I'm learning my diatonic triads and I find that things stick best with me if I am applying them to a real musical situation.

So I am looking for suggestions for real songs that contain ALL chords for a given mode, or at least mostly all, since I suppose the diminished chord is rarely used and I can do without it for now. For now I'll make a backing track and practice playing the proper triads over the chords.

For Aeolian, I have found one. I can play a reasonable facsimile of Hotel California that contains all the chords in Aeolian except the diminished ii. (i-v-VII-iv-VI-III-iv-v). It's working great for me to learn all the diatonic triads in Aeolian (as opposed to just mindlessly playing them in sequence).

(I realize that this is not exactly accurate, e.g. the the first iv is actually a major IV in the real song but it sounds close enough to the original to suit my purposes of just practicing the triads in a musical situation.)

Now I am wondering if anyone else knows of real songs that contain most (if not all) of the chords in OTHER commonly used modes. Ionian and Mixolydian would be fantastic. Other modes are welcome too.

I have tried composing some of my own progressions that contain all the chords in a mode, but they sound forced and mechanical, not very musical and it's just not doing it for me.

Style or genre does not matter, just that it is from a recognizable song so that I can anticipate the chord changes and practice my leads.

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  • Hotel California isn't a particularly good example, given what you are trying to do.The v is V, which doesn't feature in Aeolian, and the iv comes as both iv and IV, so it's not really a real musical situation that does the trick for you. Given that in ionian, the chords are I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, viio, and the sequence is the same for Dorian, homing on ii; Phrygian, homing on iii, et al, the exercise appears somewhat fruitless, as the minor keys usually need V, which doesn't exist.As in Dorian, 5 is minor; Phrygian, dim., Aeolian, minor.Nice idea, but don't think it'll work.Mixolydian has v. – Tim Jul 5 '17 at 23:21
  • Maybe I'm not explaining myself well... I am happy with my slightly off version of Hotel California to help me hit 6 of the chords based on the triads in Aeolian (except the diminished). Yes I know it's not the real song, but it's close enough to sound musical. Now I'm looking for some tune in Ionian that incorporates all these: I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi. And a separate tune in Mixolydian that incorporates all these: I, ii, IV, v, vi, VII – Kevin Pauli Jul 6 '17 at 3:16
  • My goal is to have a backing track that is musical and recognizable, and includes all the 6 chords in the mode. Then I want to make up leads that incorporate the 3 notes in that chord, and play it over and over, because I am trying to learn them by heart. It is working great for my bastardized Hotel California, I can feel it when it is about to change to the VI and I think in my head "Here comes the VI. Time to focus my lead on notes in the VI triad". And I do, and it sounds cool. I just want to be able to do similarly when playing in other modes. – Kevin Pauli Jul 6 '17 at 3:25
  • I was searching around and I just discovered Hooktheory.com! Using their progression builder thingy I think I just found one for Ionian: hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/nakatomi/children-of-the-night . It goes I, vi, IV, iii, ii, V – Kevin Pauli Jul 6 '17 at 4:06

There are pieces that run through the entire (diatonic) cycle of fifths. This would generate a chord on each note. A couple examples are "Autumn Leaves" and "I Will Survive."

  • I Will Survive! Perfect! – Kevin Pauli Jul 6 '17 at 5:15

Jazz standard "All of Me."

It uses C , G7, dm, am, em7, (if you consider viio acts as the dominant you could say the G7 fits this chord), F. So that covers I, V, ii, vi, iii, sort of viio, and IV.

I think if you look at other 32 bar type jazz standards you will find other examples like this which use - if not all - most of the diatonic chords.

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