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La Bamba Chords And Strumming, Richie Valens

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Did You Know? La Bamba is based on a Mexican folk song and is the only song on Rolling Stone Magazines' 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time that is not sung in english.

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm: Yellow Pick

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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La Bamba Chords And Strumming, Richie Valens

Chords: 

Django C Chord

Django G Chord

Django F Chord


Key: C


Tempo: 

150 bpm

Strumming:

"The Driver":

|D    D    D U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D    D    D U D U |


See Yellow Belt Version for more advanced rhythms.

Intro - 

|C - F - |G - - - |C - F - |G (stop) |

 (Driver / Driver / Driver / 1 Strum)


Verse 1 -

||C - F - |G - - - || x6

 ( Driver / Driver )  x6

| C - F - |G (stop)|

( Driver / 1 Strum )

||C - F - |G - - - || x3

 ( Driver / Driver )  x3


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F) 
(G) Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G)
arriba a(C)rriba
Por (F)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F)ti se(G)re


Yo no soy mari(C)nero (F)
(G) Yo no soy mari(C)nero, soy (F)capi(G)tan
Soy capi(C)tan, soy (F)capi(G)tan


Chorus -

||C - F - |G - - - || x3

 ( Driver / Driver )  x3

|C - F - |G (stop)|

(Driver / 1 Strum )


(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)baaam (F) (G)


Verse 2 -

||C - F - |G - - - || x4

 ( Driver / Driver )  x4


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G)
 Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F)
(G)
 Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G) 


Middle 8 (Solo) -

||C - F - |G - - - || x8

 ( Driver / Driver )  x8

|G (stop)|

(1 Strum )


Verse 3 -

||C - F - |G - - - || x7

 ( Driver / Driver )  x7


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F)
(G) 
Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G) 
arriba a(C)rriba 
Por (F)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F)ti se(G)re


Chorus (fadeout)

||C - F - |G - - - || x4

 ( Driver / Driver )  x4


(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba (C)

Final Chord Strum: C

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Yellow Pick Level

La Bamba Chords And Strumming - Richie Valens

Chords: 

Django C Chord

Django G Chord

Django F Chord


(Note: Django chords at yellow pick level for this song)


Key: C

Strumming:

"The Driver":

|D    D    D U D U |


"The Passenger":

|  U D U    U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |


Tempo: 

150 bpm

Intro - 

|C - F -G|- - - - |C - F -G|(stop) |

( Driver /Passenger/ Driver / Silence)


Verse 1 -

||C - F -G|- - - - || x6

 ( Driver /Passenger) x6

| C - F -G|(stop)  |

( Driver / Silence )

||C - F -G|- - - - || x3

 ( Driver /Passenger) x3


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F) 
(G) Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G)
arriba a(C)rriba
Por (F)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F)ti se(G)re


Yo no soy mari(C)nero (F)
(G) Yo no soy mari(C)nero, soy (F)capi(G)tan
Soy capi(C)tan, soy (F)capi(G)tan


Chorus -

||C - F -G|- - - - || x3

 ( Driver /Passenger) x3

| C - F -G|(stop)  |

( Driver / Silence )


(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)baaam (F) (G)


Verse 2 -

||C - F -G|- - - - || x4

 ( Driver /Passenger) x4


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G)
 Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F)
(G)
 Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G) 


Middle 8 (Solo) -

||C - F - |G - - - || x8

 ( Driver / Driver )  x8

|G (stop)|

(1 Strum )


||C - F -G|- - - - || x8

 ( Driver /Passenger) x8

|G (stop)|

(1 Strum )


Verse 3 -

||C - F -G|- - - - || x7

 ( Driver /Passenger) x7


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F)
(G) 
Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F)
(G) 
arriba a(C)rriba 
Por (F)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F)ti se(G)re


Chorus (fadeout)

||C - F -G|- - - - || x4

 ( Driver /Passenger) x4


(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F)ba, (G)bamba (C)

Final Chord Strum: C

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La Bamba Chords And Strumming - Richie Valens

Chords: 

Open C Chord

Open G Chord

Open Fmaj7 Chord (F∆7)


Key: C


Tempo: 

150 bpm

Strumming:

"The Driver":

|D    D    D U D U |


"The Passenger":

|  U D U   U D U |


"1 Strum":

|D                       |

Intro - 

e|      |                |           |                |  |

b|      |                |           |                |  |

g|      |       0    2 0|           |       0    2 0|0|

d|    0 |    2    3     |    03320|    2    3     |  |

a|  2   |3              |   2       |3              |  |

e|3     |               |  3        |                |  |


​​

Verse 1 -

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x6

 ( Driver /Passenger) x6

| C - F∆7 -G|(stop)  |

( Driver / Silence )

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x3

 ( Driver /Passenger) x3


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F∆7)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F∆7)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F∆7) 
(G) Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F∆7)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F∆7)
(G)
arriba a(C)rriba
Por (F∆7)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F∆7)ti se(G)re


Yo no soy mari(C)nero (F∆7)
(G) Yo no soy mari(C)nero, soy (F∆7)capi(G)tan
Soy capi(C)tan, soy (F∆7)capi(G)tan


Chorus -

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x3

 ( Driver /Passenger) x3

| C - F∆7 -G|(stop)  |

( Driver / Silence )


(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba
(C)baaam (F∆7) (G)


Verse 2 -

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x4

 ( Driver /Passenger) x4


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F∆7)
(G)
 Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F∆7)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F∆7)
(G)
 Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F∆7)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F∆7)
(G) 


Middle 8 (Solo) -

||C - F∆7 - |G - - - || x8

 ( Driver / Driver )  x8

|G (stop)|

(1 Strum )


||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x8

 ( Driver /Passenger) x8

|G (stop)|

(1 Strum )


Verse 3 -

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x7

 ( Driver /Passenger) x7


Para bailar La (C)Bamba (F∆7)
(G) Para bailar La (C)Bamba
Se (F∆7)neces(G)sita una poca de (C)gracia (F∆7)
(G) 
Una poca de (C)gracia
Para (F∆7)mi, para (G)ti, ay arriba, a(C)rriba (F∆7)
(G) 
arriba a(C)rriba 
Por (F∆7)ti se(G)re, por ti se(C)re, por (F∆7)ti se(G)re


Chorus (fadeout)

||C - F∆7 -G|- - - - || x4

 ( Driver /Passenger) x4


(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba
(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba

(C)Ba-(F∆7)ba, (G)bamba (C)

Final Chord Strum: C

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