Video Thursday: Amazing Love

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I enjoy reading all your emails and sadly, I cannot respond to each and everyone. Lately, the number one question I am asked, "How do I read a chord chart or lead sheet?" I need to share with you in up-coming posts about this, since that's my experience having been a church musician. You see, we are not given sheet music, with all the notes on it, but usually a one page chord chart. This is where those slash chords come in. Knowing your chord vocabulary is essential in becoming a better piano player and church musician's will echo, that it's knowing chord progressions in every key that builds those praise and worship songs.



Amazing Love is an easy song that I learned a long time ago.  Not to be confused with Chris Tomlin's Amazing Love (You Are My King). I learned to play this song in the Key of C on the video and then tried to play it in all the keys.

The song is written by Graham Kendrick.

"Graham Kendrick (born on 2 August 1950, Blisworth, Northamptonshire) is a prolific British Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader. He is the son of a Baptist pastor. He now lives in Croydon and is a former member of Ichthus Christian Fellowship. Together with Roger Forster, Gerald Coates and Lynne Green, he was a founder of March for Jesus." For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Kendrick

Here are the music chords that I am playing in the above video:

Key: C (intro vamp Gm7 to C 4 x's)

VERSE 1:
    C        Dm7     
My Lord what love is this
    G           F     C    
That pays   so dear - ly
            Dm          F   G  C
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Gm7                  C
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    Gm7                  C
The Son of God given for me
   Gm7                  C
My debt He pays and my death He dies
    Gm7        C
That I   might live, 
 Gm7            C
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
    C        Dm7
And so they watched Him die
   G       F    C
Despised, rejected 
            Dm7           F      G   C
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3:
 
      Am       Dm7
 And now this love of Christ 
 G               F  C
Shall flow like rivers 
 C               Dm7       F    G   C
Come wash your guilt away, live again!


1989 Make Way Music (ASCAP)
 
Key: D

VERSE 1:
    D        D/E     Em7
My Lord what love is this
     Asus A    Dsus   D        
That pays   so dear - ly
A/D  D      D/E    Em7  G   A  D
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Am7          Am/G   D
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    F          F/G       A
The Son of God given for me
   Am7          Am/G   D
My debt He pays and my death He dies
     Am7 Cmj7  D
That I   might live, 
      Am7 G/B   D    Am7/D
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
And so they watched Him die
Despised, rejected
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3:
And now this love of Christ
Shall flow like rivers
Come wash your guilt away, live again!

Key of A



VERSE 1:
    A        Bm7     
My Lord what love is this
     E       D        A    
That pays   so dear - ly
            Bm           D  E   A
That I, the guilty one  may go free!

CHORUS:
  Em7                A
A-mazing love, O what sacrifice
    Em7                 A
The Son of God given for me
   Em7                  A
My debt He pays and my death He dies
     Em7        A
That I   might live, 
      Em7        A
That  I   might live.

VERSE 2:
 
     A      Bm7
And so they watched Him die 
    E      D   A
Despised, rejected 
            Bm7            D
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me.

VERSE 3: 
 
     F#m      Bm7
And now this love of Christ 
E               D   A 
Shall flow like rivers 
A               Bm7        D    E A 
Come wash your guilt away, live again!

The rhythm you hear in the background is not coming from my keyboard, 
but rather software installed in my lap top.


Back Pocket is about:

1. Turning your computer into a complete practicing machine?

2. Pulling a real-sounding band out of your "back pocket?"

3. It gives you access to over 350 real-sounding backing tracks.

4. Practice and live performance files are played in all 12 keys. 

5. You can choose between multiple speeds: slow, medium, and fast. 

6. 3 different sections, 9 styles of music, & drums-only option. 

7. Instant streaming playback and automatic downloading to your system for burning to cd, transfer to ipod, and editing. 
 
Here's where you can see a demonstration of Back Pocket Band Video and place your order here. The software I'm using that is available, I believe is selling for $37.00 at HearandPlay.


Warmly






"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Friday Freebie: Learn to Play Melody

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" melody...
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" melody doubled at seconds: neither consonant nor equivalent. About this sound Play ( help · info ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across this wonderful article and wanted to share it with you, http://pianolessonsworld.com
I'll add my own take on this, too.

The fundamentals aspects of learning music- Ears, and melody.

1) Think of a tune you already know. The simpler the better (at least at first). Recommended tunes: Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a little lamb, Happy Birthday, God Save the Queen, Row Row Row Your Boat, etc.

2) Sing it.
Don’t be shy. Part of your ultimate goal is that you will be able to play music that’s in your head without hesitation as well as playing music that you hear around you with the same ease. So step one is taking music in your head and learning it on piano. Now the big difference between singing a tune, and playing it on piano, is that you have probably been singing since you were a toddler. If you can’t sing it, you probably aren’t hearing it, so don’t be shy.

Find the first note that you sang on the piano. Now notice that each note is repeated about 6-8 times on the piano (I’ve never actually counted). Find the one that matched the register of your voice. If you are having trouble finding it, don’t worry. Just try to keep that note in your head by singing it over and over again (like when you are trying to remember a phone number). Start with a random key and listen to the note it produces. If you can tell how far away you are, follow you gut, but if you can’t, just try every note.

Now that you’ve found your first note, remember which note it is. Sing the first couple words of the tune (Mary Had-end). Now you are going to find the second note. using a similar process, except that you have a reference point which makes it easier. Sing it and ask yourself: “Is it higher or lower?” “is it right next to the last note (part of a scale), or does it jump over a few notes?” “is it the same note or have you heard it already in the song”.

Repeat these steps until you have enough of a piece of the tune to practice. All you really need is a minimum of 3 notes to practice. Repeat this part you have learned until you can play it comfortably with your eyes closed (literally).
Continue this process through the whole tune breaking it into smaller pieces for ease of learning.

Once you can play the whole tune you can try some different things.

1) learn it completely in your other hand. Stopping to work out fingering issues as they arise.
2) learn it with both hands playing it at the same time separated by two octaves
3) Pick another note to start on and learn the tune again on this note.

Do this for many tunes. In fact this is an exercise that you can stick with for most of your life, as you will always need to learn more melodies. As you become more experienced at this, see if you can play a melody perfectly on your first try, but still practice it.

***************

I love this article and refer to it often with my piano students. In fact beginners learn at an early age where C position is on the piano, with thumb on C (r.h.) and pinky on C (l.h.) From there, we build on the melody line in the right hand, like "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven and add chords in the l.h. You'll find that with this particular song, you can play the melody line with the l.h. bass notes, too.

I use simple nursery rhymes to teach my grandkids the notes of the scale and how these easy tunes contain 3 white keys... C, D, E and sometimes F so they can practice these repeated notes while singing the song that they are familiar with. Perhaps you have gone to a piano and tried to pull out the melody line, whether it's "Heart and Soul" or "Happy Birthday."

Remember that the note you start on and end with determines the key you play in. This is a very important point to know. With the 300 page course theory book, I find it's a great learning resource for intermediate players. If you are just getting started with the piano, you might want to look for additional work books as well.





4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano
1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies
2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies
3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords
4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques
I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course), I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). He has taught literally thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll definitely benefit from his 300-pg course. Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.

I missed video Thursday yesterday, after spending some wonderful moments with my granddaughter.
Of course, I was giving her a piano lesson. Here's a video from Hear and Play that I found helpful.




















You'll also want to stop by a very nice site and pick up some free music with easy, recognizable melody lines at http://www.gmajormusictheory.org

Warmly,




"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Book Review: The Pop Piano Book



The Pop Piano Book: A complete Method For Playing Piano 
and Keyboards In Contemporary styles by Mark Harrison.

If you are interested in popular styles, as a beginner you won't be scared off by the book because it is lots of fun to learn new things. You'll play better in the end. I'm very impressed with the material in this book.

This 498 page book will teach you licks and patterns.
The Pop Piano Book
 
Let me ask you a few questions:

1. Have you ever bought sheet music for a pop tune, only to be disappointed because you don't know how to fix it to make it snazzy? 

2. Have you ever used a Fake Book or lead sheet but not sure how to interpret the chord symbols? Perhaps you need help with voicings.

Well, the first part of the book provides basic building blocks that are necessary to play contemporary style. The second part gives you specific methods to make your own style of accompaniment patterns.

Mark Harrison is a keyboardist and you can get more information from his website, www.harrisonmusic.com

Here's a breakdown of the book.

The first ten chapters reviews:

a. Scales and chords
b. Triad inversions and voiceleading
c. Chord shapes using fourth intervals

The next eight chapters covers:

Ballad, Rock, RnB Funk, Country and Gospel.

In the back you'll find:

* Glossary terms
* Scale fingering guide for major and pentatonic scales.

Here's a simple Pop Ballad example:

Start off with a simple arpeggiated right hand against simple left hand, playing the chords using half notes on each chord change.

C/EGC to G/DGB, then F/FAC to C/CEG

C/EG to G/DG, then F/FA to C/EG,  G/CF (F/G)

CC/DEG to G/BD , F/FA to C/EGC, B/GBD (G/B)

A/EGCE (Am7)
G/DABD (G)
F/CFAC
C/DEG
E/CEGC (C/E)
F/CC
G/BDGB
F/FAC
C/EGC
AE/CEA (Am7)
GD/BDG
FC/ACF
CG/GCE
EC/EGC (C/E)
FC/FAC (F)
GD/DGB
F/FA
C/EGC

 HearandPlay offers a great music theory book for learning progressions in playing by ear, The 300 page course book.

Hope you're making practice time a habit! Do you have a favorite book on keyboard instruction?

Until next time,






"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Friday Freebie: Music Fonts

I am always looking for free graphics or fonts for my kindergarten and piano student monthly newsletters. While browsing online, I cam across some of these cool features. Perhaps you can find a use for them in your music studies.


 LD Music Font (Free Download)




The delightful LD font features some musical-symbol-likeness, as you can see from the above example.  You could use this font for your studio newsletters and recital programs or business cards.

101 Baby Grand Font (Free Download)


 You will find that the Letters are all uppercase and the Numbers are included, too.

 All That Jazz



This is a cute piano keys font!  You'll find that there is no lowercase letters in this font but all uppercase letters.

Onpu 

 


There are uppercase and lowercase letters in this font, plus some punctuation marks.


 Tonedeaf-bb



A free font of music notes and symbols.  There are no actual letters or numbers in this font.




dtnoted








All letters in this font are uppercase, and there are no punctuation marks.

musical_symbols 


These fonts are for Pcs but I think all the other fonts are for both Mac and PC. If you know of some other cool sites, please let me know.  Happy Friday!






"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Video Thursday: It Don't Mean A Thing



 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Words & Music by Duke Ellington, 1932
Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, 1966


I absolutely love music from the swing era. You might be interested in an article 
by Lee Evans that I shared with readers on my other blog. I've been asked to do a 
tutorial on this song and even though I've slowed the speed down in my video, 
I'll post another video showing all these fancy chords at a later date. For now, 
here are the chord progressions to this lively song.
 

You'll find an easy version to the song here. I've posted the chord chart below.

Em           D        C           C7   B7
What good is melody, what good is mu - sic

Em           D         C           C7   B7
If it ain't possessin' something sweet?

Em           D       C            C7   B7
It ain't the melody, it ain't the mu - sic --

        Em                   D        C        C7   B7
There's something else that makes the tune complete.


   Em            B+          Em7            Em6
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

A7               D7               G6               C7  B7
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.

   Em            B+            Em7          Em6
It don't mean a thing, all you got to do is sing --

A7               D7               G6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.


Dm7          G7                CM7/6             CM7
It makes no diff'rence if that rhythm's sweet or hot,

Em7            A7     D7             C7   B7
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got.


   Em            B+   Cdim   Em7   Cdim      Em6
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

A7               D7               G6               Gdim
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat,

A7               Cdim                  G6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-waaaa.
 
+++++++++++++++++
 
Now, in the Hal Leonard Jazz Book that I recommended yesterday, 
here are the piano chords. 


Gm    Gm/F   Eb7  D7  Gm  Gm/F    Em7b5 Eb7
What good is melody, what good is mu - sic

Gm    Gm/F   Em7b5      Eb7   D7#5  Gm
If it ain't possessin' something sweet?

Gm/F         Eb7 D7  Gm Gm/F      Em7b5 Eb7
It ain't the melody, it ain't the mu - sic --

Gm      Gm/F      Em7b5     Eb7       A7/E Eb7  D7
There's something else that makes the tune complete.


   Gm                  Gm/F  Eb7    D7      Gm
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

C7/G               Gb7b5           Cm7/F        Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.

D7#5  Gm  Gm/F  Em7b5   Eb7    D7#5   Db7   C7
It don't mean a thing, all you got to do is sing --

C7/G             Gb7b5              Cm7/F                      Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat.


F#dim7   Bb7                                     Eb
It makes no diff'rence if that rhythm's sweet or hot,

F#dim7 C7      F#dim7  C7             F7   G7
Just give that rhythm ev'rything you got.


D7#5 Gm              Gm/F   Eb7    D7        Gm
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing --

C7/G             Gb7b5               Cm7/F6                Bb6 D7#5
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat,

C7/G               Gb7b5                Bb6
Doo-wat doo-wat, doo-wat doo-wat, doo-waaaa.


If you love jazz and have always wanted to learn this style of playing, 
you may be interested in Jazz101 and Jazz201

Warmly,
  




"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King

Tuesday Review: The Best Jazz Standards Ever



The Best Jazz Standards Ever

One of the books in my music library that I use quite often is the 2nd edition of The best Jazz Standards Ever. Produced by Hal Leonard, it is for piano, vocal and guitar.You will find 77 of the Best Jazz Hits including All the things You Are, Bewitched, Call Me Irresponsible, Georgia on My Mind, Misty, The Nearness of You, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado), The Very thought of You, When Sunny Gets Blue and more.

Here is a list of some of the songs with their key signatures:

1. All Of Me - C
2. All The Things You Are - G
3. April In Paris - C
4. Autumn In New York - F
5. Bewitched from Pal Joey - C
6. Bluesette - G
7. Body And Soul - Db
8. But Beautiful - G
9. Caravan - Ab
10. Call Me Irresponsible - F
11. Dancing On The Ceiling from Simple Simon- F
12. Day By Day - G
13. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - G
14. Falling In Love With Love from The Boys From Syracuse - Bb
15. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - C
16. A Fine Romance from Swing Time - C
17. Georgia On My Mind - F
18. God Bless' The Child from Lady Sings The Blues - Ab
19. Have You Met Miss Jones? from I'd Rather Be Right - F
20. Hello, Young Lovers from The King And I - C
21. Here's That Rainy Day - G
22. I Get Along Without You very Well (Except Sometimes) - Bb
23. I Can't Get Started With You from Ziegfeld Follies - C
24. I Could Write A Book from Pal Joey - C
25. I Didn't Know What Time It Was from Too Many Girls - G
26. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - G
27. I Hear Music from Dancing On A Dime - F
28. I'll Never Smile Again - Eb
29. I'm Beginning To See The Light - G
30. I'll Remember April - G
31. I've Got You Under My Skin from Born To Dance - Eb
32. In A Sentimental Mood - F
33. If I Should Lose You from Rose Of The Rancho - C
34. Imagination - Eb
35. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - C
36. Isn't It Romantic? from Love Me Tonight - Eb
37. It Could Happen To You from And The Angels Sing - Ab
38. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) from Sophisticated Ladies - Bb
39. It Might As Well Be Spring from State Fair - G
40. June In January from Here Is My Heart - Eb
41. Lover from Love Me Tonight - D
42. Like Someone In Love - C
43. Love Is The Sweetest Thing - D
44. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) - F
45. Misty - Eb
46. Mona Lisa from Captain Carey, U.S.A. -

The compilation of songs in this book are for intermediate players. There are so many songs that I do know and a few that I'm not familiar with. If you read sheet music, then this is the book for you. You will learn lots of jazz chords with their cool sounds.

About the Author

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

Now, HearandPlay is having a sale on the 300 page course book, 'The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear,'  for $25 off and free shipping. Not only that, but they're throwing in one of their seven Musician
Breakthrough 2-hour programs (worth $49.00) at no extra cost.

Easy-to-understand information that will show you...


* How to improvise while playing your favorite songs

* How to play several hymns in all 12 major keys!

* The relationship between chords and scales

* The basic principles of sight reading (bonus material )

* How to recognize various chords in several chord 
  progressions

* How to alter and invert chords to make them sound full

* Several Progressions such as '2-5-1' and the '1-4
  turn-around' (you'll see these chord changes everywhere!)

* How to substitute common progressions in the place of 
  'dull' chords

* How to recognize erroneous chords in a progression

* The difference between: triads, seventh, ninth, eleventh,
  and thirteenth chords

* Several chord patterns which can be used in most Gospel,
  Blues & Contemporary Jazz Music (they all share the same
  chords ... believe me!)

* How to find the key center of any song or progression (in
  other words, what key a song or progression is being played
  in).
 


... and these are just a few of the concepts and principles
you'll discover in the course -- not to mention over 6 bonuses

You can see the resource, here.


Best Wishes,





"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Whitney Houston: I Look To You

Cover of "I Look to You"
Cover of I Look to You

  Look to You is the seventh and final studio album by American recording artist Whitney Houston. It was first released on August 28, 2009 through Sony Music in Europe, then August 31, 2009 with Arista Records in the United States before being released by RCA Records in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2009. The album was Houston's first studio album since One Wish: The Holiday Album (2003), and the follow-up to 2002's Just Whitney. It is also the singer's last album released during her lifetime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Look_to_You
  I Look To You Chords
 
C              G
As I lay me down
Am              Em
Heaven hear me now
Dm                  F
I'm lost without a cause
Dm                  G
After giving it my all

C                    G
Winter storms has come
Am              Em 
                  



        F                Em
After all my strength is gone
F                  G
In you I can move on

           C     G
I look to you
           Am   Dm
I look to you

          F           Em
And when melodies are gone
   Dm           G
In you I hear a song
           C
I look to you
http://www.yourchords.com/174126/Whitney-Houston/I-Look-To-You-Chords/ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have an arrangement that I play in the Key of E.
 
Stanza:
 
E   E/D#   C#m   E/G#   F#m   E/G#
 
A   B   E   E/D#   C#m   E/G#   F#m   E/G  A  B
 
Chorus:
 
E   B/D#   C#m   E/G#
 
F#m   E/G#   A   B   E   B/D#
 
C#m   E/G#   F#m   E/G#   A   B
 
Bridge:
 
C#m   C#m/B   A   C#m   C#m/B
 
A   F#m   E/G#
 
A   B   E. 
 

I Look to You

Here is some theory to better understand the Key of E.
 
E major scale notes: E F# G# A B C# D# 

  • Major key chord sequence: Maj min min Maj Maj min dim
I ii iii IV V vi vii
Emaj F#min G#min Amaj Bmaj C#min D#dim
Emaj7 F#min7 G#min7 Amaj7 B7 C#min7 D#m7b5
Common chord progressions in E major
I - IV - V E - A - B
I - vi - IV - V E - C#m - A - B
II - V - I F#m7 - B7 - Emaj7
 http://www.guitar-chords.org.uk/chords-key-e.html
 
E Chord Name Symbols Chords Notes*
E Major (implied if without notation)
EM or Emaj or E
E
G#
B




E Minor
Em
E
G
B




E Augmented
Eaug or E+
E
G#
C




E Diminished
Edim or Eo
E
G
A#




E Dominant 7th
E7
E
G#
B
D



E Major 7th
EM7 or Emaj7
E
G#
B
D#



E Minor 7th
Em7
E
G
B
D



E Dominant 7b5
E7b5
E
G#
A#
D



E Augmented Dominant 7th or E Dominant Seventh Sharp 5
E7#5
E
G#
C
D



E Minor/ Major Seventh
Em/M7 or Em/maj7
E
G
B
D#



E Diminished Minor Seventh or E Minor Seventh Flat Five or E Half-Diminished Seventh
Em7b5
E
G
A#
D



E Diminished 7th
Edim7
E
G
A#
C#



E Suspended or E Suspended 4th
Esus or Esus4
E
G#
A
B



E Minor Suspended or E Minor Suspended 4th
Emsus or Emsus4
E
G
A
B



E Major 6th
E6 or EM6
E
G#
B
C#



E Minor 6th
Em6
E
G
B
C#



E Six/Nine or E Sixth Add Ninth
E6/9 or E6add9
E
G#
B
C#
F#


E Minor Six/Nine or E Minor Sixth Add Ninth
Em6/9 or Em6add9
E
G
B
C#
F#


E Add Nine
Eadd9
E
G#
B
F#



E Minor Add Nine
Emadd9
E
G
B
F#



E Major Ninth
EM9 or Emaj9
E
G#
B
D#
F#


E Minor Ninth
Em9
E
G
B
D
F#


E Dominant Ninth
E9
E
G#
B
D
F#


E Dominant Sharp Nine
E7#9
E
G#
B
D
G


E Dominant Flat Nine
E7b9
E
G#
B
D
F


E Minor Eleventh
Em11
E
G
B
D
F#
A

E Dominant Eleventh
E11
E
G#
B
D
F#
A

E Dominant Sharp Eleventh
E7#11
E
G#
B
D
F#
A#

E Major Sharp Eleven or E Major Seventh Sharp Eleventh
Emaj#11 or Emaj7#11
E
G#
B
D#
F#
A#

E Major Thirteenth
Emaj13
E
G#
B
D#
F#
A
C#
E Minor Thirteenth
Em13
E
G
B
D
F#
A
C#
E Dominant Thirteenth
E13
E
G#
B
D
F#
A
C#
http://www.piano-lessons-central.com/e-chord.html 
 
To better understand the formation of chords, the name of 
chord types and progressions, a great resource to look at 
is Audio Chords.

 






"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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Whitney Houston: Didn't We Almost Have It All



In 1967 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" was written by Michael Masser and Will Jennings.

Didn't We Almost Have It All Lyrics

Remember when we held on in the rain
The nights we almost lost it
Once again we can take the night into tomorrow
Living on feelings
Touching you I feel it all again

Chorus:
Didn't we almost have it all
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you makes life worth living
Didn't we almost have it all
The nights we held on till the morning
You know you'll never love that way again
Didn't we almost have it all

The way you used to touch me felt so fine
We kept our hearts together down the line
A moment in the soul can last forever
Comfort and keep us
Help me bring the feeling back again

(Chorus)

Bridge
Didn't we have the best of times
when love was young and new
couldn't we reach inside and find
the love of me and you
we'll never lose it again
cause once you know what love is you'll never let it end

Chorus:
Didn't we almost have it all
The night we held on till the morning
You know you'll never love that way again
Didn't we almost have it all
Didn't we almost have it all
(End)

http://www.music-lyrics-chord.com
 

Here's the music chord chart:


[Intro]

   Bb    Bbmaj7  Eb    Dm7   Gm7    Cm7 Dm7 Eb       Bb
         sus4/Eb
|  /  /  /       /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse One]

Bb               C#maj7/Ab      G7
Remember when we held on in the rain
                     Cm      G/B
The night we almost lost it
     Cm    F               Bb    Bb/A Gm  Ebmaj7  Bbmaj7sus4/Eb    
Once again we can take the night in---to tomorrow   /    /
          Dm7      Gm7
Living on feelings
Cm7             Fsus4  F      Bb    C/D  D
Touching you I feel it all again     /   /

[Chorus]

G         Gmaj7sus4/C  C        Bm7  Em7              
Didn't we almost       have it all    /  /
Am7            Dsus4 D         G       C/D  D
When love was all we had worth giving?  /   /
G             Gmaj7sus4/C  C         Bm7       Em7
The ride with you was      worth the fall my friend
Am7     Dsus4    D          G      Eb/F  F (Key change)
Loving you makes life worth living   /   /
Bb         Bbmaj7sus4/Eb  Eb       Dm7  Gm7
Didn't we almost          have it all /  /  /
Cm7           Fsus4  F          Bb    Eb/F  F
The night we held on till the morning  /    /
Bb               Bbmaj7sus4/Eb  Eb        Dm7   Gm7
You know you'll never           love that way again
Cm7       Fsus4  F         Bb  Eb/F Ebsus2/F
Didn't we almost have it all     /    /

[Verse Two] - Use previous Verse chords

The way you used to touch me felt so fine
We kept our hearts together down the line
A moment in the soul can last forever
Comfort and keep us
Help me bring the feeling back again


[Chorus] -Use same progression as previous Chorus
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com 


 So, here's what I'm playing:

Fm/Ab = Ab/CF

G7sus = G/GCD

G/B = B/GDG

Cm = C/GEb

F = F/AF

Bb = Bb/FBbD

Bb/A = A/FBbDF

Gm = G/ BbDGBb

Ebmaj7 = Eb/EbD

F/Eb = Eb/CFA

Gm7 = G/FAC

Cm7 = C/GBbEb

Eb/F = F/BbEbG

C/D = D/CEG

D = D/ADF#

G = G/GBD

D/C = C/ADF#

Bm7 = B/F#AD

Em7 = E/GBD

Am7 = A/GCE

D7sus = D/CEB

F7sus = F/EbFBbD

F7 = EbAC

Bb(9) = Bb/DBb

This is such a pretty song played slowly with 4 beats to the measure in the Key of Bb. You can print  the music if the site is still up here.


Remembering Whitney. Hope you're having a great weekend. It's sunny here but my thoughts and prayers go out to the folks in Indiana at this time.

 Keep practicing and be blessed!





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