Soukous Guitar Technique

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Soukous is the popular music of Congo. Soukous comes from the French word secouer, which means to shake! Background The typical soukous chord progression is a variation on a basic I-IV-V progression, where the roman numerals refer to the chords built on the corresponding degree of the diatonic major scale. It is much simpler than it sounds. For instance, if we are playing a song in C, where C is the tonal center of the song, it means that the harmony of the song is built in the key of C, hence the main scale we can use is C diatonic major and the typical chord progression will be a variation of I-IV-V chords which in this case are C major, F major and G7. In the key of G the I-IV-V chords are G - C - D. Typical soukous/sebene progressions are I-IV-V-IV or I-V-IV-V or I-IV-I-IV etc.
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