Welcome to the performance page of this unit. In the following activities and lessons we will be focusing on the song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster The People. For this activity, you will need only your chosen instrument as the information below will assist in your performance of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.
Have a listen to the song below.
Notice anything structure-related? Perhaps something to do with that catchy bass line and the chord progression? The song is in the key of D# minor but what you may have noticed is that it follows the same chord progression of Fm, G#, D#, Bb for the entirety of the song! It really is that simple to play.
Your teacher will organise you into small groups of 2-4 people. Using the resources provided on this page, you will learn the introduction, verse and chorus of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ as the only main difference between the three sections is the vocal melody.
Guitarists – here are some charts of the chords you will need to play the song and also a tutorial video on how to play! The chord progression is Fm, G#, D#, Bb.
Bassists – below are two tabbed versions of the bassline; one is quite simple and the other is the actual bassline played in the song if you confident playing it.
Vocalists – you can download the lyrics here.
Pitched instruments & vocalists – you can download the score for the verse and chorus melody here.
Drummers/Percussion – below you will find the notated rhythm for ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and also a very brief tutorial video if you would like to use body percussion.
Piano/Keyboard – please see the thumbnail below for the chords you will need. A video is also available if you would prefer to watch the tutorial.
Activities for Special Needs and Gifted & Talented can be found here.