Otis Spann Blues and Popular Blues Songs

House of Blues Sunset, in West HollywoodImage via WikipediaMy Cousin came over for the Holidays and he told me that he had visited The House of Blues in L.A.
Have you ever been there?

Anyways, we got to talking about popular blues songs and I wondered if you have a favorite...

Here's a few:

 
1. AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS IF I DO  by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins


[Bb] There ain't nothin' [D7] I can do, [Gm] nor nothin' I can [D7] say,
[G7] That folks don't [Dm7] cri[G7]ti[Cm]cize [G7] me.
[Cm] But I'm gonna [G7] do just as I [Cm] want to any[C]way,
[C7] I don't care if they all des[F#7]pise [F7] me.

[Bb] If I should [D7] take a notion
[Gm] To jump in[Eb]to the ocean,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] Rather than [D7] persecute me,
[Gm] I choose that [Eb] you would shoot me,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] If I should [D7] get the feelin'
[Gm] To dance up[Eb]on the ceiling',
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] If I let my [D7] best companion
[Gm] Drive me right in[Eb]to the canyon,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] After all the [D7] way to do [Gm] is do just as you [D7] please,
[G7] Regardless [Dm7] of [G7] their [Cm] talk[G7]in'
[Cm] Often times the [G7] ones that talk will get [Cm] down on their [C] knees,
[C7] And beg your pardon for their [F#7] squak[F7]in'. (sp?)

[Bb] If I dis[D7]like my lover
[Gm] And leave (him/her) [Eb] for another,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] If I go to [D7] church on Sunday,
[Gm] Then caba[Eb]ret on Monday,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] If my friend ain't [D7] got no money
[Gm] And I say, "Take [Eb] all mine honey,"
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do. [G7] [C7] [F7]

[Bb] If I lend (him/her) [D7] my last nickel
[Gm] And it leaves me [Eb] in a pickle,
[Bb] It ain't nobody's [F7] business if I [Bb] do.
 
2. Baby Please Don't Go
Baby, please don't go.

Baby, please don't  go.
Baby, please don't go back to New Orleans

G7 
You know it  hurts me  so
Babe, I'm way down here,
You know I'm way  down here.
Babe, I'm way down here in a rollin' fog,
Baby, please don't go.

Babe, I'm way down here,
You know I'm way  down here.
Babe, I'm way down here on old Parchman Farm*,
Baby, please don't go.

Baby, please don't go, (twice)
Baby, please don't go and leave me here,
You know it's cold  down here.

You know it's cold  down here.
Babe, it's cold down here.
You know it's cold  down here on old Parchman Farm,
Baby, please don't go.

I'm half dead  down here, (twice)
I'm half dead  down here on old Parchman Farm,
Baby, please don't go.

3. Got My Mojo Workin by Muddy waters

D/G/A
twleve bar blues
key is D

Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
I wanna love you so bad till I don't know what to do

I'm going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand
I'm going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand
I'm gonna have all you women right here at my command

Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
I wanna love you so bad till I don't know what to do

I got a gypsy woman givin' me advice
I got a gypsy woman givin' me advice
I got some red hot tips I got to keep on ice

Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
.....

But it - uh uh - just won't work on you
 

Otis Spann Blues Piano Licks

 
You might want to stop by and visit these sites, too:
http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/moneychords/lesson.html
http://blueslyrics.tripod.com/tabsandchords.htm



Wishing my readers a peaceful New Year 2011!

-- LadyD

Have a heart that never hardens and a touch that never hurts. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
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The Minor Ninth Chord in Db


Let's talk about the Minor Ninth chord in Db.

Bass = Db

Right Hand = E + Ab + B + Eb

I like to use this chord progression in a 1-4 turn around. For example, it creates a nice groove when you change the 3rd finger from B to Bb.

Now, if you do this, you must also change the bass from Db to Gb. That is why it is called a 1-4 turnaround because Gb is the 4th tone in the Db Major Scale.

Basically, you switch from the Db minor chord (the third tone is simply lowered to Bb and the bass to Gb.

Summary:

Dbmin9 --> Gb13

Bass: Db * Right Hand: E + Ab + B + Eb

Bass: Gb * Right Hand: E + Ab + Bb + Eb

Try it out. I think you'll agree, this one is pretty nice. You might want to check on these:
Advanced Gospel Courses

Best,

-- Piano Diana



-- LadyD Have a heart that never hardens and a touch that never hurts. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
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Practicing Scales

The traditional method of practicing scales, two hands moving up and down four octaves, is great for technique but doesn't do much to improve your skills as an improvisor. Because you're always starting on the root, reversing directions on the root, and ending on the root, you're using only one seventh  of the possibilities inherent in each scale.

Beginning jazz musicians often play:

D, E, F, G, A, F, E, D

Then: G, A, B, C, D, B, A, G

And: C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D, C.


By going up the Ionian mode, down the Dorian, up the Phyrgian, down the Lydian, and so on, you're starting on each note, reversing directions on each note, and ending on each note of the C major scale.

Example:

Ionian (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C)

Dorian (D, C, B, A, G, F, E, D)

Phrygian (E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E)

Lydian (F, E, D, C, B, A, G, F)

Mixolydian (G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Aeolian (A, G, F, E, D, C, B, A)

Locrian (B, C, D, E, F, G, A B)

Ionian (C, B, A, G, F, E, D, C)

You've only covered half the possibilities. Reverse everything, going down the Phrygian, up the Lydian, and so on. Use the same pattern to practice the melodic minor scales.

Ionian (C,B,A,G, F, E, D, C)

Dorian (D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D)

Phrygian (E, D, C, B, A, G, F, E)

Lydian (F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F)

Mixolydian (G, F, E, D, C, B, A, G)

Aeolian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A)

Locrian (B, A, G, F, E, D, C, B)

Ionian (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C)

If you practiced this exercise every day, you'd still be starting the C Major Scale on C every day. I think it helps to take this idea even further, starting the C Major scale  on C one day, D the next, E the next, and so on. If this seems like taking things to extremes, remember, the goal is to de-program yourself from years of root-bias conditioning.





-- LadyD Have a heart that never hardens and a touch that never hurts. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Midi 101: An introductory Lesson on Creating Midi Files

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In order to create a MIDI file you will need (at a minimum): a wave table sound card, a MIDI adapter cable, a MIDI keyboard and a good quality pair of stereo PC speakers. The speakers should contain a sub woofer; if at all possible. You will also need some sequencer software. Without a doubt the best sequencing software on the market is CakeWalk; however it can be a bit pricey at around $350. If you want something a little less expensive you might consider Power Tracks Pro Audio; which comes in at around $50. Unless you are getting into professional MIDI sequencing; this software will have all the features you'll need. 


MIDI files can be created in different ways using a MIDI capable program. Most programs allow you to point and click the notes onto the music staff, play the notes using a MIDI capable electronic keyboard connected to your computer and recording audio directly through your computer's microphone. 



 MIDI files are created in computers but are also used in other equipment such as the Roland Music Player, electric keyboards and player pianos. Entire fully orchestrated compositions can be put in a MIDI file and played with the different instruments tone quality imitated either on your computer or the above mentioned equipment by way of saving the file to a floppy or CD ROM.


If your goal is to record, your first step to creating a file will be to select a blank track in your sequencer. Next you will select the instrument you would like to record and choose an empty channel number. Keep in mind that the channel number you are recording has to always be the same as the transmit channel on the synth you are using. For example, if you are using a transmit channel of 11 then your synth channel has to also be set to 11. You can't use one on 11 and the other on 14. Next, you'll choose an instrument number on your sequencer and finally hit the "record" button. 

Midi Article Credit: Jermaine Griggs 

I'm thinking that everyone that plays music should get familiar with midi. Over Thanksgiving break, with a midi keyboard, I plan to practice progressions, and then experimenting with composing, editing and sequencing. How about you... are you understanding midi more and more?



Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving with blessings around your table!



-- LadyD Have a heart that never hardens and a touch that never hurts. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
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Popular Requested Sheet Music for Thanksgiving

Beautiful Autumn


Most popular requested sheet music for Thanksgiving can be found at http://solosheets.blogspot.com/

 Edward Weiss offers free pdf downloads for some very pretty piano solo sheet music with New Age style.



If you are looking for hymns and contemporary church music for the church musician, like "Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving", Filled With Joy, Miracle of the Night Sky and more, visit http://www.whitneytunes.com/


Most Popular Prayer Songs For Thanksgiving

Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer deals with a young working-class couple striving to make it on their own in face of constant hardships. Like A Prayer has become Madonna’s most popular song internationally.
  1. Living On A Prayer (Bon Jovi) … Number 1 most-requested song from 1987
  2. Like A Prayer (Madonna) … Number 5 from 1989
  3. Prayer For The Dying (Seal) … Number 26 from 1994
  4. I Say A Little Prayer (Diana King) … Number 45 from 1997
  5. Travelin' Prayer (Billy Joel) … Number 67 from 1974.
http://www.suite101.com/content/most-requested-thanksgiving-party-songs-a72001


Most Popular Giving Songs For Thanksgiving

Many songs like Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up and Rick James’ Give It To Me Baby are still highly popular, yet are not readily associated with Thanksgiving. Below are song titles with the word give and that have at least some relevance for reflection at turkey dinner time.
  1. You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi) … Number 6 most-requested song from 1986
  2. Give Me Just a Little More Time (Chairmen of the Board) … Number 10 from 1970
  3. Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush) … Number 12 from 1987
  4. Give It To Me (Timbaland, Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake) … Number 29 from 2007
  5. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers) … Number 31 from 1992
  6. You Give Good Love (Whitney Houston) … Number 37 from 1985
  7. Give Peace A Chance (John Lennon) … Number 38 from 1969
  8. I've Got So Much Love To Give (Barry White) … Number 56 from 1973
  9. Give A Little Bit (Supertramp) … Number 56 from 1977
  10. Give Me The Night (George Benson) … Number 57 from 1980

Vanessa Williams & Brian Mcknight - Love Is




    One of my favorite songs is Love Is by Brian McKnight and Vanessa Williams. These two are very beautiful, talented people.

    Free sheet music to Love Is can be acquired at http://pianotte.szm.com/L.htm

    Here are the piano chords to a very easy song to play in the Key of C, Love Is:

    Am
    They say it's a river
    Ab
    That circles the earth
    C
    A beam of light shining
    D7
    To the edge of the universe
    F              G
     It conquers all
    F            G
     It changes everything
    
    Am
    They say it's a blessing
    Ab
    They say it's a gift
    C
     They say it's a miracle 
           D
    And I believe that it is
    F              G          
     It conquers all
    F             G
     But it's a mystery
    
    ---------Chorus 1 *
    C        F          G  
    Love breaks your heart
    C         F         G
      Love takes no less than everything
    C         F       G
      Love makes it hard
             Bb          Dm       G7
    But it fades away so easily
    
    
    Am
    In this world we've created
    Ab
    In this place that we live
    C
    In the blink of an eye, babe
    D7
    The darkness slips in
    F                   G
     Love lights the world
    F                   G
     Unites the lovers for eternity
    
    ---------Chorus 2 * 
    C        F          G
    Love breaks the chains
    C         F          G
      Love aches for everyone of us
    C        F          G
    Love takes the tears and pain
            Bb                Dm             G7
    And it turns it into the beauty that remains
    
    
    Am7              F
      Look at this place
           G/B           F        C  
    It was paradise but now it's dying
    Dm7       C        F
      I'll pray for love
    Dm7         C         G   
      I'll take my chances that it's not too late
    
    -------Repeat Chorus 1 & 2
    ******************
    Here's another beautiful song by Brian McKnight, Back At One
    Bsus9                      Abm7 
    It's undeniable that we should be together  
          E6/9                       C#m7                    F# 7 (Bb°)  
    It's unbelievable, how I used to say that I'd fall never 
    Bsus9  
    The basis is need to know  
    Abm7 
    If you don't just know how I feel  
    Am7                            Abm7(5+)    Fm7/4 
    Then let me show you now that I'm for real  
    Am7                 Abm7(5+)          F#7 
    If all the things in time, time will reveal (Yeah...) 
     
    Bsus9 
    One, you're like a dream come true 
    Abm7 
    Two, just wanna be with you 
    E6/9 
    Three, girl it's plain to see 
            C#m7                     F#7 
    That you're the only one for me and 
    Bsus9 
    Four, repeat steps one through three 
    Abm7 
    Five, make you fall in love with me 
    Am7         Abm7(5+)           Fm7/4 
    If ever I believe my work is done 
             F# 7                  Bsus9 
    Then I'll start back at one (Yeah-yeah yeah...) 
     
    Bsus9                         Abm7 
    It's so incredible, the way things work themselves out  
          E6/9                  C#m7         And all emotional, once you know what it's  
    C#m7  Ebm7 E6/9    F#9/4 (F#7) 
    all      about,     Yeah  
    Bsus9                     Abm7 
    And undesirable, for us to be apart  
    Am7             Abm7(5+)     Fm7/4 
    I never would've made it very far  
    Am7                     Abm7(5+)           F#7 
    'Cause you know you got the keys to my heart 'Cause...  
     
    -Chorus- 
     
    Bsus9 
    One, you're like a dream come true 
    Abm7 
    Two, just wanna be with you 
    E6/9 
    Three, girl it's plain to see 
    C#m7                 C#m7 Ebm7  E6/9  F#9/4 
    That you're the only one  for    me    and 
    Bsus9 
    Four, repeat steps one through three 
    Abm7 
    Five, make you fall in love with me 
    E6/9                         C#m7  
    If ever I believe my work is done 
    F#7                     Bsus9 
    Then I'll start back at one  
     
     
     
    Ebm7  
    Say farewell to the dark of night 
    E6/9  
    I see the coming of the sun  
    Ebm7                              Ab7/4 Ab7 (C°) 
    I feel like a little child, whose life has just begun  
    C#m7                              
    You came and breathed new life  
               Ebm7           Abm7 
    into this lonely heart of mine  
    C#m7 
    You threw out the life line  
    F#7                 G7 
    Just in the nick of time ?? 
     
    (same chords ½ tone up? enjoy) 
     
    -Chorus- 
    One, you're like a dream come true 
    Two, just wanna be with you 
    Three, girl it's plain to see 
    That you're the only one for me 
    And four, repeat steps one through three 
    Five, make you fall in love with me 
    If ever I believe my work is done 
    Then I'll start back at one 
    http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/brian_mcknight/back_at_one_ver4_crd.htm 
     

    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    Steps To Video Making and Marketing

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    Three Steps To Add the Power of Video to Your Website
    1. Shoot Your Video
    2. Upload It To YouTube
    3. Link or Embed Your Video Broadcast

    What should your first video message be? 

    If a visitor stopped by your show room you'd take the opportunity to show them around. Do the same thing on your website or blog. When a visitor arrives, welcome them to your site with your instruction video. In essence, you want to show them around your "virtual Internet showroom."
    Tell them how you're different and the benefits you or your products offer. If your site has links, then tell your visitor what information they will find if they follow those links.
    I offer lessons and instructions online. I play the piano and offer certain music resources to take your piano playing to the next level.



    Step 1: Shoot Your Video 

    Set up your camera and position yourself about two or three feet in front of it and start talking. In the beginning, I used a digital camera and set it on a tripod. Then I set the camera on video and sat down and started talking.

    Don't worry about what you will say, just start talking and recording. If you were a first time visitor to your website what would you be looking for and what would you want to know?

    Don't worry about scripting out what you will say. Just talk off the top of your mind and don't be afraid to record several takes. The delete button is powerful and allows you to re-take the shot many times over.

    Then watch them back and pick the best one. The exercise of being in front of the camera and just talking will help you perfect what you say. It will also help you get past your fear of being in front of the camera. By recording several takes, it will help you to look, sound and feel natural. And that's important! Remember to smile and just be yourself.

    One of the greatest powers of using video in your marketing is that it gives your customers and prospects the opportunity to meet you face to face. Once you are happy with the take, put it up on YouTube.



    Step 2: Upload to YouTube 

    If you do not yet have an account go to www.youtube.com and sign up for a free account. Once you have it set up, which will take a few minutes, connect your video camera to your computer and upload your video to YouTube. Most video cameras come with software that may require you to transfer the video to your computer before you can move it to YouTube.

    The hardest part of the whole process is often getting the video off your camera. If you have trouble then you might want to consider investing in a video camera that is made specifically for putting video onto computer or uploading it to the Internet.



    Step 3: Link or Embed Your video for broadcast. 

    Once you have your video on YouTube you will find two different sets of Internet coding to the right of your video. The URL code lets you link people to your YouTube video and the Embedded code lets you place that video directly onto your Website.

    I recommend you place your videos on your Website. Keep your visitors on your site rather than sending them away to another site. If you maintain your own Website then simply copy and paste this code onto your Web page. If you have someone who maintains it for you, then send the code to them. It can save you hundreds of dollars in getting video on your Website. The key is to just do it.



    As a music teacher, I enjoy recording students playing their favorite songs and then sharing the link with family members and friends. I also have enjoyed making a video of pirate images and children's books with background music on one of my blogs.

    Once you have put a welcome video on your website, there is a lot more you can do. Most importantly, put your website or blog URL in the Description Box. That way you will be directing more traffic to your site and increase effective newsletter sign ups.

    Indeed there is power in adding video to your website.
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Video-Making-and-Marketing&id=5353121



    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    How To Improvise Using 4 Left Hand Notes

    Hamburg Steinway D-274Image via WikipediaIt is so wonderful to provide free online piano lessons to all ages and at all levels.  I have been teaching piano lessons in my home for over 15 years now.  I have enjoyed playing with various musicians in San Diego County for 30 years.


    Beginner piano students are always looking for tips on moving right hand notes and matching some other bass notes with their left hand. So many folks are looking for practice methods that will encourage them to learn to improvise and play piano by ear. They want easy piano lessons.

    I found a great teaching video from Yoke Wong that I wanted to share with you.  After seeing the video, you will be playing piano lessons. So, here we go.

    How to improvise using 4 left hand notes by pianomother on YouTube.

    Be sure to practice and apply the technique!

    G minor is a minor scale based on G, consisting of the pitches G, A, B, C, D, E, and F

      Hand Coordination Techniques

    PlayPianoChords.wmv







    This is Piano Diana . 

    Many of you have expressed an interest in taking
    your piano playing skills to the next level. 
    I want to help you get
    there by ensuring that you get the most out of
    your piano practice and learning experience.

    Studying music is like studying a foreign
    language. To become fluent, one needs to be
    competent in both reading and speaking. Now,
    apply this to your piano playing. How well do you
    read? What about improvising? How well do you
    improvise?  These techniques (sight reading and
    improvising) go together, just as reading and
    speaking do.


    Over the many years of my musical career, I have
    come across trained pianists who are excellent
    sight readers but really struggle with
    improvising.  That, obviously, is not a good
    situation.

    If you think you need help in improvisation, I
    have an important message for you. 

    A special friend of mine, Yoke Wong, is an
    accomplished pianist and music educator who

    specializes in piano improvisation. She has
    compiled a comprehensive home study course
    called, Definitive Piano Improvisation to help
    piano students master the art of improvising. I
    generally do not promote other courses, but this
    one is unique and deserves your attention. Since
    I am very aware of the value and importance of
    improvisation, I also recognize the value of this
    course. It can really make a significant
    difference in your piano playing.

    Home Study Course

    If you seriously want to upgrade your skills, I
    urge you to get this DVD home study course
    here.

    The course comes with 11 hours of video
    instruction, 2 CD’s and a 142-page binder. For
    those who take advantage of this offer right now,
    Yoke will include a bonus of her “Inspirational
    Moments Digital Sheet Music.”

    Because of the special price, this offer will be
    available to the first 50 customers only. The
    offer ends 7-14 days from today.

    Definitive Improvisation Method

    Your feedback is very important in helping us
    evaluate how the course has made an impact on
    your piano playing world. I would love to hear
    from you once you have tried it out!

    Thanks for your response!

    Cordially,
    Piano Diana  


    Visit pianomother's site for more information at http://www.pianomother.com



    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    I Know You Know by Esperanza Spalding

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     Chords to I Know You Know



    simple blues scales A and D  
    http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/e/esperanza_spalding/i_know_you_know_btab.htm 
     

    Intro G
    Verse G C
    Pre-Chorus Em D C D
    Chorus G C

    After trying it once more I think I had the second chorus wrong too.
    E5-D5-C5-D5 (aka power chords rooted on the A string, frets 7-5-3-5) sounds better than what I said in my first comment.




     

     Precious Chords
    ______________________
       / Esperanza Spalding  /
      / Precious            /
     / Esperanza Spalding  /
    /_____________________/
    
    For this tab I've just transcribed the chords. Since this is jazz, the
    bottomline IS the chords and everything is improvisation from there.
    These chords might not be a 100% flawless, so I'd really appreciate some
    help and good advice! :D
    
    The main progression is switching between a plain D and a Bbmaj7+5,
    which is just Bb and C added to the D major scale. For improvisation,
    this is pretty much just a D mixolydian scale. I'll name that part
    the Interlude, as the song always returns to that before moving on.
    
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Harmony vocals open, and the Wurlitzer enters with the chord D/C ...
    
    
     Interlude:
    | D | % | Bbmaj9+5 | % |
    
    | D | % | Bbmaj9+5 | % |
    
    
    
     A:
    | D | % | Bbmaj9+5 | % |
    
    | D | % | Bbmaj9+5 | % |
    
    | G#o | Gm11 | C13 | %  A13 |
    
    
    
     Chorus:
    | D | F#7+9+5 | Bm9 | E13b11 |
                                                     1.
    | Bbmaj9  D(add9) | F#7+9+5  Bm7+5 | Em7 A11  D | %  A6 :||
    
    
    (from here it's back from the top, down to the 2. ending,
     which is leading on to the C-part.)
    
     2.
    | %  C#�  C9 |
    
    
     C:
    | Bm9  Bbmaj9 | Am11  G#� | Gmaj9  F#7+5 | Em11  A#o |
    
    | Bm9  Bbmaj9 | Am11  G#� | Gmaj9  F#7+5 | Em11 |
    
    
    
     Interlude
    
    
     D:
    | Emaj9/G# | Gm6 | D/F# | Bm7  -/A |
    
    | Emaj9/G# | Gm6 | D/F# | Fmaj7 | Em9 | Bb+5 |
    
    
    
     2x Interlude
    
     2x Chorus
    
     C
    http://www.yourchords.com/225232/Esperanza-Spalding/Precious-Chords/  
     

    I Know You Know

    Video
     

     

    A big thank you to Gotaro for this song request! How can you rate a 5 star performance? She is over the top! Esperanza is a fantastic musician and the best bassist around! LOVE her music!

    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    Halloween: Piano Theme by John Carpenter



    The piano theme from the soundtrack of the movie by John Carpenter, the director/co-writer is also the composer of a great soundtrack for this great film.



    Played well by Doctor Gradus on YouTube, have a listen here.

    I have always loved the tension that diminished and augmented chords provide. You know, those eery but not too spooky sounding chords.



    Here's one of the best piano covers I have heard of this song from piano lion.




    Free Music Sheet  here

    Have a safe, fun-filled Halloween!




    All the best, LadyD Amplify

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    Learn To Play Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

    So Real: Songs from Jeff BuckleyImage via Wikipedia

    Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Piano Cover)


     

    One of my students requested a song "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley. It's a very easy song for beginners to play.

    1. Jeff Buckley's Biography

    "Jeff Buckley was born in California's Orange County in 1966 and died in a tragic drowning accident in Memphis on May 29, 1997. He had emerged in New York City's avant-garde club scene in the 1990's as one of the most remarkable musical artists of his generation, acclaimed by audiences, critics, and fellow musicians alike."
    http://www.jeffbuckley.com/bio.asp 

    2. Jeff Buckley's Reviews

    "Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah" has been called "Buckley's best" and "one of the great songs"by Time magazine, and is included on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Buckley 

    3. Jeff Buckley's Death

    For me, the song Hallelujah, has a sadness in the voice of Jeff Buckley.
    Plus, the song has minor chords in it. And it saddens me to learn he lost his life at a very young age. And yet, the song still lingers in my mind, as do the words...
    The answer to the question is found here:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_jeff_Buckley_die 

    http://www.funadvice.com/q/how_did_jeff_buckley_die_suicide 

    4.  Hallelujah Chords To Play


    Intro: [C] [Am] [C] [Am]

    [C] [Am]

    I heard there was a secret chord
    [C] [Am]
    That David played and it pleased the lord
    [F] [G] [C] [G]
    But you don't really care for music, do you?
    [C] [F] [G]
    Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
    [Am] [F]
    The minor fall and the major lift
    [G] [Em] [Am]
    The baffled king composing hallelujah

    Chorus:


    [F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

    [C] [Am]

    [C] [Am]
    You saw her bathing on the roof
    [F] [G] [C] [G]
    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
    She tied you to her kitchen chair
    [Am] [F]
    She broke your throne and she cut your hair
    [G] [Em] [Am]
    And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

    N|

    [F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]
    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

    [C] [Am]

    Baby I've been here before
    [C] [Am]
    I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
    [F] [G] [C] [G]
    I used to live alone before I knew you
    [C] [F] [G]
    I've seen your flag on the marble arch
    [Am] [F]
    But love is not a victory march
    [G] [Em] [Am]
    It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

    [F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

    [C] [Am]

    Well there was a time when you let me know
    [C] [Am]
    [F] [G] [C] [G]
    But now you never show that to me do you
    [C] [F] [G]
    But remember when I moved in you
    [Am] [F]
    And the holy dove was moving too
    [G] [Em] [Am]
    And every breath we drew was hallelujah
    [C] [Am]
    Well, maybe there's a god above
    [C] [Am]
    But all I've ever learned from love
    [F] [G] [C] [G]
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
    [C] [F] [G]
    It's not a cry that you hear at night
    [Am] [F]
    It's not somebody who's seen the light
    [G] [Em] [Am]
    It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

    [F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah .... 



     http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2009/02/hallelujah-jeff-buckley.html

    Enjoy playing this song on all the white keys, easy to play once you know all the beginner chords.  Once you learn this simple chord progression, you'll be flowing and singing along quite nicely.

    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    Learn To Play 2 Octave Blues Scale Fingering

    This is the best Blues Fingering Video I have ever seen on You Tube. Enjoy! It is so fun to learn from a good teacher! :) Do you like playing the blues?

    Finally, a 2 Octave Blues Scale Fingering

    Video by radiokid2









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    Don't Leave Me Now Chords by Supertramp

    Supertramp


    Don't Leave Me Now Chords:
     
    Em 
    C 
    D 
    Bm 
    Am 
    
                  Em
    Dont leave me now
    C                  D             Bm
    Leave me out in the pouring rain
    C                       Am
    With my back against the wall
                  D
    Dont leave me now
                  Em
    Dont leave me now
    C                   D           Bm
    Leave me out with nowhere to go
             C               Am
    And the shadows start to fall
                  D
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    Leave me out on this lonely road
    As the wind begins to howl
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    All alone on this darkest night
    Feeling old and cold and grey
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    Leave me holding an empty heart
    As the curtain starts to fall
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    All alone in this crazy world
    When Im old and cold and grey and time is gone...
     Chord Chart: Don't Leave Me Now

    Dougie Thomson

     Don't Leave Me Now Piano Chords by Supertramp:

    Fm
    Dont leave me now
    Db                  Eb             Cm
    Leave me out in the pouring rain
    Db                       Bbm
    With my back against the wall
                  Eb
    Dont leave me now
                  Fm
    Dont leave me now
    Db                   Eb           Cm
    Leave me out with nowhere to go
             Db               Bbm
    And the shadows start to fall
                  Eb
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    Leave me out on this lonely road
    
    As the wind begins to howl
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    All alone on this darkest night
    
    Feeling old and cold and grey
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    Leave me holding an empty heart
    
    As the curtain starts to fall
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    Dont leave me now
    
    All alone in this crazy world
    
    When Im old and cold and grey and time is gone... 
    http://www.megachords.com/piano/music/149999/don-t-leave-me-know.htm

    Supertramp 1971

    More Piano Files at:
    http://www.pianofiles.com/search/music/sheets/Supertramp+Don%27%27t+leave+me+now

    DON'T LEAVE ME NOW (SUPERTRAMP)



    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    Chords to Souled Out

    Recording Studio with Gospel Musicians



    My friend Sam has a video tutorial for Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker He is a great teacher and one talented musician. He has the experience under his belt because he has been playing Gospel music for a long time. Sam is definitely an accomplished musician. Take a look at his video clip and enjoy learning the chords to Souled Out. He encourages everyone to stop the video and learn it slowly at first. Good advice, I agree! I love the song!


    "Play F A C D F and roll in rhythm with the beat. "

    Sam's Gospel Music Workshop " Souled Out"


     

    For more related music resources, visit:

    LadyDpiano: Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker

    LadyDpiano: Progressions Used in Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker

    All the best, LadyD Amplify
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    Some Hearts: Free Sheet Music

    Some HeartsImage via Wikipedia One of the coolest songs that I love by Carrie Underwood, is Some Hearts. I love the beginning 2 lines of music on an air pad/strings setting on the keyboard. Then it goes into a rocking bass drum beat with fast pace.

    Get your FREE sheet music download athttp://www.sheetzbox.com/piano/sheets/10185/Carrie_Underwood-Some_Hearts_SheetMusic.html



    Here's the chord chart to Carrie's song,  Some Hearts:


    D                              A 
    I’ve never been the kind that you’d call lucky 
    G                   C9
    Always stumbling’ around in circles 
    D                         A
    But I must have stumbled into something 
    G 
    Look at me 
          C9                G
    Am I really alone with you 
    D                           A
    I wake up feeling like my life’s worth living 
    G                    C9
    Can’t recall when I last felt that way 
    D                          A
    Guess it must be all this love you’re giving 
    G                C9            G          A
    Never knew never knew it could be like this 
    
    But I guess 
    
    
    D        G
    Some hearts 
              A
    They just get all the right breaks 
    D        G            A
    Some hearts have the stars on their side 
    D        G
    Some hearts, 
               A
    They just have it so easy 
    A                      G
    Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
    A                      G         D
    Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
    
    D A G C9
    
    D                               A 
    Now who’d have thought someone like you could love me 
    G                         C9
    You’re the last thing my heart expected 
    D                            A
    Who’d have thought I’d ever find somebody 
    G                   C9            G 
    Someone who someone who makes me feel 
           A 
    like this 
    
    Well I guess 
    
    
    D        G
    Some hearts 
               A
    They just get all the right breaks 
    D        G             A
    Some hearts have the stars on their side 
    D        G
    Some hearts, 
               A
    They just have it so easy 
    A                      G
    Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
    A                      G                    
    Some hearts just get lucky...
    
    Bridge: (slow)
    
              Bm
    ...sometimes 
    A                              G 
    Oooh ooooh....Even hearts like mine 
           A               E
    Get lucky, lucky sometimes 
                      C#m     A     (pause)
    Even hearts like mine....Oooh-hoooo
    
    
    
    D        G
    Some hearts
               A
    They just get all the right breaks 
    D        G             A
    Some hearts have the stars on their side 
    D        G
    Some hearts, 
               A
    They just have it so easy 
    A                     G
    Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
    A                     G
    Some hearts just get lucky 
        D    G          D     G     D
    Sometimes…   Oooohhoooo 
     

    Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts 

    Video credit: perfectprincess365

     
     
    
    

     Here's another chord chart from the artist Carrie Underwood's song:





    INTRO: D5   A/D   Bbmaj7  Bb6  2x
    
    VERSE:
    
    D5                             A/D      
     I've never been the kind that you'd call lucky
    Bbmaj7              Bb6             D5       
     Always stumbling' around in circles
                               A/D      
     But I must have stumbled into something
    Bbmaj7             Bb6    G2      
     Look at me. Am I really alone with you
    
    D5                         A/D         
     I wake up feeling like my life's worth living
    Bbmaj7               Bb6                D5
     Can't recall when I last felt that way
                               A/D       
     Guess it must be all this love you're giving
    Bbmaj7            Bb6           G2          Asus           
     Never knew never knew it could be like this
    
     But I guess
    
    CHORUS:
    
    D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
     Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
          G2               Asus       G2        D     
     Some hearts, Have the stars on their side
          G2                Asus       G2  
     Some hearts, They just have it so easy
    Asus                  G2 
     Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
    Asus                  G2               D5   A/D    
     Some hearts just get lucky, lucky sometimes
    
    VERSE:
    
    D5                                   A/D
     Now who'd have thought someone like you could love me
    Bbmaj7                    Bb6            D5
     You're the last thing my heart expected
                                 A/D 
     Who'd have thought I'd ever find somebody
    Bbmaj7               Bb6          G2           Asus           
     Someone who someone who makes me feel like this
    
     Well I guess
    
    
    
    D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
     Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
          G2               Asus       G2       D     
     Some hearts, Have the stars on their side,  yes
          G2                Asus       G2  
     Some hearts, They just have it so easy
    Asus                  G2 
     Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
    Asus                  G2          Bm
     Some hearts just get lucky sometimes,Ooooooh
    
    BRIDGE:
    
          D/A         G9        A      B        E     B/E    
     Even hearts like mine get lucky, lucky sometimes
     
    A/E  B/E E  B/E A/E     E          C#m7 B/C#   A
                      Even hearts like mine.....  
    Bsus   A5    NC
     Ohhhhhhhh
    
    CHORUS:
    
    D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
     Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
          G2               Asus       G2        D     
     Some hearts, Have the stars on their side
          G2                Asus       G2  
     Some hearts, They just have it so easy
    Asus                  G2 
     Some hearts just get lucky 
    
    D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
     Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
          G2               Asus       G2       D     
     Some hearts, Have the stars on their side,  yes
          G2                Asus       G2  
     Some hearts, They just have it so easy
    Asus                  G2 
     Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
    Asus                  G2        D   A/D  Bbmaj7  Bb6    RPEAT TO FADE
     Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
    
    http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/underwood-carrie/some-hearts-11124.html


     More About Carrie:

    Carrie Underwood




    "Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is an American country singer-songwriter. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, and has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist and a multiple Grammy Award winner. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum and is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.

    Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has so far sold about 2 million copies To date, Underwood has sold over 11 million records in the United States. Underwood was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008."
    Hope you enjoy playing this song as much as I do! I wonder, do you have a favorite Carrie Underwood song? A very talented young lady, indeed!

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