Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

This is the song that epitomizes the 50s sound and even gave name to the 50s Chord Progression. Ben E. King wrote and recorded it in 1961 and it has been covered by hundreds of artists since, including Sam Cooke and John Lennon. The progression is very simple but the bass line is a big part of what made it so distinctive. This lesson covers a Campfire Version as well as a way to incorporate the bass line into the rhythm pattern. There is also a segment on experimenting with other common keys.