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How to Play the Monster Mash Chord on Guitar

The Monster Mash is a classic Halloween song that was first recorded by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers in 1962. The song is a parody of horror movies and features various monsters dancing to a catchy rock and roll tune. The song has been covered by many artists, including the Misfits, who gave it a punk rock twist.

If you want to learn how to play the Monster Mash on guitar, you will need to know some basic chords and strumming patterns. Here are some tips and resources to help you master this spooky song.

Chords

Intro]
N.C.
Good evening. Ahahahaha!
 
[Verse 1]
G
I was working in the lab late one night,
        Em
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight.
       C
For my monster from his slab began to rise,
    D
And suddenly to my surprise.
 
[Chorus]
           G
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
            Em
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash.
           C
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash.
           D
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
 
[Verse 2]
        G
From my laboratory in the castle east,
       Em
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast. 
    C
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes, 
   D
To catch a jolt from my electrodes.
 
[Chorus]
           G
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
            Em
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash.
           C
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash.
           D
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
 
[Chorus 2]
    C                            D
The zombies were having fun..The party had just begun.
    C                         D
The guests included Wolf Man..Dracula and his son. 
 
[Verse 3]
    G
The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds, 
Em
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds. 
    C
The Coffin-Bangers were about to arrive,
           D
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five." 
 
[Chorus]
           G
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
            Em
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash.
           C
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash.
           D
He did the mash, he did the monster mash.
 
[Verse 4]
G
Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring.
Em
Seems he was troubled by just one thing.
   C
He opened the lid and shook his fist,
    D
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvanian Twist?" 
 
[Chorus]
             G
It's now the mash..It's now the monster mash.
            Em
The monster mash..and it's a graveyard smash.
             C
It's now the mash..It caught on in a flash.
             D
It's now the mash..It's now the monster mash.
 
[Verse 5]
    G
Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band,
       Em
And my monster mash is the hit of the land. 
    C
For you, the living, this mash was meant too, 
     D
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you.
 
[Chorus] X2
             G
Then you can mash..then you can monster mash.
            Em
The monster mash..And do my graveyard smash.
             C
Then you can mash..You'll catch on in a flash,
             D
Then you can mash..Then you can monster mash.
 
A sixties smash from Kraziekhat.

Practice the Strumming

The next step is to practice the strumming pattern for the song. The strumming pattern is basically a series of down and up strokes that create a rhythm for the song. The strumming pattern for the Monster Mash is fairly simple and consistent throughout the song. It goes like this:

D D U D U 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

This means that you need to strum down on beats 1 and 2, up on the “and” of 2, down on beat 3, and up on the “and” of 4. You can count along as you strum to keep track of the timing.

To practice the strumming pattern, you can start by playing it slowly and steadily with one chord. For example, you can play G or G#5 four times per measure using this pattern:

G G G G D D U D U D D U D U D D U D U D D U D U 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Once you feel comfortable with one chord, you can try switching between different chords in the same measure. For example, you can play G and Em or G#5 and F5 using this pattern:

G Em G Em D D U D U D D U D U D D U D U D D U D U 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Finally, you can practice playing along with the song or a backing track using the chords and the strumming pattern. You can find the song or a backing track online using a web search tool like Bing. Just type in “monster mash song” or “monster mash backing track” and you will get many results from different websites.

Have Fun!

The last and most important step is to have fun playing the Monster Mash on guitar. You can sing along, add some effects, or improvise some solos. You can also play with your friends, family, or other musicians. The Monster Mash is a fun and easy song to play on guitar, and it will surely get you in the Halloween spirit.

Conclusion

The Monster Mash is a classic Halloween song that you can learn how to play on guitar. You just need to choose your version, learn the chords, practice the strumming, and have fun. You can use tools like Bing and graphic_art(“a guitar chord chart”) to help you find the resources and information you need. Happy Halloween and happy playing!

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