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Primary Triad Songs

It is amazing to realize the quantity and variety of music that has been composed using only the three primary chords. For this assignment, you will use I - IV - V triads as the basis for creating your own arrangement of a popular tune from the song playlist.

Primary Chords in C Major
primary triads
  Song List playlist
  • The Contours: Do You Love Me? (Print Worksheet)
  • Los Lobos: La Bamba (Print Worksheet)
  • The Weavers: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Print Worksheet)
  • Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land (Print Worksheet)
  • The Beatles: Twist and Shout (Print Worksheet)
  • The Troggs: Wild Thing (Print Worksheet)

Your Assignment!
Choose a song from the playlist 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.
    • Practice the primary chords in this key.
  • 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 patterns.
  • Practice and perform your arrangement.

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