Play By Ear: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas: Play By Ear l PianoDiana


You can read the entire article by Andrew Eales I wanted to share a few snippets with you because I'm a firm believer in ear training. As teachers, we spend way too much time in method books insisting that our students become excellent note readers. We forget to balance our teaching methods with listening to note sounds, key tone centers and identifying intervals. My students are becoming more aware of tonality – what key they are playing in and where to find “home base.”
Below are a few quotes from Andrew's article, "Sound Before Symbol": Lessons from History.
“There is no such thing as a proper age for a child to start playing the piano. I avoid saying ‘to start his musical education’ because I believe that an education in music should start very early, perhaps years before the child ever actually learns how to read notes, or can find his way among the black and white keys.” -- Andor Foldes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was playing the keyboard by the age of three, and improvising and composing by the age of five. At the age of six however, he still depended on his father Leopold to notate his pieces for him. One of the foremost musicians of his generation, Leopold was able to offer his son the best musical education, so it is instructive to note that he encouraged him to develop his musical ability, while only teaching reading and writing at an appropriate stage in that onward development.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) similarly came from a musical family, and was taught to play informally at home until the age of seven. At that point he started formal piano lessons, and at the age of ten he finally started to be taught music theory. He followed a classic progression from exploring sound and playing informally to taking formal lessons and learning to read, and finally learning structured academic knowledge.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – by all accounts a superb sight-reader – became a celebrity teacher who assumed his advanced students could read the notation fluently. His high level teaching centred around aural transmission through his demonstration of the essence of music in a way that the notation can only hint at. This provided a model that influenced many subsequent teachers, underlining how aural transmission of musical ideas is of crucial importance even for the most advanced players.
Béla Bartók (1881-1945), according to recollections written by his mother Paula, started to show musical aptitude at the age of 18 months. By the age of 3 he was drumming in time to her playing, and by 4 he was already playing the piano by ear. Formal tuition, once again, came later. Based on this foundation of aural learning – “sound before symbol” – young Béla had made extraordinary progress by the age of 11, as we read in Kenneth Chalmers’ excellent biography:
“One of the fundamental mistakes in pianoforte teaching has been that only one sense was appealed to, and that the wrong one. Music reaches heart and brain through the ear, yet we have usually tried to teach it through the eye. It was always “look” and never “listen”. Children were introduced to notation before they had consciously observed any of the musical phenomena which the notation symbolises. They should learn those facts of pitch and time through listening, comparing, judging, naming, and then use notation as a means of expression.”
“A pupil so taught is not a slave to notation but its master.” -- Mrs. J. Spencer Curwen
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How To Play Baby It's Cold Outside

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A popular song to play on the piano and a fun one to sing along with is this one. I love it and hope you enjoy it, too.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Frank Loesser

Key: C
Time: 4/4 Swing

Chords and Lyrics



C  G6  C6  G6
I really can't stay
But baby it's cold outside

 Dm7  G  Dm7  G
I've got to go away
But baby it's cold outside

 C  G  C6  
The evening has been
Been hoping that you'd drop in

 C/G     C9
So very nice
I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice

 F6 
My mother will start worry
Beautiful what’s your hurry?

 F9
And father will be pacing the floor
Listen to the fireplace roar

 C6  
So really i'd better scurry
Beautiful please don't hurry
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/g/glee-cast/257062.html ]
 D9                           G7
But maybe just a half a drink more
Put some records on while I pour

 C  G6            C6   G6
The neighbors might think
Baby it's bad out there

 Dm7  G  Dm7  G
Say, what's in this drink?
No cabs to be had out there

 C  G C6
I wish i knew how
Your eyes are like starlight now

 C9
To break the spell
I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

 F9               Am7b5/Eb
I ought to say, "No, no, no sir"
Mind if I move in closer

 D7                          G7sus G7
At least i'm gonna say that i tried
What's the sense in hurtin' my pride?

 C  Bb6        A7
I really can't stay
Baby don't hold out

 D7  G7  C  C        C13#11
Ah, but it's cold outside

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Baby It's Cold Outside 


Chord Breakdown

C = C/GCE
C6 = C/GACE
C9 = C/BbDEG
C13#11 = CG/BbDF#A

Bbmaj9 = Bb/FACE

D7 = D/ACF#
D9 = D/F#ACE and D/CEF#A
Dm7 = D/ACF

Em7 = E/GBD

F6 = F/CDFA and F/ACDF
F9 = F/GACEb
Fmaj9 = F/GBD

G7 = G/GBD and G/FBE
G7sus = G/GCDF and G/BDFG

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Learn to Play You Call It Madness

You Call It Madness l Chords from PianoDiana

Sung by Nat King Cole, the song "You Call It Madness" was written in 1930 by Con Conrad, Gladys Dubois, Russ Columbo and Paul Gregory.



Chords to You Call It Madness

Key: G
Time: 4/4 suavely

            C              Cm
I can't forget the night I met you,

D7      G       B7      E7
That's all I'm thinking of;

    Am       Bdim       D7
And now you  call   it madness,

    G      C6  G
But I call it love.


           C              Cm
You made a promise to be faithful
D7  G       B7     E7
By all the stars above;

    Am        Bdim     D7
And now you  call it  madness,

   G         C6  G C6 G+ D7  
I still call it love.


Bridge:

Fm6          G7     Fm6                 G7
My heart is beating, it keeps on repeating

C        E7     Am
For you constantly.

Dm6              E7   Dm6              E7
You're all I'm needing, and so I'm pleading,

C            Cm      D7
"Please come back to me!"


             C               Cm
You made a plaything out of romance!

D7   G       B7     E7
What do you know of love?

        Am       Bdim     D7
That's why  you  call it madness,

    G      C6  G
But I call it love.
Chords to Learn

Am = AG/CE, AE/CA

B7 = BB/AD#G
Bdim = G#E#/BE

C = CGC/B, CG/EGC, E/CGB
Cm = CC/CEbGC
C6 = E/ACG, C/EGA

D7 = D/DF#B, DAF#/CEA, A/DF#C, D/CF#A
Dm6 = FA/BD

E7 = EB/G#DF#, EE/DG#E, EG#/B

G = G/BDG, GD/GBG, G/DEGB
G+ = B/EbGB
G7 = GB/GD

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Online Chord Chart

B7         AM7             D9
I can't forget the night I met you,

      E7/9      A7      G#m7  C#7
That's all I'm thinking of;

    F#m7   Fdim   F#m7
And now you  call   it madness,

B7  E A7       E   B7
But I call it love.


B7         AM7             D9
You made a promise to be faithful

E7/9      A7      G#m7  C#7
By all the stars above;

F#m7       Fdim  F#m7
And now you  call it  madness,

E        A7       E    E7  
I still call it love.


Bridge:

Bm7-5       E7     Bm7-5            E7
My heart is beating, it keeps on repeating

A        C#7    A
For you constantly.

G#m7            C#7    G#m7         C#7
You're all I'm needing, and so I'm pleading,

F#m7         D9      B7
"Please come back to me!"


B7         AM7               D9
You made a plaything out of romance!

E7/9    A7          G#m7  C#7
What do you know of love?

F#m7      Fdim      F#m7
That's why  you  call it madness,

B7  E A7       E   B7
But I call it love.
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Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You: Diana Krall l PianoDiana

Such a talented artist, Diana Krall. I have shared so many chord charts with you and after this... Well, I have one more song to post. Do you have a favorite album?

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?

Words & Music by Don Redman & Andy Razaf ©1929
Recorded by Peggy Lee, 1953, 
Ella Fitzgerald's from 1956, Nat King Cole's from 1942 and Diana Krall from 1995. 


Key of Eb
4/4 Time, Slow blues


Intro

F7, E7, Eb7, D7
E7, Eb7, D7, Db7

 C7            Ab7           G7        C9 C7b9
Love makes me treat you the way that I do --

F7   F7b5 Bb9      Bb7     Eb6
Gee baby, ain't I good to you!


 G7      C7          Ab7          
There's nothing too good

      G7              C9
For a girl that's so true.

F7  F7b5   Bb9     Bb7b9  Eb7
Gee baby, ain't I good to you?


Bridge:

Ab                Adim                Eb       
Bought you a fur coat for Christmas,   a diamond ring,

Ab          Adim   Fm7b5 Ab     G7
A  Cadillac car, and ev' - ry - thing.


 C7             Ab7           G7       C9 C7b9
Love makes me treat you the way that I do.

F7  F7b5  Bb9      B7b9   Eb
Gee baby, ain't I good to you!

F7  F7b5   Bb9      B7b9   Eb  Am6  Ebmaj7
Gee baby, ain't I good to you.



The intro sounds like this:

FAEb/CDG
EG#D/BF#EB
EbGDb/BbFD
DF#C/CEA
EG#D/DEF#
EbGDb/BbDbEb
DF#C/ACE
DbFCb/AbEbDb

Some Chords to know:

Ab = AbEb/CF
Ab7 = AbGb/CBb
Adim = AEbG/CF
Am6 = AbEb/FCbEb

Bb9 = Bb/AbCDG
Bb7 = Bb/AbCbDF
Bb7b9 = Bb/AbCbDF

C7 = CBb/EC
C9 = CE/BbDG
C7b9 = C/BbDbE

Eb6 = Eb/GBbCEb
Eb7 = Eb/GBbCEb
Eb = BbEbG/CF#
Ebmaj7 = EbBb/GBbDb


F7 = F/AEbGb
F7b5 = Cb/AEbG
Fm7b5 = D/AbCb



G7 = G/BFG




Other arrangements of the same song:

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How To Play Body and Soul


Body and Soul: Diana Krall l PianoDiana

The song, Body and Soul is a slow ballad. It was written in 1930 by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton. The music by John Green is quite popular and has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1953. Plus, other great artists like Sarah Vaughn and fRank Sinatra have recorded it.

Chords and Lyrics to Body and Soul



Intro:

Ebm7
Ab13  Adim7
Bbm  Ebm7  Ab7
Db  Gb6  Db  Bb7#5  Bb7

Ebm7
Ddim7/Eb
Ebm7
Ddim7/Eb

Verse:

Ebm7  Ddim7/Eb  Ebm7
Life's dreary for me,
Ddim7/Eb     Ebm7  Ddim7/Eb Ebm7 Bb7#5  Bb7
days seem to be long as years

Key Change (3 flats) - Key of Eb

Eb6 Ddim7/Eb  Eb6
I look for the sun,
Ddim7/Eb  Eb6  Bb7#5  Ebmaj7
but I see none through my tears
D7sus D7 Gm                    Gm(maj7)
Your heart must be like a stone
Gm                            C9
to leave me here all alone
Bb                       Gm7                        Cm
when you could make my life worth living
F9                                      Fm7    Bb7  bb7#5
by simply taking what I'm set on giving

Key Change (4 flats) - Key of Ab
Expressively


Ebm         Ebm(maj7)   Ebm7 Ab7sus Ab7
My heart is sad and lonely;

D6        Ab7#5     Db/F     Edim7
For you I sigh, for you dear on - ly.

Ebm7            Ab13  Adim7
Why haven't you seen it?

Bbm          Ebm7 Ab7      Db  Bb7#5 Bb7
I'm all for you  body and soul.

Ebm        Ebm(maj7)  Ebm7   Ab7sus Ab7
I   spend my days in long - ing
Db               Ab7#5    Db/F      Edim7
And won - d'ring why it's me you're wrong - ing;

Ebm7          Ab13 Adim7
I  tell you I mean it,

Bbm         Ebm7 Ab7     Db  A7
I'm all for you body and soul.



Bridge: (Key of D)

D       A7/E             D/F#         G
I can't believe it, it's hard to conceive it,

     D/A       A7         D
That you turn away ro - mance.

Key Change: (Key of C)

Dm7        G7sus G7     Cmaj7          C/E
Are you pretending?  It looks like the ending,

  Dm7          G7            C7    B7  Bb7         
Unless I could have one more dance to prove, dear,

Key Change: (Key of Db)


Ebm       Ebm(maj7)      Ebm7  Ab7sus Ab7
My  life a wreck you're ma - king;

Db           Ab7#5     Db/F     Edim7
You know I'm yours for just the ta - king

Ebm7       Ab13  Adim7
I'd gladly surrender 

Bbm        Ebm7 Ab7    Db  Dmaj7  Db6  Db6/9   
Myself to you body and soul.



There's a couple of chords to know throughout the song:

Ab7#5 = Ab/CEBb
Ab7 = AbGb/CAb
Adim7 = AGb/CEb
Ab13 = AbGb/CF
A7 = AG/C#B and A/GBE

Bb = BbF/DFBb
Bb7#5 = BbAb/DGbBb
Bb7 = BbAb/DF
Bbm = BbF/BbDb

Ddim7/Eb = Eb/FAbCbD
Db/F = FDb/AbEb
D7sus = DA/DGA
Db6 = DbAb/FBbDb
D/F# = F#A/DAD
D/A = A/ADF#

Ebm7 = Eb/EbGbBb
Ebm(maj7) = Bb/GBbDF
Eb6 = Eb/DbFAbB
Edim7 = E/GC

F9 = FAE/G
Fm7 = F/CEbBb

Gm(maj7) = GD/BbDF#Bb
Gm7 = GF/DFC
G7sus = GF/CFA

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Diana Krall: Lost Mind

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                                              photo credit: Diana Krall via photopin (license)

I was looking at the stats on some earlier chord progressions that I shared with you. My readers seem to like the song The Frim Fram Sauce with over 1500 views and Peel Me A Grape with 1600+ views. Another popular one is, Besame Mucho.

Today I wanted to share with you a popular song sung by Diana that was written in the 50s.


Lost Mind 


Words and Music by Percy Mayfield

Key: F
Time: 4/4
Slow Blues

Chords


Gb13 F13           Gb13
If you could be so kind
F13                          Gb13
To help me find my mind
F13
I'd like to thank you in advance
Bb7
Know this before you start
      Ab13
My soul's been torn apart
   G7                              C7sus  C7  Gb13
I lost my mind in a wild romance
    F13                Gb13
My future is my past
     F13                Gb13
Its memory will last
F13
I'll live to love the days gone by
        Bb7                                                      Ab13
Each day this becomes and goes like the one before
                G7                  C7sus  F13
My mind is lost until the day I die
                           Bbm6                            F13
Words would fail me if I tried to describe him
                Db9               C7#9(b13)                  F7
Though I know he's not what he should have been
                    Bb7          Bdim7            F7/C
He was the Devil with the face of an angel
              Am7b5               D7#9(b13)          G13                C7#11
He was cruel and sweet, sweet and cruel as homemade sin
F13
If you could be so kind
                                Gb13
To help me find my mind
F13  
I'd like to thank you in advance
Bb7
Know this before you start
      Ab13
My soul's been torn apart
  G7                        C7#9          E7 Eb7 D7
I lost my mind in a wild romance
              G13b9       C7        F    Emaj7311  F13
I lost my mind in a wild romance



Chord Breakdown


L.H. / R. H.

Gb13 = GbFb/EBbEb and GbFb/EbAbBbE

F13 = FEb/GADF

Bb7 = Bb/AbDF

Ab13 = AbGb/FC

G7 = G/BAb

C7sus = C/BbFG

C7 = GE/BbAb

Bbm6 = BbG/DbFG

Db9 = DbCb/FAE

C7#9(b13) = CBb/EAbEb

F7/C = CA/EbF

Bb13 = BbAb/GC#D

Am7b5 = AG/EbA

D7#9(b13) = DF#C/FBbD

G13 = GF/EG

C7#11 = CEBb/F#C

E7 = ED/G#

Eb7 = EbBb/G

D7 = DC/F#

Emaj7#11 = E/EAbBbEb


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How To Play Royals by Lorde


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I have received a request from a reader to learn the song, Royals by Lorde. Well, it's very easy to play because there are only a few chords to play... D major, C major and G major. If you're familiar with Inversions, then you'll be playing thirds in the right hand. You might want to play the octave with the left hand for a fuller bass sound and move everything down to mid key range around middle c and below.





Chord Chart


D
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address, in the torn up town
No post code envy

D                        
But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
C                              G
We don't care, we're driving cadillacs in our dreams.
                      D
But everybody's like cristal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
C                          G
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.
   

                   D
And we'll never be royals..
It don't run in our blood,
             C
That kind of lux just ain't for us.
            G
We crave a different kind of buzz.
                D
Let me be your ruler, you can call me queen bee
                C
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
G
Let me live that fantasy.


D
My friends and I we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this,
We didn't come from money.
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D                        
But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
C                              G
We don't care, we're driving cadillacs in our dreams.
                      D
But everybody's like cristal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
C                          G
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.
 

                   D
And we'll never be royals..
It don't run in our blood,
             C
That kind of lux just ain't for us.
            G
We crave a different kind of buzz.
                D
Let me be your ruler, you can call me queen bee
                C
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
G
Let me live that fantasy.

D     
Oooh ooooh ohhh
C                               G
We're bigger than we ever dreamed, and I'm in love with being queen.
D                    C
Oooooh ooooh ohhhhh life is game without a care
            G
We aren't caught up in your love affair.


                    D
And we'll never be royals..
It don't run in our blood,
             C
That kind of lux just ain't for us.
            G
We crave a different kind of buzz.
                D
Let me be your ruler, you can call me queen bee
                C
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
G
Let me live that fantasy.

Chord Breakdown

Intro

DD/D / DD/D / DD/D

D                  D/AD  D/GC    D/A
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
         D/AD     D/GC                 D/DA, G, F#
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
            D/AD      D/GC              D/AD  D/GG D/AF#
And I'm not proud of my address, in the torn up town
D/AD     D/GG  D/AF#, D/AD
No post code envy

Prechorus


D                      D/AD        D/DF#       D/F#A          D/DF#                       
But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
D/AD           D/DF#       D/F#A           D/DF#
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
C         C/CG                G/BF#           G/GD
We don't care, we're driving cadillacs in our dreams.
                      D/AD     D/DF#     D/F#A
But everybody's like cristal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
D/AD         D/DF#   D/F#A             D/DF#
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
C/EG DF# C/EG            G/GB
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.


Chorus

                   D/DA D/DF# (D/ADF#, D/F#AD)
And we'll never be royals..
D/DF#               D/DF#A
It don't run in our blood,
             C/CE
That kind of lux just ain't for us.
            G/BD
We crave a different kind of buzz.
                D/DA D/DF#
Let me be your ruler, you can call me queen bee
              C/CEG          C/EGC     C/GCE
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
G                 D
Let me live that fantasy.

Verse 2

Bridge


D/ F#, E, D (single notes)     
Oooh ooooh ohhh
C/CEG                               G/AD
We're bigger than we ever dreamed, and I'm in love with being queen.
D/F#A   D/F#AD D/GCE C/GCE                C/GC
Oooooh ooooh ohhhhh life is good without a care
            G/B
We aren't caught up in your love affair.

                    D
And we'll never be royals..
It don't run in our blood,
             C
That kind of lux just ain't for us.
            G
We crave a different kind of buzz.
                D
Let me be your ruler, you can call me queen bee
                C
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
G/D     G/F            D/F#AD
Let me live that fantasy.

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We Just Disagree: Jim Krueger

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Hear Krueger’s crackling guitar and melodious voice awaken the beauty of a mountain. -- Jay Ungar (noted American fiddler, composer and folklorist) 

We Just Disagree

Written by Jim Krueger
Performed by Bob Dylan during the 1980-1981 tour
© 19976 EMI Blackwood Music INC. and Bruiser Music




Key of E
4/4 Time with a steady beat

E  A/E  B/E  (4x)
     B/E E            A/C#        B(add4)
Been away, haven't seen you in a while
           A(add9)         Am7      B    C#m
How've you been, have you changed your style?
 B/C#         E              A/C#           B(add4)
And do you think, that we've grown up differently?
   E/D             A(add9)           Amaj7  B   C#m  B/C#
It don't seem the same, seems you've lost your feel
    E
for me.
         Amaj7  B   E
So let's leave it alone
         Anaj7       E/B    E
Cause we can't see eye to eye
      A      B  E/G#  A
There ain't no good guy
             B/A  E/G# A
There ain't no bad guy
        B    C#m         E/G#   Am7  B    E
There's only you and me and we just disagree.

E/G#  A 
 








Amaj7  B7  C#m7 B7  Amaj7 B6 (E Amaj7/E  B/E) 4x






OOh________         Oh,

                    A/C#            B(add4)
I'm goin back to a place that's far away
         A(add9)        Amaj7  B       C#m
How 'bout you? Have you got a place to stay?
B/C#          E                  A/C#           B(add4)
Why should I care, when I'm just tryin' to get along?
E/B      A(add9)                  Amaj7 B C#m  B/C# E
We were friends, But now it's the end of our love song.
So let's leave it alone...

There ain't no good guy
There ain't no bad guy
There's only you and me and we just disagree.

Amaj7  B  E

Chord Breakdown

Intro

E = E/G#BE
A/E = E/C#EA
B = E/D#F#B

L.H. / R.H


A/C# = C#/EAC#
A = A/EAC#
A(add9) = A/BC#E
Amaj7 = A/EG#C#
Amaj7/E = E/EG#C#

B = B/D#F#B
B(add4) = B/D#EC#
B(add4) = B/D#EB
B/A = A/D#F#B
B/C# = C#/D#F#B
B/E = E/BD#
B6 = B/D#G#B
B7 = B/F#A#D#

C#m = C#/EG#C#
C#m7 = C#/G#BE

E = E/EG#B
E/B = B/G#BE
E/G# = G#/BEB

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

How To Play Rocky Raccoon

Rocky Raccoon: Chords l PianoDiana


We recently had a couple of raccoons visit our pond at night and the little darlings destroyed our water lillies. Their little escapade reminded me of a famous Beatle tune called, Rocky Raccoon. Another great song that I like from the 60s... and apparently my readers as well,  Let It Be.

Rocky Raccoon


Words and Music by John Lenon and Paul McCartney
© 1968, 1969 Northern Songs
From The White Album

Key:  C
Time: Moderately, in two


Intro: Am7

     Am7                                           
Now somewhere in the black mining hills out Dakota 
      D7sus                              D7
There lived a young boy name of Rocky Raccoon 
    G7                              C
And one day his woman ran off with another guy 
C/B
Hit young Rocky in the eye... 
                           Am7                 D7
Rocky didn't like that, he said, "I'm going to get that boy." 
       G7                          G                            C
So one day he walked into town and booked himself a room in the local

saloon. 
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/b/beatles/275421.html ]
Am7                  D7sus        D7
Rocky Racoon checked into his room 
G7                   C  C/B
only to find Gideon's Bible 
Am7             D7sus          D7
Rocky had come equipped with a gun 
   G7                       C C/B   
to shoot off the legs of his rival. 
    Am7                   D7sus      D7
His rival, it seems, had broken his dreams 
   G7                       C C/B
by stealing the girl of his fancy 
    Am7                      D7 
Her name was McGill, and she called herself 'Lil' 
    G7                   C C/B
But everyone knew her as Nancy. 

    Am7                  D7sus D7 
Now she and her man (who called himself Dan) 
     G7                      C C/B
Were in the next room at the hoedown 
Am7                 D7sus D7  
Rocky burst in, and grinning a grin, 
          G7                   C C/B
he said, "Danny boy, this is a showdown." 

    Am7                D7sus D7 
But Daniel was hot. He drew first and shot 
    G7       G             C C/B
and Rocky collapsed in the corner. 
 
Da-n-da da da-n-da da da... Am7  D7  G7  C  3x

        Am7            D7sus     D7
Now the doctor came in stinking of gin 
    G7                      C C/B
and proceeded to lie on the table. 
 
          Am7
He said, "Rocky, you met your match." 
                  D7sus D7 
But Rockey said, "Doc, it's only a scratch. 
            G7                              G            C C/B
And I'll be better... I'll be better Doc as soon as I am able." 

    Am7                    D7
Now Rocky Raccoon, he fell back in his room 
G7                    C C/B
only to find Gideon's bible. 
Am7                        D7sus D7 
Gideon checked out, and he left it no dobt 
   G7                       C C/B
to help with good Rocky's revival. 
 
Oh yeah, yeah 
Da-n-da da da-n-da da da... Am7  D7  G7  C




How To Play Rocky Raccoon


Intro: A/GCG

Am7: A/GCG

D7sus: D/ACG

D7: D/ACF#

G7: G/GBF

C: GCE

C/B: B/GCE

Bridge:

AEGC/ D, C, E, Eb, D, C, A, C

DF#C/ D, C, E, Eb, D, C, A, C

GDFB/ D, C, E, Eb, D, B, G, F#

GDFB/ F, D, B, A, G, A, B, G

Outro:

C/ CC
EGC/ EE, then Eb
G/ DD, then CC
EGC/ A
CC/ CC

Have fun playing this fairly easy piece, whether on the piano or the guitar. There's a lot of block chording throughout the song and some fun riffs for the r.h. in the bridge. If you happen to be a guitar player, too... be sure and visit Hear and Play's music resource, Advanced Guitar 301


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Blessings,






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

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