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    Smile What's your favorite 3 chords only song?

    My Uke group is trying to make beginners feel comfortable by having a special "3 chords only" meetup. Any suggestions out there for really good 3 chord or less songs? I'm looking for those songs that are very simple, but sound great and build confidence. Thanks guys.

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    Don't worry, be happy. Bobby McFerrin. It's a good one for getting people to sing along with.

    C Here's a little song I wrote, you
    Dm might want to sing it note for note, don't
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    Knockin' On Heaven's Door

    Verses
    G D Am7
    G D C
    G D Am7
    G D C

    Chorus
    G D C
    G D C
    G D C

    Okay, it's actually 4 chords, but don't count the Am7 and it's 3 chords.
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    Our uke class learned This Land is Your Land with F-C-G7. We optionally add C7 and Am, but it's perfectly fine with just three.
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    I happen to love Jambalaya, with F, C and C7 @ the word "fun" each time it comes up.... i've often heard this played with only 2 chords, but that C7 makes a big diff to me!!

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    THere are so many songs that can be faked with three chords that a booklet of them is likely to look more like an encyclopedia...

    Bad Moon Rising (v. DAGD x4, ch. GDAGD)
    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (CFG & optionally G7)
    Boney Fingers (DGA7)
    Bread and Butter (CFG7)
    Clementine (Oh my Darlin) (CG7 - just two chords)
    Cool Water (CFG7)
    Corrina, Corrina (DGA (optionally add D7))
    Down on the Corner (CFG)

    Okay...I'm tired now but you get the idea...
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    La Bamba
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    Folsom Prison Blues
    Wild Thing
    Good Lovin'

    There are more than a bazillion 3-chord songs. I have to object to the 4-chord song, as there are actually 6 bazillion of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J'Ukebox View Post
    I happen to love Jambalaya, with F, C and C7!
    or the two chord version of C and G7 as well. Most all know the song and they are easy to learn chords. Great teaching tune.

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    New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle: F,G, Em

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