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pop music is awesome and you should feel bad for feeling bad [glad?].

Just not my style. *Shrug* Truth be told, I hardly listen to anything that isn't video game related anymore, lol. On my "Top 25 Played" list theres only 5 songs that aren't VG, and 3/5 are Dream Theater.

I was playing with the I V vi IV chord progression on my guitar, though, and I can see why its so widely used; it just sounds good, whether you're playing full chords or just power chords.

LOVE this video.

A friend of mine showed it to me a while back... now I can't help but hear Canon on the rare occasion that I listen to Basketcase, lol.

Okay, okay, so I'm not completely averse to popular music... gotta start somewhere, ne?

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I guess it's ok if the song is played right, otherwise, it'll just sound repetitious and lame.

Well, that's the case with any chord progression. Use it too much in a song and it will become repetitious and boring.

EDIT: And it likely comes down to a matter of taste too...

really need to finish my thoughts before posting. :P

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Proves what I've always known: modern 'popular' music is drab, drab, drab. People need to get out of the first quarter of basic theory and explore.

But how would you go about writing a catchy pop tune without keeping it relatively simple?

Once you leave that first quarter of theory, which I highly doubt "they" are following anyway, it becomes pretty much impossible to make something with the same level of 'hum-ability.'

Each type of music needs what it needs to accomplish what it does. If it's a simple chord progression to carry lyrics, then so be it.

Mainstream music is all about the production values, not necessarily the note content, imo.

Besides, I highly doubt Schubert's lieder would get much radio play if he were writing them today, and those are relatively simple as far as theory goes.

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But how would you go about writing a catchy pop tune without keeping it relatively simple?

Once you leave that first quarter of theory, which I highly doubt "they" are following anyway, it becomes pretty much impossible to make something with the same level of 'hum-ability.'

Each type of music needs what it needs to accomplish what it does. If it's a simple chord progression to carry lyrics, then so be it.

Mainstream music is all about the production values, not necessarily the note content, imo.

Besides, I highly doubt Schubert's lieder would get much radio play if he were writing them today, and those are relatively simple as far as theory goes.

And that's the problem, as I see it. No-one cares for the beauty that comes with complexity. They don't want to try and explore, they want it handed to them on a platter, like a pre-made TV dinner: no effort in enjoying it.

But we're getting solidly off-topic here. :o

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Niiiiice... glad I don't listen to pop music... although my luck the next metal song I listen to will have those same chords, lol.

On a related note:

Along the same lines as Axis of Awesome.

Kind of similar just not done in a medley. Some of the examples are really stretching it.

That was an awesome video, I'd like to check out the rest of their act.

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