How To Play Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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The popular song, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do was written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka in 1962 and renewed in 1990. I like to play the song in the Key of F, slowly and rubato, with 4/4 time signature.


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Chords

Verse 1:
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/n/neil_sedaka/breaking_up_is_hard_to_do_crd.html ]
                 F   Dm7   Gm7      C7
 Don't take your love     away from me
 F           Dm7              Gm7  C7
   Don't you leave my heart in misery
 F      Bm7 A7  Dm7     G7
 If you go then I'll be blue
         Gm7     Am7   Bb   Gm7 C7
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Verse 2:
                 F Dm7      Gm7    C7
 Remember when you held me tight
                Dm7           Gm7         C7
 And you kissed me all through the night
         F       Bm7 A7   Dm7        G7
 Think of all that we've been through
      Gm7     Am7    Bb  C9 F
 And breaking up is hard to do

Bridge:

                       Fm7 Bb7 Fm7     Bb7
 They say that breaking up is hard to do
 Eb                           Ab7  Ebm7          
   Now I know, I know that it's true
        Ab7        Ebm7     Ab7
 Don't say that this is the end
  Db                                C7                     
 Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

Verse 3 [chords as per verse 2]:
                 F Dm7  Gm7       C9
 I beg of you, don't say goodbye
         F       Dm7                  C9
 Can't we give our love another try
         F      Bm7-5 A7+  Dm7    Gm7
 Come on baby, let's start anew
               Am7          Bb6  C9   F
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

[repeat bridge; backup vocalists sing lines 1 and 3]

[repeat verse 3]

Coda [repeat to fade]:
           F        Bb6       F
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma

Chord Breakdown

The chords are not in any order. Here are some voicings to go with the song.
L.H. / R.H.
F = F/CFA
Gm7 = G/FBbC
C7 = C/EBb
Dm7 = D/FAC
Bm7 = EG/DF#A
A7 = AG/C#EA
Gm7 = G/BbDFA
Bb = Bb/BbDF
Fm7 = F/EbAbC
Bb7 = Bb/DABb
Eb = Eb/EbGBb
Ab7 = Ab/CEGbBb
Em7 = Eb/DbGbBb
Db = Db/AbDbF
Db7 = Db/FBbDb
C9 = C/DEGBb
Bm7-5 = E/BDFA
A7+ = A/GC#F
Bb6 = Bb/GBbDF
Eb6-5 = Eb/EbGACEb
Gm9 = G/BbDFA

YouTube: Neil Sedaka


Internet Chord Chart



Intro (acapella w/drums and handclaps until indicated):

 Do-do-do down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma
  B         G#m       E
 Down doobee-do-down-down
                 B   E  B [N.C.]
 Breaking up is hard to do

Verse 1:

                  B   G#m   E       F#
 Don't take your love     away from me
 B            G#m               E  F#
   Don't you leave my heart in misery
 B    D#7/A#    G#m
 If you go then I'll be blue
         C#7                   F#7
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Verse 2:

 Remember when you held me tight
 And you kissed me all through the night
 Think of all that we've been through
      C#7            F#7    B  [N.C.]
 And breaking up is hard to do

Bridge:

                       Bm7 E7 Bm7     E7
 They say that breaking up is hard to do
 A      Amaj7     A6           Amaj7
   Now I know, I know that it's true
 Am7    D7       Am7        D7
 Don't say that this is the end
     G                              F#                      [N.C.]
 Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

Verse 3 [chords as per verse 2]:

 I beg of you, don't say goodbye
 Can't we give our love another try
 Come on baby, let's start anew
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

[repeat bridge; backup vocalists sing lines 1 and 3]

[repeat verse 3]

Coda [repeat to fade]:

  B         G#m       E      F#
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma



Online Chart by The Carpenters

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Chords
                        G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                   C Am  F        G 
                1.Don't take your love away from me 
                   C         Am                F   G 
                  Don't you leave my heart in misery 
                  Em             Am 
                  If you go then I'll be blue 
                         Dm                    G 
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                             C Am    F       G 
                2.Remember when you hold me tight 
                        C       Am              F      G 
                  And then you kissed me all thru the night 
                    Em               Am 
                  Think of all that we've been thru 
                         Dm            G       C  
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                 G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 
 
                            C Am      F        G 
                3.I beg of you don't say good-bye 
                   C        Am             F       G 
                  Can't we give our love another try 
                  Em                Am 
                  And maybe it'll start anew 
                         Dm                    G 
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                            C Am      F        G 
                4.I beg of you don't say good-bye 
                   C        Am             F       G 
                  Can't we give our love another try 
                  Em                Am 
                  And maybe it'll start anew 
                         Dm            G       C  
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                 G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 


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Circle In The Sand: Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle


Best of the 80s


Belinda Carlisle's 1988 recording of this rock ballad reached #7 on the charts. Originally a member of the group "The Go Gos," Carlisle has gone on to establish a successful career as a soloist. Circle In The Sand was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley. Are you familiar with it? Here she is on YouTube.




Chord Chart

You can find lots of charts online but I wanted to share what I'm playing on the piano. I really like this one. The song has a medium rock feel, 4/4 time signature. Key of F (one flat, Bb)

intro: Dm   Am7  Dm  Am7 (4 x)

Dm   Am7/Dm   Am
Sundown all around
Bb               C          Dm
Walking thru the summer's end
      Am7/D            Dm          
Waves crash baby, don't look back
Bb            C      Dm
I won't walk away again


Am7            Bb          Gm
Oh... baby, anywhere you go
Csus4         C         Am7
We are bound together, I begin
      Bb
Baby where you end
Gm                 Csus2
Somethings are forever

Chorus
               Dm    Am7       Dm
Circle in the sand, round and round
Am7           Dm      Am7       Dm Am7
Never ending love is what we've found
     Bbmaj7           C/Bb
And you complete the heart of me
     Bbmaj7           C
Our love is all we need
               Dm    Am7 Dm
Circle in the sand
               Dm    Am7 Dm
Circle in the sand
Verse

Dm   Am7/D   Dm           
Cold wind, tide moves in
Bb              C     Dm
Shivers in the salty air
    Am7/D  Dm   
Day breaks my heartaches
Bb                C         Dm
I will wait for you right here


Am7          Bb               Gm
Oh... baby when you look for me
 Csus4         C     Am7
Can you see forever? I begin
        Bb            Gm           Csus2
Baby where you end, we belong together

Chorus
              Dm       Am7         Dm
Circle in the sand, round and round
Am7             Dm         Am7      Dm
Rising of the moon as the sun goes down
     Bbmaj7          C/Bb
And you complete the heart of me
     Bbmaj7          C
Our love is all we need
              Dm    Am7 Dm
Circle in the sand
Am7           Dm    Am7
Circle in the sand

(Bridge:)


Dm    Am7

Dm    Bb    C


                   Bb   Dm   Bb   C
Baby can you hear me?
                Bb  Bbmaj7/D
Can you hear me calling?


Am7            Bb          Gm
Oh... baby, anywhere you go
C                       Am7
We are bound together, I begin
      Bb
Baby where you end
Gm                 Csus2
Somethings are forever
                Dm    Am7         Dm
Circle in the sand, round and round
Am7             Dm        Am7       Dm
Never ending love is what we've found
     Bbmaj7                C/Bb
Any you complete the heart of me
      Bbmaj7             C
Our love is all we need
                Dm    Am7
Circle in the sand
                Dm    Am7
Circle in the sand
                Dm    Am7     Dm
Circle in the sand
                Dm           ........fade
Circle in the sand


Chord Breakdown

intro

 D/DFA
A/CEG
D/ADF
A/GACE
D/DFA
A/CEBb

repeat

verse

D/FAD Sun
D/EGC down
D/FAD all a-
D/DFA round
Bb/FBbD walking thru the
C/CEA summer's
D/DFA end.
D/FAD Waves
D/EGC crash baby
D/FAD don't look
D/DFA back
Bb/FBbD I won't walk a-
C/CEA way a-
D/FAD gain.
A/CEGA Oh, baby
Bb/BbDG any
Bb/FBbD where you
G/GBbD go, we
C/CFA bound to-
C/CEG gether,
A/CEGA I begin, baby
Bb/BbDG where you
Bb/FBbD end. Some-
G/BbDA things are
C/CDA forever

chorus

D/AF Circle in the sand,
A/EGC round and
D/DFA round.
A/CEGA Never ending
D/FAD love is
A/GCE what we've
D/ADF found.
A/GCE And
Bb/BbDA you complete the
Bb/EGC heart of me, our
Bb/BbDA love is all we
C/CEG need. Circle in the
D/ADF sand
D/FAD
A/CEGA circle in the
DD/FAD sand.



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Dedicated To The One I Love

The Shirelles





Dedicated To The One I Love: Best of the 60s

Words and Music by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass. The song was originally written in 1957. I remember the Mamas and the Papas, plus the Shirelles doing this song.

Time Signature 6/8
Key Signature G

Here's what I found online.


Verse 1:

	               G               Em
	While I'm far away from you my baby
	C6     D7        G               Em
	    I know it's hard for you my baby
	C6     D7         Em             Bm
	    Because it's hard for me my baby
	Am               D7                  G     D7sus4
	And the darkest hour is just before dawn

	(band enters)

Chorus:

	                      G                  C C/G G/B
	Each night before you go to bed my baby
	C            D       G                    C C/G G/B
	  Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
	D7sus4      D7  Eb7             G
	       And tell all the stars above
	D7sus4 [N.C.]                       [2: Em, to coda]
	        This is dedicated to the one I love

Bridge 1:

	  G
	(Life can never be exactly like we want it to be)
	    G7
	I could be satisfied knowing you love me
	       G
	(But there's one thing I want you to do   especially for me)
	          Am             A7       D7sus4
	And it's something that everybody needs

Chorus 2:

	Each night before you go to bed my baby
	Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
	D7sus4   D7         Em            Bm/A             
	      Because it's hard for me my baby
	D7sus4 [N.C.]          D7sus4 [N.C.]
	        And the darkest hour is just before dawn

Instrumental break:

	piano solo: G7 [8 bars of 6/8]

	(band drops out)

Bridge 2:

	           Bm           Em         G   Cm
	If there's one thing I want you to do
	  Bm   Cm      Bm
	Especially for me
	          Eb7                     D7sus4   [N.C.]
	And it's something that everybody needs

	(band re-enters on G)

[repeat chorus 1]

Coda:

	(Em)                            C
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	                                A7
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	                                G
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	                              (this is dedicated)



Here's the chords I'm playing.


Verse 1:

	 D7     D9         G            Em
	While I'm far away from you my baby
	C     D9        G               Em
	    I know it's hard for you my baby
	C     D9         Em             Bm
	    Because it's hard for me my baby
	Am7               D7                  G     D7
	And the darkest hour is just before dawn

	

Chorus:

	        D9              G                  D7
	Each night before you go to bed my baby
	D7                 G                  D
	  Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
	      D7  D9     Gdim7        G
	       And tell all the stars above
	 [N.C.]                       [2: G, to coda]
	        This is dedicated to the one I love

Bridge 1:

	  G
	(Life can never be exactly like we want it to be)
	    G7
	I could be satisfied knowing you love me
	       G
	(But there's one thing I want you to do   especially for me)
	          Am             A7       D9 D7
	And it's something that everybody needs

Chorus 2:
              D9               G            D7
	Each night before you go to bed my baby
         D7               G                D
	Whisper a little prayer for me my baby
	   D7  D9       Em            Bm  Am7             
	      Because it's hard for me my baby
	 [N.C.]          D7sus4 [N.C.]              G7
	        And the darkest hour is just before dawn

Instrumental break:

	piano solo: G7 [8 bars of 6/8]

	(band drops out)

Bridge 2:

	           Bm           Em         G   
	If there's one thing I want you to do
	  Bm   Cm  C    Bm
	Especially for me
	          Eb                     D7   [N.C.]
	And it's something that everybody needs

	(band re-enters on G)

[repeat chorus 1]

Coda:

	(Em)                            C
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	  Em                             C
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	   Em                             G
	This is dedicated to the one I love
	                              (this is dedicated)



I'm pretty sure you know all these chords but just in case, here's how I play the Gdim7:

G/BbC#EG

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Improvising Mona Lisa


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Improvisation is like composing, except that it is done spontaneously. So, improvisers have to contend with the same musical problems that face composers. There must be enough variety in what is produced to keep things interesting; at the same time, there has to be a unified feeling, so that the music holds together.

Then, there are different structural layers that should be kept in mind:  small scale issues involve what notes to choose or what rhythm to play in any particular moment; but there are also large-scale aspects to consider, like how one phrase relates to another.

Suppose we were improvising a solo using the song, Mona Lisa. The opening chord is Eb.  Here are the notes in that chord: Eb, , G and Bb

If we take those notes as our “melody” or basic material to embellish, we might add notes between the chord tones, or above them, or below them:

Above – Eb, Ab, G
Between – G, A, Bb
Below – G, F, Bb
Combination – Eb, F, Ab, G, C, A, Bb

But we want some kind of form to emerge – a musical gesture that makes sense, that gives direction, and that satisfies. One such gesture can be constructed by repeating an idea: Bb, A , C, Bb… Bb, A, C, Bb.

If we take this idea and repeat it starting on diffeent pitches, the result is called “sequence” :

Eb / Ab, G, Bb, Ab, F, Eb, Gb, Ab

Ab / Eb, Db, Fb, Eb, C, Bb, Db, C

The improvisor who comes up with a spontaneous melodic idea can use the technique of sequence to extend that idea, and create a cohesive form within the solo.

Chords to Mona Lisa
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Arranged by Marty Gold

Played in the Key of Eb, slowly.

Eb
Ab
Eb
Fm7
Bb7
Fm
Bb7
Eb
Ab
Eb
Ab
 Abm
Eb
Bb7
Eb
Eb7
Ab
Eb
Bb7
Eb

Nat King Cole, singing this lovely song on YouTube:





Words & Music by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Recorded by Nat "King" Cole, 1950 (#1) (Academy award winner, 1950)


(G7+)  C              F        C
Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa men have named you;

                    C/B  Am7     Am7/G    Dm7    G7
You're so like the lady with the mystic smile.

      Dm                 Dm7            G7sus4   G7
Is it only 'cause you're lonely men have blamed you

        G    G/A   G/B        G        C
For the Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile?

        C6       C      C6      C   F  C
Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Li-sa,

                         C7            F
Or is this the way you hide a broken heart?

       Fm                             C
Many dreams have been left upon your doorstep;

           G7        G7+          C
They just lie there,    and they die there.

C7       F             Fm         C
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa,

          Dm7       G7     Dm7    G7       C
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art.

       Fm   G7  Fm-C
Mona Lisa, Mona Li-sa.


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