1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

Question about a song

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


  1. BrianL

    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#.

    A)

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

    repeat A

    B)

    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

    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.

    http://www.e-chords.com/chords/michael-buble/sway

    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

    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!
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.