Listen, Listen, Listen, to HEAR what to Comp!
We are so blessed to have YOU TUBE! I remember having to purchase the album or 45 record and I would wear out needles and destroy records – listening to the song, learning the key and notes and writing out the arrangements! I even managed to wear out cassette tapes the same way! NOW – either with a CD in my computer or You Tube – I can just stop and slide back SOOO EASY!!!
I get so many compliments about my arrangements! AND here is why – I LISTEN to the original recording – then I go and listen to the most recently recorded version. Best example is a Christmas Song – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. It was originally done in the 1950s – and then redone by Michael Jackson – the arrangements are WAY DIFFERENT. I chose to write the Michael Jackson Version – because that is the one MOST PEOPLE remember. Then there are times I go with the original – because it is PURE and unchanged!!!
SOO – here we go……. 3 NEW SONGS!
REMEMBER – to really learn each song – you need to HEAR it in your HEART!!! FEEL IT!!! UNDERSTAND HOW the original artist inspired us with the song.
I will take each of the following songs and walk you through how to HEAR FIRST – then how to play it! Click the link to the You Tube recording – and then READ MY NOTES BELOW as you LISTEN.
Desperado by The Eagles – 1974
- Listen to several versions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDNtqy0zjJA
- If you heard only the intro – could you name the song?? YEEEESSSSS – so you MUST learn to COPY that intro!
- Do you hear simple block chords??? under the vocal – this can be done easily with your left hand!
- Do you hear simple long block chords being held by the strings? AND the piano chords continue.
- Did you HEAR the simple chords change to a cool rhythm – with the help of adding drums? Now can your basses do that? NOW SCROLL BACKWARDS – were there drums earlier?? NOOO Drums only come in on the Chorus!
- THEN there is a chorus of VOCALS- holding MORE chords along with the strings
- WATCH the ending – real quiet and simple! (at least they have an ending – not a fade out!)
Love is Blue
- Listen to Paul Mariot’s Orchestra – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6D4ps_sS-s
- AGAIN – another song that can be NAMED in the first few bars!
- There is a lot going on here – great runs under the simple melody line – but HOW DO YOU GRAB those – it is REQUIRED – to make the song sound right
- ON the Bridge – listen to the trumpets change the style.
- We might not be able to GRAB all that is going on – but we can come close!
- YES – a TRUE ENDING!
- Listen – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDdI7GhZSQA
- Simply starts with vocal and piano – Block (then rocking) chords
- 2nd verse (SAME AS THE FIRST) – but adds tambourine and guitar on chords
- THEN going to the bridge – there is an almost 2 measure KICK – drums and chords!
- NOW – do you hear the SAME LONG CHORDS done by vocals??? We can do this by HOLDING chords UNDER the melody line! (or in some cases – hold our LH CHORD and keeping the bass moving!)
- AND then there is the FAMOUS – NA NA-NA NA-NA-NA-NA! (you just sang it didn’t you!!!)
- AND YET ANOTHER FADE OUT! How did they ever end it ON STAGE???
- Here is the Answer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVJMhnPzhts – and why you listen to more than one version!
- Paul ends on HEYYYY JUDE – with a neat chord – I need to add that!!!
What started the Accordion Blog was the need for we accordionists to have plenty of songs from the 60’s & 70’s to play – especially for our aging population – and especially ones that everyone will sing along with. SOOO even if you can’t sing – you can get the NA NA-NA NA-NA-NA-NA! going with a sing-a-long at the end!