Monday Music Quote: Albert Einstein

English: receiving from Judge his certificate ...
English: receiving from Judge his certificate of American citizenship. Deutsch: erhält von Richter Phillip Forman seine Bescheinigung über die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft. Português: recebendo do juiz seu certificado de cidadão americano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 "If I were not a physicist I would probably be a musician. I see my life in terms of music." --  Albert Einstein













Did you know that playing music can help children understand math better? Research shows piano students are better equipped to comprehend math and science.

Awhile back I was sharing about the Nashville Number System and the best explanation can be found, here. The Nashville Number System is an informal method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree on which a chord is built. You can find more information on Wikipedia

I also wrote a short article called, Science of Mind 
Here it is for those that may be interested.

HOW SOUND TRAVELS:

A sound is made when something vibrates and makes particles in the air next to it vibrate. The air particles pass the vibration from one to another. You can describe a sound by showing it on a graph. The shape is called a sound wave. Different sounds have different shaped sound waves. The number of times a sound wave vibrates each second is called frequency. A high note has a high frequency.

SOUND WAVES:

The look of a sound wave varies according to what is making the sound. These sound waves are all produced by different instruments.

ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS:

A lot of bands use electronic instruments, such as drum machines and keyboards. These sorts of instruments use a computer chip to store and reproduce sound waves.

STORING SOUND:

A chip doesn't store the sound itself: it stores numbers which describe a sound wave. The numbers indicate the height of the wave measured at regular intervals.

DRUM MACHINES:

Drum machines are electronic devices that store pre-set sounds made by percussion instruments, such as cymbals, drums or maracas. You choose a sound and then play a rhythm by tapping on pads. You can also record a rhythm and play it back, so you can play another instrument alongside the rhythm. Rhythms can also be made faster or slower. Most drum machines have pre-set rhythms. These can be useful if you don't want to make up your own.

PLAYING WITH SOUNDS:

A keyboard is designed to store the sound waves produced by musical instruments, but it can also reproduce other sounds, such as a bird tweeting. This is done using a machine called a sampler. Some keyboards have sampled sounds. Once the sound has been stored, you can play tunes with it. You can even alter the sound by reversing it or making it echo. You can have great fun experimenting with sounds which have been stored on a keyboard. Imagine playing Jingle Bells with a bell chiming for each note!

Here's a cool tune that I enjoy by Paul Simon.

Sounds of Silence




AmG
Hello darkness my old friend,
Am
I've come to talk with you again.
CFC
Because a vision softly creeping
AmFC
Left it's seed while I was sleeping,
FC
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Am
Still remains
CGAm
Within the sounds of silence.

G
In restless dreams I walked alone,
Am
Narrow streets of cobble stone.
FC
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
AmFC
I turned my collar to the cold and damp,
FC
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
Am
That split the night
CGAm
     And touched the sounds of silence.

G
And in the naked light I saw
Am
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
FC
People talking without speaking,
AmFC
People hearing without listening,
FC
People writing songs that voices never shared,
Am
And no one dared
CGAm
     Disturb the sounds of silence.

G
"Fools!" said I, "you do not know,
Am
Silence like a cancer grows.
FC
Hear my words that I might teach you,
AmFC
Take my arms that I might reach you."
FC
But my words like silent raindrops fell
AmGAm
     And echoed in the wells of silence.

G
And the people bowed and prayed
Am
To the neon gods they made.
FC
And the sign flashed out its warning,
AmFC
In the words that it was forming,
AmFC
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
Am
And tenement halls."
CGAm
And whispered in the sounds of silence. 

Paul Simon - YouTube 



Another version


Em                        D
   Hello darkness, my old friend,
                           Em
I've come to talk with you again,
                  C     G          
Because a vision soft creeping,
          Em             C     G                  
Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
         C                C/G            G                          
And the vision that was planted in my brain
       Em       
Still remains
             D       Em               
Within the sound of silence.

 Em                          D         
In restless dreams I walked alone
                        Em
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
 Em                 C        G
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
              Em           C        G
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
        C                                                                                               
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon

G
light
               Em
That split the night
                D        Em
And touched the sound of silence.


Em                         D
  And in the naked light I saw
                           Em
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
Em                C       G
People talking without speaking,
Em                    C       G
People hearing without listening,
                 C                       G
People writing songs that voices never share
           Em
And no one dare
             D        Em
Disturb the sound of silence.


Em                         D
 Fools said i, you do not know
                      Em
Silence like a cancer grows.
Em                     C          G
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Em                    C           G
Take my arms that I might reach you.
         C                          G
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
      Em
And echoed
       D        Em
In the wells of silence


Em                        D
 And the people bowed and prayed
                     Em
To the neon God they made.
Em                         C       G
 And the sign flashed out it's warning,
Em                     C     G
In the words that it was forming.
         Em              C
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
        C                    G
Are written on the subway walls
               Em
And tenement halls.
                      D         Em      
And whispered in the sounds of silence.
 
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Danny Boy: The Meeting of the Waters

Danny Boy
Danny Boy (Photo credit: Junjan)


Awhile back I had posted the chords to an Irish traditional song, Danny Boy. You can view the different keys the song is played in, http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com

In 2005 the song Danny Boy from the CD, The Meeting of the Waters, was arranged by Tim O'Neill. It's a beautiful old Irish tune and I would like to share the chord chart with you that I have. Hope you like it, too.


Piano Chords in Key of C

L.H. / R.H.

C = CEG/GC
F = FCF/AD
F#dim = F#CF#/CA
C = CGC/EG
Am = AEA/C
F#m7b5 = F#/AE
C/G = GCE/CE
Dm = DAD/AD
G7 = GD/FA
C = CGC/C
G7 = GD/FBD
F/G = G/B
G7 = GDG/D
C = CGC/BCE
C7 = CGC/BbE
F = FCF/AD
Fm = FCF/AbD
C = CGC/CE
Am7 = AEA/CG
Dm = DAD/FAD

G7 = G/FBD
C = C/GCE
C7 = C/GBbE
F = F/AD
Fm = F/FAbD
C/G = G/CE
Dm = D/FAE
F/G = G/FAC
C = EGC
Am = A/EC
F = F/CGB
C = C/CEG
Am = A/EAC
F = F/CGB
Em = E/BG
D = D/AD
G = G/BDG
C = C/GCE
F = F/FAD
F#dim = F#/CA
C = CGC/G
Am = AEA/C

F#dim = F#CE/E
C/G = GCG/E
Dm = DAD/FD
F/G = G/FA
C = C/EGC
Cmaj7 = C/BEG
C7 = C/BbEG
F = FCF/CA
Fm = FCF/FAb
C = C/CE
G = GDG/B
C = C/GCE
C7 = C/GBbE
F = FC/AD
Fm = FCF/AbCD
C = C/EG
Am7 = A/GCG
Dm = DAD/FAD
G7 = GDG/BD
C = CGC/CE

C7 = C/GBbE
F = FCF/FAD
Fm = FCF/AbD
C/G = GCG/GCE
Dm = D/FAE
F/G = G/FAC
C = C/EGC
Am = EA/EC
F = F/CGB
C = C/CEG
Am = AA/EC
F = F/CGB
Em = E/BEG
D = DAD/F#D
G = G/FB
C = C/GCE
F = FCF/E
F#dim = F#CF#/AC
C = CGC/G
Am = AEA/EC
F#dim = F#/F#ACE

C/G = G/GCE
Dm = D/FAD
F/G = G/FA
C = C/EGC
Cmaj7 = C/GBEG
C7 = CG/BbEG
F = F/CA
Fm = F/FAb
C = C/CE
F = EE/AD
F#dim = A#/CF#A
C = CG/EG
Am = AE/C
F#dim = F#/ACE
C/G = G/CE
Dm = D/AD
F/G = G/FA
C = C/EC
Fm = F/FAb
Bb = FBbD/DFBbD
C = C/EGCE

Be sure and play lots of arpeggiated chords in your left hand!

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Chicago: You're The Inspiration

You're the Inspiration
You're the Inspiration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Peter Cetera.
English: Peter Cetera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I love the group, Chicago! They have a fantastic sound and it's great to play along with their music and sing away. Do you have a favorite song from the band? Here's a great one!

You're The Inspiration

Words and music by Peter Cetera and David Foster. Written in 1984, the song has a slow rock feel with a 4/4 time signature. I have the chord chart in the Key of G but then it modulates to Bb, then D. Back to Bb, key of D, then finishes in E.

Chord Chart

 Intro

G  C(add)9  D  G
 Bb                                Dm7
  You know our love was meant to be
Gm7           Gm7/F              Eb F/Eb
  The kind of love to last forever
 Bb                          C
    And I want you here with me
Gm7      Gm7/F              Eb
  From tonight until the end of time
F/A         Bb
You should know
Eb/G            Ab(add2)
Everywhere I go
D/F#           Gm
Always on my mind
C/E    F
In my heart
D/F#    G   A/C#
In my soul, baby
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/c/chicago/3358.html ]
D           D/F#
You're the meaning in my life
G              D/A   A
You're the inspiration
D                   D/F#
  You bring feeling to my life
G              D/A   A
You're the inspiration
F               C/F
  Wanna have you near me
  Bb/F                    Bbm/F
I wanna have you hear me saying,
F/C       Bb/C                    C   F(no3rd)/Eb F(no3rd) Bb Eb F
 "No one needs you more than I need you

 repeat for 2nd verse

 

[Chorus, end with:]
 
 F/C        Bb/C        C9     Bb/C  A/C# D
 "No one needs you more than I need you"
 D/F# G D/A A D D/F# G D/A A              
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.  Oh, oh, oh



F               C/F
  Wanna have you near me
  Bb/F                   Bbm/F
I wanna have you hear me saying,
F/C         Bb/C                     C A/C#
 "No one needs you more than I need you"

E                   E/G#
You're the meaning in my life
A              E/B   B
You're the inspiration
E                    C#m
  You bring feeling to my life
A           E/G# F#m7 B
You're the inspiration
              ____
        E   |
When you love somebody         |
       E/B     A E/B B         |
To the end of time  |
         E   |
When you love somebody         | 2x
 C#m7            A   |
Always on my mind  |
             No one  |
      E/G#    F#m7      B |
    needs you more than I |
           ____|


Chord Breakdown

Bb  = BbF/FBbD
Dm7 = DA/CDF
Gm7 = GD/GBbD
Gm7/F = FD/BbDG
Eb = EbBb/GBbF
F/Eb = Eb/GBb
Bb
C = DA/CDF
Gm7
Gm7/F
Eb
F/A = F/FAC
D/F# = F#/F#AD
G = G/GBD
A/C# = C#/AC#E


D = DA/F#AD
D/F# = F#D/F#AD
G = GD/GBD
D/A = A/ADF#
A = A/AC#E
D
D/F#
G
D/A
A
F = FC/AC
C/F = FC/CEG
Bb/F = FD/BbDF
Bbm/F = FDb/BbDbA
F/C = C/FAC
Bb/C = C/BbDF
C = C/GCE

Key Change

F(no3rd)/Eb = Eb/FCF
Bb = BbF/BbDF
Eb = EbBb/CF
F = FC/CF

repeat 1st verse

F/C = C/FAC
Bb/C = C/DFBb
C9 = C/BbDG

Key Change

Bb/C = C/BbDF
A/C# = C#/AC#E
D = D/DF#A
D/F# = F#/DF#A
G = G/BDG
D/A = A/DF#A
A = A/C#EA
D
F = FC/AC
C/F = FC/CEG
Bb/F = FD/BbDF
Bbm/F = FDb/BbDbA
F/C = C/FAC
Bb/C
C = C/CEG
A/C# = C#/AC#E

Key Change

E = BE/G#BE
E/G# = G#E/G#BE
A = AE/AC#
E/B = BG#/BEG#
B = BF#/BD#F#
E
C#m = C#/G#C#E
A
E/G#
F#m7 = F#E/AC#EG#
B

*E
E/B
A
E/B
B
E
C#m7 = C#/BEG#
A
E/G#
F#m7 = F#E/BG#
B*

Another great song with chords, Color My World by Chicago!

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Elton John: Candle In The Wind


Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs

 While I was in Palm Springs visiting with my cousin to see him act in a play, I came across this stunning statue of Marilyn Monroe and it immediately reminded me of Elton John's song, Candle In The Wind. This 26 foot tall and 34,000 pound statue will be leaving Palm Springs, California and heading to Hamilton, N.J. in April. I'm glad I got to see it while it was close by.

Monday Music Quote: Elton John

"Goodbye Norma Jean. Though I never knew you at all, you had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled."

Wikipedia Says


"Candle in the Wind" is a song with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was originally written in 1973, in honour of Marilyn Monroe, who had died 11 years earlier.
In 1997, John performed a rewritten version of the song as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. This version of the song was released as a single and reached No. 1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original, officially being listed as the second best-selling single of all time.


Chords to Candle In The Wind

I have the sheet music and the song is written in the Key of E Major, played in a slow 2.

Intro

B  A  E/G#  F#m7  E  B

EA
Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all
E/G#AAsus  A
You had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled--------
EA
They crawled out of the woodwork and they whispered into your brain
E/G#AAsus  A
They sent you on a treadmill and they made you change your name--------

Chorus:
BB7
 And it seems to me you lived your life
EA
 Like a candle in the wind
E                         A/E       EB      Bsus B
 Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in
AC#m
 And I would have liked to've known you but I was just a kid
B           Bsus BAE/G# 

 Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did------
F#m7 E A E/G# F#m7 E B B7


Loneliness was tough, the toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar and pain was the price you paid
And even when you died, oh, the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean, from a young man in the twenty second row
Who sees you as something more than sexual, more than just our Marilyn Monroe

BB7
 And it seems to me you lived your life
EA
 Like a candle in the wind
E                          A/E        EB  Bsus  B
 Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in
AC#m
 And I would have liked to've known you but I was just a kid
B      Bsus BAE/G#
 Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did------

Coda


E  E7/G#  A  C#m  B  Bsus  B  A  E/G#  F#m7  E

Chord Breakdown

Intro:

L.H. / R.H.

B/ BD#F#B
A/EABC#
G#/EG#B
F#/EAC#
E/EG#B
B/D#F#B

Verse 1

E/BEG#       Goodbye Norma Jean, Though I never
A/C#EC#     knew you at all, you had the grace to hold
G#E/BEB     yourself while those around you crawled.
A/AC#E, A/ADE
A/AC#E       They crawled out of the 
E/EG#B        woodwork and they whispered
A/C#E          into your brain. They sent you on a 
G#E/BEB     treadmill and they
G#E/BA       made you change your name
A/AC#E, A/ADE, A/AC#E And it
B/D#F#B      seems to me you lived your
BA/D#G#     life like a 
E/EG#B        candle in the 
A/AC#E       wind, Never
E/EG#B        knowing who to cling 
E/C#EB        to
E/BEG#       when the 
B/BD#G#     rain set in.
B/BEF#, B/D#F# and I would
A/EAC#       have liked to known you, but I was
C#/C#EG#   just a kid. Your candle burned out
B/BD#G#    long before your
B/BEF#, B/D#F#
A/AC#E      legend ever did.
G#/EB

Coda

E/G#B
G#/G#DE
A/EAC#
C#/EG#C#
B/F#BE
B/BEF#
B/BD#F#
A/AC#E
G#/EB
F#/A#C#
EE/G#BE

Option: Easy Version in C

    C                                     F
1. Goodbye England's Rose, may you ever      grow in our hearts,
                              C                                   F
    you were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart.
                           C                          F
    You called out to our country, and you whispered     to those in pain,
                        C                                  F
    now you belong to heaven and the stars spell out your name
        G                                      C             F
And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind
       C                               G
Never fading with the sunset when the rain set in
          F                                     Am
And your footsteps will always fall here along England's greenest hills  -
      C                 G                        F           C - G
Your candle burned out long before   ===   your legend ever will
     C                                       F
2.  Loveliness we've lost, those empty days    without your smile,
                             C                            F
    this torch we'll always carry for a nation's golden child.
                        C             F
    And even though we try, === the truth brings us to tears,
             \        C                                               F
    all our words cannot express the joy you brought us through the years.

 + REFR.
      C                                    F
3.  Goodbye England's Rose, may you ever     grow in our hearts,
                              C                                   F
    you were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart.
      C                                          F
    Goodbye England's Rose, from a country lost     without your soul,
                    \                 C                                F
    who'll miss the wings of your compassion more than you will ever know 

+ REFR.
             F                                     Am
+  And your footsteps will always fall here along England's greenest hills  -
          F                 G                F               - C
    Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will 
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