Let the good times roll

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Low town, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Low town

    Low town

    Apr 20, 2014

    Here is an easy one (I think): does anyone know the chords for "Let the good times roll" by BB King?


    Low town
  2. BB King has played this in just about every key there is, but there seem to be two major variants.

    The usual arrangement is a groovalicious I-IV-V swinger:

    So G for 4 bars, then up to C for 2 bars, back to G for 2 & across to D for 1, C for 1 & G for 2 - rinse & repeat.

    There's also another version that's a souped-up swingin' I-IV-V with a 'quick change' to the IV:

    That example is in F# (maybe downtuned a semitone from G?). F# (1 bar) , B (1 bar) , F# (2 bars), B (2 bars), F# (2 bars), C# (1 bar), B (1 bar), F# (2 bars).

    Those two structures cover the majority of Blues. Try to ignore the tab sites - not because they're wrong, but because they'll lead you astray. It's much better to pick the tune apart with your ears & learn what fits best. For Blues you only really need four scales - Major, Minor & the Maj & Min Pentatonics. Get them down all over the neck (especially the pentatonics) & you're good to go.

  3. Low town

    Low town

    Apr 20, 2014

    Thanks Pete.

    So I assume this is written in a major key? I ask as I trying to reconcile the bass line to the key.

    It seems to be more of a minor bass scale, than a major.

  4. I'll cheerfully admit that I've had to look this up, as I was baffled as to why it needs a major 3rd but a minor 7th.

    It's a 7th. G7 = G, B, D, F, G. Stick in a few chromatic walks, mix 'em up a bit & you're done.

    That'll do for my 'I learned something new today' :)

  5. Low town

    Low town

    Apr 20, 2014
    Ok - thank you. So, a 7th might make sense in terms of the bass line I have - I never throught of that.

    I am trying to get to the bottom of chord / scale theory - I am a novice.
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