Allen Toussaint in New Orleans


Awhile back Allen Toussaint was here in San Diego. What a great artist he is. If you missed the concert, you can read about him at:

http://ladydpiano..blogspot.com/2009/03/allen-toussaint-sweet-touch-of-love.html


In fact, Nola tunes stopped by and posted a comment on my blog entry that day. Nola said: Allen Toussaint is AMAZING! you can get his music at New Orleans music store -

http://www.nolatunes.com


I recently read a review on Allen Toussaint by Jennifer Kelly on Blurt at:

http://www.blurt-onlline.com/reviews/view/1025

Jennifer says, "In The Bright Mississippi, New Orleans R&B composer and pianist Allen Toussaint revisits the classic jazz of his childhood, interpreting wonderful old-time cuts by Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Though Toussaint's band for this album includes avant garde heavyweights like Don Byron and Marc Ribot, the tone is quite traditional, the steady swagger of funeral march drums and percussion anchoring arabesque swoons and swoops of melodic improvisation. Toussaint himself conjures lush, extravagant textures of ragtime piano, his playing now staccato and rhythmic, now flowering into rolls and cascades and fluid runs of notes. And the rhythm section - David Piltch on upright and Jay Bellerose on drums - imposes a stately, restrained dignity over the whole enterprise, with widely spaced thump of bass, clicks on rims and musing, dreamy swirls of brushes on snares.
Toussaint recorded The Bright Mississippi at the urging of producer Joe Henry, who, during sessions for a Gulf Coast tribute album Our New Orleans, heard Toussaint playing the Professor Longhair song, "Tipitina." Toussaint, most famous for composing R&B and rock songs including "Fortune Teller," "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley" and Otis Redding's "Pain in My Heart," had grown up with jazz and ragtime. Why not build an album out of these beloved songs?"... Jennifer goes on to give her recommendation of some of the best standout tracks: Egyptian Fantasy, St. James Infirmary and Solitude.
Fortune Teller/ELVIS COSTELLO and ALLEN TOUSSAINT

Yes We Can into Fortune Teller. Sorry.. not the best visually, insanely great show and a great song in spite of my footage by smallfry52

Then there's Fortune Teller - Krauss and Plant singing off their album, Raising Sand.
Personally, I'm not into fortune tellers but I do love the song, it rocks! Here are the chords:
Three chord groove {D} {C} {A} repeated throughout the song
Went to the fortune teller
Had my fortune read
I didn’t know what to tell her
I had a dizzy feeling in my head
Then she took a look at my palm
She said son you feel kind of warm
She looked into her crystal ball
And said you’re in love
How could that be so
I thought of all the girls I know
She said when the next one arrives
You’ll be looking into her eyes
I left there in a hurry
Looking forward to my big surprise
The next day I discovered
That the fortune teller told me a lie
I hurried back down to that woman
As mad as I could be
I said I didn’t see nobody
Why had she made a fool out of me
Then something struck me
As if it came from up above
While looking at the fortune teller
I fell in love
Now I’m a happy fellow
’Cause I’m married to the fortune teller
I’m happy as we can be
Now I get my fortune told for free

http://www.911tabs.com/link/?4727308


Geraldine Wyckoff, Contributing Writer of Louisiana Weekly wrote a great article called Toussaint, one of the faces of Jazz Fest ', is having a great year
Toussaint, one of the faces of Jazz Fest ', is having a great year
"This is shaping up to be a very fine year," Allen Toussaint says with much enthusiasm. Notably, the legendary New Orleans Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger's image dons this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster.
"I feel very highly honored," he acknowledges. "To be on the poster at all - any time would be great - but for the big 40th anniversary party as well."
Toussaint, who also just released a new album, Bright Mississippi, performs on the Acura Stage on Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m. He's been a regular at Jazz Fest since first playing onboard the Riverboat President in 1974. Read more at:

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/news.php?vieewStory=1233

"I love the idea of the festival period," says Toussaint, who for the last year has again been able to call New Orleans home while retaining an apartment in New York. "I like walking the grounds and hearing other people play and getting a shrimp po-boy. The whole ambience of the festival is so right, so New Orleans."

Will you be going to the Festival this year?

All the best,
~ LadyD
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Slash Chords



What are slash chords?

* Here's my definition of a slash chord:
Giving you an alternative bass note, we say A over E, for example. The chord looks like this: A/E So, play A in the r.h. and E in the l.h.

* Here's an online definition of slash chords at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_chord

"In popular music a slash chord or slashed chord is a chord whose bass note or inversion is indicated by the addition of a slash and the letter of the bass after the root note letter"...

* Piano Chord Symbols: Slash Chords by Duane Shinn
Great video showing you what slash chords are all about



* Use Slash Chords, Diminished Sound in Gospel Music
Play:

C/ C E G
B/ B E G#
A/ C E A
F#/ A D F#
G/ B D G

* LGM Definition of Slash Chord
A slash chord is nothing more than a chord with an alternate bass note.
They're also called compound chords.

When you see a chord like A/E, the first character is the chord and the second character after the slash is the bass note, so A/E would be an A chord with an E bass note instead of an A bass note.

Some of the most common types of slash chords are inversion based, meaning that one of the notes already in the chord triad are used for the bass note.
G/B, D/F#, A/C#, A/E...all are inversions of the chord but using either the 3rd note of the 5th note as the bass note instead of the root note.

Some slash chords are non-inversion based, like B/E. The B triad is B, D#, F#...there's no E there BUT if you add extensions to the triad to make, say, a BMaj9/E, then you've got B, D# and F# as well as C# and E so BMaj9/E becomes inversion based.

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,51740.0


So, C/G means play G chord with your left hand and a C chord with your right.

* Chord Charts At LGM

Slash chord chart #1:

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,55476.0.html



Slash chord chart #2:

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,55491.0.html


Slash chord chart #3
:

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,55694.0.html



http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,55603.0.html


slash chords


http://www.ibreathemusic.com/cat/3


http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,52634.0.html




* Duane has an Ebook on Power Chords

http://www.ebookexplorer.com/book_1971.html


* FOUR PART CHORDS OVER ROOT - Chord Voicings

REMEMBER: for these chords you'll want to play a 4-note chord in your RH over your root in the LH. Also you can invert that chord in your RH to any inversion you'd like unless otherwise noted.

Em7 / C = Cmaj9 spelled out.. C/EGBD
note: another way to think about this one is to play a minor 7th chord off of the 3rd in your RH and the root in your LH

Ebmaj7 / C = Cm9 spelled out.. C/EbGBbD
note: another way to think about this one is to play a major 7th chord off the minor 3rd in your RH and the root in your LH

Bm7b5 / G = G9 spelled out.. G/BDFA
note: another way to think about this one is to play a minor 7 flat 5 chord off the 3rd in your RH and the root in your LH

Fmaj7b5 / G = G13 spelled out.. G/FABE
note: another way to think about this one is to play a major 7 flat 5 chord off the flat 7 in your RH and the root in your LH
note: only root and 2nd inversion should be used on the chord in the RH

Dm7 / G = G9sus4 or G11 <-- this is a HOT chord that I use all the time I substitute the 3 chord in a 3-6-2 progression for this sus chord (I'll post this later)
note: another way to think about this one is to play a minor 7th chord off the 5th in your RH and the root in your LH
note: spelled out.. G/DFAC

Fmaj7 / G = G13sus4 <-- Another HOT chord I use a lot too. I substitute the 5 chord in a 2-5-1 progression for this sus chord
note: another way to think about this one is to play a major 7th chord off the flat 7 in your RH and the root in your LH
note: spelled out.. G/FACE

Fm7b5 / G = G7 (b9 #5)
note: another way to think about this one is to play a minor 7 flat 5 chord off the flat 7 in your RH and the root in your LH
note: spelled out.. G/FAbBEb

Bmaj7b5 / G = G7 (#9 #5)
note: another way to think about this one is to play a major 7 flat 5 chord off the 3rd in your RH and the root in your LH
note: only root position should be used on the chord in the RH
note: spelled out.. G/BD#FA# or G/BEbFBb (the first way is the best way to look at it b/c you can see that the 9 and 5 are sharped)

Fmaj7#5 / G = G13 (#11)
note: another way to think about this one is to play a major 7 sharp 5 chord off the flat 7 in your RH and the root in your LH
note: only root position should be used on the chord in the RH
note: spelled out.. G/FAC#E

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,55491.0.html


* Final Note

I have found that most people who chord songs in the LH/RH format do so because they play by ear. Many folks want to read sheet music and read chord symbols. It's great to have the chords written out for voicing purposes. Using chord symbols for posting chords is easier, but many want chords written out so that they can understand. Learning alternative bass notes will add so much more to your playing. When I first started playing the piano and soloing, I used sheet music. When I came aboard worship teams and gained experience playing with a bass player, I learned to read chord charts and gladly welcomed slash chords, so as not to step on the bass players toes! lol

All the best,

~ LadyD





Learn To Play The Piano



With modern technology, you can learn how to play piano via YouTube, live chats on numerous online musician forums and now Talk Radio. I have found Willie Myette's music sites, uploaded tutorial videos on YouTube and his websites to be very informative. If you're looking for an online piano teacher, Willie is the one I recommend.


* Learn the piano - Radio show - 4/9/2009 pt1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SbSffeMsH


* Learn the piano - Radio show - 4/9/2009 pt2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmCMD7


Part2 is where the meat and potatoes are if you're looking for a recipe to play the blues... Here's some good points to remember form this video:

* Chord Structure

1. A minor
2. D minor7
3. F7 ( F/Eb G )
4. E7
5. A minor7

Willie goes on to explain turnarounds. Like taking the last two measures of the blues form, changing it to other chords that take you back to the beginning. Turnarounds are not just found in blues but in pop songs also called "the hook." Last summer I posted on my other site "Gospel Turnarounds". If interested, you can see it at,

http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2008/07/what-are-gospel-turnarounds.html


Stay with the video and you'll learn about Willie's Quartal Groove, natural 6th minor,

G C E
A B F#
B E G

We can stay on this subject of quartal grooves for a long time, but that's another post. In fact, you can browse through this post if interested in quartal voicings.

http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2008/10/rich-quartal-chord-voicings.html


Have you heard of ghosting notes? That's where you're playing shorter and softer than other notes, E G# C/ F Bb D

I would like to extend the invitation to come aboard Willie Myette's online site!
JazzPianoLessons.com - Signup for 50 hours of FREE Piano Lessons.

Have you seen chords written out like this? G/B... what is it? Where do my hands go on the piano and how do I play it? We call them slash chords. Maybe I'll do a new post on slash chords because there is lots of information to cover. For now, you would play a G chord (G B D)in the l.h. with the B note in your r.h. Have you heard this fancy word root motion? That means whatever notes the bass player is playing. Well, we don't want to copy him, so lets play a different chord inversion like B D G. Now we've put in alternate bass notes.

If you're playing a G Chord and you want to throw in a transition chord, why not add a G7? Play G B D then play F B D. In fact, you could walk down chromatically in your l.h. (F,E,Eb,D)and that would sound so cool.

P.S. Ever wonder why we say in "music talk", why it wouldn’t be written 3b for i.e. ‘Eb’ instead of b3?” Jermaine Griggs at Hear and Play says "Well, because we say “flat 3″ or the “sharp 5,” instead of “3 flat” or “5 sharp,” it transposes the sign in FRONT of the note rather than after. That’s just how the terminology works.

Like the chord “C7 #9#5″

Pronounced: “C Seventh Sharp 9, Sharp 5″ or “C Seventh Sharped 9, Sharped 5″

http://www.hearandplay.com/main/what-does-all-this-flatted-3-and-sharped-5-stuff-mean"







How To play an Altered Scale



Monday's Mail!
Hi There,
Awhile back I wrote in my blog about Fill ins for the beginner. I mentioned that every fill in pattern uses a group of notes. For instance in a basic arpeggio fill in pattern, the set of notes are none other than the chord notes itself. To spice things up, you can include the 9th note (or the 2nd note). So, now you have these group of notes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th for a fill in pattern... if you want some extra notes for a fill or a run, just use the notes of the scale you are in such as "G" in this song which would included G, A, B, C, D, E, F#. Just start on a note of the chord you are playing and end on a note of the chord you are going to...read more

http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2008/11/fill-ins-for-beginners.html


Well, how would you like to learn another way to solo? Let's start with scales.
The easiest way to look at a melodic minor scale is simply to look at it as a major scale with a lowered 3rd tone. For example:
C Major Scale= C D E F G A B C
C melodic minor= C D Eb F G A B C

Now, let's look at modes. Yes, I wrote an article called Fun With Modes.

http://www.goarticles.net/articles/9720/1/Fun-With-Modes/Page1.html

Every mode gives you unique changes and therefore provides great soloing tools over certain chords.
Here are all 7 modes:
f you play a major scale from the first tone of the scale to the first tone of the scale (e.g. - “C major scale from ‘C’ to ‘C’), this is called the IONIAN mode.
If you play a major scale from the second tone of the scale to the second tone of the scale, this is called the DORIAN mode.
If you play a major scale from the third tone of the scale to the third tone of the scale, this is called the PHRYGIAN mode.
If you play a major scale from the fourth tone of the scale to the fourth tone of the scale, this is called the LYDIAN mode.
If you play a major scale from the fifth tone of the scale to the fifth tone of the scale, this is called the MIXOLYDIAN mode.
If you play a major scale from the sixth tone of the scale to the sixth tone of the scale, this is called the AEOLIAN mode (you should know this as the “natural minor scale”).
If you play a major scale from the seventh tone of the scale to the seventh tone of the scale, this is called the LOCRIAN mode.
So putting together these 2 theory tools, modes and melodic minor scales...
What if you played the melodic minor scale from the 7th tone of the scale to the 7th tone? This is what we call the “altered” or “super locrian” mode. Jermaine Griggs explains the merge with colorful piano illustrations.

http://www.hearandplay.com/main/who-else-wants-to-learn-how-to-solo-with-the-altered-scale


Jermaine says the easiest way to play an altered scale,
"Take any major scale and sharp the first and last note. Bam! That’s it!" Jermaine Griggs shares the formula for altered scales...
1) If you want to play a particular altered scale, go down a half step. That will be the major scale you’ll need to know…
2) Then basically raise the FIRST and LAST notes of that major scale to get your altered scale. The first and last note will be the same note.

http://www.hearandplay.com/main/the-easiest-way-to-play-altered-scales

I have found some great videos to watch on the net regarding how to play specific altered scales such as altered scale in Db and a C Locrian Scale.
http://www.ehow.com/video_4393109_play-altered-scale-db.html
One of my favorites, The D Altered Scale in Jazz Music, and a whole list of other videos can be found at

http://www.ehow.com/video_2390687_the-d-altered-scale-jazz.html

By far, if you're looking for written theory concepts and charts to make things more clear for you, stop by this site for easy reading.

http://chrisjuergensen.com.hosting.domaindirect.com

Then there is Wikipedia defining Altered Scale,
"In jazz, the altered scale is a seven-note scale that differs from the locrian mode in having a lowered fourth scale degree. Starting on C, it contains the notes: C, D♭, E♭, F♭, G♭, A♭ and B♭. (This is the C locrian mode, C-D♭-E♭-F-G♭-A♭-B♭, with F changed to F♭. For this reason, the altered scale is sometimes called the "super locrian mode.") It is the seventh mode of the melodic minor ascending scale. The scale is sometimes spelled with two thirds rather than a flatted fourth scale degree--e.g. C-D♭-E♭-E-G♭-A♭-B♭, with E substituting for F♭. In contrast to the term acoustic scale, the term "altered scale" almost always refers to this particular mode of the melodic minor, rather than the scale itself. In this sense, the term "acoustic mode" would be more accurate."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_scale

Remember that any chord can be modified or altered. Raising or lowering notes of a chord by a half step may change its dissonance. This increases the tension of the chord. On page 229 of Jermaine Griggs theory book, he introduces altering chords. He goes on to explain the common use of altering chords changes the "feel" of a chord progression. I can relate to this because you always hear musicians say "learn the song in all keys". I have found that playing on all the black notes is indeed a different "feel" than playing a song in the Key of C. Right now Hear and Play is offering a 40% off sale on their 300 page course book with free shipping whether you're here in the U.S. or abroad. If interested, you may want to check out their sale. Remember, it's a book with bonus Cd Rom, not an instructional dvd... it's a good sale.
40%off300pg.coursebook
Thanks for catching up with me on old posts and new posts on Monday's Mail!
Until next time,
~ LadyD



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Amazing Grace on Black Keys Only/ Amazing Grace Chris Tomlin

Amazing Grace: Chris tomlin l LadyDpiano


Amazing Grace (Black Keys) and Amazing Grace: Chris Tomlin



What are the notes to Amazing Grace?

You can get free sheet music of the song at

http://www.yokewong.net/freesheetmusic.html


* History of the song Amazing Grace

"As hymn songs go, Amazing Grace is one of the most recognized of all traditional Christian hymns. It has been used in many ways over the last two hundred years since its composition in 1772 by John Newton..."

For more information on the story behind this song there are several authoritative essays provided by the United States Library of Congress. The first, "The Creation of Amazing Grace," tells of the story surrounding the composition of the song by John Newton. The second, "The Dissemination of Amazing Grace," chronicles the spread of the song from its birth in London to its current world-wide recognition. A third essay, "Amazing Grace and Shape Note Singing" gives an interesting look at the music notation practices that were common in the 1800's and how Amazing Grace changed them.

http://www.musicedmagic.com/music/amazing-grace--free-sheet-music.html


* Amazing Grace: Just the Black Notes!

http://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/amazing-grace-just-the-black-notes/


Indeed, you will be amazed!



Here's a note for those who might have misunderstood from hoover4000:

NOTE TO ALL VIEWERS: many of you have misunderstood what he said. He did NOT say an African American wrote the words to amazing grace. He never argued that John Newton was not an Englishman, so stop pointing it out! He just said that John Newton was a slave trader and he was. Most of you are so concentrated on black and white, you are missing the point of the whole video!! He is trying to send out a message that God intended for all of us to be united. Weather you agree with the details or not, the message he is trying to send is a good one. So lighten up and take the hint!!
When I posted this video, I had absolutely no idea how popular it would become.
Anyone who thinks my intention is to "misinform" or to show any disregard to any race or culture obviously knows nothing about me.
This is a great video, and I love Wintley Phipps and so I decided to share. I did not expect it to be so huge!!
Of course, we all agree that John Newton was in fact, a slave trader. That's the whole point. GRACE. That God can change the hardest of hearts within time if they'll listen. All the other is just stuff.
As far as not posting most of the ones that try to "correct" his views, it was simply to not cause a riot, the few times I have posted negative comments it caused a big debate between that person and my subscribers and especially considering this video has become so popular and so many people watch it, I wanted to avoid a big, long debate. That's it. So please don't be unkind to me and make allegations about my intentions to my subscribers when you are 100% percent wrong about me. I am anything but racist and I don't see how me posting this video would make me a racist, me posting this video means that I'm for unity between races. I have gotten into big long arguments with people multiple times because they made a racist remark. I am the opposite of racist. So please stop saying that because it's just not true and it hurts my feelings."


* April Lorier is an award-winning poet, writer, Author, Christian Speaker, Columnist, and former music teacher. You will find the lyrics to Amazing Grace on her site as well as a write up of Wintley Phipps, beautiful African-American singer, singing only the black notes.

http://www.christianpianoblog.co,/christian-piano/amazing-grace-use-only-the-black-keys


* Another blogger I have met, also impacted by this video!


"Here is a stirring story about one of the most beloved
songs of the faith, as told by the one and only Wintley Phipps.
This will bring you tears of joy and merciful godly sorrow.
It will take you down to the depths of God's grace
and then lift you up to the heights of His praise;
something only "slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ" can truly know.
I appreciate my dear brother; but more, I genuinely admire
his uncompromised devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ!
This is the message of Amazing Grace:
"I am a great sinner, He is a greater Savior"
In His Undeserved
Fathomless Grace,
Steve"
Romans 5:1-2

http://stevenjcamp.blogspot.com/2008/04/amazing-grace-just-play-black-notes.html



* Theory from Wintley Phipps

"I come solely to show that Reverend Phipps also has music theory and cultural history in his favor.
Amazing Grace uses a pentatonic scale. Properly spaced, five intervals within any octave are sufficient to generate an astonishing diversity of musical idioms, including Celtic, blues, and Negro spiritual. The belief that the pentatonic scale is the native tonality of children underlies Orff Schulwerk, a method of music education perhaps best known for withholding keys from kids' xylophones.
Piano keys It's easy to generate a pentatonic scale. You can climb the circle of fifths on a piano. Starting at middle C, this trip yields the note sequence C G D A E. If you have a violin handy, the strings there give you the last four steps in that sequence: G D A E. Rearranging all five notes within a single octave gives you the pentatonic sequence, C D E G A.
Or you can subtract two from seven and yield five. Remove the fourth and seventh scale degrees from the familiar "do-re-mi" diatonic scale — or F and B — and you will reach the same C D E G A sequence.
Most simply, you can follow Reverend Phipps's advice and play just the black keys: G? A? B? D? E?. How sweet the sound."

http://www.uslaw.com/library/Acaademic/Amazing_grace_key__black.php?item=181701


Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

http://www.waldenfans.com Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Music Video. Written for the film "Amazing Grace." Learn more about it at WaldenFans.com
Hear the song I'm talking about and see the video, I love it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXV6HJxxUebg


One of my favorite worship styles of this song is an awesome version by Chris Tomlin
* Amazing Grace Chords


Verse 1:
G C G
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
G D
That saved a wretch like me
G C G
I once was lost, but now I'm found
G D G
Was blind but now I see
Chorus:
C G
My chains are gone, I've been set free.
C G
My God, My Savior has ransomed me.
C Em
And like a flood his mercy reigns.
D G
Un-ending love, amazing grace
Verse 2:
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!
Verse 3:
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Verse 4:
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
(Will be forever mine)
(You are forever mine)

http://www.ultimate-guiitar.com/tabs/c/chris_tomlin/amazing_grace_my_chains_are_gone_ver5_crd.htm

* Amazing Grace- Chris Tomlin Chords

Verse 1:

D D/F# G D
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
D A
That saved a wretch like me
D D/F# G D
I once was lost, but now I'm found
D G A D
Was blind but now I see
Chorus:
G D/F#
My chains are gone, I've been set free.
G D/F#
My God, My Savior has ransomed me.
G D/F#
And like a flood his mercy reigns.
Em D/F#
Unending love, amazing grace
Verse 2:
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!
Verse 3:
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Verse 4:
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
(Will be forever mine)
(You are forever mine)

http://www.ultimate-guiitar.com/tabs/c/chris_tomlin/amazing_grace_my_chains_are_gone_crd.htm


* My friends at LGM posted a great chord chart
Amazing Grace
By: Ferrente

LH/RH
/G A--
C/EGC ---ma---
G/GBE --zing
E/GBbCE grace
E/GBbD how
F/FAC sweet
F#/CEbF#A the
G/CEG sound
E/DEAbB that
A/EAC saved
A/GCE A
D/F#CE wretch
F#/F#AD like
G/BDG me
GF/BDF (FILLER)
A/CFA (FILLER)
B/DFGB I
C/CEG once
GF/BEG was
C/GBbCE lost
E/GBbD but
F/FAC now
F#/CEbF#A I'm
G/CEG found
E/DEAbB was
A/EAC blind
D--E--F/AbCDF but (roll the D,E,F)
G/GCE now
D/F#CE (FILLER)
G/FBD I
C/EGC see
CB/GC
CA/FC
CB/GC
CA/FC
CG/E

Thanks so much to all for stopping by.
Happy Easter!
~ LadyD




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CD review: Diana Krall- Quiet Nights



Just listen to Diana sing The Boy From Ipanema, and her laid back sultry voice will transport you to Brazil in no time! This has always been one of my all time favorite songs. In fact that song just flows into Walk On By and you're clinging onto every breathy word Diana sings. Yep, you'll go down memory lane. Remember Dionne Warwick? And then another favorite of mine Diana adds as a bonus track, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart... remember the Bee Gees? I rate this CD 4+ stars!

I believe the new CD was released on Tuesday so I ran out and grabbed myself a copy. I know my Cousin did, too. I have all of her Cds, songbooks and dvds. I do love Jazz and she is a fine jazz pianist. My Cousin had a pin up poster of Diana in his garage, but his wife asked him to take it down when they moved and so he did! lol

"Quiet Nights is Diana Krall's twelfth album, released on March 31, 2009... The album is currently (first week of April 2009) the best selling CD in Poland."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiet_Nights_(Diana_Krall_album)


Here's a breakdown of the tracks:
1. Where Or When
2. Too Marvelous For Words
3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
4. The Boy From Ipanema
5. Walk On By
6. You're My Thrill
7. Este Seu Olhar
8. So Nice
9. Quiet Nights
10. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Bonus Tracks:
11. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
12. Every Time We Say Goodbye

The orchestration behind many of the slow songs is perfect background music for hosting a party. In fact, Diana's right hand riffs to many of her songs shine proudly with fantastic orchestral music of strings in the background. Then you'll hear some blues licks played expertly by Diana on So Nice track. Oh, I wish I could play like that!!! Effortlessly she plays single note melody lines that just flow with ease!

Here's what others have to say about Diana's Quiet Nights:


"Quiet Nights is extremely easy on the ears — maybe too easy. Its foremost charms are the timbre of Krall’s voice and her phrasing, cloaked in Claus Ogerman’s impeccably crafted orchestrations."... says Peter Hum from the Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/review+Diana+Krall+Elaine+Elias+concoct+seductive+sounds/1448274/story.html




"Quiet Nights," on the Verve label, sees Krall back in jazz standard mode, but with a twist. She's singing and playing Brazilian-tinged songs by Jobim, Gilberto, and others.

She never intended the record to be a Brazilian album, but that's how it came out after she recorded about 50 songs, overall, before choosing the music that made it onto the CD." Reuters from The Epoch Timess

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/14664


Stephen Thomas Erlewine's review from allmusic says, "Bossa nova is not unfamiliar to Diana Krall, but 2009's Quiet Nights is her first record devoted to the gently swaying rhythm."

http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dvfixz8kldde


"In Quiet Nights, Krall succeeds in emotionally connecting with her audience and establishing a romantic mood with her sexy voice and moving piano solos, thus building on her impact on the contemporary jazz world."
I think this is the best review for Diana's Quiet Nights by Joe Skurzewzk. Read more

http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/22702


* Preview of chords to Girl from Ipanema

http://www.freehandmusic.vom/productdetail.aspx?prodid=289236


* Chord Chart to Girl from Ipanema

http://www.bossanovaguitar.com/antonio_carlos_jobim/chords_lyrics/the_girl_from_ipanema.html


D6/9 E7/9 Em9
Tall and tan and young and lovely, The girl from Ipanema goes walking, And when she passes

A7/6 Dmaj9 Bbm6 Dmaj7
each one she passes goes "a-a-ah!"

Dmaj9 E7/9 Em9
When she walks she's like a samba that, Swings so cool and sways so gentle, That when she passes

A7/6 Dmaj9 D6/9
each one she passes goes "a-a-ah!"

Ebmaj7 G#7 Ebm7 B7 B7/6 Em9 Gm6
Oh, but I watch her so sadly, How can I tell her I love her? Yes, I would give my heart gladly

F#m7 F#dim Em7 A7/-9
But each day when she walks to the sea, She looks straight ahead not at me

Dmaj7 Dmaj9 E7/9 Em9
Tall and tan and young and lovely, The girl from Ipanema goes walking, And when she passes

A7/6 Dmaj9
I smile, but she doesn't see, She just doesn't see, No she doesn't see

*
[jobim antonio carlos] girl from ipanema (chords)

Happy easy listening on this beautiful Palm Sunday!
Have a great week ahead,

~ LadyD





Bruce Hornsby- The Way It Is- Review

In 1986 the sounds of Bruce Hornsby reached my ears with the words and music written by B.R.Hornsby, The Way It Is.

"Bruce Hornsby (born Bruce Randall Hornsby, November 23, 1954, Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. Known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Hornsby


"Hornsby currently uses a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. He bought the piano in Zurich, Switzerland, while on a solo show tour in Europe in 1995. With the Range and up until 1995, he used a Baldwin concert grand piano. He currently uses a Korg M1 synthesizer. With the Range, Hornsby used an Oberheim OB-X synthesizer."




Great music never goes out of style and good songwriting is always relevant.
Here are the lyrics to That's Just The Way It Is


http://www.propelleer.com/story/2009/03/19/bruce-hornssby-the-way-it-is


Standing in line marking time--
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says "Get a job"

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

They say hey little boy you can't go
Where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules
He said, Son

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

Review from Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/142512/review/5944766/scenesfromthesouthside


"Sometimes a wildly successful debut album – like The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range – can be a curse for a rock band. Suddenly faced with the pressure of recapturing the commercial magic while not repeating themselves musically, many bands find their songwriting stunted or lose their focus altogether the second time out.

Rather than merely echo the promise of The Way It Is, Scenes from the Southside, this band's sophomore effort, fulfills it. Hornsby – the man who singlehandedly reestablished the grand piano as a viable rock instrument in the otherwise synthesized Eighties – fleshes out his keyboard runs. At the same time, the members of the Range manage to achieve what just barely eluded them on The Way It Is: the right mix of rock, country and jazz."



Interview with music.yahoo.com Robert L Doerschuk

http://music.yahoo.com/read/interview/12027447

"Well, we just recorded a song the other day that's just three chords. There are lots of songs on all my recent records that are very simple harmonically. The songs I'm most proud of are the simplest ones. I'm not on some path toward great complexity; I'm not on my way toward Bartok. I'll have my moments of that, but then I'll have a moment when it can just as easily go on a George Jones record. I like so many different types of music, so it's about what hits me at the time. The writing process and--maybe to a lesser extent, but still to a very real degree--the playing process is all about trying to move myself. I'm always trying to do something that I think is great. I fall short most of the time, but every now and then I'll give myself chills. That's hard to do, but that's what I aim for."

So, here's the chord breakdown that echoes in my mind. Play these chords in the r.h.:
Am7= E G C
Em7= D G B
D= F# A D or D F# A
Cadd9= C D A
G= B D G

Single bass notes in the L.H. sound cool, too.


I found Tim on YouTube doing a great job playing Bruce Hornsby, The Way It Is on his
Yamaha Portable Grand. YPG-625

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqOksjxf2TE




Now Ryan over at YouTube shows us a tutorial on the same song but they call it
How to play Changes by Tupac on the piano / keyboard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19yoHHjbsOYw

http://PlayPianoDVD.com
Play your fav's now!
Learn easy by DVD!
http://FreePianoTutorials.com

SHEET MUSIC: http://PopularPianoSheets.com


The chords used in this song are: Am7, Em7, D, C, G, D, Cadd9, Fmaj7.

http://www.tabssguiitarra.com/tab/bruce-hornsby-thee-way-it-is-28262.html


Example chord pattern:

Am7 Em7 D Cadd9 G
Standin' in line, markin' time, waitin for the welfare dime, /

D Cadd9
cause they can't buy a job.

And for the chorus:

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Somethings will never change,

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9 Am7 Em7
//// //// /// Ah, but don't you believe them.

and so on...

* Bruce Hornsby Tabs
4 bars drums

Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x2

Am7 Em7
Standing in line marking time
D Cadd9 G
Waiting for the welfare dime
D Cadd9
'Cause they can't buy a job
Am7 Em7
The man in the silk suit hurries by
D Cadd9 G
As he catches the poor ladies' eyes
D Cadd9
Just for fun he says "get a job"

Chorus
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Somethings will never change,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Ah, but don't you believe them.
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 /


They say, hey little boy you can't go where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way did you really think about it
Before you made the rules he said, Son

Chorus

Solo
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x5

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

Solo
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / to fade

Tabbed by www.popmusictuition.com

http://www.ultimaate-guitar.com/tabs/b/bruce_hornsby/thats_the_way__it_is_crd.htm




* Bruce Hornsby Biography

http://www.answers.com/topic/bruce-hornsby


"Hornsby was born in Williamsburg, VA, and grew up in that combination college town and tourist center, later attending the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music. He then spent years playing in bars and sending demo tapes to record companies. In 1980, he and his brother (and songwriting partner) John Hornsby moved to Los Angeles, where they spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. There Bruce Hornsby met Huey Lewis, who would eventually produce him and record his material. Hornsby finally signed his band, the Range, to RCA in 1985. Their debut album, The Way It Is, was released in August 1986. It eventually produced three Top 20 hits, the biggest of which was the socially conscious "The Way It Is," which featured Hornsby's characteristically melodic right-hand piano runs. The album stayed in the charts almost a year and a half and sold two million copies. Hornsby & the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1986."

For more information, please read another post of mine,

http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/20008/10/thats-just-way-it-is-bruce-hornsby.html


Bruce Hornsby Anthology





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