Learn To Play Nightingale

Nightingale: Norah Jones l PianoDiana

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Onto the song...

In 2002 Norah Jones wrote the words & music to the beautiful song Nightingale.



Key: A
Tempo: Medium Fast

Intro:
A6  Gmaj13 D(add9) A
         
        A6/9          G6/9 
Nightingale Sing us a song
D(add9)      A6/9 
Of a love that once belonged
        A 
Nightingale              
         G6/9
Tell me your tale
 D(add9)             A6/9     
Was your journey far too long?


         G6/9                         D(add9) 
Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
A6/9                     G6/9  
  To a question I can't ask
D(add9)              A6/9 
  I don't know which way the feather falls
G6/9                     D(add9) 
  or If I should blow it to the left


        A6/9 
Nightingale
           G6/9 
Sing us a song
D(add9)             A6/9 
Of a love that once belonged
        A 
Nightingale
            G6/9
Tell me your tale
D(add9)               A6/9
Was your journey far too long?


        G6/9                      D(add9) 
All the voices that are spinnin' around me

A6/9                        G6/9
  Trying to tell me what to say
D(add9)              A6/9 
  So can I fly right behind you
G6/9                  D(add9) 
  And you can take me away


Solo
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   


        G6/9                      D(add9) 
All the voices that are spinnin' around me
A6/9                        G6/9 
  Trying to tell me what to say
D(add9)             A6/9 
  So can I fly right behind you
G6/9                  D(add9)F# 
  And you can take me away


Outro
A/G   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A 

D(add9)         A6/9
you can take me away.

G6/9  D(add9)
A6/9  G6/9
D(add9) A6/9
A6/9  G6/9
D(add9)  A6/9
A6/9

You'll find mostly broken chords in the left hand but all in all, it's an easy song for the beginner to play. Here are some chords you'll be using throughout the song:

A6 = AEF#
Gmaj13 = GEF#
D(add9) = DEF#
G6/9 = GEA/GAE and GDA/D
A6/9 = AE/AC#E

An optional ending for A6/9:

C#EA/C#EA

Sometimes your L.H. will be playing these bass single notes:

D, E, A, D, E, A, D, E within one measure... or

A, D, E, A, D, E, A, E and then there's:

G, E, A, G, E, A, G, E

If you love Norah Jones style, you may want to look at the other posts. You'll find chord progressions to these popular songs, too.

Come-away-with-me

Don't-know-why

Nearness-of-you

Sunrise

Music Resources for You!



Jazz Piano Technique Exercises Etudes & Ideas for Building Chops - (Book/online audio)

Jazz101 and Jazz201 from Hear and Play are great resources for the musician wanting to learn.

Come Away with Me

All the best,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

How To Play Brave


Brave: Sara Bareilles


Brave


Words and Music by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff

Key: Bb
Time: 4/4 (Moderately)

Intro
Bb

Bb
You can be amazing

You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
Gm
You can be the outcast

Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Eb  F
Or you can start speaking up
Bb
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do

When they settle ‘neath your skin
Gm
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
                    Eb
Sometimes a shadow wins
       F
But I wonder what would happen if you

+

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/s/sara-bareilles/351630.html ]
Bb
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down

By the enemy
Gm
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Em
Bow down to the mighty
Eb         F
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
Bb
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Gm
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Eb       F
Show me how big your brave is

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Gm         Bb
And since, your history of silence
Bb/D           Eb
Won’t do you any good
Bb/D          Eb
Did you think it would?
Gm                Bb
Let your words be anything but empty
Fsus                           F
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm               
I just wanna see you
Bb                  F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm               F
I just wanna see you

© 2013 Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Chord Progression

L.H. / R.H.

Bb = Bb/BbD and Bb/FBb and Bb/DFBb

Gm = G/BbD and G/DGBb

Eb = Eb/GBbEb

F = F/FAEb and F/ACEb and F/FAC

Fsus = F/FBbC

Bb/D = Bb/FBbD

If you're not familiar with sus chords, here's an article you may be interested in reading...

How To Play A Suspended Chord


Key of G

Intro
G

G
You can be amazing
G
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
Em
You can be the outcast
Em
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
C
Or you can start speaking up
G
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
G
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Em
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
C
Sometimes a shadow wins
D
But I wonder what would happen if you

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/s/sara-bareilles/351630.html ]
G
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
G
By the enemy
Em
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Em
Bow down to the mighty
C
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
G
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Em
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
C       D
Show me how big your brave is

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Em         G
And since, your history of silence
C
Won’t do you any good
C
Did you think it would?
Em                G
Let your words be anything but empty
C                           D
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

More Sara Bareilles songs:

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Chords 101: PianoDiana


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Blessings,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." -- Art Blakey
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