LESSON PLAN: Songs Using the C and F Chords


Students will be able to play several songs using two major chords from the most famous chord progression in Rock and Roll!


Jam Card 1a “Major Chord”, Recordings and song charts to any of the following songs: “Ho Hey”Fig B by The Lumineers, “Home” by Phillip Phillips, “Angel of Harlem” by U2, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones, “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley


  1. Place Jam Card #1a on the note C and play the C chord
  2. Move the Jam Card to the note F and play the F chord.
  3. Practice slowly moving between these two chords without the Jam Card.
  4. Use this comping pattern to play “Home”
  5. Fig B

  6. Use this comping pattern to play “Imagine”
  7. Fig C

  8. Use this comping pattern to play “Waiting in Vain”

Fig C

National Core Arts Standards (Music)

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Example: General Music MU:Pr4.2.4 b. When analyzing selected music, read and perform using iconic and/or standard notation. Common Core Correlation: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.