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6. More C-F-G Songs

Appendices:

Lesson 6: More C-F-G Songs

Assuming you played the C-F-G chord progression in Lesson 5: Playing Chord Progressions, this lesson gives you some more songs you can play with just the chords C, F, and G. This lets you see some different ways just 3 chords can be combined, and the variety of songs which can be built on just 3 chords; also, it gives you more practice playing songs with chords.

You should practice playing (and singing) each of the examples below until you can play it easily:

Hey Jude
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Blowin In The Wind
This Land Is Your Land

What next? After you've played these C-F-G songs, there are several ways you can go next:

  • You can learn to play chords on keyboard or guitar and learn to play lots of other people's songs. This is how most composers start. There are lots of other places to learn how to do this, so I don't teach it in these lessons.
  • You can create your own C-F-G progression, in Lesson 7: Create a C-F-G Progression.
  • If you want to learn more chords (besides just C, F, and G) that work together, then you can start learning music theory in Lesson 8: Pitch Names - Letters.


Hey Jude
by Lennon/McCartney

C
 
C
    Hey
C
Jude
C
  don't make it
G
bad
G
    Take a


F
sad song
G
  and make it
C
bet-ter
C
    Re-


F
mem-ber to
F
let her in-to your
C
heart
C
then you can start


G
  to
G
make it bet-
C
ter
C
    Hey

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Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Paul Simon

C
 
C
 
F
 
F
  When you're
C
wear-y
C
 
F
 
F
  feel-ing


C
small
C
 
F
  when
F
tears are
C
in
C
  your
F
eyes
F
  I'll


C
dry them all
F
 
C
 
F
 
C
  I'm
C
on your
G
side
G
 




Mary Had A Little Lamb

C
Ma-ry had a
C
lit-tle lamb
G
lit-tle lamb
C
lit-tle lamb


C
Ma-ry had a
C
lit-tle lamb its
G
fleece was white as
C
snow




Blowin In The Wind
by Bob Dylan

C
How man-y
F
roads must a
G
man walk
C
down be-


C
fore you
F
call him a
G
man?
G
 




This Land Is Your Land
by Woody Guthrie

C
 
 
  This land is
F
your land,
 
this land is
C
my land,
 
From Cal-i-


G
for-nia
 
to the New York
C
Is-land
 
 



This lesson by Conrad Albrecht 2015. Questions, comments, ideas? Tell me on Facebook!


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