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Dallas Ukulele HQ
Dallas, Texas March 25
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Tulsa Ukulele Club
Tulsa, Oklahoma March 31
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Nashville Ukulele Group
Nashville, Tennessee April 7
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Willis Music
Lexington, Kentucky April 9
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Arthur’s Music Store
Indianapolis, Indiana April 14
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Allegheny Uke Soriee
Altoona, PA April 20-22
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Ukulele Festival of Scotland
Drumfries, Scotland April 27-29
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West Coast Uke Retreat
Pacific Grove, CA May 2-6
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Kamloops Uke Fest
Sorrento, BC, Canada June 15-17
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Midwest Uke & Harmonica Camp
Olivet, Michigan June 22-24
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Elderly Instruments
Lansing, Michigan October 6
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3 Chord Club: Ritchie Valens

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by dville

Give an enthusiastic kid a guitar and three chords and watch him create a new genre of music! That’s what Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes aka Ritchie Valens did. Pioneer of the Chicano rock movement, his recording career lasted a mere eight months. This week at the 3 Chord Club we learn three of Valens’ classic three-chord songs.

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! You’ll find links to the lyrics but not the chords. That’s where your ears come in. Since you know the song only has one to three chords, try to figure out the changes, or chord progression by ear. 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. For bonus ear training, try to figure out the original key!

La Bamba
(Hint: Start at V)

(Hint: Turnaround IV-I)

Come On Let’s Go
(Hint: I-IV-V-I)

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