Pete Seeger: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Pete Seeger: Turn, Turn, Turn l PianoDiana


When I think of folk songs, I immediately picture Pete Seeger with his guitar. I grew up in an era of so many talented artists like Pete and the Kingston Trio. Playing Turn, Turn, Turn on the piano is an easy way for me to get out of my music and play this easy progression in all the keys. Can you do that? Have you learned what chords you have in common with the key that you are playing in and where you plan to modulate to? How do you know what transition chord to play?

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Turn! Turn! Turn!
(To Everything There Is A Season)


Words from the Book of Ecclesiastes
Adaptation and Music by Pete Seeger
Key: C Major
Time: 4/4 Moderately Slow



                C   F      Em     Dm
To everything, turn, turn, turn,
                  C         F     Em     Dm
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
 F           G                    Dm     G          C           
And a time for every purpose under heaven.

                     G7                    C                    G7                   C
 A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap,
                    G7                 C
    a time to kill, a time to heal,
                     G           C          F
    a time to laugh, a time to weep.  

 CHORUS

                            G7                               C
 A time to build up, a time to break down;
                     G7                        C
 a time to dance a time to mourn;
         G7                       C
 a time to cast away stones,
                     G F         Em G/D Dm C F Em            
 a time to gather stones together.  

CHORUS

                     G7                     C               G7                     C
 A time of love, a time of hate, a time of war, a time of peace,
         G7                   C
 a time you may embrace,
                    G  F         G   C F Em
 a time to refrain from embracing.  

CHORUS

                 G7                     C                     G7                C
 A time to gain, a time to lose, a time to rend a time to sew,
                  G7                    C
 a time to love, a time to hate,
                  G F           G                       C
 a time for peace, I swear it's not too late.  

CHORUS



Chords in the Song:

L.H. / R.H.

C = C/GCEG and C/EGC 
F = F/ACF and F/CFA and FA/CE
Em = E/GBE and E/BDG
Dm = D/FAD and DF/AE and D/ADF
G = G/BDG and G/GBE and G/DGB
G7 = D/FGB

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How To Play: It Ain't Necessarily So


George Gershwin: It Ain't Necessarily So l PianoDiana

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It Ain't Necessarily So


Words by Ira Gershwin
Lyrics by George Gershwin

© 1935 by Gershwin Publishing Corporation

Chords and Lyrics

Key of Bb
4/4 Time Signature
Moderato scherzoso

(Happily with humor)

Verse 1

Gm        C          Gm  C
It ain't necessarily so
   Gm          C      Gm
It ain't necessarily so
    C7             Db7       C7         Db7
De things dat yo' liable to read in de Bible
   A7          D7    Gm
It ain't necessarily so

/ Gm C7 / Eb7 D11 / 


Verse 2

Gm              C           Gm
Li'l David was small but oh my
      Gm        C           Gm
Li'l David was small but oh my
   C7            Db7       C7          Db7
He fought big Goliath who lay down and dieth
      A7        D7           Gm
Li'l David was small but oh my


Gm Gm7 / Eb7 / F#m Eb7 / Ab Eb7 / Bdim Ab / D7 Em7 /
Fm6 D7 / Gm / D

Gm          C           Gm  C
Oh Jonah he lived in de whale
   Gm        C           Gm
Oh Jonah he lived in de whale
    C7          Db7           C7    Db7
For he made his home in dat fish's abdomen
A7          D7           Gm
Oh Jonah he lived in de whale

Li'l Moses was found in a stream
Li'l Moses was found in a stream
He floated on water 'til ole Pharaoh's daughter
She fished him she says from that stream 


Gm G7 / Eb7 Db / F#m Eb7 / Ab Eb7 / 
Bdim Ab / D7 Em7 / Fm6 D7 / Gm / D

Gm          C        Gm  C
It ain't necessarily so
    Gm       C       Gm
It ain't necessarily so
     C7          Db7         C7        Db7
Dey tell all you chillun de debble's a villain
     A7          D7    Gm
But 'taint necessarily so
   Eb7      Ab
To get into Hebben don' snap for a sebben
      Am7         D7      G6
Live clean, don' have no fault
G7  C7                F            F6
Oh I takes de gospel whenever it's pos'ble
    A7su   A7-5     D7+5
But wid a grain of salt


    Gm           C            Gm   C
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
    Gm            C            Gm
Methus'lah lived nine hundred years
     C7            Db7         C7       Db7
But who calls dat livin' when no gal'll give in
   A7             D7          Gm  C  F#7  Eb7
To no man what's nine hundred years

    Cm6                     G  D7
I'm preachin' dis sermon to show
   C            B7
It ain't nessa, ain't nessa
Em           Cm6 
Ain't nessa, ain't nessa
    G          D9    G
It ain't necessarily so






Learn Chords in the Song

L.H. / R.H.

A7 = AGC#/GBb
A7sus = EA/DGA
A7-5 = AEb/C#GA
Ab = AbEbC/Eb
Am7 = AEC/GAD

C = CC/GCE
C7 = CBbE/GBb and C/BbCE
Cm6 = AA/EbGB

D7 = DF#C/D and D/DF#CD and F#AC/D
Db = FDbAb/Eb
Db7 = DbCbF/GBb
D7+5 = DF/CF#Bb
D9 = A#/EG#E, B/FAE, C/FA#E

Eb7 = EbDbG/EbGb
Em7 = E/DGD
Em = CC/BEG

F#m = F#DbA/Gb
Fm6 = FG#C/D
F = F/FD
F6 = F/GE
F#7 = F#/A#EG

Gm = G/DGBbD and G/BbDG and GDBb/GBbDb
G6 = GDB/EGD
G7 = DB/FD
G = DD/DGB and D/GBE and GDB/ADG

Have fun with the song!

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