PDF with chords posted at my Patreon: https://bit.ly/2KrAUs1
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This video is a musical analysis of the chord progression in We are the Champions by Queen. We will see things like key changes/modulations, modal mixture, secondary dominants, and secondary leading tone chords. Lots of complex changes for a song that might seem basic on the surface.
The following topics are touched upon, and you can go further into any of these topics by watching the lessons I’ve taught on them.
Writing chord progressions in Major: https://youtu.be/M8eItITv8QA
Writing chord progressions in Minor: https://youtu.be/j-j4g0ktPGw
Secondary Dominant Chords: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py4Ha…
Diminished Chord Basics: https://youtu.be/HQ2pg7D1aks
Using Diminished Chords: https://youtu.be/koulaYcijEE
Modal Mixture: https://youtu.be/RyR98UEtt18
Modulations: https://youtu.be/Vxac3hHrxg8
The I – iii change: https://youtu.be/y97CwPqDQf8
Here are my previous videos on Perfect Progressions:
Bruno Mars – If I Was Your Man: https://youtu.be/rD0L-a0gDgk
The Beatles – Something: https://youtu.be/wcG7G1Ixb6E

A few things to note, that did not make it into the video:
Many of you may “hear” or “feel” a i – bVII instead of a i – v for the intro like I pointed out. That’s fine! There is no ONE way to interpret this chord, and often times, we have to choose a name based on our own experiences.
The second half of the verse is Eb – Ab/Eb. I forgot to talk about how nice and soft a I-IV can be when the bass note does not change- in this instance, Eb remains on the bass. It’s about as soft and pleasing as two chords can get IMO.
This video is brough to you by my AMAZING Patreon supporters, especially the following fine folks:
Linas Orentas
Joe Buote
Nick White
Patrick Ryan
Christopher Swanson
John Arnold
Jon Reddish
Brandon Combs
Morgan M.
Lord of the Chords
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Don Watters
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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, you 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!
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