Weekly Workout: Cut the Chord: How to Get Out of the I-IV-V Progression Rut

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There’s no shortage of possible explanations for why so much contemporary popular music seems
stuck in a rut, but here’s a good one: lack of harmonic imagination. Chords can suggest melodies
just as much as melodies can suggest chords, yet many of today’s most successful writers rarely
venture beyond a few standard progressions. That’s not to say you can’t still work wonders with
even the most overused tropes—think of how many great tunes are oriented around I-IV-V or I-V-vi-
IV. But if you’re sticking too much to the harmonically tried and true, you’re limiting your melodic
choices. 

Well, if the song doctors won’t come up with something more interesting, you can.

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