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May 8, 2024 - 4:49:49 PM

gusmac

Australia

3 posts since 11/14/2010

I'm looking for songs that just use the one chord - yes - no changes at all - to use as teaching tools.

I love them 'cos they have a hypnotic quality to them and beginner students can practice their bum-ditty whilst singing along, throwing in a riff here and there to break it up.

Some that I've used to this point include Darlin Corey (I reference the Cedric Watson version), youtu.be/Ea9GzQ7331w?si=DK612wjotwsyWGqH

Sugar Baby (Doc Boggs)
youtu.be/blvWsHNNdfE?si=CChU0abAbOyJSsCl

and Julie by Rhianna Gideons.
youtu.be/tYuqnUs9gP8?si=IWKXdhzGdojYare3

I'd love it if people could make other suggestions to beef up my repertoire.

May 8, 2024 - 6:16:34 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28092 posts since 6/25/2005

You can stay in D with Reuben. I used to use it for beginners to learn the right hand because you can play the basic tune in open D without fretting.

May 8, 2024 - 7:23:14 PM
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2482 posts since 2/9/2007

Yes! Start them out singing with the banjo!

(Off the top of my head:)
John Henry
God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign
Handsome Molly
Ground Hog
What You Gonna Do With The Baby

May 8, 2024 - 9:14 PM

gusmac

Australia

3 posts since 11/14/2010

These are great songs but to my knowledge they're not one chord (happy to be corrected if you have links to versions)

I'm looking specifically for those tunes where the guitarist plays the same chord all song.

May 8, 2024 - 10:03:45 PM
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If your happy to arrange non banjo songs then the one that comes to mind is Deeper well by Emmylou Harris.

May 9, 2024 - 1:39:02 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28092 posts since 6/25/2005

Woody Guthrie’s “Buffalo Skinners.” He’s on record as saing he played nothng but a C chord throuh the whols song.

May 9, 2024 - 2:56:33 AM

banjo roo

Australia

232 posts since 5/12/2010

"Keep my skillet good and greasy" some play it with an Em chord, but also often played with G all the way through

Another vote for "Rueben" I usually play as a straight D all the way through

May 9, 2024 - 3:16:12 AM
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banjo roo

Australia

232 posts since 5/12/2010

"Pretty polly" can be played as a one chord song, Gm all the way through

May 9, 2024 - 9:33:10 AM

KCJones

USA

3115 posts since 8/30/2012

Sally Goodin almost counts. There's only like one beat of V, the rest is all I. It's a great exploration of the root.

May 10, 2024 - 6:24:11 AM
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42 posts since 5/27/2014

Ducks on the Millpond is a banger that can just be one chord and it's a pretty good teaching tune (IMO) because there's a ton of opportunity to incorporate pretty much any D lick you can think of.

May 11, 2024 - 3:56:39 PM
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bd

USA

1156 posts since 1/6/2012

Country Blues by Dock Boggs

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