Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Two-Chord Songs in F, Pattern #3

You can play along with these recordings of Polly Wolly Doodle:  (with voice)

Although this video version is in the key of A (instead of F, so don't play along), 
it may be helpful to listen to the melody and pronunciation here: 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Two-Chord Partner in F, Pattern #5

Rounds with C and F Chords (I IV)

Note: Although these are two-chord songs, the chord changes are more difficult than songs with F and C7. 
I suggest teaching two-chord songs with F and C7 first.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Major Scale Pattern

This is the universal pattern for a major scale. 
'Youke' can play a major scale beginning on any note by following this whole- and half-step pattern.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Minor Scale Pattern

This is the universal pattern for a minor scale. 

'Youke' can discover a minor scale by starting on any note and following this whole- and half-step pattern. 

Compare and contrast the minor scale to the major scale pattern.
Note: This is the natural minor scale. To create a harmonic minor scale, which sounds a bit more mysterious or tense, raise (sharp) the seventh note  a half-step (change so to si).

You'll need to use your fourth finger on this one!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Blues Scale Pattern

This is the pattern for the BLUES scale. 

You can start on any note, and by following the interval pattern (spaces between notes), you'll have the 'blues!' 

Compare and contrast the blues scale to the minor scale.

Usually, scales are played across strings (not on just one string). 
Read the tablature (TAB) line and play this C blues scale. Next, sing the note names, reading from the staff. 
Then practice reading the scale from the staff.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Four-Chord Pop Progression

This chord progression is very common in modern pop music.
Here's a list of some pop songs that use this pattern. Most of these songs were not originally performed/recorded in the key of C, but they can be. Have fun trying them out!  

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson
I'm Yours – Jason Mraz
Trouble – Taylor Swift
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Lion King
We Are Young – Fun
Baby, Baby – Justin Beiber
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Firework – Katy Perry
Hot and Cold – Katy Perry
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (newer melody)
Country Roads – John Denver
Take On Me – A-ha
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
I Won't Give Up – Gavin DeGraw
We Found Love – Rhianna
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Starships – Niki Manaj
Titanium – David Guetta
Perfect – P!nk
Hey Ya – Outcast
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Diamonds – Rhianna
Someone Like You – Adele
Say Something – A Great Big World
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (1981)
Let It Be by The Beatles (1970)
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5 
Edge Of Glory by Lady Gaga (2011)

Four-Chord Fun with the Fifties Progression

Here are some songs that use this chord progression. (Not all of them are from the 50's).

A Teenager in Love – Dion and the Belmonts     (1959)
All I Have to Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers     (1960)
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey     (1994)
Blue Moon – The Marcels     (1961)  
Crocodile Rock – Elton John     (1972)   
Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler     (1962)
Earth Angel – The Penguins     (1954)
Every Breath You Take – The Police     (1983)
Heart and Soul – Larry Clinton     (1938)
I Will Always Love You –D. Parton/W. Houston  (1974/1992)  
Lollipop – Ronald and Ruby  (1958)
Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett  (1962)
This Magic Moment -  The Drifters  (1960)
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers  (1955)
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? – Pete Seger  (1955) 
Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp…) – Barry Mann  (1961)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love? – Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers   (1956)
You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson  (1995)
You Don't Own Me – Lesley Gore  (1963)

For an extensive list, check out this link: