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Old 10-24-2009, 08:49 AM   #6
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Default Re: Grateful Dead

Originally Posted by charlene View Post
ahh, objection overruled, thank you

you do see math symbols in music scores ( + - X / etc) but true, i may be the first and last to use the greater than sign to denote an unconventional chord progression when aim has always been to confuse band member using all available means

i like when folks talk in a generic Nashville numbering sense, that way the key choice can be refined later and capo users and purists can live in harmony

for he EMR example I believe most guitarists would play in D (with or without capo..i think the actual key is likely F for Gord's's F# or Gb for the Dead version)

in D, the standard western music chord patterns would be:

1 D major (the 1 chord or note in the scale is the 'root')
2 E minor
3 F# minor
4 G major
5 A major
6 B minor

so by making that "3" chord flat (the - symbol), the F# becomes F...and then a major instead of a minor...and you get the "3- mjr"

Gord's chord change for the "aching in my heart" section would, let's say, go from D to G but the Dead are going from the D > F... which is relatively same F# > A

depending on the genre, when 'fill in' band members are common, they either play all by feel supplemented by a cheat sheet and using the '>' sign is a way of letting them know an unconventional progression is upcoming...i suppose a highlighter would also work, depending on club lighting

as i say, i like a twist on a tune, especially an overheard one...the startling thing is that the Dead did this arrangement some 45 years ago, when i hadn't even heard the tune yet...there certainly are many who cross 'the line' and might just wanna leave well enough alone...i mean 'great enough'
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