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  posted on 5/15/2012 at 07:31 PM
I'm trying to learn how to play "Today I Sing the Blues" by Aretha Franklin, but I can't figure out the chord progression for the life of me. I searched everywhere online and couldn't find it. Can anyone shed some light on how to play this gem of a song? Any help is greatly appreciated. Here's the link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SMwHo5XzeA

 
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  posted on 5/17/2012 at 07:06 PM
bump - anyone? Bueller?
 

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  posted on 5/17/2012 at 08:13 PM
It doesn't seem that hard.

I'll try and figure it out when I have a chance to play my guitar....

 

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  posted on 5/17/2012 at 08:57 PM
very quickly, by listening to an i tunes snippet

it's in the key of D
start with a C7 chord , in the first position, then slide it up two frets for your D7

i know it goes to the G7 and from the brief part i heard, it sound like it goes to the 2chord of that harmonized scale so mess with these chords

D7, Em, F#, G A Bm ,C# and you will probably get it..i think the Gmaj might drop off to a Gm at one point...

mess with those chords and google "the harmonized major scale"..it will open some doors for you,,

here is another great site..
http://www.looknohands.com/chordhouse/

hope that gets ya started at least..

 

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  posted on 5/17/2012 at 09:09 PM
Sounds like a blues in D to me, with jazz changes. It has some slight variations, seems to stay on a D7 chord for the first 4 bars:

D7---|D7---|D7---|D7---|G7---|G7---|D7-Em7|F#m7-B7-|Em7---|A7---|D7-B7|E7-A 7|

These are basically the same changes as "Stormy Monday", but that is in the key of G.


...or some variation of this. Actually, it's best to play variations. For example, bars 7 & 8 make up a "turnaround to ii", and there are a number of ways to play that.

 

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  posted on 5/17/2012 at 10:45 PM
I really appreciate this. Figuring out chords is not my strongest area. I can play when they are given to me, lol. Thank you very much. That should get me going. What a great tune, right?
 

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  posted on 5/18/2012 at 07:32 AM
Cool stuff! I'm plugging in today for sure!

 

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  posted on 5/18/2012 at 10:07 AM
I really appreciate this. Figuring out chords is not my strongest area. I can play when they are given to me, lol. Thank you very much. That should get me going. What a great tune, right?
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then the harmonized scales will really help you

all they are is note scales put to chords

 

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  posted on 5/18/2012 at 10:01 PM
Leftyblues, thanks again. Another general question for you - I'm one of those self-taught players who never learned the basics. Music theory is Chinese to me, and even the advice on this thread is extremely confusing. I have to have a song fully tabbed out with the chords written over the lyrics to know how to play a song. In other words, I have to truly learn how to play the guitar. Do you recommend actual lessons, or do you think I can learn it from videos out there on the net?
 

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  posted on 5/18/2012 at 10:08 PM
Also, regarding the term "harmonized scales".....I can solo pretty well over any blues tune. I have my own way of identifying the correct scales. So how can I figure out the chords from analyzing my soloing patterns? Keep in mind, I don't understand what it truly means to play in different keys, and I always solo in standard E tuning.
 

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  posted on 5/18/2012 at 10:53 PM
so do i boyton..i am self taught and don't read music ( i can but VERY slowly)

look at it this way..
consider music like a set of doors..

you have the key to one door..

the more doors you open, the easier it will be to express yourself..

so try to get as many keys as you can, from wherever you can

what took me years could take you months with the right teacher

take a song like "one way out.."

it is in the Key of A..

the basic chords(without going into a dissertation) are

Amaj-Dmaj and Emaj

the A major scale contains the following notes.
A-B_C#-D-E-F#-G# and A, for a total of (8) notes..

if you number the notes they look like this
A(1) B(2) C#(3) D(4) E(5) F#(6) G# (7) and A(8)

the song One Way Out is what is commonly referred to as "a 1-4-5", in the key of A

meaning the chords are the (1) A Major, The (4) Dmaj and the (5) E maj

it will make figuring out songs without tab a LOT easier..

rock on brother..there are many AWESOME musicians on this site..
I mean really good players ( Bluedad being one)...ask questions..

 

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  posted on 5/21/2012 at 09:58 PM
be careful what you wish for Lefty, I have a TON of questions, lol. When I play One Way Out, I keep it in standard E tuning, and play A, D, E, and finger pick. Are you saying I need to tune the guitar differently from standard E?
 

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  posted on 5/22/2012 at 06:47 AM
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be careful what you wish for Lefty, I have a TON of questions, lol. When I play One Way Out, I keep it in standard E tuning, and play A, D, E, and finger pick. Are you saying I need to tune the guitar differently from standard E?


Dickey's parts are played in Standard tuning but all of Duanes parts (slide/rhythm) are played in Open E tuning.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2012 at 07:20 AM
Not to speak for him but I don't think Lefty was suggesting any sort of different tunings.

He was just exlaining what key the song is in and the notes that are in the scale. You can number the notes in a scale if that makes it easier. So when he says 1-4-5, that is the first (root note) of any given scale, the fourth note and the fifth note. This chord pattern is huge in blues and rock and you likely already use it often.

 

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  posted on 5/22/2012 at 02:18 PM
what CM said..

what it means is this..

lets say you are playing at a jam night and somebody says "lets do a blues shuffle in the key of C..it's a 1-4-5"

basically , that means the chords you play are C, F and G..

here is a Cmaj scale
C_D_E_F_G_A_B_C

the C is the 1
the F is the 4
the G is the 5

now go put on Done SOmebody Wrong from the Fillmore album

have fun

 

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