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3 Chord Club: Nursery Rhymes

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by dville

We start the new year off at the 3 Chord Club right at the beginning, learning to hear the simple changes that are found in Nursery Rhymes.  There is a wealth of musical information to be learned in these songs, that’s why we learn them first before we jump to the Miles Davis catalog.  For example, have many songs can you identify that use the same melody as The ABC Song?  Listen closely and all will be revealed!

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.

Rain, Rain, Go Away
(Hint: I-IV-I)

The ABC Song (lyrics in video)
(Hint: Basically I-IV-I-IV-I-V7)

The Eensey Weensey Spider (lyrics in video)
(Hint: I-V7-I)

Extra Credit Hints:
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Key D (Chords: D-A)
The ABC Song: Key C (Chords: C-F-G7)
The Eensey Weensey: Key F (Chords: F-C7)

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

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