On this page I wanna discuss how to play Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.
This song Mack The Knife was composed by a Germans Jewish composer Kurt Julian Weill. The song originated in Germany and was part of
German Theatre and first hit the stage in Berlin in 1928.
The first American to record the song was Louis Armstrong in 1956. His version revolved around using the same chords from one verse to the next.
In 1958, Bobby Darin recorded his version which involved changing chords by a half step after the second verse all the way to the end of the song.
Rock And Roll icon Dick Clarke actually told Darin not to record the song. His reasoning was since the song came from an opera, it wouldn't go over well with the Rock and Roll crowd. But of course he was completely off the mark because Mack The Knife shot straight to #1 on Billboards Hot 100 and made it on Billboards list to #3 of the all time Top 100.
Instead of listing the chords for this song like Id normally do, a free tab is provided in the left hand menu.
I do explain all of the positions in the instructional tutorial as well.
The song starts in A# and stays there for the first two verses.
From there the song climbs a half-step at a time for each verse until reaching the last verse played on the D# position which is where the last verse is repeated a second time.
There is only one pattern for this one all the way thru and thats note-dn-note-up-dn ... note-dn-note-up-dn.
At the last line of the song there are 5 downstrokes on the D#dim but it's mainly the
pattern above all the way thru.
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