This video deeply analyzes John Lennon’s Imagine, specifically the chord progressions used to make up the song. In addition, we take a look at the arrangement, production, and other musical choices that all sum up this iconic composition.
Music theory is simply a way to describe what songwriter’s have done. All of the composing tricks used in this song were clearly in John Lennon’s vocabulary, whether he used their proper academic name (secondary dominant / pedal tone / etc.) is not relevent. What matters is understanding why this composition feels the way it does, and use that knowledge to our own benefit as composers!
Take note- this song was written on piano. Even if you’re a lousy key player, you should be able to take these chords to the piano and see how simple of a song it really is. You’ll also see how the geometry of the piano itself probably played a giant part in why the song was written the way it was. It falls very easly on the hands.
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In This Video:
00:35 Verse Chords
03:00 Why Voicings Matter
04:15 Creating Melody Within Chords
06:25 Mystery Ninth
07:34 Double Tracking
08:16 Chorus Chords