Country Song Lyrics with Chord (Bass) Cues
I used to FREAK OUT – when another musician would hand me a lyric sheet with the Chords cued. I had no idea what to play – THEN A LIGHT BULB WENT ON – this is easier than playing the melody – ALL I HAVE TO DO IS PLAY THE CHORDS!!! YEAH!!!
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There is more than just Country music here – there is even a large list of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, and Gospel.
- SOO – Let’s dig out the Chord Chart
- Chord Positions All Keys
Let’s start with an Easy One – Rocky Top
G C G Em D7 G
Wish that I was on old Rocky Top down in the Tennessee hills
– C G Em D7 G
Ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top ain’t no telephone bills
– C G Em D7 G
Once I had a man on Rocky Top half bear the other half cat
– C G Em D7 G
Wild as a mink but sweet as soda pop I still dream about that
Em D7 F C
Rocky Top you’ll always be home sweet home to me
– G F G F G
Good ole Rocky Top Rocky Top Tennessee Rocky Top Tennessee
- The letters above the lyrics are the chords you are supposed to play. If there is no symbol after the letter – then you play the MAJOR chord. AND that chord will continue to be the background until it tells you to change. I had to use a “-” to keep the chords in position – it just means to KEEP playing the last chord notated.
- Listen to the song and establish the beat (4/4 or 3/4?) – Lynn Anderson
- Sometimes the singer does not sing in the key of the music – so it is hard to play along.
- WATCH the lyrics as you listen and listen for the chord changes. (Ear Training 101!)
- It doesn’t matter if you sing or not – you can “sing the words in your head” as you now HOLD the LEFT HAND BASSES
- NOW – find the beat and play “bass chord bass chord” (don’t forget to alternate and add a few bass solos)
- Right Hand Chords – Have you found the KEY? It is usually the first and last Chord. If these are different – the LAST CHORD WINS! SO this is KEY OF G!
- MY RULE – Key of G – Put your PINKY ON G! Go to your CHORD POSITIONS ALL KEYS CHART – and find the G Row. Now practice all the chords that are located in the song – GM – CM – Em – D7 are all on the G ROW – the then find FM. You will only move up or down 1 note!!!
- NOW – change the chords in the pattern of the lyric sheet – You are now ACCOMPANYING or COMPING – a singer! or participating in a JAM! Don’t forget to play the chords – Block, or Rocking, or Rolling (Search for that exercise!)
- NOW – you can cheat – and see what it SHOULD look like with the melody! –
- Link – Rocky Top (new chords)
Now I will tell you – WAY BACK WHEN the song first came out – I LISTENED to the recording and I wrote out a version – that I have been playing since 1970!! (45 years!) and I had NO IDEA that those Em chords were in there!!! SOO I have re-written my arrangement! I learned something today!!!! COOL!
I have now started to CHECK all the lyric sheets for the songs that I am writing for this blog – that I am writing “BY EAR” – so I don’t miss these subtle chord changes.
Now let’s try these and repeat the #1 – #9 above:
- Willie Nelson – On the Road Again – http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/ontheroadagainlyricschords.html
- Link to Accordion Arrangement – On the Road Again Key of C
- Jim Reeves – Whispering Hope – http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/whisperinghopelyricschords.html
- Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love – http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/byebyelovelyricschords.html
- Charley Pride – Help Me Make it Through the Night – http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/helpmemakeitthroughthenightlyricschords.html
- Elvis – Return to Sender – http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/returntosenderlyricschords.html
Now – I gave you the sheet music to Rocky Top and On the Road Again – the rest – is ON YOU!!! Have fun – this is the ONLY WAY to make yourself LEARN YOUR CHORDS and be able to play the chords “ON THE FLY”