How To Play These are The Special Times

Cover band in France

This picture was taken at a concert of a cover band in France. The photographer used a 50mm 1.8 lens to let as much light in as possible. When wide open you have a small depth of field which causes the background to blur. Please keep France in your prayers... I have been thinking about how much love and support has surrounded them through this very difficult time. With the holidays coming, keep your loved ones so close to your heart.

I remember Celine Dion singing this very popular song, These Are The special Times. It's track #12 on the 1998 album with the same name. The song was written by Diane Warren. It's a beautiful one.

These Are The Special Times

Key: F
Time: 4/4 played slowly

F                                Bb/F
In these moments, moments of our lives
            Gm7
All the world is ours
               C7
And this world is so right
F               Am7                    Dm
You and I sharing this time together
Gm7
Sharing the same dream
Eb                        C7
As time goes by we will find
                         F
These are the special times
                     Bb/F
Times we'll remember
                         Gm7                      F/A
These are the precious times, the tender times
          C
We'll hold in our hearts forever
                        F
These are the sweetest times
                       A7sus
These times together
A7                   Dm        A/C#       Dm/C       Bbm
And through it all, one thing will always be true
        Gm7                           C7                       Eb7
The special times are the times I share with you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

F                              Bb/F
With each moment, moment passing by
                   Gm7                       C7
We'll make memories that will last all our lives
      F              Am7                          Dm
As you and I travel through time together
Gm7
Living this sweet dream
Eb                     C7
And every day, we can say

Chorus:

                         F
These are the special times
(These are the special times)
                      Bb/F
Times we'll remember
(Times we'll remember)
                        Gm7                       F/A
These are the precious times, the tender times
(The tender tender times)
         C
We'll hold in our hearts forever
                        F
These are the sweetest times
(Hold in our hearts forever)
                      A7sus
These times together
(Ohhh)
A7                   Dm       A/C#        Dm/C        Bbm
And through it all, one thing will always be true
(One thing will always be true, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Gm7                                  C7                        Eb7
The special times are the times I share with you
(I do)

Bridge:

Bb                   F/A
These tender moments
           Gm7               Dm7
When heaven is so close
(Yeah)
Abmaj7             Eb/G                C7
These are the moments that I know

                         F
These are the special times
(These are the special times)
                     Bb/F
Times we'll remember
                        Gm7                       F/A
These are the precious times, the tender times
(The precious times)
(The tender times)
         C
We'll hold in our hearts forever
                       F
These are the sweetest times
                       A7sus
These times together
(Forever)
A7                   Dm         A/C#     Dm/C         Bbm
And through it all, one thing will always be true
        Gm7                          C7
The special times are the times I share
         Am7      
(The special times)
             C/D         Dm
Are the times we share
G7
(The special times)
             C7                         Eb7   F
Are the times I spend with you.




Chord Breakdown

L.H. / R.H.

F = FC/A
Bb/F = FD/BbC
Gm7 = GF/BbF
C7 = CG/BbF
F = FC/ACD
Am7 = AG/AC
Dm = DF/GA
Gm7 = GF/D
Eb = EbBb/GEb
C7 = C/BbF

Chorus:

F = FC/AG
Bb/F = FD/BbG
Gm7 = GF/BbG
F/A = AF/CG
C = C/GE
F = FC/CFA
A7sus = AG/DG
A7 = AG/C#Bb
Dm = DA/FBb
A/C# = C#A/EA
Dm/C = CA/DF
Bbm = BbFBb/DbFG
Gm7 = GF/CF
C7 = CBb/DA
Eb7 = EbBb/DbF

Bridge:

Bb = BbF/D
F/A = AF/CF
Gm7 = GF/BbF
Dm7 = DF/AC
Abmaj7 = AbEb/GC
Eb/G = GEb/BbEb
C7 = CBb/DFG

Chorus:

F = FC/AG
Bb/F = FD/BbG
Gm7 = GF/BbG
F/A = AF/CG
C = C/GE
F = FC/CG
A7sus = AG/DG
A7 = A/C#Bb
Dm = DA/FBb
A/C# = C#A/EA
Dm/C = CA/DF
Bbm = BbFBb/DbFG
Gm7 = GF/CF
C7 = CBb/DA
Am7 = AG/CE
C/D = DC/EG
Dm = D/DF
G7 = GF/D
C7 = CBb/DA
Eb7 = EbBb/DbF
F = FCFGA/CFGA



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Happy piano playing!






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

Easy Piano: Jingle Bell Rock


Jingle Bell Rock: Easy Piano l LadyDpiano.com

                                                photo credit: christmas bells tockholes 2009 via photopin (license)

Yes, I know it's not Thanksgiving yet... I have tons of songs to share with you this Christmas season. I thought I would start posting them now. My piano students have been preparing a Thanksgiving recital at one of the local skilled nursing facilities in town. They are also starting on Christmas music and this is the #1 choice song with the teenagers. Enjoy!

JINGLE BELL ROCK 

Words and Music by Joe Neal and Jim Boothe

Performed by BOBBY HELMS (1957) 

Key: C Major

Time: 4/4 Moderately

  
C                     
Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
               C#dim      Dm          G7
Jingle bells  swing and jingle bells  ring
Dm          G7          Dm          G7
Snowin' and blowin' up  bushels of  fun
Dm7                 G7(#5)
Now the jingle hop has  begun
C                    
Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
             C#dim       Dm         G7
Jingle bells chime in  jingle bell time
Dm          G7           Dm          G7
Dancin' and prancin'  in Jingle Bell Square
D7     G7     C
In the frosty air   
        F                      F#dim
What a bright time, it's the right time
   C
To rock the  night away
       D7
Jingle bell time is a  swell time
G      Dm7         G7
To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh   
C                
Giddyup jingle horse,  pick up your  feet
         Em7(b5)    A7
Jingle around the  clock
F                    Fm
Mix and a-mingle in a-jinglin'  beat
 D7          G7          C
(That's the jingle  bell rock) 3x

Chord Breakdown  

L.H. / R.H.

C = CEG/C

C#dim = C#EG/EG

Dm = DFA/A
G7 = GFGB/F
Dm7 = DFAC/A
G7(#5)= FGB/D#A
D7 = DF#AC/A
F#dim = F#AC, EbAC/C
G = GBD/G
Em7(b5) = BbEG/DEG
A7 = A/C#GA
F = FAC/C
Fm = FAbC/AbC
Ending:
G/FBD#
C/EBbD

Key of D

D Dmaj7 D Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock D D#o7 Em7 A7 Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Em7 A7 Em7 A7 Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun Em7 A7 Now the jingle hop has begun D Dmaj7 D Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock D D#o7 Em7 A7 Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Em7 A7 Em7 A7 Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square Em7 A7 D In the frosty air G G#o7 What a bright time, it's the right time D To rock the night away E Jingle bell time is a swell time A To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh D Dmaj7 D Giddyup jingle horse, pick up your feet D B7 Jingle around the clock G Gm Mix and a-mingle in a-jinglin' feet Em A7 D That's the jingle bell rock D Dmaj7 D Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock D D#o7 Em7 A7 Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Em7 A7 Em7 A7 Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square Em7 A7 D In the frosty air G G#o7 What a bright time, it's the right time D To rock the night away E Jingle bell time is a swell time A To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh D Dmaj7 D Giddyup jingle horse, pick up your feet D B7 Jingle around the clock G Gm Mix and a-mingle in a-jinglin' feet Em7 A7 That's the jingle bell rock Em7 A7 That's the jingle bell rock Em7 A7 D That's the jingle bell rock 

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

Mailbox Monday: Mandolin Rain Intro


Mandolin Rain Intro: LadyDpiano

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Awhile back I wrote a post on the chords to Mandolin Rain by Bruce and John Hornsby. Mencho Calloway has asked for the intro chords. So, here goes and thank you for asking, Mencho!

Mandolin Rain

Key: G
Time: 4/4
Moderately Slow

Intro

G / Am7, G / Em7, D, G / 

Am7, G / Cadd9, G /

Am7, G / Em7, D, G / 

Am7, G / Cadd9, G, D /

Chord Breakdown

G/DGBD = G

A/ACEA = Am7

E/EGBE = Em7

D/DF#AD = D

C/DEAG = Cadd9

First Measure:

G/DGBD, G/EGBE, GBDG

Second Measure:

A/ACEA, GCEG, GBDG, EGBE, DGBD

Third Measure:

E/EGBE, DGBD, EGBE
D/DF#AD
G/EGC, DGB, EGC, DGB

Fourth Measure

A/EGC, DGB, CDG
G/BDG, DG, EA, B/DGB, EA, DG

Fifth Measure

C/EGBE, DGBD
D/EGBE, D/DF#AD
G/EBE, DGBD
D/DGBD, EGBE, GBDG

Sixth Measure

A/ACEA, GCEGB
G/GBDG, G/BDGB, ADA, GBDG, F#DF#

Seventh Measure

E/ EGBE, DGBD
D/EGBD, DF#AD
G/EBE, DGBD

Eighth Measure

A/EACE, DGBD
G/DGBD, EGCE, DGBD, EGCE
D/GBD, AD,GD

Ninth Measure

C/AD, ED, GD
G/DGBD
D/DF#AD

Another favorite Bruce Hornsby song of mine, That's Just The Way It Is, has the chord progression to the song as well.

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All the best,







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