Post by James Whitcomb
Welcome to the finale of our three part series on chord progression and its effect on music in regard to cover songs. In part 1, we explored the basics of chord progression. In part 2, we uncovered the psychological effects of chord progression. Now, in part 3, we will look at the chord progression of David Guetta and Sia Fuler’s hit single “Titanium,” and the cover by Christina Grimmie.
The majority of the song is performed using flat and minor chords, with the choruses primarily consisting of flat chords. The introduction begins with the progression of an E and B flat chords, followed by a C minor and A flat chords. As the first verse begins, the same chord progression as the introduction is used; however, the chorus changes things up with an A and B flat chords, followed up with a G and C minor chords. This pattern is then repeated throughout the song (Ultimate-Guitar 1). According to Carlos Perez-Sancho, David Rizo, and Jose M. Inesta, the majority of popular music follows the basic “tonic-subdominant-dominant chord sequence,” which results in a pleasing progression, whereas a more classical piece has no basic sequence, resulting in an unclear pattern (Perez-Sancho, Rizo, Inesta 146). “Titanium” utilizes a more modern chord progression because the pattern is clear and defined throughout the song. By utilizing such a path, the writers of the song are allowing the listener to follow the pattern and absorb the music thoroughly (Perez-Sancho, Rizo, Inesta 146). In layman’s terms, the writers of “Titanium” have essentially dumbed down the musical sense of the song in favor of a more basic pattern that the general population can relate to. Both the original and the cover in question by Christina Grimmie utilize the exact same chords and progressions, allowing for the resulting response from the listener to be similar emotionally to the original song.
The chord progression of “Titanium” is one of the most powerful chord progressions to ever be written. David Guetta has always been known for his dynamic chord progressions and “Titanium” is no exception. From all of us here at Titanium 1033, we hope you have enjoyed our series on chord progression and found it enlightening in one way or another.
“Titanium Chords.” Ultimate-Guitar.Com. Ultimate-Guitar, n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2012.
Pérez-Sancho, Carlos, David Rizo, and José M. Iñesta. “Genre Classification Using Chords And Stochastic Language Models.” Connection Science 21.2/3 (2009): 145-159. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2012.