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Melody Paths with 1, 6-, 2-, 5D

This is a practice video for students who want to understand and internalize the chord progression 1, 6-, 2-, 5D. First, we will understand the role of each chord in the progression, and then we will practice ear training with the Melody Paths exercise.

Here are two great ways to keep studying this chord progression on your own:

1) Practice hearing these changes in my playlist of songs with 1, 6-, 2-, 5D

Listen to the songs on the playlist and follow the chord changes, trying to feel all the different sensations we talked about in the video. It's important to hear the chord changes in the context of real music and in different styles. You can even try to sing and play Melody Paths over all of these songs:

- Sherry by The Four Seasons (verse only)
- Perfidia by The Ventures or Nat King Cole (verse only)
- Contract on Love by Stevie Wonder
- Give Me Novacaine by Green Day (verse only)
- Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen (in minute 1:37 they change the key, but the chords are still 1 6- 2- 5D just transposed to the new key)
- Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys
- You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson (verse only)
- Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye (skip intro - verse only - every chord lasts two measures)
- Heart and Soul version by Larry Clinton and His Orchestra (skip intro - verse only)

To listen to this playlist on Spotify, you can click here.

2) Practice singing and improvising over our jam tracks

In this exercise we explore a jam track from lesson 8 of IFR Jam Tracks Level 3: Pure Harmony Advanced. This course includes 15 beautiful chord progressions, building progressively to help you master all these important sequence of chords. Play and sing Melody Paths over the jam tracks in different keys, and improvise freely with all seven notes of the major scale.