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3 Chord Club: The Blues

Posted on: June 4th, 2010 by dville

Today the 3 Chord Club is blue, as in The Blues. Most blues music has only three chords and that’s what we live for!

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. Remember, the sound examples may be in various keys. For bonus ear training, try to figure out the original key!

Our selections are three blues classics. From the father of delta blues Robert Johnson, comes I Got Rambling On My Mind performed by Eric Clapton. Big Joe Williams covers his own composition Baby, Please Don’t Go and Howlin’ Wolf knocks down a version of Willie Dixon’s Little Red Rooster. For added fun, try figuring out a lick or two by ear.

I Got Ramblin’ On My Mind-Eric Clapton
(Hint: Blues)

Baby, Please Don’t Go-Big Joe Williams
(Hint: Blues)

Little Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
(Hint: Blues)

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

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