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One song, multiple overlapping chord charts

I'm looking for songs in two (or three) arrangements for ukulele that can be played simultaneously. Say, a simplified version using only three or four easy chords for beginners; and a more advanced version, adding more advanced chord changes, for more experienced players. If there's a site or songbook devoted to such things, that would be ideal; otherwise, links to individual songs would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Dec 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Does this minor chord progression (i-III-VI) have a name?

Over the past few years, I've developed a sort of obsession with this tense-sounding chord progression and have noticed it in 1980s-present popular/alternative music. I've wasted too much time trying to find its name - or do songwriters just like the way it sounds? Think "Centuries", "Handclap", and "Sunday Bloody Sunday"...(examples inside) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jul 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for one and two chord songs for my 8 year old to play on guitar

My (very nearly) eight year old has progressed to the point on guitar where she can play root positions pretty cleanly. Any suggestions for songs that are pretty simple - one chord across the verse, no quick changes. Can be folk or pop or whatever. I'm digging through Rise Up Singing right now.
posted by mzurer on Jun 2, 2016 - 12 answers

It's not an augmented diminutive seventh...

Piano noob. I enjoy putting my fingers where they're not supposed to go, getting a strangled walrus sound, moving one finger and suddenly getting something wonderful. I look up what I've played to identify the chord and look for songs that use it. But what's E B D♭ E? It sounds sad and sweet but appears to be nameless.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 6, 2016 - 11 answers

All's Phair in Love and Chords

I've been trying to work out the chords to Liz Phair's "Shitloads of Money," a song which speaks to me in these trying times, so that I might play them on the ukulele. Some of them are eluding me. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on May 30, 2015 - 8 answers

What's up with the F# in Elvis Costello's 'Welcome to the Working Week'?

Remedial music theory question: I've been playing along to this song (which is amazing) and the chords are E, G#m, C#m, A, B – all fairly common E major stuff. However, the song includes both an f#m and also an f#maj chord, the latter of which is not part of E major. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Apr 10, 2015 - 8 answers

What is the mystery chord?

I'm learning how to play the ukulele, and I've come across the AaddG chord in a few songs I've wanted to learn. When I've searched the web for what the fingering for this chord should be, though, I never find anything -- just links back to the chords/lyrics pages I've been looking at. How do I play the AaddG? What would the fingering be? (It seems to be used a lot after an Am or an A# chord, FWIW.)
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Ready-made pop songbook, where are you?

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 - 6 answers

Making original music

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 - 9 answers

Identify a classic rock song by outro (butchered approximation attached)

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 - 4 answers

Guitar filter: What are the chords for this cover of Santa Fe by Beirut

This guy has the only worthwhile acoustic cover of Santa Fe by Beirut on Youtube. This tab sounds really wrong to me. The first two chords in the progression (F# and B) are good, then I'm like, whaaa? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Piano riff earworm

Song with Piano Riff Stuck in Head and can't get it out. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Blame it on my wild heart.

Are there guitar chords for this version of Stevie Nicks's "Wild Heart" on the internet anywhere? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Wommat Mbaam!

Help me find lyrics and music to the terrific Youssou N'Dour song Gorgui, in the original Wolof. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

How to understand (certain) guitar tabs/chord notation?

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 - 18 answers

Database of pop chord changes?

Source for machine-readable lists of chord progressions of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Feb 7, 2012 - 6 answers

the movie songs

Where can I get the chords of a song taken from Night of the Hunter ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 2, 2012 - 2 answers

As If Games

Guitar Chord filter: Can anyone figure out the chords to this song by Alon Olearchik? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Nov 22, 2011 - 1 answer

What are the chords to "Bird Song" by Bert Jansch (simplified for a beginning guitarist)?

What are the chord progressions for "Bird Song" by Bert Jansch? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 on Oct 22, 2011 - 6 answers

What's this riff?

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 - 11 answers

Interesting set of chord changes -- what was the name of the song?

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 - 6 answers

Chord identification

Music theory quickie: How would you name these chords? [more inside]
posted by Khalad on Jun 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me learn union/protest songs on the guitar

Help me learn some union/protest/solidarity songs, please. [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Mar 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Can you list the chords in this cover version?

Can anyone out there tell me the chords used in this cover of "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Mar 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"?

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim on Jan 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Hook Me into the Zen Machine

Do-Over: What are the chords to the Utopia song, Zen Machine? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Halloween songs

What are your favorite Halloween themed songs, suitable for an esl class ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Oct 20, 2010 - 15 answers

i know things just aren't quite right

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 - 8 answers

improvising 101

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 - 7 answers

It's time to smile.

Can you help me figure out the key/chords for Xavier Rudd's "Time to Smile"? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 20, 2010 - 4 answers

There's a Rugged Road Chords?

Can someone with a better ear than me pick out the chords in Judee Sill's "There's a Rugged Road"? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits on Aug 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Chords to Cullen Gaylean arrangement of "Wayfaring Stranger"

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 - 1 answer

Chordian Knot

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 - 12 answers

Acoustic rhythm guitar licks?

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 - 16 answers

Tickle Me Ivory

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 - 14 answers

Making my own sheet music--how to add in chords?

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 - 5 answers

How to display ASCII guitar chords on iPhone?

What's the best way to display my collection of ASCII guitar chords and tablature on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by dixie flatline on Jan 11, 2010 - 3 answers


where can i find acoustic chord books with lyrics in or around MORELIA, Mexico? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Sep 24, 2009 - 3 answers

"Minor chords = sad": Just a Western thing?

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 - 14 answers

Just a square, I guess.

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 - 14 answers

Why do minor chords sound cold?

Why do minor chords sound cold? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on May 31, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me unlock the power of the four chords.

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 - 44 answers

Play me a song, you're the piano man...

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 - 14 answers

chad vangaalen's echo trian

does anyone know the guitar chords/ tab for Chad Vangaalen's echo train? PLease....
posted by madmamasmith on Apr 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Songs where the chords descend in fourths

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 - 15 answers

Hippopotamus Song on Guitar

Guitar chords for 'Hippopotamus Song' by Flanders and Swann? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Mar 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Tabs with No Ads

What are your favourite non-general guitar tab/chord sites? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Dec 13, 2008 - 17 answers

determine key from chords

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 - 13 answers

Be my Guitar Hero!

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 - 6 answers

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