Axis of Awesome!

Four Chords for a mess of pop songs!

This Aussie comedy act is really amazing. Butch Ross told me about them in 2007 or 2008, when I was obsessed with my little four chord circular progression D – A – Bm – G… that I used for Light Into Darkness, Tapping at the Edge of Paradise, and Tapping Into The Light on electric dulcimer. I just found more and more melodies that went with these chords – and bass lines with chord inversions to make it WAY more interesting.

Now in 2017 it seems like new ideas are again coming forward when I mess with these chords. I even have a more detailed version now, with sub-cycles of chords on each of the four main chords.

Most of the work I’ve done directly on the mountain dulcimer, but its fun with guitar, keyboard (which I can barely play!), or whatever chording instrument is nearby.

So even if the mountain dulcimer is your main instrument, why not play around on a piano or little electronic keyboard and see what happens? I usually resort to the white keys when I work with keyboard, so in C you have: C – G – Am – F. Good luck and let me know how it goes for you!!


2 thoughts on “Axis of Awesome!
  1. Jerry, I can’t seem to comment directly to your blog, but the Axis of Awesome video reminded me of this guy, equally funny: https://youtu.be/JdxkVQy7QLM.

    Cheers, Dusty

    On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 9:54 AM, Jerry Rockwell’s Dulcimer Blog wrote:

    > jcrmusic posted: “Four Chords for a mess of pop songs! This Aussie comedy > act is really amazing. Butch Ross told me about them in 2007 or 2008, when > I was obsessed with my little four chord circular progression D – A – Bm – > G… that I used for Light Into Darkness, Tappin” >

  2. Really liked the Axis of Awesome. Funny and insightful. Listened to your Light Into Darkness awhile ago and I really find it inspirational.