We are going to have a big campfire singalong next weekend with a group of very awesome musicians. We want to have a few songbooks available so everyone can play and sing along.
Our vibe is 70s/80s/90s pop tunes. Surely someone has made a songbook of these songs and posted them on the internet. Can you please help us find it? Our google searches have turned up nothing pre-made. We know about Rise Up Singing, not really our jam (plus not freely downloadable, which we would prefer.) Thank you for your help! [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea
on Jul 6, 2014 -
How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
posted by mrdrummed
on Jun 2, 2014 -
I always hear the very end of this song on the local rock station, but never any other part! Since much of what the station plays (94.1 WHJY, "94 HJY" in Providence, RI) could be called "classic rock", I'm going to assume it falls into that category. A butchered GarageBand approximation of the outro is attached. (Note that the actual outro is played on an electric guitar - it's actually chords.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I like playing the piano by following guitar chords. However I don't understand, and nor can I find any reference material, on what certain chords mean. [more inside]
posted by cdenman
on May 2, 2012 -
Source for machine-readable lists of chord progressions of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Can you help me identify this guitar riff? I have a feeling it might be Roy Harper, but I can't find the track (and I haven't heard it for 30 years...) [more inside]
posted by MinPin
on Oct 14, 2011 -
Ska band with a horn section. Prominent piano (?) chords on the off-beat, following the pattern I i i iv
. No, that's not a typo: the first tonic chord is major, the rest are minor. Name that tune?
posted by nebulawindphone
on Jun 26, 2011 -
I am trying to record a simple cover version of a fairly obscure song ("Mr Loveman" by Yvonne Carroll), but my confidence in my ability to work out even simple chord changes is pretty low and the song can't be found on any of the usual sites. Could someone please help me out with the chords here? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Sep 29, 2010 -
I've finally managed to attend a jazz class. Our first homework is to search for the available melodic options over the chord changes of an F blues (ie over each chord). Could you provide me with an annotated roadmap ?
posted by nicolin
on Sep 27, 2010 -
Anyone know the chords in the Cullen Gaylean arrangement of "Wayfaring Stranger"? Or any other arrangement that does not use minor chords in the verse? [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jun 2, 2010 -
Help me get my head around chords in music. I think I understand the basics, but then get confused when thinking about progressions, inversions, root movements etc. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized
on May 31, 2010 -
I've been playing acoustic guitar for a bunch of years now (and am so-so at it). I really like those transitional moments between chords -- stuff you can throw in to make just strumming along a bit more interesting; things like the turnaround in Alice's Restaurant, but even really simple things like -- starting on a D chord and leading on the low e string 0-2-3 to get to a G chord. What are your favorite little phrases like those? Or, alternatively, do those have an official name I can google? Or, alternatively alternatively, any good websites or books for that kind of thing? Oh -- I mostly play with a pick, so I'm more interested in phrases you can play that way.
posted by The Dutchman
on Apr 8, 2010 -
What is the best way to master scales, chords, and chord progressions on the piano / keyboard. More specifically, help me create harmony and melody. My husband and I are starting to create music on our computer. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good, but I feel like a complete hack on the keyboard. I would like to become proficient at hitting keys that sound well together or next to each other. I am studying basic theory, but where does the rubber meet the road? Is it simply muscle memory? I am not really interested in playing a piece of sheet music, but if that will help, I will learn. I just want to create my own music. I know I have to practice, but practice doing what? I would be rather proud of myself if someone told me drop and play I V vi IV in F Major and I could do it without thinking.
posted by trinigirl
on Mar 10, 2010 -
I'm trying to insert graphic chord diagrams (little pictures that show where to put your fingers) into a text document that shows the chord names (like C-minor). Any chord name could match 4 or 5 possible diagrams. I'm trying to figure out a way, in any mac or web software, to give myself a little pop-up menu asking which of the four I'd like to insert--and then, when I choose it, insert it!
Can anyone point me in any direction for achieving something like this?
posted by largecorp
on Feb 14, 2010 -
Can anyone with good academic-library-fu point me toward an article that argues for cultural differences between how certain keys or chords are interpreted affectively? Specifically, I'm looking for a source for the claim that perceiving minor chords as sad is specifically a Western thing, and that non-Westerners don't perceive minor chords as sad and/or they perceive other types of chords as sad (or whatever). [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send
on Sep 6, 2009 -
Music types: help me identify exactly what it is that I dislike about these particular types of jazz! [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus
on Jun 10, 2009 -
Why exactly is the appeal of those notorious four chords in pop music? I hear them everywhere, and I am starting to lose my shit. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on May 29, 2009 -
PianoFilter: So, it's a bit embarrassing, but I'm a music grad student, and I can't play piano. Now, I'm coming upon my piano proficiency test in a few weeks, and I'm panicking. I need to play and memorize two piano bits in hymn style (bass notes in left hand, melody/chords in right), and I just can't seem to make it all work. Help? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget
on Apr 18, 2009 -
does anyone know the guitar chords/ tab for Chad Vangaalen's echo train? PLease....
posted by madmamasmith
on Apr 17, 2009 -
I'm looking for songs that have a particular kind of chord progression. Specifically songs that have long sequences descending by fourths. For example: ii-V-I-IV-vii-III-vi, like in Gary Moore's Still got the Blues
, and similarly in Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive
. I'm pretty certain this is ridiculously common, but for whatever reason, I'm coming up dry.
posted by Zero Gravitas
on Apr 9, 2009 -
Given a set of guitar chords, I want to know how I can determine what key a song is in. [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Sep 10, 2008 -
Easy guitar question! Can anyone help me figure out what chords are being played in the chorus to this youtube video? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Jul 19, 2008 -
I've been learning guitar for just over a month now and it seems to be going quite well. I'm trying to get my chord transitions fast and smooth with the easy open chords before I move on to more difficult ones. I've found a few songs that I can play with just these chords by looking through the usual guitar tab/chord websites, but finding them this way manually is time-consuming. Where I can search for songs that only include a specified set of chords?
posted by xchmp
on Jun 9, 2008 -
does anyone happen to know the chords to engine heart by mirah? i think they are played on a ukelele. thank you!
posted by KaeporaGaebora
on Oct 29, 2007 -
On a guitar, in regular tuning, what is the chord you get when you play it open? (basically, what chord is made by playing EADGBE)?
posted by crayolarabbit
on Aug 12, 2007 -
i'm a total guitar noob and have been learning for only a month now, so please forgive what may be a really dumb question. why is it that to play certain chords on the guitar (for instance, C major
, or A minor
) you don't play the open low-E string, but you do
play the open high-E string. it's the same note, isn't it? so why doesn't it sound as good?
posted by sergeant sandwich
on May 26, 2007 -
[obscuremusicfilter] Wondering if anyone has reliable chords and/or sheet music to "Ring Telephone Ring" by Buck Ram. [more inside]
posted by unmusic
on Mar 13, 2007 -