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Sensitive Female Chord Progression (vi-IV-I-V)


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Sensitive Female Chord Progression

The sensitive female chord progression, named by Boston Globe Columnist Marc Hirsh, is the chord progression vi-IV-I-V in a major key. In the key of C major, this would be Am-F-C-G.

Hirsh first noticed the chord progression in the song One of Us by Joan Osborne. He then began to notice the chord progression in many other songs. He named the progression because he claimed it was used by many members of the Lilith Fair in the late 1990s.

Another common progression that is related to the "sensitive female chord progression" is I-V-vi-IV, used in songs as early as The Beatles' Let It Be, as well as Green Day's When I Come Around, Bush's Glycerin, Blink 182's What's My Age Again?, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Otherside and many others. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Song Examples:

Boston - Peace of Mind
Sarah McLachlin - Building A Mystery
Joan Osborne - One of Us
Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
Jewel - Foolish Games
Avril Lavigne - Complicated 
Peter Paul and Mary - Freight Train
Beyonce - If I Were a Boy
Green Day - Holiday
Nina Gordon  Tonight And The Rest Of My Life
The Offspring - Self Esteem
Rihanna (with Jay-Z) - Umbrella
Calexico - Crumble
Iggy Pop - The Passenger 
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm 
Bon Jovi - It's My Life

Click below for the best in free Sensitive Female Chord Progression lessons available on the web.

Building A Mystery (Ger Tillekens)
Six Four One Five
Strike A Chord (Boston Globe)

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