Jack Pepper Part 3: I Got A Mama…

I Got A Mama In New Orleans Another Mama Up In Maine (Chords C Tuning)

I Got A Mama In New Orleans Another Mama Up In Maine (Chords D Tuning)

Yes, I’m starting a series of posts with part 3. Anyone who has a problem with that is stuck in the Web 1.0 world. Start thinking outside the box or get left behind, people.

The reason I’m starting with part 3 is that Heather requested the chords for the third song in the Jack Pepper medley which I posted a while ago. Luckily for me and my lazy attitude, the chords have already been sussed out by chord connoisseur Arch Larizza.

I’ve put up the chords in both C and D tuning. Pepper plays the song in D tuning but the chords work just as well, if not better, in C tuning. There’s a great change from G to Eb7 made by sliding your index and ring fingers down a fret. It sounds very different from the same change in D tuning.

As well as the chords, Pepper plays a little riff after, “Most all the time.” He plays the D string at the second fret and bends it (pulls it downwards) until it is the same pitch as the third fret. Do that twice then play the string open and then at the second fret (without the bend).

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I couldn’t find any of Jack Pepper’s music to buy on the interweb. If anyone has any ideas please let me know in the comments.

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  1. Heather September 5th, 2007 2:56 am


    But those both look the same to me…

  2. Woodshed September 5th, 2007 8:14 am

    The chord names are exactly the same. The difference is the chord diagrams. A D chord on a D tuned ukulele would look like the C chord shape you use on a C tuned ukulele and so on. (That’s as clear as mud).

  3. Uke Hunt » Jack Pepper Part 1: Ain’t That Too Bad September 6th, 2007 10:45 pm

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  4. Steve Boisen March 1st, 2010 6:23 am

    After studying this video I’m positive Jack Pepper is not using D tuning. He has his uke tuned very low. In fact, he is three half steps below C tuning which I guess would be considered “A” tuning (E-A-C#-F#). You can see that the first two chords he strums before he starts singing would be C7 and F if he were in C tuning but what you actually hear are A7 and D. Like Ukulele Ike and Johnny Marvin, he probably tuned his uke up or down to suit the key of the song while still playing familar chord shapes, something that most modern uke players avoid. It looks like Jack Pepper is playing a Martin concert in this video which would help accomodate the lower tuning.

  5. Woodshed March 2nd, 2010 10:21 pm

    Steve: Thanks for that. I’ll check it out.

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