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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. Select to see More Student Performances
James Brown: I Got You (IFeel Good) (Print Worksheet)
Loggins and Messina: Your Mama Don't Dance (Print Worksheet)
The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go (Print Worksheet)
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)