He's a Tramp Changes/Bass line

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by glocke1, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    I've been asked to play this tune this coming weekend and listening to the recorded versions and than looking at the chart i was given and other charts Im a little confused.

    The chart I was give was from this site which has it in F major and every other chart I've found hast the same changes.

    Peggy Lee "He's a Tramp" Sheet Music in F Major (transposable) - Download & Print

    Listening to the tune as recorded by Peggy Lee and also by Melody Gardot I am hearing the following changes.

    G7 for4 measures for intro of walking bass (or 8 depending on the version)

    A sections as follows:
    Am7 D7/ Am7 D7/ Am7 D7/Am7 D7/G F#/ F E /A /D /G



    Curious what's going on here....did this just get written down in one key and then recored in another ? Or am I just really off on what Im hearing...

    Original Version


  2. Drang22


    Nov 16, 2017
    Denver, Colorado
    Well, if the band is all using that chart, that is what you have to use right? Lot's of charts found on the internet are incorrect though, so it's good to make yourself familiar with the tune, and be prepared to change keys at the gig!
  3. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002

    actually I found a video of the woman/band singing it...sounds like they are following the original
  4. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Simple AABA tune. Hear it once and play it in any key.
    A: ii V ii V ii V ii V I VII bVII VI ii V I repeat
    B: I7 I7 IV IV II7 II7 V7 V7
    A as above
    Seanto and AGCurry like this.