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Valley Ukulele Society
Folsom, California June 25
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Reno, Nevada June 25
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Modesto, California June 28
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Roseville, California June 29
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Portland, Maine September 12
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3 Chord Club: Songs ’bout Workin’

Posted on: March 30th, 2012 by dville
 This week the 3 Chord Club gets to work with three songs that will make you wish you had an office job.  Roy Orbison, Lee Dorsey and Merle Haggard tell us what it’s like to get our hands dirty in three chords!
Each Friday we choose three songs from a specific artist, label or genre of music that we’ll learn by ear. All the songs will contain three chords or less (with the exception of Bonus Chord songs)! You’ll find links to the lyrics but not the chords. That’s where your ears come in. Since you know the song has only one to three chords, try to figure out the changes, or chord progression by ear while watching the YouTube video. Here’s a hint, most of the time the chords will be the I-IV & V or V7 chords. In the Key of C, that’s C-F-G or G7.

Remember, the sound examples may be in various keys. As an added bonus, try to figure out the key of the recording.  If you can’t figure out the original key of a song or songs refer to the Extra Credit Hints at the bottom of the post.


Workin’ Man Blues-Merle Haggard (lyrics)
(Hint: Blues)
Workin’ In A Coal Mine (lyrics)
(Hint: I-V-I)
 Workin’ For The Man  (lyrics in video)
(Hint: Bonus Chord iv minor Verse)
Extra Credit Hints:
Workin’ Man Blues: Key Ab (Chords Ab-Db-Eb7)
Workin’ In A Coal Mine: Key Bb (Chords Bb-F)
Workin’ For The Man: Key C (Chords C-Am-F-G7)
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