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Walk Don't Run

A rock'n'roll instrumental composition written and first performed by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1955.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 05 Aug 2019Visits: 178Code: UL427

Topic: Rock ukulele Subjects: Jazz Rock Instrumental

Walk Don't Run

Walk Don't Run is a rock'n'roll instrumental composition written and first performed by Johnny Smith in 1955. It became a hit single in the autumn of 1960 for the Seattle-based instrumental rock band The Ventures. In the UK, the tune was covered by the John Barry Seven, whose version, while only peaking at #11 on the Record Retailer chart, compared with the Ventures' #8, outcharted them to reach the Top 10 on other UK charts such as that of the NME.

This song, in its simplest form can be played with three chords. These are the I, IV, and V or V7 chords in a major key. In the example here they are: G C and D7 or D, shown in C Tuning, High or Low G</p>

Johnny Smith is the original composer. Chet Atkins recorded a version that the ventures heard and subsequently created their mega instrumental surf hit.

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Walk Don't Run - Ukulele Melody and Chrord Arrangement

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

"Walk Don't Run" - Melody and chord arrangement for ukulele, C tuning - Low G.


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Melody and Chord Tips

Updated: 01 Mar 2019

Creating "Melody and Chord Arrangements", in theory are as simple as harmonizing the melody with a chord. Which is playing a chord that has the melody note as the top note of the chord voicing. In practice it is a little more involved, but not much more.

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Walk Don't Run - Ukulele Melody and Chrord Arrangement

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

"Walk Don't Run" - Melody and chord arrangement for ukulele, C tuning - Low G.

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