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"Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen


(@enshoku)
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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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I'm a newbie and am not sure about how to write the strumming pattern.

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                        Louie, Louie           The Kingsmen

Chords:  A  (002220) D (X00232)  Em  (022000)

[A] Louie Louie,  [D]    oh no [D] Me gotta go...

CHORUS:
 
Louie Louie, oh no
Me gotta go
Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
Louie Louie, oh baby
Me gotta go

VERSE

Fine little girl waits for me
Catch a ship across the sea
Sail that ship about, all alone
Never know if I make it home

CHORUS

Three nights and days I sail the sea
Think of girl, constantly
On that ship, I dream she's there
I smell the rose in her hair.

CHORUS

Okay, let's give it to 'em, right now!

GUITAR SOLO

See Jamaica, the moon above
It won't be long, me see me love
Take her in my arms again
Tell her I'll never leave again

CHORUS

Let's take it on outa here now
Let's go!!


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(@mordeth)
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haha, was wondering how long it'd take for someone to post this one :)

fun song to jam along to

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(@enshoku)
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I just couldn't resist.  That and "Wild Thing" are my two favorite songs to play.

haha, was wondering how long it'd take for someone to post this one :)

fun song to jam along to


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I just couldn't resist.  That and "Wild Thing" are my two favorite songs to play.

And you can use barre chord versions of the chords on each of them as a way of practicing some easier to barre chords.  And they both use the same chords.
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That's an excellent idea Musenfreund.

And you can use barre chord versions of the chords on each of them as a way of practicing some easier to barre chords.  And they both use the same chords.
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(@anonymous)
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suggestion on strumming pattern?
is that chord pattern just repeated for the whole song?


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(@kent_eh)
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suggestion on strumming pattern?

DUD--DD--DUD--DD etc.

A------D---Em----D-
is that chord pattern just repeated for the whole song?

Yup, pretty much repeats forever

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(@greybeard)
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Here, for anyone interested, is a version of the solo, that I found on the web. It was a guitarpro file, so I've exported it to ascii
Louie Louie (Solo)

Overdriven Guitar (Solo)
Tablatura e arranjos por Daniel Buck, 1999 - Brasil.

W W H Q Q
E||-------------------|-------------------|----------------0----|
B||-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
G||-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
D||-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
A||-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
E||-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|

E S S E S S E E E. S E E S S E S S E E E
--5----5-5----5-5--8b--5---5-|-------------5----------------|
-----8------8----------------|--8--5-------5--8p-7-5--------|
-----------------------------|--------7h-8------------7--5--|
-----------------------------|------------------------------|
-----------------------------|------------------------------|
-----------------------------|------------------------------|

E E E E E E S S S S E S S S E S S E S S E.
-----------5----------------|---------------------------5---|
-----5-----5----------------|---------5---------5-----------|
-----5--7-----8--7--7-5-----|-----5-7---7--7S-9----8S-7-----|
--7---------------------7-x-|--7----------------------------|
----------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------|-------------------------------|

E E S S S E S E S S E E E E E E S S S S S S
--8b--5---------5-----5----------|------------------------------|
------5--8p-5---5-----5----------|-----------5-------5----------|
--------------0----7b----8p-7-5--|-----5--7-----8--7---7p-5---x-|
---------------------------------|--7-----------------------7---|
---------------------------------|------------------------------|
---------------------------------|------------------------------|

E. S E E E E E E Q S S E E E E E
-----------------------0h--|------------------0-----0--|
-----------5-----5-----3S--|--5----5p-3-1--3-----------|
-----------5--7--5---------|---------------------------|
--7---x-7------------------|---------------------------|
---------------------------|---------------------------|
---------------------------|---------------------------|

E. S E E Q E. S E S S S S E Q E E
--5---5-5--5--5----5---5-|--5--5-5-5-5-5--5----5--5--|
-------------------------|---------------------------|
-------------------------|---------------------------|
-------------------------|---------------------------|
-------------------------|---------------------------|
-------------------------|---------------------------|

E E S S S S S S E S S E E E E E S S S S S S S S
--8b--5---------5------5----------|----------------------------------|
---------8p-5---5------5--8S-7-5--|-----5-----5----------------------|
--------------0---7S-8------------|-----5--7-----8S-7-7p-5-7p-5------|
----------------------------------|--7--------------------------7p-5-|
----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

E. S E E E E E E E E E E E E E E W
-----------------------0h--|---------------------------|-------------------|
-----------5-----5-----3S--|--5--5S--3--1--3--1--------|-------------------|
-----------5--7--5---------|---------------------2--0--|-------------------|
--7---5-7------------------|------------------------0--|-------------------|
---------------------------|---------------------------|-------------------|
---------------------------|---------------------------|-------------------|

W
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Duration Legend
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W - whole
H - half
Q - quarter
E - 8th
S - 16th
T - 32nd
X - 64th
. - note dotted
|-n-| - n-tuplets

Tablature Legend
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L - tied note
x - dead note
g - grace note
(n) - ghost note
> - accentuded note
NH - natural harmonic
AH - artificial harmonic
TH - tapped harmonic
SH - semi harmonic
PH - pitch harmonic
h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend
br - bendRelease
pb - preBend
pbr - preBendRelease
brb - bendReleaseBend
n/ - tremolo bar dip
n - tremolo bar dive
-/n - tremolo bar Release up
/n - tremolo bar inverted dip
/n - tremolo bar return
-n - tremolo bar Release down
S - shift slide
s - legato slide
/ - slide into from below or out of upwards
- slide into from above or out of downwards
~ - vibrato
W - wide vibrato
tr - trill
TP - tremolo picking
T - tapping
S - slap
P - pop
< - fade in
^ - brush up
v - brush down

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(@bigh29)
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suggestion on strumming pattern?

DUD--DD--DUD--DD etc.

A------D---Em----D-

I could use some help with this song. I can get the strum pattern above ok, but when I listen the song, it sounds like the strum pattern switches up during the verses. Here is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FhwTZPSe0c&mode

It sounds like the strumming pattern switches at 0:17 "A fine little girl, she wait for me", and stays that way until the next chorus at 0:32. After the chorus, it switches again at 0:48 for the verse "Three nights and days we sailed the sea", and one more time after the solo at 1:50. At least I think, I think the pattern changes. Maybe the drums and base are throwing me off. The pattern looks and sounds like this to me:

|D--U|D--U|DUDU|---U|
|A---|D---|Em-D|----|

Well, not quite. The first two bars sound close, but I'm not as confident in the last two. When I play it this way, it sounds like I have too much stuff going on in the third measure, and maybe not enough in the fourth.

<edit> After watching the video some more, I think there is definitely a lot more stuff going on in the last measure, but simply adding the middle up strum and the last down strum sounds kind of cool, and it adds balance to the three Em notes.

|D--U|D--U|DUDU|-UDU|
|A---|D---|Em-D|----|

H


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(@davidhodge)
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What you've done here (and it probably is going on in the song, I've not heard it in so long I don't really remember) is to create an anticipation by playing the D chord on the upstroke a half beat before the last measure. This is a tried and true technique employed by lots of rhythm guitarists, not to mention lead guitarists and bassists as well. It creates the illusion that the song is going faster than it is and the use of anticipation propels a lot of rock songs.

As I mentioned, I don't know if it's in the original (or whatever version you happen to be listening to) or not, but it is certainly acceptable to play it that way. It often helps to make it sound better.

But, if you're singing along with the music, playing anticipations can sometimes throw you off. It might take a little practice before one gets comfortable playing and singing at the same time.

Very cool!

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(@causnorign)
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Finally, after all these years I get to see the lyrics to that :D


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we play this song in my marching band. we did have a guitarist, but he quit because our band director said he didn't know the real song.


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