The Lesson explained
I've been listening to this great little piece of music for many years now, whistling along with it, mentally tracking the changes, always thinking that I should sit down and plot it out on the fretboard. I finally did just that a couple of weeks ago and turned it into a lesson yesterday. It's such a catchy little ditty, written by drummer Rick Marotta.
The original is in the key of C, I did mine in G and I tune to dropped D so I could get that low root for the V chord. The progression is a classic I - VI - II - V. Notice the upper case for all of those chords. The 'six' and 'two' chords are normally minor in the key of G; they have been 'dominant majorized' (my awkward term), so they become V chords of the next in line ... in other words the E7 is a V chord for the A7, which in turn is a V chord for the D7, which is the V chord of the root chord, G. A bunch of mini key changes is one way of looking at it, some might call it the circle of fifths ... whatever, it's very cool and it works a treat.
There are a couple of tricky little bits to this, like at bar 3 where you need to get that F bass note inserted under the melody line -- gotta be quick -- then there's the twiddly bit at bar 7 -- that's a hammer-on followed by a pull-off followed by another hammer-on followed by another pull-off -- then there's the quirky bit at bar 9, where you need to slide the bass note up a semitone while playing the melody.
Practice makes Perfect!
That twiddly bit reappears at the end.
I had finished videoing when I realized I had forgotten to add the two little tags for the ending, so I edited them into the main part. The first one is probably not exactly what you hear on the TV, I think I added a note or two.
This one is a LOT of fun to play once you get it down, so persevere until you do. I always tell you to tell your fingers who's boss and I had to tell myself the same thing -- frequently -- when putting this together. We are indeed the boss of our fingers and we can tell them what to do. They will eventually obey, trust me.
Until next time!
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