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Chord Progressions - A Green Onion After Midnight will Change the World

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A Green Onion After Midnight will Change the World - the I-IIIb-IV and I-IV-IIIb progression

Play the Harmonized Shuffle slow. If you are in the key of E, then try playing the chords E - A - G - A. It really is the harmonized shuffle. It is a I - IV - IIIb - (IV) progression. Try playing E - A - G | G - A - E. Play it slow with the chords of the harmonized shuffle, and you have the beginning of Eric Clapton's Change The World. I needed a label for this group of progressions for my list of progressions, and have chosen Onion Shuffle as the name for the group.

The following is the chord structure of the harmonized shuffle and of Change The World. But it is the way I play the chords, and not an Eric Clapton transcription. In fact it is a rhythmically simplified version of my playing - I did not spend the time to write the rhythm as it actually is played. But listen to the recording. You will hear it both as written, and as I usually play it. Click here for a standard notation/tabulature example The Changing World lick (Finale File - click here if you need a viewer).

Try another sequence: E - G - A - the I - IIIb - IV progression. It can be used either as a chord structure for a song, as in After The Midnight, or as some kind of a chord shuffle, as in Steve Cropper's Green Onion. And by now you probably understand the strange title of this lesson. Click here for a standard notation/tabulature example of With A Taste of Onion (Finale File - click here if you need a viewer).

Click here for an MP3 recording of the lick (not active yet)

I am not really able to associate this progression with a scale or a mode. But I think of it as a minor pentatonic progression.

Go here for more on the I-IIIb-IV and/or I-IV-IIIb progression

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