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
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