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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: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Aug 5, 2019 • VIEWS: 30 • LESSON CODE: UL427

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: rockjazz

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

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: Dec 31, 2016

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


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Melody and Chord Tips • Updated: Mar 1, 2019

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Walk Don't Run - Ukulele Melody and Chrord Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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


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