What kind of groove can be accomplished in a two chord song

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  1. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    Although there is a half step modulation at the 2:15 it is for the most part a two chord song. With all the posts about newer bands that come out and how us older guys don't really care for them I wanted to post this song from Motown by David Ruffin. These guys weren't trying to be 'ironic' they were just trying to make the best music possible and have them be hits (which they were quite successful at). I know this song won't be for everyone's tastes but to our younger guys give it a listen and see what you think of it.
     
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    I'll do you one better.

    "Chain of Fools" (Aretha) is basically a one chord song.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. I'm pretty sure that song grooves :)
     
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    Study The Black Keys...grooves abundance
     
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    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    This is my point exactly. Music was created by riffing on one chord. When I see posts about certain new bands being creative and minimalistic I remember this stuff and how a simple idea became a great song without being musically verbose.

    I like many songs that have lots of chord changes too but these are great examples of keeping it simple and still having a groove.
     
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    CowTipton Silver Supporting Member

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    I love that songs like this leave you lots of room to improvise.
    For the player with limited ability (like me), the more chords in a song the more you get boxed into playing within certain scales/modes. Songs like these leave you tons of space to come up with different melodies.
     
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    I suppose it helps when the person singing over the vamp is a world-class vocalist. Not so many of those around nowadays (36 and already and old man *shakes head at self* :D)
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    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    True. If you listen closely you will hear who I assume to be Robert White playing little line like fills between the vocal lines.
     
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    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    Very true Austin. David may have had his demons but he was a great, great singer who grooved with his vocals.
     
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    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    How about 1-chord songs? Like "Hey Nineteen" "In a Silent Way?" "Willie the Pimp"

    Two-chord songs:

    Do the Tighten Up
    Season of the Witch
    Feelin' All Right
     
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    EDIT....correction: These are not songs. Sorry
     
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    "What I Got" by Sublime. 2 Chords... D and G. Over and over and over again. Regardless of the version, that's essentially what's going on...



     
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    A Ninth goes a long way

     
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    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    One chord song that sets a groove like no other....

     
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    I love "Tomorrow Never Knows" but I think I'll see and raise for a one-chord groover . . .



    And, a vintage two-chord groover . . .

     
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    jane says.
    how come by ray lamontaigne - I think that and jane says are actually in the same key.
    I think paper back writer is 2 chords..
    Exodus - bob marley.
    Whole Lotta Love?

    one of the lessons I remember quite well from my guitar teacher was to make stuff up on one chord. Basing stuff on arpegios, we would hit other notes, but resolve to the notes of the chord for making it sound as if it were changing.

    I recall recording two notes from these chords over and over to play against.

    Also, it's pretty standard to work over a 2-5 chord progression and if you can make that sound like rock, to raggae to country and or funk... you aint trying! :)
     
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    I/V Country Groove- "Jambalaya" C>G

    I/V N.O./GD Groove- "Iko Iko" - G>D

    Funky 2 chord grooves: "Genius of Love" (almost), and the best- "Groove is in the Heart" (DeeLite)
     
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    This.

    Pretty much invented psychedelic/electronica/rave/trance music....thirty years ahead of time.
     

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