Song Seedlings 21 & 22: an Old-School Blues + Intro, Happy, Up-Beat Strumming in A

 

This blues tune is so simple that I’m wondering if I’m just creating a variation of a melody/motif I heard somewhere else. Nevertheless, it’s catchy and actually not as easy as it looks (as evidenced by my struggling). If you’re not used to the classic call & response structure, this is an excellent piece to practice — make sure the whole thing grooves and is played cleanly. The intro part is a bit of stretch here, I think it can work if I work out the timing correctly when transitioning to the main song.

 

 

Sometimes I scratch my head as to how this sucker for sad songs manages to come up with something so uppity and sunny. Super cutsy, too — it can probably find a good life as a song for preschoolers. I don’t mean that as a dissing of this song, as it’s harmonically sophisticated. The two ascending chords in the verse are C69 (C-E-A-D) then slide it up a couple of frets to D69. Going from C9 to B9 and expect it to be a turnaround is a bit of a stretch, but it’ll work fine as long as the melody makes that transition well enough.

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