You Can Accompany Yourself

C minor chord
C minor chord (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Big Wilson wrote an article about how to accompany yourself. I wanted to share it with you in its entirety. I thought it was pretty upfront and straight forward about knowing chords and then putting them together in chord progressions. That way, you can find your way around songs. So, who is Big Wilson? Watch the video and he plays a quick lick at the very end .



You Can Accompany Yourself

"If you are a singer, either professional or amateur, I assume that you know the major scale... Do Re Mi Fa Sol, One Two Three Four Five, or No Nee Nay Nee Nah. I assume that you can find middle C on the piano. Given these two assumptions, you can accompany yourself while you sing.

My daddy used to play piano for silent movies. He started at the Binghamton Opera House. He taught me a few chords, and called them "changes." The first chord he taught me was B Flat Major. The first "change" was an E Flat Major, and the second change was an F Seventh. Using these three chords, he ripped into a ragtime version of "Nearer My God To Thee." It was great, and I was hooked.

I spent lots of time at the piano learning and finding new changes, until I could play well enough to put myself through college. I then went into radio and television, often calling on the piano for background to commercials. In those days record artists would visit DJs, and I would get them to sing live. I've had the pleasure of accompanying Steve Lawrence, and Edyie Gorme, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and others on my radio and TV shows. It was a thrill for me.

Many singers have said to me, "I wish I could play like that, and accompany myself." Therefore, I have devised the most simplistic method of learning to read guitar chord symbols, found on most sheet music. So, if you have the sheet music to the songs you want to sing, you can quickly learn to accompany yourself on the keyboard. You will not be a great piano player. but you will be a fine accompanist.

Let's start with a look at chords. All chords are based on triads. They are either Major, Minor, Diminished or Augmented.

All major triads contain the one, three and five.
All minor triads contain the one, flat three and five.
All diminished triads contain the one, flat three and flat five.
All augmented triads contain the one, three and sharp five.
Unless otherwise indicated, all chords are built on the major triad.
The symbol for a minor chord is a small m. Example: Cm.
The symbol for a diminished chord is a small circle. Example: Co. (Yes, it's a very teeny circle)
The symbol for an augmented chord is a +. Example: C+.

C = 1 3 5

Cm = 1 b3 5

C dim = 1 b3 b5

C+ = 1 3 #5

If you can read simple treble-clef melody notes,
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Chords to Bridge Over Troubled Water

English: The first chord to Bridge Over Troubl...
English: The first chord to Bridge Over Troubled Water on Piano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This moving, modern day spiritual was introduced in February 1970. By March of that year it sold a million copies, by April two million copies had been sold by the year's end, sales had reached five million. It won an unprecedented six Grammy awards in 1970 and the album is still one of the best-sellers in music history... Words and music by Paul Simon, 1969.

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel. Following the duo's soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except one. http://en.wikipedia.org

This is one of my favorite songs by Paul Simon. I can think of tons more... how about you?

Paul Simon wrote this about providing comfort to a person in need. It started as a modest Gospel hymn but became more dramatic as he put it together. Speaking in the documentary The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon said, "I have no idea where it came from. It came all of the sudden. It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career. I remember thinking, 'This is considerably better than I usually write." For more information, visit http://www.songfacts.com



4/4 Time Signature
Moderato, not too fast, like a spiritual

             C       F           C
 When you're weary,        feeling small,
F      Bb    F   C          F             C         F    C     F
 When tears are in your eyes,     i will dry them all;
C     G   Am      G              F    C
 I'm on your side.    when times get rough
C7                  F    D   G
 And friends just can't be found,
C7        F      F#dim  C    A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7      Am
 I will lay me down.
C7        F      F#dim  C   A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         G9  G7  C
 I will lay me down.


 When you're down and out,
                      C     F
 When you're on the street,
        Bb F     C       F
 When eve-ning falls so hard
         C          F    C    F
 I will comfort you.
C       G    Am      G
 I'll take your part.
                 C
 When darkness comes
C7             F  D   G
 And pains is all a-round,

C7        F      F#dim  C    A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7     Am
 I will lay me down.
C7        F      F#dim  C     Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         Am  E7  Am   D7
 I will lay me down.

F    Am    F    Fm    C    F

C    F    C    F


            C           F
 Sail on silvergirl,
         C
 Sail on by.
F      Bb   F    C       F
 Your time has come to shine.
            C                  F      C    F
 All your dreams are on their way.
C     G    Am   G
 See how they shine.
          C
 If you need a friend
C7             F    D  G
 I'm sailing right be-hind.
C7        F   Fmaj7 D9  C       Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         E   E7   Am     D9
 I will ease your mind.
       C     F    Fm    C
 your mind
 http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com

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             C       F           C
 When you're weary,        feeling small,
F             C          F             C         F    C     F
 When tears are in your eyes,     i will dry them all;
C              G     G                C
 I'm on your side.    when times get rough
C7                  F   D7/F#  G
 And friends just can't be found,
C        F      F#dim  Csus A/G    A7sus   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7      Am
 I will lay me down.
C        F      F#dim  Csus   A/G   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         G    C F/C C  F/C C F/C
 I will lay me down.

                 C    F
 When you're down and out,
                      C     F
 When you're on the street,
            C       F
 When eve-ning falls so hard
         C          F    C    F
 I will comfort you.
C             G
 I'll take your part.
                 C
 When darkness comes
C7             F  D7/F#   G
 And pains is all a-round,

C        F      F#dim  Csus A/G    A7sus   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7     Am
 I will lay me down.
C        F      F#dim  C/G     Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         Am/E  E7  Am   D7 C/G
 I will lay me down.

F    Am    F    Fm    C    F

C    F    C    F/C


            C           F
 Sail on silvergirl,
         C
 Sail on by.
F      Bb   F    C       F
 Your time has come to shine.
            C                  F      C    F
 All your dreams are on their way.
C     G    Am   G
 See how they shine.
          C
 If you need a friend
C7             F    D/F#  G
 I'm sailing right be-hind.
C7        F   F#dim C/G       Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
       Am  E      Am     
 I will ease your mind.
 C  C9  F     D/F#  C/G    Am
 Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water
 F  E7  Am  D9  C/G
I will ease your mind 
 
***

Key of D (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

Intro: D D9 G A7 Fdim D G A7 D G D G

        D           G        D            C     G   D       G
   When you're weary. Feeling small. When tears are in your eyes
          D           G  D G D
   I will dry them all.
       A  Bm   A                        D     D/C# D7
   I'm on your side ohhhh when times get rough.
               D9   G     E  A
   And friends just can't be found.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4 B7  G      F#7    Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4 B7  G      A7     D    G D G
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D                        G                    D
   When you're down and out.  When you're on the streets yeh.
           C  G    D         G        D            G   D   G  D
   When an evening falls  so hard.  I will comfort you ohhhhh.
        A    Bm   A                        D    D/C# D7
   I'll take your part ohhhh  when darkness comes.
            D9 G    E     A
   And pain is all  around.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4  Bm G      F#7    Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bm     G      Bm F#7 Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble water, I will lay me down.

   E7 D G G1 Gm D G D G
           D           G         D    G
   Sail on silver girl.  Sail on by.
        C    G   D        G
   Your time has come  to shine.
            D                      G D G
   All your dreams are on their way.
       A   Bm   A                       D             D/C# D7
   See how they shine ohhhhh and if you need a friend.
          D9   G     E    A
   I'm sailing right behind.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bm     G      Bm   F#7  Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble water, I will ease your mind.
   D7  D9 G    Gmaj7 E7 D     Bm     G      F#7       Bm
   Like a bridge over trouble water, I will ease your mind.

   E9 E D G G1 Gm D
 http://www.azchords.com

***

Key of Eb

           Eb
When you're weary

Ab       |Eb   |
  Feeling small

Ab     Db    Ab |Eb     |Ab
  When tears are in your eyes

      |Eb          Ab|Eb Ab|
I will dry them all


Eb    Bb Cm  |Bb  |
  I'm on your side

                  |Eb   Eb/D|
Oh, when times get rough

Eb7                |Ab    F |Bb
   And friends just can't be found

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       G7    |Cm
  I will lay me down

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Bb  Bb7|Eb  |Ab |Eb |Ab |Eb |
  I will lay me  down


           |Eb          |
When you're down and out

Ab                  |Eb    |
  When you're on the street

Ab     Db A b |Eb      |Ab
  When evening falls so hard

      |Eb         Ab|Eb Ab|
I will comfort you


Eb     Bb   Cm  |Bb   |
  I'll take your part,

                 |Eb   Eb/D|
Oh, when darkness comes

Eb7           |Ab  F|Bb
   And pain is all a-round


Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       G7    |Cm
  I will lay me down

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Cm/G G   Cm  |F7 |Eb |Ab Cm|Ab Abm|Eb |Ab |Eb |Ab |Eb |
  I will lay  me  down


Ab       |Eb          |
  Sail on Silver Girl,

Ab       |Eb |
  Sail on by

Ab     Db   Ab |Eb     |Ab
  Your time has come to shine

        |Eb                  Ab |Eb Ab|
All your dreams are on their way


Eb    Bb  Cm  |Bb   |
  See how they shine

          |Eb     Eb/D  |
Oh, if you need a friend

Eb7           |Ab    F|Bb
   I'm sailing right behind


Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Cm/G G   |Cm
  I will ease your mind

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      F7 |Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over troubled water

Ab       G7        Cm  |F9 Fmaj9|Eb/Bb |Ab | Abm|Eb |
  I will ease your mind
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You may be interested in:

 Gospel Core Essentials

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Paul Simon - Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water - Music Book

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"Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." -- Art Blakey
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In the Style of Bill Evans

Waltz for Debby (1964 album)
Waltz for Debby (1964 album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bill Evan's sound was marked by the use of tone clusters and chords voiced in intervals of fourths. One of his most-loved compositions is "Waltz for Debby," a beautiful jazz waltz which integrated complex harmonies with a soft, flowing melody line.

Bill Evans joined Miles Davis in 1958 and together they influenced the development of modal jazz. He was also a pianist most at home in a trio, one in which he would often feature "collective improvising." His melancholy, sensitive lyrical melodies played over rhythmically and harmonically complex song structures, created some of jazz's most memorable music.

Play the song, Waltz for Debby in 3/4 time signature, moderate and subdued.

Here is the chord chart to Waltz for Debby.

C/G

E7/G#

Am

C7/G

Fm7

Bb7

Gsus4

D7(b5)

F#m7

Fm7

Em7

Ab7/Eb

Dm7(sus4)

G(b5)

C/G

F

B

Em

Fm

C/G

G7

C/G

G7

Fm

C/E



I thought I would post the chords I am playing. There's block and broken chords throughout the song.

L.H. / R.H.

GBCE/G

G#CDF/E

ABCE/B

GBbCF/C,D,E,G (single notes)

FAbBbEb/EbGAb

BbF/GCE

BbEb/AbDbF

GAD/C

DGbAbC/D, Eb, C (single notes)

F#CA/E, D, C, B (single notes)

FGAbC/EbAbC

EA/DGB

EbAb/DbGbBb, Ab

DFG/G, C, F, C (single notes)

GBC#/G

GBCE/G

EFA/FA

B/EbAbC

/DGBb

EGAD/DG, B, C,

FBb/EbAbC, Bb, A

GBCE/G, C, E, A (single notes) *

GCDF/G, F, C, A (single notes) * repeat (4 times)

FBb/EbAbC, Bb, Ab

EAD/F#, G, B, D, A, F#

Immediate download for the sheet music can be find here

Awhile back I posted about Bill Evans. You can see the older post http://pianodiana.blogspot.com/2012/04/bouncin-with-bill-e.html

Also, you may be interested in a music dvd, Gospel Keys202

Best wishes on this Blue Monday!





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The Blue Note

Altered chord on C with flat 5th, 7th, and 9th...
Altered chord on C with flat 5th, 7th, and 9th. About this sound Play ( help · info ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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 In jazz and blues, a blue note (also "worried" note) is a note sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale for expressive purposes. Typically the alteration is a semitone or less, but this varies among performers and genres. More information at Blue note

Blues gets it’s musical color from the use of what are called “Blue Notes”. Blues gets it’s particular feel by switching back and forth between Major and Minor notes. The third is the middle note in the I chord. By dropping this note 1/2 step, the I chord becomes minor. A minor chord has a sad sound or mysterious tone. Blues is not really mysterious music so we switch back and forth between happy (Major) and sad (minor). This is the color of the music. This is why we call it blues.


1. Blue Notes

Blue notes are typically the lowered 3rd, 7th and sometimes 5th degree of a chord. The jazz sound begins by using blue notes. I've marked them in red.

C7 = E to Bb to E...  then for F7 = Eb to A to Eb and G7 = F, B, F

2. The Jazz Chord

Create a jazz chord sound by using blue notes. Play each chord several times.

C7 = C/BbE

F = F/AEb

G7 = G/BF

C7 = C/BbE

3. The Jazz Feel

Rhythms in jazz are most important - they are what make jazz swing.
Practice the following examples several times and experiment with a "loose" or "jazz" feel:

4/4 time signature

C/
/BbE
C/BbE
C/BbE

C/BbE rest C/BbE rest

F/
/AEB
F/AEb
F/AEb

F/AEb rest F/AEb rest

G/
G/BF
G/BF
G/BF

G/BF rest G/BF rest

C/
C/BbE
C/BbE
C/BbE

C/BbE rest C/BbE


4. Playing in the Jazz Style

C7

C/
/BbE
C/BbE
C/BbE, D#, E, C
G/D

F7

F/
/AEb
C/AEb
F/AEb,  Gb, G, F, E, C

C7

C/
/BbE
C/BbE
C/BbE, D
A/C

G7

G/BF
G/BF
A/C
Bb/C#
B/D

C7

C/
/BbE
C/BbG
C/BbG, D#, E, G, E

F7

F/
/AEb
C/AEb
C/AEb
Ab/C
EbDC/

C7

C/BbE
C/BbE
B/Eb
Bb/D
A/C

G7

G/BF
G/BF
Ab/Eb, C
G/D

C

C/C
C/DF#A

You may be interested in gospelguitar101 and advanced guitar301

Happy Blue Monday!






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