Learn To Play Nightingale

Nightingale: Norah Jones l PianoDiana

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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.

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All the best,

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