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Question about a song

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BrianL, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. BrianL


    Apr 17, 2010
    So on Monday I'm getting together for the first time ever to play with a group. They play for fun, so it's not high pressure, but I'm still nervous. I'm looking through the set list and everything's pretty easy - Moondance, Mystery Train, and the like - but here's there's one song I'm confused about: Michael Buble's 'Sway':

    I'm being told the recording is in F#, but I find that - by ear - I want to play the first verse as A - E - A - E - D - E - A - E - D - E - D - E - D - E - A (from the start of the song to the first time the music stops). My question:

    Is my ear just bad and I'm playing the wrong notes?
    Or is my information bad and the recording is actually in A?
    Or is it really in F# and I just don't understand what's going on?

    Any help is appreciated - I'm new at working things out by ear.:confused:
  2. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    Wow, 50''s ballroom IS hot!

    Sway, at least this version, is in Eb minor. The bridge is Gb, maybe that's why they told you the song was in F#.


    Fm7 Bb7| Fm7 Bb7 | Ebm | -|
    Fm7 Bb7| Fm7 Bb7 | Ebm | Ebm *** |

    repeat A


    Db7 | Db7 Db7b5 | Gb |Gb |Bb (no 7!)| Bb| Cb (=B) | Bb7 ***|

    repeat A

    Tell the guys in your band that if they come up with songs, they also should provide you with chords. I assume there are guitars, keys etc, Don't they need a lead sheet or something?

    If there are no horns in the band you might consider raising or lowering by a semitone; that will make it a lot easier.

    Have fun.
  3. BrianL


    Apr 17, 2010
    Thanks, Chris - that helps. I can hear why playing it in Eb works, but I still wonder why A sounded right to me. Just a bad ear, I guess.
  4. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Chris, I don't hear that at all, maybe you are tuned a half step off?

    These are the chords I hear:
    A7 | A7 | Dm7 | Dm7 | (4x)

    C7 | C7 | F7 | F7 |
    A7 | A7 | Bb7 | A7 |

    A7 | A7 | Dm7 | Dm7 | (2x)

    And the notes are just 1 and 5 for each chord (sometimes starting on 5, sometimes on 1):

    E A | E A | D A | D A | (4x)

    C G | C G | F C | F C |
    A E | A E | Bb F | A |

    E A | E A | D A | D A | (2x)
  5. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    After looking at this I think you're right about the half step.


    I really should have been more precise. But you know, recordings ofter are not exactly in tune. This one is pretty high. I shall also give my tuning fork a bath, as well as my ears :D

    Anyway, this is much easier.

    But the chords in the URL above are not O.K. Neither are yours.
    And I myself made a second error, see below.

    So, now for some thoroughness.

    As for the A7 instead of Em7 A7| Em7 A7|:

    In the intro I hear d - c#, d -# (in notes, played by the piano on beats 1 and 3, the pattern continues). There's also the melody of the horns, coming in with a Bb (note) on beat 1. So A7 on beat 1 can't be OK. The bass plays E, like you said. So we have E (bass) - Bb (horns) - D (piano). All we need is a third to E. In the key scale of Dm, that will have to be g. The chord we have is E - G - Bb - D, a.k.a. Em7b5. Is this case, it works as A7 with two change notes (D and Bb), a kind of double sus-chord.

    Anyway, for BrianL, E - A in the bass is always OK.
  6. BrianL


    Apr 17, 2010
    Thanks to you both! Sounds like there's more than one way to skin this cat - maybe my ear isn't so bad after all.
  7. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    Good luck - Let us know how you did on rehearsal!

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