At the 3 Chord Club we begin learning to hear simple changes like those 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)! 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.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
The ABC Song
(Hint: Basically I-IV-I-IV-I-V7)
The Eensy Weensy Spider
Extra Credit Hints:
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Key D (Chords: D-A)
The ABC Song: Key C (Chords: C-F-G7)
The Eensy Weensy: Key F (Chords: F-C7)
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