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[Oct. 3rd, 2016|08:17 pm]
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More things to add to the "chord progressions that aren't cliches-I-already-know-about nonetheless covertly appearing in multiple places" file.

Here's a thing I've seen Ben Folds do twice: I-vi-bVII-V. Don't know how to analyze why this sounds so good, except I guess the root moves down by a minor third twice, kind of like how in I-V-bVII-IV it moves down by a fourth twice.
In "The Luckiest" it pauses on the bVII for a beat:
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| D Bm C    C       | G G7/F D A |
| I vi bVII bVII    | V V7   I V |
  fact...       now I know...

And in "Don't Change Your Plans" it's the main 4-chord theme, which the intro and chorus consist almost entirely of, and the verse uses it a lot, too, with some extra bits on the end:
v link goes here                    
| A F#m G    E |
| I vi  bVII V |
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Comments:
From: eub
2016-10-06 09:07 am (UTC)
That's fun, I hadn't played with bVII. I like that it halves right in between ii (6-4) and vii0. So you can do like
I-vi-ii-bVII-vii0-V-V7-I all stepwise.

(I'm playing along with your chord posts -- thanks.)
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