Right Hand Technique for ‘Ukulele: A Detailed Guide to Strumming & Picking

Down On The Corner ‘Ukulele Chords by CCR

Whenever I find a classic song like Down On The Corner with easy ‘ukulele chords I get really excited. It’s even better when the original recording uses those same easy chords!

This Credence Clearwater Revival hit from the 60s only contains C, F, and G7. So it’s a perfect beginner song if you’re just starting to strum the ‘ukulele.

Here’s what those ‘ukulele chords look like:

c major ukulele chord diagram

C major

f major ukulele chord diagram

F major

g7 ukulele chord diagram

G7

You can use a strumming pattern something like this, but remember to keep your hand moving the WHOLE time (hand pattern shown with down and up arrows):

V^V^V^V^V^V^V^V^
D D DU U UD

Down-On-The-CornerDown On The Corner ‘ukulele chords
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy And The Poor Boys
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Intro:
A |-3----0---------|-3---3---0-------|------------2---|-3---3-----------|
E |---------3------|-----------------|-3-----3--------|-----------------|x2
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

A |-8----5---------|-8---8---5-------|------------7---|-10--10----------|
E |---------8------|-----------------|-8-----8--------|-----------------|
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

A |-3----0---------|-3---3---0-------|------------2---|-3---3-----------|
E |---------3------|-----------------|-3-----3--------|-----------------|
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

C                     G7                 C     
Early in the evening, just around supper time
                                G7            C
Over by the courthouse, they're starting to unwind
F                        C
Four kids on the corner, trying to bring you up
                              G7              C   
Willy picks a tune out and he blows it on the harp

Chorus:
F           C       G7         C           
Down on the corner, out in the street
              F             C 
Willy and the Poor-boys are playing 
          G7             C 
Bring a nickel, tap your feet 

C                               G7                C     
Rooster hits the washboard, and people just gotta smile,
                               G7          C
Blinky thumps the gut bass and solos for a while
F                                 C        
Poor-boy twangs the rhythm out on his Kalamazoo
                                G7           C         
And Willy goes into a dance and doubles on Kazoo

Chorus:
F           C       G7         C           
Down on the corner, out in the street
              F             C 
Willy and the Poor-boys are playing 
          G7             C 
Bring a nickel, tap your feet 

Intro:
A |-3----0---------|-3---3---0-------|------------2---|-3---3-----------|
E |---------3------|-----------------|-3-----3--------|-----------------|x2
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

A |-8----5---------|-8---8---5-------|------------7---|-10--10----------|
E |---------8------|-----------------|-8-----8--------|-----------------|
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

A |-3----0---------|-3---3---0-------|------------2---|-3---3-----------|
E |---------3------|-----------------|-3-----3--------|-----------------|
C |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
G |----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

Chorus:
F           C       G7         C           
Down on the corner, out in the street
              F             C 
Willy and the Poor-boys are playing 
          G7             C 
Bring a nickel, tap your feet 

C                      G7            C                     
You don't need a penny just to hang around 
                                  G7             C
But if you got a nickel won't you lay your money down
F                                  C      
Over on the corner there's a happy noise 
                               G7              C
People come from all around to watch the magic boy

Chorus:
F           C       G7         C           
Down on the corner, out in the street
              F             C 
Willy and the Poor-boys are playing 
          G7             C 
Bring a nickel, tap your feet

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