Learn how to play Angie on one acoustic guitar!
‘Angie’ is a single by The Rolling Stones 1973 album Goats Head Soup.
The song clearly points to Am has the home chord, making it in the key of Am. Only one chord wander outside the key and that is the E7.
E7 is chord IIIx and its job is to point towards Am more clearly than an Em (chord III) would have.
Funnily enough, in ‘Angie’ we don’t go to Am after the E7. Clearly, The Rolling Stones are rock n roll even when it comes to their chord movements.
Angie chord progression
Angie is an Aeolian sounding composition with a chord progression that appear in an unusual order.
These are the chords for the Verse/Instrumental/Chorus Tag sections.
| Am | E7 | G F | C (G/B) |
The Chorus use common chords in slightly different order to what we’re used to.
| G | Dm Am | C F | G |
Finally, the M8 go somewhere new by starting on Dm.
| Dm | Am | x3
I C F | G |
Angie chord extensions
Only a few chords have been modified in ‘Angie’, let’s look at them:
E7 – This should have been an Em, by turning it into an E7 the pull towards Am become stronger. However, instead of moving to Am, we go to G.
G/B – This is just a V chord with the 3rd in the bass, it makes the move from C smoother.
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