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3 Chord Club: John Denver

Posted on: January 7th, 2011 by dville

Today at the 3 Chord Club we learn three classic John Denver tunes by ear. John loved the IV chord and you’ll hear that love demonstrated in these songs.

Each Friday we choose three songs from a specific artist, label or genre of music that we’ll learn by ear. All the songs will contain three chords or less! You’ll find links to the lyrics but not the chords. That’s where your ears come in. Since you know the song has only one to threechords, try to figure out the changes, or chord progression by ear. Here’s a hint, most of the time the chords will be the I-IV & V or V7 chords. In the Key of C, that’s C-F-G or G7. Remember, the sound examples may be in various keys. As an added bonus, try to figure out the key of the recording.


Leaving On A Jet Plane (lyrics in video)

(Hint: I-IV-I-IV etc. verse)

Back Home Again (lyrics in video)
(Hint: I-IV-V7-I)


Calypso (lyrics in video)

(Hint: I-IV6-I etc.)

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2 Responses

  1. Janet Wellington/Oregon says:

    Hey, Jim: so nice to have JD part of your 3 Chord Club, though it made me a bit meloncholy today as I watched the YouTube videos, I have to admit… I got to meet John many years ago at a concert venue in Rockford, Illinois. I'd written him a fan letter that included my seat location (ever the optimist, I am), and I got plucked out of the audience before the concert to meet him backstage. Of course that night I felt like every song was for me!

  2. Sal Pedi says:

    John Denver left us much to soon….his voice had a enchanting, haunting quality that will remain with all of us who loved his singing forever!..

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