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Thread: Rap Beat/Chords?

  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    Question Rap Beat/Chords?

    Does anyone know how to play some sort of chord progression or whatever you want to call it so that you could freestyle rap to it?

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009


    generally what you want for rap is some kind of percussion between some of the beats. in that sense you can use any chords (of the same key) an example being that you can switch between D and G with tapping the body of your uke between.

    other percussive effects you may want to consider using are stomping your feet, playing a muted chord, or lightly slapping your uke with an open palm. (and you can always have someone else do the percussion through beatbox or whatever else is available)

    You should also consider doing bass lines if you have the coordination. One that is has been used with great success is the bass line from in-a-gada-da-vida
    I play it as this
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    example of its use being

    They only use the back half of the bass line, i think it may be more effective that way.

    Of course you can certainly use a lot of unexpected sources for a good back ground beat. I've had people rap while I played misirlou (the black eyed peas did it here to, there's a tab for it here
    The tabs from there site you generally would want to supplement with play the melody on top of the chords in some places to give it more of a body.

    A side note: there's plenty of chords for raps songs out there, a google search will give you the chords to specific ones, if you start off a rap that people recognize they will probably have an easier time picking it up after you finish

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    desert... need beach...


    you want chord progression for freestyling?
    there's already a thread for this but here's some stuff:

    Universal Hip-Hop/RnB Chord Progression
    Em [0432] - Bm7 [2222] - Am7 [0000]

    Smooth version of Universal Hip-Hop/RnB Chord Progression
    Bm [4222] - A [2100] - F#m [2120] - Gm7 [0222]

    Waiting in Vain by Bob Marley

    Heartless by Kanye West(cover by The Fray)
    Am [2000] - Dm [2210] - F [2010] - G [0232]or Em [0432]

    Paper Planes (in the key of Bb)
    Bb [3211] - Eb [3331]

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