Hi folks, a reminder that there is no beginners uke this week as the ‘Ukelectics’ have a recording session on this Wednesday night…I know, rock stars right?

Anyway, no beginners this week then it’s on again next week but not the week after. I’ll be in sunny Queensland that week. Then there are no more Wednesday night engagements for me in the foreseeable future

The dates for beginners uke are May 18th, June 1st & 8th

Here’s some stuff to support what I was talking about re 12 bars last week. Don’t let the roman numerals freak you out. There is a method to my madness re the coloured chart which I will explain.

For those of you who couldn’t make it last week – I suggested that this simple progression of chords is a really worthwhile piece of info to try and get you head around and learn by heart. As there are hundreds if not thousands of songs that follow this pattern. We are all really familiar with this form. We have been listening to it all our lives. Even if we don’t know it

Here’s a suggestion. Why not zed chord along to these tunes and see if you can start to hear the spots where the chord changes are

12 bar variations


Here are some more examples of song that follow the 12 bar progression. Have fun and I’ll see you in a weeks time. Pete

Blue Suede Shoes

Hound Dog

I Got You

In the Mood

Jailhouse Rock

Jump, Jive an’ Wail

Night Train

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Tutti Frutti
Stormy Monday
life by the drop
Sweet Home Chicago
Johnny B. Goode
Flip flop fly
Folsom prison
Cow cow boogie
rockin all over the world
the wanderer
Good Time – Alan Jackson

Austin Powers Intro

Rock Around the Clock; Shake Rattle & Roll – Bill Haley & His Comets

Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs

In the Mood – Glen Miller

Jump Jive and Wail – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Baptized in Dirty Water – Chris Thomas King

Candyman – Christina Aguilera

The Twist – Chubby Checker

Johnny Be Goode; Roll Over Beethoven; Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis

Crossroads – Cream

At The Hop – Danny and the Juniors

Some Days You Gotta Dance – Dixie Chicks

Mercy – Duffy

Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra

Blue Suede Shoes; Hound Dog; Merry Christmas Baby – Elvis Prestley

Wipeout – The Sufaris; Fat Boys

Ice Breaker – The J. Geils Band

Greased Lightnin’ – Jeff Conway & John Travolta
Rock & Roll Medley – Jerry Lee Lewis

Tutti Frutti; Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard

Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel

King Tut – Steve Martin

Pride & Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

Hey Santa! – Straight No Chaser

Hanky Panky – Tommy James & the Shondells

Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman

Tush – ZZ Top
Route 66

thats alright mama
long tall sally
rockin’ robin
stuck in the middle