America, The Beautiful


America the Beautiful

Bates/Ward

 GD
beautiful for spacious skies,
 D7CGD
for amber waves of grain 
 GD
for purple mountain majesties
 A7DD7
above the fruited plain
 GD
America, America!
 D7CGG7
God shed his grace on thee 
 CG
and crown thy good with brotherhood
 CD7GD7
from sea to shining sea. 

 GD
beautiful for patriot dream
 D7CGD
that sees beyond the years, 
 GD
Thine alabaster cities gleam
 A7DD7
undimmed by human tears.
 GD
America, America!
 D7CGG7
God shed His grace on thee.
 CG
And crown thy good with brotherhood
 CD7G
from sea to shining sea.
 
Yes, America The beautiful is a patriotic song. Perhaps you've been asked to play it in your church or at a special occasion. God Bless America is another favorite.
 
Practice playing America The Beautiful in all the keys!

Listen to various artists music - America The Beautiful
Text: Katharine Lee Bates, 1859-1929
Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1847-1903 


Wikipedia Blurb:

"America the Beautiful" is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, Pikes Peak, first published in the July 4th edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. The poem was titled America for publication. Ward had originally written the music, Materna, for the 1600s hymn O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful. The song is one of the most beloved and popular of the many American patriotic songs.[1] From time to time it has been proposed as a replacement for The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem."

America, The Beautiful : Ray Charles '91





How To play America The Beautiful on the Clarinet
http://www.freeprintable.com/free-printables/how+to+play+%22america+the+beautiful%22+on+clarinet


 America The Beautiful- Free Sheet Music
http://www.musicedmagic.com/music/america-the-beautiful--free-sheet-music.html


 Today we remember and honor those men and women in uniform who have died in service to our country. Hope you're having a beautiful day, this Memorial Day!


~ LadyD

Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."
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How To Play As The Deer

As The Deer 
 
C       Em          Am     Am/G
As the deer panteth for the water
       F           G      C
So my soul longeth after Thee.
C     Em          Am     Am/G
You alone are my heart's desire
       F       G       C
And I long to worship Thee.

      Am                  F           C
      You alone are my strength, my shield,
          F               Dm7     E
      To You alone may my spirit yield.
         C    Em          Am     Am/G
      You alone are my heart's desire,
             F      G        C
      And I long to worship Thee.

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though You are a King.
I love You more than any other,
So much more than anything.

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye.
Artist: Unknown
Copyright Credits: ©1984, Maranatha! Music Words and Music by Martin Nystrom

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How To Play As The Deer



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As the Deer
Words and Music By:  Nystrom, Martin J.

C       G           Am       E
As the deer panteth for the water,
       F            G    C     Am   G
So my soul longeth after you.
C     G           Am
You alone are my heart’s desire
       F       G       C     Am   G
And I long to worship you.


Am                F            C
You alone are my strength, my shield.
    F                 Dm     E
To you alone will my spirit yield.
C     G           Am
You alone are my heart’s desire
       F       G       C
And I long to worship you.


You're my friend, and You are my brother
Even though You are a King.
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything.

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As The Deer
Martin Nystrom
Tabbed by Jacob Shah

  D F#m Bm 
  As the  deer panteth  for the water 
  G A D 
So my s oul longeth  after  Thee  
  D F#m Bm 
  You a lone are my  heart's desire  
  G A D 
And I  long to  worship  You  

  Bm G D 
  You alone are my  strength, my  shield  
  G Em7 F#m 
To Y ou alone may my s pirit y ield  
  D F#m Bm 
  You a lone are my  heart's desire  
  G A D 
And I  long to  worship  you  
  D F#m Bm 
  You're my  friend and You  are my brother  

  G A D 
Even  though You  are a  King  
  D F#m Bm 
  I love  You more than  any other  
  G A D 
So much  more than  any thing  

  D F#m Bm 
  I want  You more than  gold or silver  
  G A D 
Only  You can  satis fy  
  D F#m Bm 
  You a lone are the  real joy giver  
  G A D 
And the  apple  of my  eye  
Artist: Martin Nystrom

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As The Deer Free Sheet Music
http://www.take-a-piano-sheet-music-break.com/free-christian-sheet-music.html

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As the Deer (key of D)

Martin J. Nystrom

D       A           Bm      F#
As the deer panteth for the water,
       G            A     D   Bm A
So my soul longeth after you.
D    A             Bm
You alone are my heart�s desire
       G        A      D  Bm A
And I long to worship you.

Bm                 G           D
You alone are my strength, my shield.
    G                  Em    F#
To you alone will my spirit yield.
D    A            Bm
You alone are my heart�s desire
       G        A      D
And I long to worship you.

You’re my friend, and You are my brother
Even though You are a King.
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything.


�1984 Maranatha! Music (ASCAP)

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As the Deer Panteth For the Water - Jazz Piano 



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First Line to As The Deer:

"As the deer panteth for water, So my soul longeth after Thee. You alone are my heart's desire,"

All the best,
~ LadyD

P.S. Hi Gospel lover,

I'm so excited to be writing you about a new resource that will
help you learn worship music by ear. As you know, it's very
hard to find materials on gospel music, so when I find out
about resources like this, I just have to let my subscribers
know!
 

Jermaine Griggs over at HearandPlay.com
has a  worship course, GospelKeys 202
Special Edition - "Mastering Worship Chords."

Not only is it almost five hours (...that's one of the longest
I've seen for a gospel course), but it is packed with tons of
worship chords, progressions, songs (like "Anointing," "As the
Deer,
" "Thank You Lord," and more), and tons of concepts like
"coupling," his "3-4" principle on how to predict what chords
come next in worship songs, and special sections dedicated to
ear-training and chord recognition. That's actually only the
beginning of it.

He covers a systematic way to play worship songs. In other
words, he takes you through a song learning process that will
enable you not only to learn the songs he shows you step by
step, but to master literally tons of worship songs (because
most worship songs follow the same basic patterns as you'll
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So if you're a church musician and have been struggling to play
worship music --- or, if you're an accomplished musician and
just want to learn more chords and concepts, I highly recommend
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Here's some more information from Jermaine, himself, about his
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----------------------------------------------------
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The first part of the course is focused on teaching you all the
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From personal experience, I've found these same chords to be
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recycled and played over and over again in different songs. So
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----------------------------------------------------


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Once you've mastered the chords and voicings from part one,
you'll learn, through a series of ear-training tests, how to
differentiate between certain sounds. Jermaine shows you how
to determine what types of chords and progressions are being
heard so that you skip all the mistakes that most musicians
make when learning new songs!

You'll also learn how to pinpoint patterns in chord progressions
and how to predict what's coming next in a song. Jermaine has taught
this technique to thousands of people and they've benefited
greatly from knowing exactly which chords lead to other chords!
Music and progressions are circular and I'll teach you just how
to master this circle of chords and patterns!

Then, to top it all off, you'll learn Jermaine's couple system and how
it helps you to play all of your favorite worship songs by ear.
Many people get discouraged when learning new material but if
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(just two chords at a time), you'll immediately understand how
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For more information on how to get your hands on the limited
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----------------------------------------------------


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Part three brings everything together (the chords and voicings
from part one and the couples and progressions from part two)
and allows you to see, step-by-step, how to play worship hits
like "Thank You Lord," "As the Deer," "Anointing," Hallelujah,
"I Really Love the Lord (remix)," along with tons of "add-ons",
"fill-ins," and tricks that bring your favorite songs to life!

While five songs are specifically covered, chord-by-chord, the
systems and patterns you'll learn from the course will enable
you to apply these same techniques to tons of worship songs ---
all by ear!

With a live vocalist (not recorded -- but "live"), you'll get
firsthand experience at how to accompany a singer and what it
takes to play in this worship style. From left-hand movements
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>>>>>>>>>>>>


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I know you'll find this course very beneficial to your gospel
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God bless,

LadyD



Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."
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Learn 20 Advanced Guitar Licks: Runs and Fillers for the Serious Pianist

I just wanted to let you know about 'Advanced Guitar 301' and a Music Dvd for the serious pianist! Yes, I have several friends that offer great teaching products and it seems everyone is having some type of sale this weekend!

Digital Version is finally available! It's a new guitar course available to musicians. My friends at Hear and Play always have great dvds available for playing piano by ear, drums and now a guitar course.


For The First Time Ever, Superstar Professional Guitarist, Jairus Mozee Takes You By The Hand And Drags You To "His World" Where He Personally Hand-Picks 20 Insanely Advanced Licks, Runs, Riffs, Patterns, and Fill-Ins You Can Outright STEAL And Apply To Your Own Playing Virtually Minutes After Watching!

Guitar 301

Learn 20 Super Advanced Guitar Licks, Tricks, And Riffs Across 4 Different Styles...
Funk, R&B, Gospel, Jazz



Advanced Guitar 301 Trailer / preview



The structure of "Advanced Guitar 301 - Licks, Tricks, and Solos" is pretty straightforward.
It covers 4 genres of music: Funk, Gospel, R&B, and Jazz.
In each of those genres, we start by teaching you the underlying chords that make up the patterns you're hearing. So if you're in the "funk" section, you'll start by learning the funk chords he's using as a bare minimal (even beginners can benefit from this part).
Then they proceed to break down 5 unique riffs, runs, licks, or tricks you can play over these same chords. In fact, the underlying chords and patterns hardly change. But you learn dozens of ways to approach improvising over them. They do this for funk, r&b (soul), gospel (shouting music), and jazz.
By the end, you'll have 20 professional, advanced soloing licks you can pull out the cupboard at any time.

You can order this new dvd music resource at:

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Dear Friend,

A number of you have emailed me, repeatedly
expressing your frustration with the same issue:

“How do I make each hand play independently?”

“I never learned to use my left hand properly.
It's really underdeveloped compared to my right
hand. Now, I need tips to improve the
coordination in both hands.”

“My biggest problem is left hand independency.”

“My left and right hands always seem to want to
do the same thing, at the same time.”

Can you see the pattern in these remarks? When I
studied piano years ago, my hands would not
listen to what my brain would tell them. Today,
this problem occurs once in awhile, only when I
tackle challenging pieces.

If this scenario sounds familiar, then I have an
important message for you.

My friend Yoke Wong, a longtime music educator
and accomplished musician and composer. She has
developed a one in a kind piano instructional
home study courses called “Hand Coordination,
Runs and Fillers.” This piano course is designed
to help piano players tackle the issue of left
hand independence and hand coordination.

After some gentle persuasion at my end, Yoke has
agreed to offer a some bonuses to any
customer who would like to order this course,
from now on till (designate your time).
Hand and Eye Coordination

Yoke will include the following bonuses for the
first 100 customers: 

•    An online metronome study guide with practice
exercises to improve technique.
•    Carl Czerny virtuoso’s original exercise
sheets. These are the same exercises that he used
to get his fingers into fluid shape, with fast
runs and daily warm ups.
Runs and Fillers

Take action now and get the bonus that will make
the real difference in your music, “Hand
Coordination, Runs and Fillers.” This is the time
to build your skill. Don’t forget to share your
successes with us once you start using these
study tools.

Yours
LadyD

Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."
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To Him Who Sits Upon The Throne: Sitting at the Piano

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To Him Who Sits On The Thrown
 
C          Bb/C           F/C
To Him who sits on the Throne
             C
And Unto the Lamb
C          Bb/C           F/C
To Him who sits on the Throne
             C
And unto the Lamb
   Ab 
Be blessing and glory
    Bb              C
And honor and power forever
   Ab                     Bb              C
Be blessing and glory and honor and power forever
Artist: Unknown (Petra)

To Him Who Sits On The Throne 

C           Gm 
 TO HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE 

F             C 
 AND UNTO THE LAMB (2X) 

   Ab 
BE BLESSING AND GLORY AND 

Bb                 C 
HONOR AND POWER FOREVER (2X) 

 I wrote this article for beginners on how to sit at the piano. Most of my readers are intermediate to advanced players. Perhaps there are some new beginners or someone that you know who would enjoy this post. Thanks again for stopping by and dropping me a line. I enjoy reading what songs you're working on and what you want to learn next. Keep Practicing!








Sitting at the Piano



Ready for your first piano lesson? Sitting at the piano should be a comfortable feeling right from the beginning. 




Sit up straight facing the center of the piano. Place your feet flat on the floor. If your feet do not reach the floor, it is helpful to have a footstool or books under them when you practice but not absolutely necessary. Sit high enough to reach the keys easily. Do you have a piano stool or chair at home that moves up and down? If not, pillows or books may be used to help you sit at the correct height when you practice.

Piano posture is important for all beginner and advanced players. Most importantly, you want to be comfortable at the piano. Sitting with your nose directly in the middle of the range of piano keys is the best place to sit. Where is Middle C you ask? You will find that the white key to the left of the 2 black keys is the “C” key. In fact, all of the “C’s” are to the left of the 2 black keys.

After sitting at the piano and practicing for a time, let’s say 30 minutes, I suggest you take a little break. I have found that sewing at the machine, being on your computer and playing the piano for a much longer period of time will cause your shoulders to droop (round shoulders) and gravity will just pull you forwards, plus the backache will begin with a tense neck. For youngsters, 10-15 minutes of practicing every day will show great improvement overall.

Hand Position
Hold your fingers in a nice curved shape. Imagine you are holding a ball in each hand. That is the way the fingers should be curved when playing the piano. Your wrist should be level with your arms. Keep them level as if you’ve placed a rectangular pencil eraser upon your wrists while moving your piano fingers.

Finger Numbers
Left Hand:
5=Pinky, 4, 3, 2, 1=Thumb
Right Hand:
1=Thumb, 2, 3, 4, 5=Pinky

Have someone trace your piano hands and then number your fingers accordingly. Date it when you first begin piano lessons. It will make a wonderful keepsake.

The Piano Keyboard

The keyboard has white and black keys. The black keys are in sets of 2’s and 3’s. When you play down to the left on the keyboard the sounds are lower, bass tones. When you play up to the right on the keyboard the sounds are higher, treble tones.

On the keyboard, the high keys are usually played with the Right Hand. The low keys are usually played with the Left Hand.

Make up some pieces using sets of black keys. Perhaps you could make up a song using the sets of 2 black keys. Then add the set of 3 black keys. If you play all 5 black keys in the high end of the piano, you will hear tones that sound like a lovely Asian piece or flowing, running water. I hope these first steps have been fun and easy for you.

All the best,
~ LadyD

Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."
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Taylor Swift Free Sheet Music and Chord Chart

"White Horse" is the title of a song written by Liz Rose and co-written and recorded by Americancountry singer Taylor Swift. It is the second official single released from her album Fearless. It is the seventh official single release of her career. This song is featured in the fifth season premiere of Grey's Anatomy, "Dream a Little Dream of Me".[1] "White Horse" became the first video ever to debut at #1 on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown. The song won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_%28song%29 
A popular song requested this week by some of my piano students... White Horse by Taylor Swift. Are you familiar with the song White Horse? It seems to be popular with piano and guitar students... fairly easy to play.

Chords to White Horse by Taylor Swift
C F Am F x2 or C F9 Am7 F9 C F9 Am7 G

C
 Say you're sorry 
       F9
 That face of an angel
       Am                          F9 
 Comes out just when you need it to 
C                     F9
 As I paced back and forth all this time 
           Am                 F9
 'Cause I honestly believed in you 
 Am
 Holding on 
      F
 The days drag on 
         Gsus4 
Stupid girl, 
                                    G* 
I should have known, I should have known 

 
                 C                        Am
That I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale 
            F
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet
 G
Lead her up the stairwell 
           C                     Am
This ain't Hollywood, this is a small town
          F                         G
I was a dreamer before you went and let me down 
         Am            G/B
Now it's too late for you 
           F                    C (C)
And your white horse, to come around 


C
 Maybe I was naive,
F
 Got lost in your eyes 
     Am                       F
 And never really had a chance 
C                    F     
 My mistake I didn't know to be in love 
            Am                          F
 You had to fight to have the upper hand 
       Am
 I had so many dreams 
       F
 About you and me 
       G
 Happy endings, now I know 

 
                 C                        Am
That I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale 
            F
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet
 G
Lead her up the stairwell 
           C                     Am
This ain't Hollywood, this is a small town
          F                         G
I was a dreamer before you went and let me down 
         Am            G/B
Now it's too late for you 
           F                    C    Am F G
And your white horse, to come around 


Am             G          F
 And there you are on your knees
C               G        F
 Begging for forgiveness, begging for me 
C            G            F           Bb
 Just like I always wanted but I'm so sorry 


                      C                        Am
'Cause I'm not your princess, this ain't a fairytale 
           F                             G
I'm gonna find someone someday who might actually treat me well 
          C                       Am
This is a big world, that was a small town 
            F                    G
There in my rearview mirror disappearing now 
         Am           G/B              F
And it's too late for you and your white horse 
         Am           G/B              F                     C   
Now it's too late for you and your white horse, to catch me now 


F9      Am
 Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa 
F9                 C
 Try and catch me now 
  F Am7
 Oh, it's too late 
F9            C
 To catch me now 
http://www.e-chords.com/chords/taylor-swift/white-horse
 
SarEliz0131 Singing White Horse by Taylor Swift 
 Here is the chord breakdown for White Horse by Taylor Swift:
G/B = BDG
Am7 = ACEG
Bb = BbDF
F9 = FGAC
C = CEG
G = GBD
F = FAC

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The song is a mid-tempo ballad backed mostly by piano. It is written in the key of C Major and in 4/4 time. Its female narrator tells of being rejected in a relationship. She uses fairy tale imagery to describe this, especially in the metaphor of her ex-boyfriend being a prince on a white horse, and by saying "I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairy tale" after realizing that the relationship was not what she had expected. "In the song "White Horse", you put everything you have into love and you get your heart broken," Swift tells The Boot. "More people have been able to relate to those songs; the ones that I wrote when I was really going through something terrible."[3]
Swift also says, "To me, “White Horse” is about what, in my opinion, is the most heart-breaking part of a break-up – that moment when you realize that all the dreams you had, all those visions you had of being with this person, all that disappears. Everything after that moment is moving on.. But that initial moment of “Wow, it’s over” is what I wrote “White Horse” about."

According to Country Weekly magazine, Swift says she wrote the song within weeks of writing "Love Story".[4] Swift said the guy from the previous song "reminded [her] a lot of fairy tales and Prince Charming." After she wrote part of the first verse, she placed a call to her friend, co-writer Liz Rose, to help her write the song.[4] Swift and Rose had finished "White Horse" within 45 minutes.[4]

White Horse by Taylor Swift in the Key of G

G C Em C

G
say you're sorry 
       C
that face of an angel
      Em                         C 
comes out just when you need it to 
G                             C
as I paced back and forth all this time 
         Em                   C
'cause I honestly believed in you 
Em
holding on 
    C
the days drag on 
       D
stupid girl, 
                                    
I should have known, I should have known 

 
          G                      Em
I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale 
            C
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet, 
 D
lead her up the stairwell 
           G                    Em
this ain't Hollywood, this is a small town, 
        C                            D
I was a dreamer before you went and let me down 
         Em          Gmaj7
now it's too late for you 
         C                       G
and your white horse, to come around 


G
maybe I was naive, 
C
got lost in your eyes 
    Em                     C
and never really had a chance 
G                          C     
my mistake I didn't know to be in love 
           Em                     C
you had to fight to have the upper hand 
      Em
I had so many dreams 
     C
about you and me 
      D
happy endings, now I know 

 
           G                     Em
I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale 
            C
I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet, 
 D
lead her up the stairwell 
           G                    Em
this ain't Hollywood, this is a small town, 
        C                              D
I was a dreamer before you went and let me down 
         Em          Gmaj7
now it's too late for you 
         C                         G
and your white horse, to come around 


G Em C D

Em            Gmaj7       C
and there you are on your knees, 
G               D        C
begging for forgiveness, begging for me 
G            D            C          Fmaj7
just like I always wanted but I'm so sorry 


'cause I'm not your princess, this ain't a fairytale 
          C
I'm gonna find someone someday who might 
 D
actually treat me well
         G                      Em
this is a big world, that was a small town
            C                      D
there in my rearview mirror disappearing now
         Em           Gmaj7
and it's too late for you 
         C                            
and your white horse, 
        Em          Gmaj7        C                         G   
now its too late for you and your white horse, to catch me now 
http://www.guitaretab.com/t/taylor-swift/176323.html

Intro:
G C9 Em7 C9
Verse:
G C9 Em7 C9
Pre:
Em7 C9 D
Chorus:
G Em7 C9 D (2x)
Em7 D/F#m C9
Bridge:
Em7 D/F#m C9 (2x)
G D/F#m C F
Free Piano Sheet Music Download:
http://modernpianomusic.com/free-sheet-music-for-white-horse-by-taylor-swift/
Taylor Swift - Fearless (CD & DVD)
 All the best,
~ LadyD
Charlie Parker once said "Learn the changes and then forget them."
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Music and Sounds of The 50's Progression

Endless of songs are based on the I - vi - IV - V - I progression. If we use The Beatles as a starting point, it is said that the main influence as far as this progression is concerned, was Please Mister Postman, originally recorded by The Marvelettes.
Look at the I-vi-IV-V progression for more examples.
We start a closer look at the progression in the key of C. In C the chords areC - Am - F - G7 - C.
In the key of G, the chords are G-Em-C-D7
Another common way of extending the I - IV - V sequence is by adding the chord of the sixth scale degree, giving the sequence I - vi - IV - V or I - vi - ii - V, sometimes called the 50s progression.
 In fact this sequence had been in use from the earliest days of classical music (used often by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), but after generating popular hits such as Rogers and Hart's "Blue Moon" (1934), Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' 1936 "The Way You Look Tonight" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Heart and Soul" (1938), it became associated with the black American vocal groups of the 1940s, The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers ("Till Then"), and thus later became the entire basis of the 1950s doo-wop genre, a typical example being The Monotones' "The Book of Love".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_progression#50s_progression
 1. Bill Hailey and The Comets (Rock around the Clock)
Verse 1:
         A
Put your glad rags on, join me, hon'
We'll have some fun when the clock strikes 1

CHORUS:
            D
We're gonna rock around the clock tonight
            A
We're gonna rock, rock, rock till broad daylight
            E7                                  A
We're gonna rock, gonna rock around the clock tonight
2. The Monotones (Book of Love)
INTRO: 
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                          F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

#1.
F                 Dm
Tell me, tell me, tell me,
    Gm7                   C7
Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love?
     F               Dm
I've got to know the answer,
       Gm7           C7
Was it someone from above?
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                         F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

#2.
            Dm       Gm7              C7
I love you, Darlin', Baby, you know I do.
         F               Dm
But I've got to see this Book of Love,
Gm7               C7
Find out why it's true.
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                          F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

CHORUS:
Bb                               F
Chapter One says to love her, to love her 

with all your heart.
Bb                               C7
Chapter Two you tell her, you're never, 

never, never, never, ever gonna part.
   F               Dm          Gm7        C7
In Chapter Three remember, the meaning of romance.
   F                Dm                Gm7
In Chapter Four you break up, but you give her 
              C7
just one more chance.
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                          F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

#3.
            Dm      Gm7              C7
Baby, baby, baby, I love you, yes, I do.
         F               Dm
Well, it says so in this Book Of Love,
Gm7                    C7
ours is the one that's true.
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                          F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

CHORUS:
ADD:
F
I wonder, wonder, who, doo-doo-doo-doo..
Bb                          F
who? Who wrote the Book Of Love?

REPEAT#3.

A fifties smash from Kraziekhat.

3. PLEASE MR. POSTMAN by The Marvelettes

from 'Please Mr. Postman' (1961)

Intro:

D
 (Wait!) Oh yeah, wait a minute Mr. Postman,
Bm
(Wait!) Wa...it Mr. Postman.

Chorus 1:

D
 Mr. Postman, look and see,
Bm
 Is there a letter in your bag for me?
(Please, please, Mr. Postman),
G
 I've been waiting such a long time,
A
 Since I heard from this boyfriend of mine.

Verse 1:

D
 There must be some word today,
Bm
 From my boyfriend so far away.
G
 Please Mr. Postman, look and see,
A
 If there's a letter, a letter for me.

Verse 2:

D
 I've been standing here waiting Mr. Postman,
Bm
 So... so patiently.
G
 For just a card, or just a letter,
A
 Saying he's returning home to me.

Chorus 2:

D
 Mr. Postman, look and see,
Bm
 Is there a letter in your bag for me?
(Please, please, Mr. Postman),
G
 I've been waiting such a long time,
A
 Since I heard from this boyfriend of mine.

Verse 3:

D
 So many days, you pass me by,
Bm
 You saw the tear standing in my eye.
G
 You wouldn't stop to make me feel better,
A
 By leaving me a card or a letter.

Chorus 3:

D
 Mr. Postman, look and see,
Bm
 Is there a letter in your bag for me?
(Please, please, Mr. Postman),
G
 I've been waiting such a long time,
A
 Since I heard from this boyfriend of mine.

Coda:

           D
You better wait a minute, wait a minute (oh yeah),
Bm
 Wait a minute, wait a minute.
           G
Please Mr. Postman. (Wait a minute, Mr. Postman),
       A (n.c)
Please check and see, one more time for me.
(You gotta):

           D
You better wait a minute, wait a minute (oh yeah),
Bm
 Wait a minute, wait a minute, (oh yeah).
           G
Please Mr. Postman. (Wait a minute, Mr. Postman),
   A (n.c)
De-liver de letter, the sooner de better.

           D
You better wait a minute, wait a minute (oh yeah),
Bm
 Wait a minute, wait a minute, (oh yeah).
Anyways dear readers, I wrote this little blurb thinking back to the good old days of the 50's progressions and what great times I had back then. I  just wanted to share it with you. Do hope you'll drop by and let me know what your favorite sounds of the 50s were.

Music, Cars and Drive-In Restaurants



In the mid 1950’s I was listening to music performers such as Chuck Berry, the Del Vikings and the Shirelles. I was glued to our black and white television watching American Bandstand with Dick Clark and memorizing every dance move that was popular on the East Coast.








Jerry Lee Lewis was huge back then and I remembered how much I enjoyed Great Balls of Fire and wanted to play that song. Eventually I learned it and showed others how to play that rocking song on the piano. You could show off your piano playing style standing up and adding those slippery, impressive glissandos. You know playing all those notes in a downhill or uphill spiral with a touch of your finger.
     In the 50’s my folks played Bing Crosby’s song called White Christmas over and over on vinyl records. To this day, I still have quite a huge selection of records from the swing era and rock and roll days. I enjoy playing disc jockey during our family gathering times. It’s loads of fun. 


One of my fondest memories as a child was my Dad taking me to the walk in theater to see Bill Hailey and His Comets play Rock Around The Clock. They became hugely successful when they started to combine R&B with country music. This was the beginning of rock and roll! I was so excited that evening that I felt as if I was walking on marshmallows and that rock and roll was here to stay.
The theater was alive with screaming teenagers. Funny thing is that my dad wasn't too crazy about it though. 

Elvis was definitely King back then and was probably the most successful rock and roll star of the 1950s with Blue Suede Shoes. Definitely a new style of music was exploding throughout the United States setting off a popular craze and I was definitely being caught up with it. 




Another popular item that intrigued me besides music was the Drive In Restaurants. In my small hometown we had a local drive in restaurant called Vaqueros on the main strip.
Gas was so inexpensive around 1955 that I remember we would get in my boyfriends turquoise Thunderbird and cruise the main street on a warm summer’s evening. We were styling back then.
You could see rows of all kinds of cars from hot rods, low riders to Corvettes, especially convertibles everywhere. 

We would roll our window down at the drive in restaurant and a carhop gal would come out with this metal tray that would connect to the window and car door.
She’d be bringing our order of food that was always a burger with some fries and a milkshake or soda!
There were no seat belts back then, just bench seats so we could cuddle away. And gas was around 25 cents a gallon so every Friday and Saturday night we enjoyed hot summer nights at our local drive in restaurant. 

Those were the good old days of music, cars and drive-in restaurants. Thanks for taking a stroll down memory lane with me.




All the best,
~ LadyD


Related Posts:


Bebop Scales http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2009/08/improvised-solos.html
Sounds of the '50s http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2009/10/sounds-of-50s.html


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