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The Drunken Sailor

We are going to combine chords and melodic playing at the same time in this more challenging version of this well known song.

(If you want the song version, it's over here)

Play the chords downwards with your thumb and pick the melody with your first and/ or second finger. using the 'crabby-claws' techniques.


Be aware that the chord takes the place of the first, fourth and seventh note...or if you were to sing the song the chord would replace ''


For some extra help take a listen to my friend Erin from Guns Village Primary School, West Bromwich. She plays this version of 'The Drunken Sailor' at quite a pace! Well done Erin!
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A --0--0-0--0--0-0--|--0---------------0---|----------------------|------------------------|--

E ----------------------|-------------1---------|----------------------|------------0----------|--

C -Dm-----Dm------|-Dm---2-------------|-C------- C--------|--C- --0--------------|--

G ----------------------|-----------------------|--0--0-0--0--0-0--|--0---------------0---|--



A --0--0-0--0--0-0--|--0---2----3----5----|--3---0------------|----------------------||

E ----------------------|------------------------|------------3---0--|----------------------||

C -Dm----Dm-------|-Dm-------------------|-C----------------|--Dm------Dm----||

G ----------------------|------------------------|--------------------|----------------------||




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