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Schedule | 2020

Hillerman Library Jam
ABQ, New Mexico March 17
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MARCH/APRIL TEXAS/FLORIDA TOUR

Houston Uke Meet-Up
Houston, Texas March 26
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Houkulele Workshops
Houston, Texas March 27
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Blues Angel Music
Pensacola, Florida March 28
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Growers Alliance Cafe
St. Augustine, Florida April 1
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Orlando Ukulele Meet-Up
Winter Park, Florida April 2
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Penny Lane Music Emporium
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida April 3
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The Ukulele Place
Nokomis, Florida April 4
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AZ Ukulele
Phoenix, Arizona April 18
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Artichoke Music
Portland, Oregon June 6
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Columbia City Theater
Seattle, Washington June 10
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Kamloops Uke Fest SOLD OUT
Sorrento, BC, Canada June 11-14
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Funky Frets Fest
Boyertown, Pennsylvania Oct. 2-4
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3 Chord Club: The Brill Building

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by dville

Today the 3 Chord Club visits one of the most famous buildings in music history; The Brill Building at 1619 Broadway in Manhattan. At the 3 Chord Club 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! 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.

In the 1950,s and 60’s the Brill Building was home to the best songwriters and songwriting teams in popular music. Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Neil Diamond and many others. All those great songwriters knew the power of the three-chord song. This week we’ll play and sing classics from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Note the song examples will be in various different keys. Just listen to the structure of the chord progression and you’ll be able to transpose the song to the key that fits you (C is a good place to start). For extra fun try to determine the original key!

Ruby Baby (Lieber & Stoller) performed by Dion & The Belmonts
(Hint: V-IV-I
-Last line each verse)

 

 Chains (Goffin & King) performed by The Cookies
(Hint: Goes to the IV in the verse)

Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Mann & Weil) performed by Eydie Gorme
(Hint: A lot of I-V-I)

Songs presented are for educational purposes only and used under the fair use doctrine of United States copyright law.

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