Inspirational Chords from Famous Songs

If you’re looking for the best way to turn famous chords that are used in famous songs into very musical and highly creative guitar playing exercises, you’ve come to the right place!

In this video, I’m going to show you four chords that are from four different songs by four different famous bands. These songs might apply each of these awesome chords in different ways, but how you use them will be up to you.


Let me ask you a question, “when was the last time that you took a chord out of a piece of music that you were practicing (a chord that you thought was really inspiring) and then you analyzed it, and worked out it’s interval construction, and then you tried to apply that chord into different musical situations?”

A lot of guitar players will seldom if ever do this. Instead for most guitar players, their chord study will all too often end with the use of that inspiring chord just staying within the song where it was found.

In this lesson, I’m going to show you 4 chords used in famous songs by bands like; Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chillie Peppers, The Police and Ozzy Osbourne.

We’ll discuss their theory and how to apply them in other ways! But first, here’s how each one of these chords looks and sounds when it’s played on Guitar!


Next, I’d like to take each one of those chord patterns and examine them a little bit closer. 

We’ll explore their interval relationships, why I decided upon those particular root notes and we’ll organize how those chords might be used in other unique ways to perform musical ideas that operate outside of the original songs from where the chords had first been applied.


"G Major" (in 1st Inversion - "B" note in the bass).
Used by "Randy Rhodes" (Ozzy).
Song examples; "Crazy Train" "Dee."

"C Major add2(#4)" (root in the bass).
Used by "Jimmy Page" (Led Zeppelin).
Song example; "Stairway to Heaven"

"C Major add2" (root in the bass).
Used by "Andy Summers" (The Police).
Song example; "Every Breath You Take" 

"F Major 7 (#11)" (root in the bass).
Used by "John Frusciante" (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Song example; "Under the Bridge"

One of the most important things that we can do as musicians is to both analyze and organize any of the scale or the chord ideas that we learn about as we’re practicing songs that we enjoy...

When we learn how to use those interesting chords or ‘scale sections’ in different ways, (outside of where and how they had originally existed), it helps us to be able to not only remember them longer but also remember them better.

Plus, it also helps us stretch our musical creativity so that we can learn and apply those chords in new ways that have very little (or perhaps sometimes nothing) to do with how those chords were used when we had first been introduced to them.

So, go forward and keep learning new and interesting song ideas. And, once you have learned something new (that inspires you), take it further and apply it into as many unique situations as you possibly can.



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