Music Club Resources

The chords described in BigMarker sessions are shown below, arranged by key. Songs that have been researched for key and pattern are listed. Most are available on YouTube. Only the sequences described in the BigMarker series are shown. Ukulele is limited and one-finger chords are not possible in all keys.  The finger positions in light colors are optional – they can be played with open strings.

It doesn’t matter if you actually know (or like) any of these songs as the purpose here is merely to practice strumming along. Most of these songs have 4 chords but many can be played with 3 chords, some merely with open strings. Most of them follow a familiar I-IV-V or I-vi-IV-V sequence so once you can play a few by ear the rest will be easy. It then becomes a simple change to progress to the contemporary I-V-vi-IV.

The main thing is to just listen for the chord changes in the songs so that you get a feel for the sounds and can play along by ear.

My patented backing tracks will be available on the courses run through OpenLearning. The OpenLearning courses are intended for those who want to pursue the method in more depth and hopefully engage others in their teaching, therapy, training and community work.

The guitar and ukulele charts below refer to my own one-finger chords. Clearly, if you can play the full traditional chords they would fit better. However, the purpose of Music Club is to have a common denominator so that you can get others to participate quickly. Many beginners will have enough on their plate trying to do the one-finger chords in time with these pop songs.

Open String

  •  Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water (key of D or open)
  • Shotgun – Live Version (1966 Hullabaloo)

Key of A

key of A guitar ukeKey of A

  •  A Little Less Conversation
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Handyman – Del Shannon
  • It’s my Party
  • Louie Louie (Kingsmen)
  • Peggy Sue
  • Pretty Woman
  • Rock Around The Clock
  • Stand By Your Man
  • That’ll Be The Day
  • That’s all right mama
  • Wild Thing

Key of C

key of C guitar uke

Key of C

  •  100 Pounds Of Clay
  • 1000 Stars In The Sky
  • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
  • Baby Love
  • Brown Sugar
  • Can’t Help Myself
  • Chain Of Fools
  • Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards jam
  • Down On The Corner
  • Dream Lover
  • Ed Townsend – For Your Love
  • Goodbye Cruel World
  • Great Balls Of Fire
  • High Heeled Sneakers – Tommy Tucker
  • Hound Dog
  • It’s The Same Old Song
  • Just My Imagination
  • La Bamba
  • Leader of the Pack
  • Lean On Me
  • Looking For An Echo
  • Mean Woman Blues
  • Michael Row The Boat Ashore
  • Mustang Sally
  • My Girl
  • Poor Little Fool
  • Promised Land
  • Respect – Aretha (1967)
  • Stop In The Name Of Love
  • Where Did Our Love Go
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
  • Wild One Bobby Rydell
  • Wild One Jerry Lee
  • Wild One Johnny Okeefe
  • You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman Aretha (1967)

Key of D

key of D guitar

Key of D

  •  A Love For Only You (1959) The Stereos
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Black Magic Woman
  • Burning Love
  • Don’t be Cruel
  • Follow that Dream
  • I Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Creedence
  • Midnight Special – Creedence
  • Ode To Billy Joe
  • Please Mr. Postman
  • Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water
  • Runaround Sue
  • Traveling Man

 

Key of G

guitar key of G

Key of G

  • 5 Foot Two
  • Always on My Mind 9Elvis)
  • Blue Moon (Marcels)
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Chain Gang
  • Diana
  • Function At The Junction
  • Going To A Go-Go – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Good Luck Charm
  • High Heeled Sneakers – Elvis
  • Honky Tonk Woman
  • In Dreams
  • Johnny Maestro – The Way You Look Tonight (With Key Change)
  • Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
  • Lonely Teardrops
  • “Louie Louie” – 1957 Richard BERRY
  • Nowhere To Run Live Martha Reeves & The Vandellas -  (1965)
  • Ooh Baby Baby
  • Put Your Head On My Shoulder
  • Samba pa ti
  • Shotgun Live Version One Chord
  • Soul Man
  • Stuck on You
  • The Dells – Oh What A Night
  • The Wonder of You
  • Tracks Of My Tears
  • Under The Boardwalk
  • Viva Los Vegas
  • Wooly Bully
  • You Send Me

 

 

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