankee Doodle
Yellow Bird
You Are My Sunshine

Songs You Can Play Using Only 4 Chords!
Instructional Audio CD and DVD video
Most-Used-Chords Sheet

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