Are there fewer and fewer passing chords?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ElectroVibe, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Has anyone else noticed how, especially with simplification of pop music, including contemporary pop and praise music, that there are less chords being played?

    I noticed it first with contemporary pop music. How a song will resolve from the 4 straight back to the 1, whereas I was always used to hearing it go to the 5 first.
    (Or you can rearrange these)

    Then I noticed it again when watching Roger McGuinn playing "Turn Turn Turn". He took out a passing chord that he used to play in the main progressions. (I'm not even sure what the chord is).

    Then I was listening to "Angel From Montgomery" where the end of each verse resolves from 5 to 1 but it includes the passing chord. And I just KNOW that if the song were written today it wouldn't have the passing chord. Or if some people covered it today they would probably remove it completely.
  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Sometimes, it's only 1 chord!
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