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3 Chord Club: Charlie Poole & His North Carolina Ramblers

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by dville

We’re ramblin’ this week at the 3 Chord Club  as we learn three old-timey classics from banjo great and experienced drinker Charlie Poole.  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.

Take A Drink On Me (lyrics)
(Hint: I-IV-V7-I)

If The River Was Whiskey (lyrics)
(Hint: Blues)

Goodbye Booze (lyrics)
(Hint: I-IV-I-V7-I)

Extra Credit Hints:
Take A Drink On Me: Key D (Chords:D-G-A7 )
If The River Was Whiskey: Key Eb (Chords: Eb-Ab-Bb7)
Goodbye Booze: Key F# (Chords: F#-B-C#7)

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

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