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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Lion Sleeps Tonight, also known as "Wimoweh", "Wimba Way" or "Awimbawe", is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title "Mbube". Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s pop and folk revival artists, including Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing.
This song was a favorite of my late and great ukulele friend Gordon Velasco. He used it many a time for first time ukulele players. A really fun song to play.
There are only three chords which are the primary chords for the major key the song is in. In the key of C major the chords are: C, F and G or G7.
For the melody it starts on the root of the major scale of the key and the first three notes of the melody go right up the sale: 1 2 3 or do, re, me. For C major that is C D E.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Chords
Updated: Dec 31, 2016
Chord lead sheet for The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
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Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.
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Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor • Updated: Sep 21, 2011
Learn the recognize the key signature for C Major and A Minor. Learn their corresponding Major and Natural Minor scales with basic ukulele chords for each scale. Sometimes called the learning key, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.
Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 2003
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
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