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Lesson notes

Shake Rattle and Roll was written in 1954 by Jesse Stone under the songwriting name Charles E Calhoun. It was recorded by both Big Joe Turner and Bill Haley in that same year. Elvis Presley recorded his version of the song in 1956. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 3 chords that make up the 12-bar blues progression that is used in the song. As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. We’ll also take a look at some of the bluesy licks in this fun early rock song.