Rock and Roll Progressions
"The infamous three-chord E-A-B7 Rock [and Roll] Progression is a staple of Rock N Roll. Whereas the E-C#m-A-B7 [Doo-Wop] Rock Ballad Progression substituted the harder sounding A chord for the softer F#m chord in the Standard ["E-C#m-F#m-B7"] Changes, the Rock [and Roll] Progression omitted the softer sounding C#m chord to create a harder rock sound. Although the quality of the chords in Rock [and Roll] Progressions are not usually changed, sometimes the A chord is changed to an A6 and the B7 is changed to a B or B11. Common Rock [and Roll]Progression variations include the E-A-B-E and E-A-B-A Progressions. An inventive combination of the Rock [and Rol] Progression with an Ascending E-G#-A-B Bass Line was used to produce Wings 1978 number one With A Little Luck and Billy Joels 1979 My Life." (Excerpt from Money Chords - A Songwriter's Sourcebook of Popular Chord Progressions © 2000 by Richard J. Scott) Three great examples of rock and roll progressions are shown below in the key of C.
Twist And Shout (Beatles - 1964) verse progression
Do You Love Me (Contours - 1962) verse progression
Mr. Jones (Counting Crows - 1993) chorus progression
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