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Star Wars – Cantina Band

I didn’t write this arrangement – but – it is a good example of LEAD LINE MUSIC! AND this will also SPUR me on to get some more of the Star Wars songs up on the blog – because the next installment of the Star Wars Movies is coming out in December this year!!! MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

LESSON: this song is in the Key of D Minor and has the SHOTGUN CHROMATIC bass style.

  • The letters written above the staff – tells you which accordion bass and chord to play
  • This is in 4/4 – so you will – Play the bass on the 1st & 3rd counts and the chord on the 2nd and 4th count
  • Some measure change basses in the middle of the measure
  • Alternate like normal (Which means on the 7th chords you will alternate FIRST)
  • D- = means D Minor
  • G-7 = means Gm7 (you will play your Minor chord in your basses)

Bo7 = B Dim chord

In this chord progression – you see Bb to Bo7 to F/C –  (Bb to B to C) – this is a CHROMATIC BASS progression – this is my NICKNAME position called SHOTGUN – you WILL NOT JUMP TO THE B dim bassso on the accordion you will play:

  • Bb bass and chord on count 1 & 2
  • B Counterbass of G on count 3 (3rd finger) followed by F Dim chord on count 4 (2nd finger) – this is my NICKNAME position called SHOTGUN
  • C Bass on count 1 (3rd finger) followed by F Major chord on count 2 (4th finger)

Listen – Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGy1BRO1WCs

Link – Cantina Band from Star Wars

About the Song:

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (also known as the Cantina Band) is a fictional band from George Lucas’s science fiction saga Star Wars. The group first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and were depicted as hairless aliens with dome-shaped heads and round, black eyes, a race called Biths.

In 1977, musician Meco released a disco single of the original cantina tune mixed with John Williams’ main title theme (along with several R2-D2 sound effects), under the title “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band.” The track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August, and was certified platinum; it even outsold the release of the official Star Wars theme by the London Symphony Orchestra.

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