Most pop songs are really just “four-chord songs.” At least that is what “Axis of Awesome” (a comedic rock band) claim and explain in this PG-13 clip. They begin with Journey’s “Don’t’ Stop Believin” and continue with a medley of countless hits that feature the same four chords (in the same order, too!). After watching this video I decided that my students must watch it as well (with parental consent), memorize those four chords and learn the opening line of Journey to play anywhere, anytime. Turns out, they not only enjoy the fact that they can play the “Glee”-remake but also take pride in the fact that they now know the secret behind most of their favorite pop songs. Bonus: their friends love to sing along and actually “believe” they can play the piano like the “pros”.
Teaching Hint: If your students know the Heart and Soul Pattern, they know the chords of most four-chord songs. [···]