Pop Tune Arranging

Pop Tune Arranging

The 12-Bar Blues is the basis for the boogie-woogie pop songs found in this enovation. For this assignment, you will use this progression as the basis for creating your own arrangement of a popular tune from this playlist.

12-Bar Blues Progression

12-bar blues progression

Song List

  • Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode 
  • Chuck Berry: Roll Over Beethoven 
  • Elvis Presley: Hound Dog
  • Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock
  • Little Richard: Long Tall Sally
  • James Brown: I Got You (IFeel Good)
  • Loggins and Messina: Your Mama Don't Dance
  • The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go                                               

Your Assignment!    

Choose a song from the song list above and print the worksheet.

Get familiar with the song's basic elements:

  • Identify the key/tonality of the song.
  • Practice playing the notes of the scale indicated in the worksheet.
  • Identify the 12-bar blues progression that is being used. Write the chord symbols over each measure in the worksheet.

Create Your Arrangement:

  • Listen to/sing the melody. Pick out the melody on the piano and practice it until you can play it comfortably. The first few notes and a starting fingering are shown in the worksheet. (It is not necessary to play the melody exactly as you hear it in the recording).
  • Create an accompaniment using one of the suggested boogie-woogie patterns.
  • Use the worksheet to create a map of the piece. (see practice tips)

Practice and perform your arrangement!

Left Hand Boogie-Woogie Patterns

boobie woogie keyboard patterns

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