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Guitar Chord Progression:

V-IV-I - Blues ending - Blues

Other Blues progressions

The standard ending of a 12-bar blues. As you go one step down from V to IV before going to I, the result is a kind of plagal cadence. This V-IV-I is often called unwinding the V-chord, compared to the V(7)-I resolution.

It is - as the name indicates - a typical blues ending. I have not included standard 12, 16 or 24 bar blues tunes on the list. Go to the blues progressions for songs with these progressions that all have the V-IV-I ending.

From Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Across The Universe":

The song contains a touch of the blues based on the use of the emblematic V->IV->I progression. Did you ever notice just how differently the latter progression affects compared to when the order of the first two chords is reversed?

Recordings with the V-IV-I Blues ending progression - Annotaded

  • The Beatles - Across The Universe -
  • The Beatles - I feel fine -

  • Books covering the progression -

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