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The 4 Chord Piano Trick

By declan@decplaypiano.com

October 6, 2020


4 Chords – Thousands of Songs

Popular Western music is built upon a very simple pattern of notes – the 7 note scale and the chords that follow this scale. There are 6 ‘standard chords’ 3 major and 3 minor but you can play th evast majority of songs only using 4 of these chords.

In ‘relative numbers’ these are chords 1 4 5 6. Any song can be played in any musical key, each using a different starting note on the keyboard, but if we were playing a song in the key of C, chords 1 4 5 6 would be C F G and Am.

This is demonstrated superbly by Axis Of Awesome at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Australian comedy group perform a very funny video sketch showing how dozens of songs use the same chords – proving the theory behind the DecPlay piano system!

In this case, they play the same 4 chords in the same order (the order being 1, 5, 6 and 4) and play a huge variety of hit songs, ranging from Journey – Don’t Stop Believing, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful to Lady Gaga – Poker Face, Aqua – Barbie Girl and even Waltzing Matilda! The video is courtesy of Network Ten Australia.

The songs include:-

Songs Included

Journey — “Don’t Stop Believing”

James Blunt — “You’re Beautiful”

Black Eyed Peas — “Where Is the Love”

Alphaville — “Forever Young”

Jason Mraz — “I’m Yours”Train — “Hey Soul Sister”The Calling — “Wherever You Will Go”Elton John — “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (from The Lion King)Akon — “Don’t Matter”John Denver — “Take Me Home, Country Roads”Lady Gaga — “Paparazzi”U2 — “With Or Without You”The Last Goodnight — “Pictures of You”Maroon Five — “She Will Be Loved”The Beatles — “Let It Be”Bob Marley — “No Woman No Cry”Marcy Playground — “Sex and Candy”Men At Work — “Land Down Under”Theme from America’s Funniest Home VideosJack Johnson — “Taylor”Spice Girls — “Two Become One”A Ha — “Take On Me”Green Day — “When I Come Around”Eagle Eye Cherry — “Save Tonight”Toto — “Africa”Beyonce — “If I Were A Boy”Kelly Clarkson — “Behind These Hazel Eyes”Jason DeRulo — “In My Head”The Smashing Pumpkins — “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”Joan Osborne — “One Of Us”Avril Lavigne — “Complicated”The Offspring — “Self Esteem”The Offspring — “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid”Akon — “Beautiful”Timberland featuring OneRepublic — “Apologize”Eminem featuring Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”Bon Jovi — “It’s My Life”Lady Gaga — “Pokerface”Aqua — “Barbie Girl”Red Hot Chili Peppers — “Otherside”The Gregory Brothers — “Double Rainbow”MGMT — “Kids”Andrea Bocelli — “Time To Say Goodbye”Robert Burns — “Auld Lang Syne”Five for fighting — “Superman”The Axis of Awesome — “Birdplane”Missy Higgins — “Scar”

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