Celebration chords



You can learn how to play Celebration by Kool & The Gang!

Released in 1980 by Kool & The Gand, Celebration would become the band’s biggest and only hit to claim the top spot on the U.S Billboard chart.

Since then, Celebration has been firmly established on the set list of every soul, funk, and disco band to play an event celebrating anything!

Songs like these are made for parties, the bread & butter of any guitarist’s professional career. Make sure you get Celebrations chords right so you can keep the gig and continue celebrating – ya-hoo!


Celebration chords and lyrics


||: (Ab) | (Ab) :|| x4

||: Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab :||
Ya-hoo! This is your celebration.
Ya-hoo! This is your celebration.

||: Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab :||
Celebrate good times, come on, let’s celebrate.
Celebrate good times, come on, let’s celebrate.

||: Ab11 | Absus4 Ab :||
There’s a party going on right here.
A celebration to last throughout the years.
So bring your good times and your laughter too.
We gonna celebrate your party with you, come on.
(Celebration) let’s all celebrate and have a good time.
(Celebration) we gonna celebrate and have a good time.

| Dbmaj7 | Cm7 | F11 | F |
It’s time to come together, it’s up to you. What’s your pleasure? 
| Bbm7 | Eb11 |
Everyone around the world, come on!

||: Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab :||
Ya-hoo! It’s a celebration. Ya-hoo! 
Celebrate good times, come on. It’s a celebration. 
Celebrate good times, come on. Let’s celebrate.

||: Ab11 | Absus4 Ab :||
There’s a party going on right here
A dedication to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate and party with you. Come on now.
(Celebration) let’s all celebrate and have a good time, yeah, yeah.
(Celebration) we gonna celebrate and have a good time.

| Dbmaj7 | Cm7 | F11 | F |
It’s time to come together, it’s up to you. What’s your pleasure?
| Bbm7 | Eb11 |
Everyone around the world, come on!

||: Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab :||
Yahoo! It’s a celebration.
Yahoo! It’s a celebration. 
Celebrate good times, come on. Let’s celebrate, come on now.
Celebrate good times, come on. Let’s celebrate.

||: Ab11 | Absus4 Ab :||
We’re gonna have a good time tonight, let’s celebrate, it’s all right.
We’re gonna have a good time tonight, let’s celebrate, it’s all right, baby.
(Celebration) we’re gonna have a good time tonight. Let’s celebrate, it’s all right.
(Celebration) we’re gonna have a good time tonight. let’s celebrate, it’s all right

||: Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab :||
Yahoo! Yahoo!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate). Ooh, ooh, ooh, hoo.
Celebrate good times, come on! It’s a celebration.
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate). Come on and celebrate, tonight.
Celebrate good times, come on! ’Cause everything’s gonna be all right. Let’s celebrate.
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate) Ooh, hoo, hoo.
Celebrate good times, come on! Let’s have a great time, celebrate.
Celebrate good times, come on!


Celebration chord progression

The chords you see above for the three sections are mainly for the keyboard player. For example, the chorus, which moves: | Db/F Gb Db/F | Gb Db/F Ab | on repeat, is played by keyboards.

On top of this, you have a horn section riff playing | Ab7omit3 Db Ab Bbm7 | Ab Bbm/Ab Cm/Ab Ab5 |

The guitar has the easiest job, just playing a static Ab. As a common tone, the Ab is the 5th of the Db, the 9th of the Gb, and the root of the Ab.

The verse has an extremely sparse guitar part, it may even be tempting to join the keyboard player here and play Ab11Absus4Ab.

Finally, the bridge has more adventurous movements as it starts on chord IV and goes: Dbmaj7Cm7. This is followed by a movement using the cycle of 4th: F11FBbm7Eb11.


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