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3 Chord Club: TV Themes Day!

Posted on: May 28th, 2010 by dville

This week the 3 Chord Club takes you back to a simpler time, a time when there were only three TV channels. That’s right it’s TV Themes day!

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!

It’s Howdy Doody Time! comes from the 1950’s children’s show Howdy Doody and is sung to the tune of Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay. You are afforded the opportunity to shout “Batman” eleven times during the 1966 classic Batman Theme by Neal Hefti, and make your strum sound like a train during the theme from Petticoat Junction.

It’s Howdy Doody Time!
(Hint: Starts on V7

Batman Theme

(Hint: Blues/ends on I minor)




Yours truly with Batman Adam West 1992


Petticoat Junction

(Hint: Last line V7-IV-I)

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4 Responses

  1. J-Hob says:

    why, you haven't changed a bit!

  2. Jim D'Ville says:

    Funny, when I grow a facial hair now, it's gray!

  3. Jim D'Ville says:

    J-Hob, I don't know what happened to your other comment (it didn't post here), but keep at it. This is the BEST practice, listening to something and trying to figure where it's going.

  4. J-Hob says:

    My comment was on last week's 3 chord club. It is really good practice and I will keep at it. I'm hoping that it will also help my singing which is pretty terrible at the moment.You'll be pleased to hear that I now mostly tune my uke by ear thanks to your guidance. I found that it took quite some practice separating the note from the timbre in your head, for a long time I was letting the timbre difference between the strings distract me.

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