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Request Boogie Wonderland:- Am or A7+5/C# ?

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by ZenG, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Some tab sites have the progression as Dm, Gm, Am.

    Some have it as Dm, Gm, A7+5/ C#

    (On the initial opener intro riff I believe it is A7,Dm..)

    Who's right?
  2. ChrisDev

    ChrisDev Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2009
    Ritter Instruments Team & Owner BassLessons.be
    I don't have an instrument with me at the moment, but I do have a keyboard transcription a colleague made:
    Intro: A7sus A7+5 - Dm - Dm - Gm
    Vocals: Dm - Dm - Gm - A7sus A7+5
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  3. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    I hear a four bar repeating pattern after the first measure. Dmin/Dmin/Gmin/A7sus A+ That fourth measure sounds like a A root to me. D in the first part gives it a sus sound. The E# in the third beat (along with the C#) gives it that augmented sound. I'm curious to hear what others say.
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  4. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    Yes, it is A7sus (sometimes with added E) / A7+.
    Beat 1 - Dm is more like Dm7 second inversion - A C D F,
    Beat 2 - Cmaj7 - G B natural C E,
    (We have Bb in the key?)
    Beat 3 - Dm - F A D
    and some derivative from Cmaj7 as Em first inversion - G B natural E.
    Gm is more like Bmaj7.
  5. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    The song has one Bb flat.
    That A7sus does not (!) have any third - minor or major; therefore, it is possible to imply diatonic C natural. Plus, those slippery high brass (other) notes obscure the major 3rd.
    Plus, some brass/violin instruments go diatonically down A G F , which again, implies diatonically expected Am, but the C# note in the bass clearly establishes the presence of the A7 (sus and/or +) secondary dominant.
    Also, for those who don’t like my secondary dominant concept , please use a different music theory explanation - all forms of minor scales/chords are interchangeable, and you don’t need to use the term, borrowed.
    It’s only my speculation used in this comment - proceed with caution.
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