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Famous Last Words

One of the challenges I enjoy is taking a song that I love but that doesn’t immediately shout ‘acoustic cover’ …. so I’ve been using this ‘down time’ to work on a few songs I’ve been toying with got a while…

Death on Two Legs…. absolute epic song. People who’ve heard me perform know I love Queen. A Night at the Opera is one of my all time favourite albums and I’ve wanted to get those to work for the longest time… I’m glad to say it’s coming together well so watch this space.

Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance. In my other life as a fitness instructor I have used this song (And Death on Two Legs) several times in my spinning mixes. I love it. This one too is showing promise.

The Pretender -Foo Fighters…. ummm still working on this one!

In other news, I’ve pretty much got 9-5 by Dolly Parton nailed!

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How to play – Back to Black

This is an amazing song and Amy was such a singer, it would be easy to shy away from trying to do an arrangement.  Having said that, all the songs I play are classics so if that was the rule I played by, I’d have no songs to play!

It would not do to just try and recreate a carbon copy of the song so I came up with this.  I really enjoy playing it and it’s a really good introduction to playing some of the Jazz chord shapes.  Rather like your regular bar chords they can go anywhere on the neck so once you get to grips with them you can have fun with some of the other songs you know by substituting the chords with these.

Click on the link below for the chords written.  I play this with a capo on the 1st fret so that I can still get the harmonics only now they’re on the 13th fret not the 12th.

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Back to Black

 

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How to Play – Tainted Love

Here’s another classic song – Tainted Love.  Being a child of the 80’s I will always associate it with the Marc Almond version … love it.  It’s very straight forward, just keep your 3rd and 4th fingers in place and the rest just falls in to place.  The C7 shape goes everywhere and so it’s a good one to know. Here are the chords all written out. You all know the lyrics….. don’t you…….?

Tainted Love Chords

 

 

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How to play…..

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The simple answer is every single day, even if only for 5 minutes.  I’m missing playing on the street but enjoying playing at home.  I’m worried about many things,  most of which I can’t do anything about. One of the things I worry about is that I might forget all the songs I play …. so I play a few every day. I’ve made a list… this is probably most of them.  If you would like me to do a tutorial on how I play any of these, leave a comment.

Sunny : It Must Be Love : Gold : True : Copacabana

Boarderline : Stayin Alive : Ever Fallen in Love with some (you shouldn’t have)

Mercy : All Of Me : Here You Come Again : Tainted Love : I Will Survive:

Somebody to Love : Bat Out Of Hell : How Deep Is Your Love

The Female Of The Species : Sway : Marlene On The Wall : Yes Sir I Can Boogie

Should I Stay Or Should I Go : Englishman in New York : Crazy : Play the Game

How Deep Is Your Love :  Kiss From A Rose : True Colours : If I Can’t Have You

Fall At Your Feet : Back To Black : Merry Christmas, Everyone : All Cried Out

I Fall In Love Too Easily : I Dreamed A Dream : Love Of My Life : Live it up

Anyone Who Had A Heart : Love Me Or Leave Me : The Day Before You Came

The Power of Love : Autumn Leaves : Love Me Or Leave Me : Jealous Guy

These Days : The Pretender : Last Christmas : I’m A Fool / You Do Something

Last Night I dreamt / Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want : Save Me

Nature Boy : Moon Over Bourbon Street : Jackie : Pipes of Peace :Chain Reaction

Red Light (Spells Danger) : Eloise : Live it up :The only living boy in New York

She Used To Be Mine : Golden Brown : Sound Of Silence :9-5 :No More Lonely Nights