Monday, 11 February 2013

3-Chord Songs, part 2: Songs in the 12-Bar Blues Pattern

Once you know the 12-bar blues pattern, you can play not only blues but also a lot of rockabilly, country & rock songs, largely from the middle of the last century. The lyrics may not strictly follow the A-A-B pattern, and you'll likely have to emphasize the backbeat (as noted in the lyrics of #15, Rock and Roll Music); but the chord changes are unmistakably those of the 12-bar blues.

Here's a list of some you may recognize. For an additional challenge, find a version of the songs and play in the same key as the recording. Since it's probably safe to say that none these songs were written on ukulele, playing this way will almost certainly pull you out of the key-of-c comfort zone.
  1. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Ray/Prince, recorded by the Andrews Sisters & others)
  2. Route 66 (Bobby Troup, covered by Nat King Cole & others)
  3. Move It On Over (Hank Williams)
  4. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams)
  5. Hound Dog (Lieber/Stoller, recorded by Elvis Presley & others)
  6. Kansas City (Lieber/Stoller, recorded by Wilbert Harrison& others)
  7. Rock Around the Clock (Freedman/Myers, recorded by Bill Haley & the Comets)
  8. Shake Rattle and Roll (Charles Calhoun, recorded by Bill Haley & the Comets)
  9. Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
  10. Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
  11. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
  12. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
  13. See You Later Alligator (Bobby Charles, covered by Bill Haley & the Comets)
  14. Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley, covered by Eric Clapton)
  15. Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry, covered by the Beatles & others)
  16. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  17. Chains (Goffin/King, recorded by the Cookies & the Beatles)
  18. Can't Buy Me Love (the Beatles)
  19. Day Tripper (the Beatles)
  20. In The Summertime (Jerry Mungo)
  21. Stuck in the Middle With You (Stealer's Wheel)

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