The Fratellis Biography

The Fratellis found their audience in the festival crowd

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The Fratellis

Being one of the few bands named after their manager, The Fratellis shot to fame during late 2006, and mainly 2007 when they released their debut album Costello Music.

On this first album, we saw three main singles Henrietta, Chelsea Dagger and Whistle For The Choir.

The Scotts quickly gained recognition as one of the new hot acts of 2006 and 2007, even bagging a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2007.

Since their debut, The Fratellis continued to gather new fans around the UK with their blues-influenced pop songs, touring and visiting the many festivals that the nation offers.

The Fratellis and post-millennium British bands

In the same tradition as The Zutons, Arctic Monkeys, and The Libertines, The Fratellis fitted well into this new movement of British alternative rock acts.

These acts were more bluesy and much louder than early 2000 British acts who had a more polished sound. I’m mainly thinking of bands such as Coldplay, Travis and Keene who all used bigger productions, more strings, acoustic guitars, and piano arrangements.

Guitar Lessons

Whistle For The Choir – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Let’s start learning this song.

First, we go through all the areas you can play this song in when in the key of A.

Go to Whistle For The Choir step 1.

Whistle For The Choir – Step 2

You’re almost ready to play the complete song with a female singer.

However, in order to do this, we must first learn it all over the neck in the key of G.

Go to Whistle For The Choir step 2.

Whistle For The Choir – Step 3

Let’s learn Whistle For The Choir in the key of E as well.

After all, this is the original key of the song.

Go to Whistle For The Choir step 3.

Whistle For The Choir – Step 4

In this final step, we play in the key of D as this is what the instrumental section is in. Still, the progression is I III II V.

Playing this progression in so many keys and positions, you’ll probably recognize it on the radio now, in other songs!

Go to Whistle For The Choir step 4.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

This song only has four chords, so very simple. The instrumental section simply modulates down a tone to create some variation.

We recorded Whistle For The Choir in two keys for two different singers, try both and consider how each key suits the song.

Go to Whistle For The Choir chords and guitar lessons.


Whistle For The ChoirWell, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name
Is it out, of line, if I were simply bold to say would you be mine?
Because I may be a beggar and you may be the queen

Go to Whistle For The Choir lyrics.

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