It's a two bar pattern, I and bVII chords

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Posted by Stan on November 17, 2002 at 05:56:26:

In Reply to: Re: Why is "Whip It" considered a 2nd position riff? posted by Bob on November 17, 2002 at 02:27:35:

Bob, I just picked up the guitar and it sounds like the chord progression on the the main riff and verses is just a 2 bar pattern of I chord and bVII chord (like G and F chords back and forth, but I don't know what the orginal key is).

The song resolves every time it goes back to the I chord (every other bar). But remember, this is Devo, everything they do is a bit odd.


: Thanks for your response, Stan. I actually was able to see Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh et al, anyway...) in concert about 4 years ago in San Francisco, and they tore the roof off.

: I must admit, though, that I'm still a bit confused about "Whip It". At what point in the song does it resolve on the 2 draw (I just threw it on the old cd player trying to listen for it)?
: Thanks for bearing with me...

: : The riff doesn't resolve on the 4 blow, it instead rests there and creates some tension while the under lying chord change is on the IV chord. Music, like any kind of art form, is about tension and release. Whip it ultimately ends (or resolves on the 2 draw which is the key to song). I use to play this song in a cover band in the early 80's and became fairly familar with it. Devo, or Mark Mothersbaugh (the main songwriter), tends to write a lot of music that temporarily resolves on the IV chord.

: : Good luck,
: : Stan

: : : The tabs section of this site lists "Whip It" as a second position riff. Wouldn't it be considered a first position riff since it resolves on the 4 blow? Can someone shed some light?

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