Explore what Pete Seeger, citing Woody Guthrie, called "the genius of simplicity."
The bVI chord is most often heard in edgy rock tunes. One function of the bVI is to lead to the V, before resolving to the I. You can hear this in J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine.”
One good way to defamiliarize a familiar song is to switch the key, putting it into a different register and zone on the guitar.
The chord trinity known as I–IV–V is one of the most useful theoretical concepts for any musician. The I–IV–V is a skeleton key for countless songs in folk, country, rock, blues, and beyond, revealing the basic similarities of, say, “Louie Louie,” “Ring of Fire,” “Man of Constant Sorrow,” and “I Fought the Law.”
If you’re working on a song that uses the I, IV, and V, try substituting the bVII for the V to give the progression a different feel.