Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill (Tab)

Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill

Fats Domino’s version of Blueberry Hill perfectly shows off the roots of rock and roll. He plays the driving boogie-woogie and has blues riff bassline. But the song itself is a country song first released by Gene Autry. So you have this sweet, major key country melody rubbing up against bluesy runs and liberal use of the minor third (the C-string, 3rd fret in my tab).

I’ve tried to keep those two elements in my arrangement of the tune. The verses have the melody with the bassline sitting between the lines (now not at all bassy). Try to separate these by playing the melody a bit louder (I didn’t do a great job of this in the video). The, “Wind in the willow…” section lays off the bassline and has chord stabs in between the melody. Keep those short by releasing the pressure with your fretting hand just after you strum.

To finish the song off I’ve added a little blues run. A great place to throw in your own favourite blues licks and play around.

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10 Comments

  1. John November 10th, 2017 6:46 am

    Thank you, I love this song!

  2. Woodshed November 10th, 2017 6:47 am

    John: Thanks! Me too.

  3. Mark November 10th, 2017 10:33 am

    I am going to enjoy not quite getting the hang of this one!

  4. allan mcdonald November 11th, 2017 6:12 am

    Why, thank you for this wonderful tune, my wife & I bonded with this song.

  5. Woodshed November 11th, 2017 10:36 am

    Mark: Happy practicing!

    Allan: You’re very welcome!

  6. federico November 13th, 2017 8:24 am

    Well done, Woodshed! Great piece and good ukulele sound.
    Surely happy hours of practicing. Thank you.

  7. Woodshed November 13th, 2017 1:18 pm

    federico: Thanks very much! Have fun with it.

  8. hms November 14th, 2017 10:07 am

    Nobody seems to include the first verse:

    Do you recall a year ago tonight?
    We stood and watched the golden sun descend
    When love had just begun, why did there have to be an ending?
    Do you recall a year ago tonight?

  9. Sampo November 16th, 2017 10:48 pm

    Mark: Haahaahaa! Me too. I have quite a few tunes under my belt that I just not quite get a hang of.

  10. Woodshed November 20th, 2017 8:16 pm

    Sampo: Same here. You’re always going to have a few of those if you’re trying to improve your playing.

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