Chord Chart PDF at my Patreon: This is the second chord analysis video I’ve done, the first being Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”, which was also conveniently in C and contains many similar elements to this progression. One bit of music theory and composition I forgot to mention in this video is the lovely movements that occur within the Eb-G/D-C change. In addition to the borrowed chord interpretation, there is a lot analyze just with the moving voices. The beginning of this song is essentially the bass playing down the notes of the C Minor scale beginning from the 4th (F, Eb, D, C), yet our song is firmly in the key of C Major. In addition, the change from Eb to G/D gives nice contrary motion, with the high Eb resolving down a halfstep to D, while Bb resolves upward a halfstep to B, before the conclusion to C Major.

If you’re rusty on your theory, here are the videos you would need to know in order to make sense of this video-
Diatonic Major Chords:
Diatonic Minor Chords:
Secondary Dominants:
Borrowed Chords:

Here’s the PDF for reharmonizing line cliche’s courtesy of Berkelee:

The Kokomo video I mentioned:

Please check my friends Roger and Dan at GTR Gurus especially if you were looking for custom guitars or luthier work done. They’re really nice guys and provided me with the beautiful acoustic guitar I used for this video. I’m releasing an acoustic fingerstyle piece soon and will be using this guitar to record it.

My Patreon supporters are the reason this channel will be uploading videos for at least the next year. They have my appreciation and I hope yours! A special thank you to…
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Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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Music Theory and Songwriting Course FAQs

Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
I can confidently say that this method of learning will be more effective and valuable for many types of students. Since there is no wasted time or filler, it is more time-efficient than real life lessons where the teacher or student can get distracted. The printable materials are of a higher quality than most private lessons. And the ability to replay a lesson over and over is invaluable for students struggling to understand difficult topics.
Not quite- my YouTube channel explores more advanced topics without explaining the prerequisites. 95% of the content in this course is totally unique and unexplored on my channel, and is taught in a linear fashion as to make sure you’re totally competent by the end. There are only two lessons that include cross over with my YouTube channel. However, after some lessons, Design and Develop by Inbox Technologyyou are directed to specific YouTube videos I’ve produced to help expand on your understanding of the previous topics and to help weave my channel in with the course.
Nope! Once purchased you’ll have access for life, including any additional lessons or worksheets that get added in over time.
Currently, no. But I am working on getting a physical version of the course made instead of digital-only. Stay tuned!
If you are not satisfied with the course content or accessibility, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
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Reach out to me directly on my email and let me know your situation, I might be able to help =)