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23rd Sep '17 5:27:20 PM IuraCivium
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It should be noted that the "three chord system" developed rather "late" in the history of western music. The definition of a "chord" in the modern sense came in use about 1560, and a system based on "three chords" containing all the tones of a full major scale was not defined until 1730. Thus, many centuries of European music (and music from everywhere else), for all practical reasons, will fall outside this trope from a strict musicological point of view.

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It should be noted that the "three chord system" developed rather "late" ''late'' in the history of western music. The definition of a "chord" in the modern sense came in use about 1560, and a system based on "three chords" containing all the tones of a full major scale was not defined until 1730. Thus, many centuries of European music (and music from everywhere else), for all practical reasons, will fall outside this trope from a strict musicological point of view.
5th Aug '17 2:38:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Music/{{KISS}} followed the formula like glue.In fact much of their stage show was to cover up the fact that they didn't even play their three chords ''well'' ([[ItGetsBetter they got better]]).

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** Music/{{KISS}} followed the formula like glue.In fact much of their stage show was to cover up the fact that they didn't even play their three chords ''well'' ([[ItGetsBetter they (they got better]]).better).
14th Feb '17 1:44:23 PM margdean56
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4th Jan '17 6:07:34 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/CoalMinersDaughter'': InUniverse. Music/LorettaLynn tells the guys at her first recording session that her song "ain't got but three chords", and this is true of most of her simple country music style.
2nd Aug '16 11:26:35 PM optimistpie
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* [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye West's]] [[TheNewTens 2010]]"Runaway" is unique and haunting for [[EpicRocking nine minutes]]. It consists of basically four chords (almost exclusively dyads mind you -- so basically not much more than ten notes/two per chord) on the piano): E Maj; D#dim/E; C#min A Maj.

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* [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye West's]] [[TheNewTens 2010]]"Runaway" 2010]] "Runaway" is unique and haunting for [[EpicRocking nine minutes]]. It consists of basically four chords (almost exclusively dyads mind you -- so basically not much more than ten notes/two per chord) on the piano): E Maj; D#dim/E; C#min A Maj.
29th Jul '16 7:40:01 PM SirSapphire
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** Music/{{KISS}} followed the formula like glue.In fact much of their stage show was to cover up the fact that they didn't even play their three chords ''well'' ([[ItGetsBetter they got better]]).
22nd Jun '16 4:41:35 AM gewunomox
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While the phrase "three chords and the truth" was first coined by Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard (to describe ''country'' music), the real TropeNamer is a verse added by U2 to their cover of BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower" on ''Music/RattleAndHum'', absent in both the original and the famous JimiHendrix version.

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While the phrase "three chords and the truth" was first coined by Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard (to describe ''country'' music), the real TropeNamer is a verse added by U2 Music/{{U2}} to their cover of BobDylan's Music/BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower" on ''Music/RattleAndHum'', absent in both the original and the famous JimiHendrix Music/JimiHendrix version.
17th Jun '16 1:04:16 PM JohnPrestwick
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** Not to mention the drumming - the rhythm equivalent of three chords. 4/4, anybody?

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** Not to mention the drumming - the rhythm equivalent of three chords. 4/4, anybody?drumming. Phil Rudd is famed among drummers for his simple, solid grooves. It helps that many learn to play [=AC/DC=] songs when they start playing.
7th May '16 10:38:42 AM Silverblade2
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''[[TropeNamers Three chords, and the truth]]''\\

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''[[TropeNamers Three ''Three chords, and the truth]]''\\truth''\\
5th May '16 4:14:52 PM Jhonny
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* Music/{{JBO}} have a song named "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTwg-nh3En0 Drei Akkorde]]" (three chords). Three guesses what it's about and the first two don't count.
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