Top 10 Posts in 2016




Across The River: Bruce Hornsby l PianoDiana

Looking over this year's blog posts, I wanted to share with you the top ten popular chord charts. Have fun and keep playing the keys!!

Chords and Lyrics to the Bruce Hornsby song, Across The River.


A Rainy Night In Georgia: Tony Joe White l Piano Diana

Chords and Lyrics to Tony Joe White's,  A Rainy Night In Georgia.


Brave: Sara Bareilles l Piano Diana

Learn to play Brave by Sara Bareilles in Bb.



Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Paul Simon l Piano Diana

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon is super popular, played in Key of C.


Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You l Piano Diana

The sensational Alicia Keys plays a great song in Em If I Ain't Got You. 

Billy Joel: Just The Way You Are l Piano Diana

One of my favorite performers, Billy Joel playing Just The Way You Are.

Little Black Dress: Sara Bareilles l Piano Diana

Another great piano player and songwriter, Sara Bareilles playing Little Black Dress.


It Ain't Necessarily So: George Gershwin l Piano Diana

It Ain't Necessarily So was written in 1935, played in the Key of Bb by Gershwin.

Pete Seeger: Turn, Turn, Turn l Piano Diana

Turn, Turn, Turn (To Every Season) by Pete Seeger from the Bible, played in Key of C.


Young At Heart: Frank Sinatra l Piano Diana

In the Key of Bb, play Frank Sinatra with Young At Heart.

You may be interested in this great software called, Backpocket Band Software for background beats and more...

It's been a great year. Thanks, dear readers, and here's to a bright Happy New Year!

-- LadyD

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

Learn To Play Up, Up and Away


Up, Up and Away Chords


This is such a cool song that was written in 1967. Here is The Fifth Dimension singing the song.


Up, Up And Away

Words and music by Jim Webb
Key: G
Time: 4/4 Moderately
Verse 1: G F Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon Bb Ab Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon Db Dbmaj7 Db7 Ebm7 We could float among the stars together, you and I Ab9 Db Ebm7 Db E7 For we can fly we can fly
Modulate to Key of A

Chorus:

	A          
	Up, up and away
	   D         G
	My beautiful, my beautiful
	A  G  F    A G F
	Balloon
Modulate Down to Key of G

Verse 2:

	The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
	It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
	We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
	For we can fly    we can fly

[repeat chorus]
Modulate to Key of C

Bridge:

	C        Em                 Dm7 G7
	Suspended under a twilight canopy
	C                                     Dm7   G7
	We'll search the clouds for a star to guide us
	Eb         Gm                       Fm7   Bb7
	If by some chance you find yourself loving me
	       Gb              Ab  
	We'll find a cloud to hide us
	     G                   F   Eb
	We'll keep the moon beside   us
Modulate to G

Verse 3:

	Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon
	Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon
	If you'll hold my hand we'll chase your dream across the sky
	For we can fly   we can fly

[repeat chorus]

Coda:

	Gadd2   Fadd2   Ebadd2
	Balloon...
	Gadd2   Fadd2   Ebadd2
	Up, up, and away			[repeat to fade]


So, here is the chord breakdown I'm sharing with you, playing blocked chords, solid chording throughout the song. Not in any order...

L.H. / R.H.

G = G/BDG
F = F/FABC
Bb = Bb/DFBbD
Ab = Ab/AbCDEb, Eb/EbAbC
Db = Db/AbDbF
Db7 = Cb/AbDbFGb
Ebm7 = Bb/BbDbFGb
Ab9 = Ab/BEbFGbAb
E7 = DbDb/DEG#D

Chorus

A = AE/AC#E
D = DD/F#AC#D
G = G/DGB
F = F/AC

Bridge

C = C/CEG, C/EGC
Em = EE/GBE
Dm7 = DD/FACD
G7 = F/BDG
Eb = Eb/GBbEb
Gm = GG/BbDG
Fm7 = FF/CEbBb, EbEb/AbCF
Bb7 = DD/AbBb, Bb/BbDAb
Gb = GbGb/GbBbDb, GbGb/AbCEb
Ab = AbAb/AbCEb
G = GG/BDG
F = FF/CFA
Eb = EbEb/BbEbG

For more information on seventh and passing chords, check out this resource:
300 Page Play By Ear Home Study Course

Enjoy the last days of 2016. Here's to an even better 2017!

-- LadyD

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

Learn To Play Three Country Sad Songs

Three Country Sad Songs l Piano Diana


I started thinking on the abundance of the best country songs we have available to us. Many folks can relate to the heartfelt lyrics. The feelings and emotions behind a song have a universal appeal.

I wanted to share a few of these sad songs... lonely tunes if you will. I also thought of a few scriptures that can encourage someone who is going through some lonely times right now.

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you: He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deut. 31:8

Any Time l Chords and Lyrics


1. Any Time 

"Any Time" is a country song written by Herbert "Happy" Lawson. The song was published in 1921 and first recorded by Emmett Miller for OKeh Records in 1924. For more information, visit here.

Listen to the song on YouTube.

Time: 4/4 Shuffle or Swing

Chords and Lyrics

        A7                              D7

Anytime you're feeling lonely
        G7                              C
Anytime you're feeling blue
         F              Fm              C
Anytime you feel down hearted
A7             D7                                          G7
That will prove your love for me is true.
         A7                                D7
Anytime you're thinking 'bout me
                     G7                        E7
That's the time I'll think of you
        A7                            D7
Anytime you say you want me back again
                     G7                                               C
That's the time I'll come back home to you.
Anytime your world is lonely
And you'll find true friends a few
Anytime you see a rainbow
That will be a sign the storm is through.
Anytime will be the right time
Anytime at all will do
Anytime you're sure you want only my love
That's the time I'll come back home to you.
--- Instrumental ---
Anytime you're thinking 'bout me
That's the time I'll think of you
Anytime you say you want me back again
That's the time I'll come back home to you...

"I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." John 14:18

Crying in the Chapel l Chords and Lyrics

2. Crying in the Chapel

"Crying in the Chapel" is a song written by Artie Glenn for his son Darrell to sing. Darrell recorded it while still in high school in 1953.

Time: 4/4 (Fox Trot or Swing)

                                          F
You saw me crying in the chapel
                                                C
The tears I shed were tears of joy
                                          D7
I know the meaning of contentment
Dm7                               C
Now I am happy with the Lord.

                                      F
Just a plain and simple chapel
                                             C
Where humble people go to pray
                                            D7
I pray the Lord that I'll grow stronger
Dm7                         C
As I live from day to day.


       F                           Fm
I've searched and I've searched
      C             D7
But I couldn't find
      Am7 
No way on earth
     D7                 G7
To gain peace of mind.

                                  F
Now I'm happy in the chapel
                                        C
Where people are of one accord
                           D7
We gather in the chapel
Dm7                                  C
Just to sing and praise the Lord.

Verse 2

                                    F
Every sinner looks for something
                                      C
That will put his heart at ease
                                   D7
There is only one true answer
Dm7                                C
He must get down on his knees.
                                           F
Meet your neighbor in the chapel
                                       C
Join with him in tears of joy.
                                                 D7
You'll know the meaning of contentment
Dm7                                         C
Then you'll be happy with the Lord.

          F                         Fm
You'll search and you'll search
      C                 D7
But you'll never find
Am7
No way on earth
     D7                  G7
To gain peace of mind.

                                         F
Take your troubles in the chapel
                                              C
Get down on your knees and pray
                                 D7
Your burdens will be lighter
Dm7                                 C
And you'll surely find your way...

Jesus said: "I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20



Read more: http://www.letssingit.com/eddy-arnold-lyrics-crying-in-the-chapel-867wfs6#ixzz4RLUnruhq 
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3. Heartaches By The Number (1959)

Words and Music by Harlan Howard

For more information, visit here.

Time: 4/4

C                                                           F
Heartache number one was when you left me
Dm G7                                           C
I never knew that I could hurt this way
                                                                    F                 Dm
And heartache number two was when you came back again
G7                                                      C
You came back and never meant to stay

Chorus
                                                                F                       Dm
Now I've got heartaches by the number, troubles by the score
G7
Ev'ry day you love me less
                                 C
Each day I love you more
                                                                   F                       Dm
Yes, I've got heartaches by the number, a love that I can't win
             G7
But the day that I'll stop counting
                                                  C
That's the day my world would end

Verse 2

C                                                               F
Heartache number three was when you called me
Dm    G7                                                 C
And said that you were coming back to stay
                                                   F                          Dm
With hopeful heart, I waited for your knock on the door
G7                                                       C
I waited, but you must have lost your way

Chorus


Read more: Ray Price - Heartaches By The Number Lyrics | MetroLyrics 


"God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." 
Psalm 46:1
Hope your Thanksgiving with family and friends was wonderful!

Blessings,

-- LadyD

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

Always Something There To Remind Me


Burt Bacharach (1972) l Piano Diana



The song was written in 1964.
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David

Key: C Major
Time: 4/4

With Movement


C Cmaj7 C7 F Fm6
I walk along the city streets you used to walk along with me,
C         Cmaj7           C7                F
And every step I take recalls how muchin love we used to be.
            

                  C        G7            C7                    F
Oh, how can I forget you, when there is always something there to
       G7  C
remind me
C7                      F        C
Always something there to remind me
C7                      F        C
Always something there to remind me
C Cmaj7 C7 F Fm6 When shadows fall, I pass the small cafe where we would dance at night C Cmaj7 C7 F And I can't help recalling how it felt to kiss and hold you tight C G7 C7 F Oh, how can I forget you, when there is always something there to G7 remind me
C7                     F         C
Always something there to remind me


      Em7      Am7                  Fmaj7    G
I was born to love you, and I will never be free
                    C
You'll always be a part of me



If you should find you miss the sweet
And tender love we used to share
Just come back to the places where we used to go,
And I'll be there

Oh, how can I forget you, 
When there is always something there to remind me
Always something there to remind me
       Em7     Am7                 Fmaj7     G
I was born to love you, and I will never be free
                   C
You'll always be a part of me
                 C7               F              G7 C
'Cause there is always something there to remind me


Chords within the progression:

L.H. / R.H.

C = E/EGC
Cmaj7 = C/BG
C7 = C/BbEBb and C/GBbE
F = F/ACF and F/FAE
Fm6 = F/AbCD
G7 = D/DFB
Em7 = E/EGB
Am7 = A/CEA
Fmaj7 = F/FACE
G = G/FBD

The song has 3 cool verses and basically the ending repeats and fades.

Listen to the Sandie Shaw recording. You may be interested in seeing All Saints singing this very
famous song. Listen to the horns! :-)

When Dionne Warwick sings this beautiful song, it stays with me always. It is one of the best songs
of the 60s.


Be sure and check out, Gospel Core Essentials.

Do you have a favorite Burt Bacharach song? I think my all-time favorite is Close To You.

All the best,

LadyD

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

Learn To Play Nightingale

Nightingale: Norah Jones l PianoDiana

Before I launch into a lesson with chord progressions on a top-notch song... Well, I'd like to share with you some awesome news! I was pleasantly surprised with an email announcing that my blog had been featured. It is rare in this day of competitiveness to find a talented musician and fellow blogger acknowledging my blog to his readers. I knew I had to acknowledge my sincere appreciation to Andy Kovacs for recognizing my passion for music education and blogging about it. Piano Diana shares company with many beautiful musicians and teachers on the internet as well. You can read the list at 29 Top Piano Blogs

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Onto the song...

In 2002 Norah Jones wrote the words & music to the beautiful song Nightingale.



Key: A
Tempo: Medium Fast

Intro:
A6  Gmaj13 D(add9) A
         
        A6/9          G6/9 
Nightingale Sing us a song
D(add9)      A6/9 
Of a love that once belonged
        A 
Nightingale              
         G6/9
Tell me your tale
 D(add9)             A6/9     
Was your journey far too long?


         G6/9                         D(add9) 
Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
A6/9                     G6/9  
  To a question I can't ask
D(add9)              A6/9 
  I don't know which way the feather falls
G6/9                     D(add9) 
  or If I should blow it to the left


        A6/9 
Nightingale
           G6/9 
Sing us a song
D(add9)             A6/9 
Of a love that once belonged
        A 
Nightingale
            G6/9
Tell me your tale
D(add9)               A6/9
Was your journey far too long?


        G6/9                      D(add9) 
All the voices that are spinnin' around me

A6/9                        G6/9
  Trying to tell me what to say
D(add9)              A6/9 
  So can I fly right behind you
G6/9                  D(add9) 
  And you can take me away


Solo
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   


        G6/9                      D(add9) 
All the voices that are spinnin' around me
A6/9                        G6/9 
  Trying to tell me what to say
D(add9)             A6/9 
  So can I fly right behind you
G6/9                  D(add9)F# 
  And you can take me away


Outro
A/G   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A   
A   A/G A/D A 

D(add9)         A6/9
you can take me away.

G6/9  D(add9)
A6/9  G6/9
D(add9) A6/9
A6/9  G6/9
D(add9)  A6/9
A6/9

You'll find mostly broken chords in the left hand but all in all, it's an easy song for the beginner to play. Here are some chords you'll be using throughout the song:

A6 = AEF#
Gmaj13 = GEF#
D(add9) = DEF#
G6/9 = GEA/GAE and GDA/D
A6/9 = AE/AC#E

An optional ending for A6/9:

C#EA/C#EA

Sometimes your L.H. will be playing these bass single notes:

D, E, A, D, E, A, D, E within one measure... or

A, D, E, A, D, E, A, E and then there's:

G, E, A, G, E, A, G, E

If you love Norah Jones style, you may want to look at the other posts. You'll find chord progressions to these popular songs, too.

Come-away-with-me

Don't-know-why

Nearness-of-you

Sunrise

Music Resources for You!



Jazz Piano Technique Exercises Etudes & Ideas for Building Chops - (Book/online audio)

Jazz101 and Jazz201 from Hear and Play are great resources for the musician wanting to learn.

Come Away with Me

All the best,

-- LadyD

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

How To Play Brave


Brave: Sara Bareilles


Brave


Words and Music by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff

Key: Bb
Time: 4/4 (Moderately)

Intro
Bb

Bb
You can be amazing

You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
Gm
You can be the outcast

Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Eb  F
Or you can start speaking up
Bb
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do

When they settle ‘neath your skin
Gm
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
                    Eb
Sometimes a shadow wins
       F
But I wonder what would happen if you

+

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/s/sara-bareilles/351630.html ]
Bb
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down

By the enemy
Gm
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Em
Bow down to the mighty
Eb         F
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
Bb
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Gm
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Eb       F
Show me how big your brave is

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Gm         Bb
And since, your history of silence
Bb/D           Eb
Won’t do you any good
Bb/D          Eb
Did you think it would?
Gm                Bb
Let your words be anything but empty
Fsus                           F
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Bb
Say what you wanna say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Bb
With what you want to say
Gm                     Eb
And let the words fall out
         F
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm
I just wanna see you
F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm               
I just wanna see you
Bb                  F
I wanna see you be brave

Bb
I just wanna see you
Eb
I just wanna see you
Gm               F
I just wanna see you

© 2013 Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Chord Progression

L.H. / R.H.

Bb = Bb/BbD and Bb/FBb and Bb/DFBb

Gm = G/BbD and G/DGBb

Eb = Eb/GBbEb

F = F/FAEb and F/ACEb and F/FAC

Fsus = F/FBbC

Bb/D = Bb/FBbD

If you're not familiar with sus chords, here's an article you may be interested in reading...

How To Play A Suspended Chord


Key of G

Intro
G

G
You can be amazing
G
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
Em
You can be the outcast
Em
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
C
Or you can start speaking up
G
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
G
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Em
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
C
Sometimes a shadow wins
D
But I wonder what would happen if you

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/s/sara-bareilles/351630.html ]
G
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
G
By the enemy
Em
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Em
Bow down to the mighty
C
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
G
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Em
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
C       D
Show me how big your brave is

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Em         G
And since, your history of silence
C
Won’t do you any good
C
Did you think it would?
Em                G
Let your words be anything but empty
C                           D
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

G
Say what you wanna say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D   
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
G
With what you want to say
Em                     C
And let the words fall out
         D
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

G
I just wanna see you
Em
I just wanna see you
C
I just wanna see you
D
I wanna see you be brave

More Sara Bareilles songs:

How To Play Manhattan

Love Song

Chords 101: PianoDiana


If you need a brush up course on music chords, here's an audio set to learn the formation of many triads you just have to know in order to play songs. Visit, Chords 101 & 102

Blessings,

-- LadyD

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