V-I (a la Eagles/Billy/Elton)...
We have a big weekend coming up in Sligo - Theme Night 20 is on!
If you have never been to a theme night, well this is the 20th since they began in 2011, and it will consist of 60+ musicians organised into various combinations to deliver the music of a particular theme - this time the music of The Eagles.
It's like a blind date with The Eagles. The audience know we'll be playing their music, but they don't know who will be in the band, who is singing what song, or who has decided to put their own twist on something. They are very popular nights for audiences and musicians alike in our part of the world.
I love these nights for many reasons - one of which is that I get to know the music of a particular artist really well for a period of time. The challenges of each theme are different, and this time I reckon if we can get the guitars and the harmonies right we'll go a long way to putting on a good show. If we do, I hope to show you some footage of the performances next week.
The Eagles wouldn't be renowned for tricky chord sequences, but you'd be surprised when you get into the music. The first chord of the chorus of Witchy Woman anyone??
However this time one of my favourites is Take It to the Limit, and I love the chord changes between the 1st and 2nd Verse (0:40-0:48). Billy Joel uses exactly the same sequence at the end of the Bridge in Piano Man (in C, 1:27-1:31), as does Elton John between Verses 1 and 2 in Tiny Dancer (also in C, 1:01-1:05).
Music is full of V-I sequences. These are often the last two chords of a song. The V chord sets you up for the idea that the song is about to finish, and then the I chord actually finishes it. Because it is such a common progression, many musicians do it in different ways.
What I'm talking about above is a particularly nice way of getting from the V chord to the I chord, including a few other chords in between.
If you are interested in exploring it further, have a look at the chord chart below, or at the video up on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram demonstrating this on the piano. It might be something for any musicians out there to try. Chord chart below too...