Four-Chord Songs on the Guitar


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  • Title: Four-Chord Songs on the Guitar: Playing Music with Four Chords
  • Author(s): Sarah Owen
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Learning Design and Leadership Modules
  • Series: Music
  • Keywords: guitar, three chords, music composition, music education


In this learning module learners will first learn what a four-chord song it and it's relevance in popular music. Second, learners will learn and play the chords G, C, D, and Em on the guitar. They will perform a song with these four chords and give and receive feedback for their peers' performances using a rubric.