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#2045032 - 03/08/13 11:54 AM Help playing a song for my dying Dad
jazzandpeace Offline
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Registered: 03/07/13
Posts: 2
Hi all,

I am new to this site and new to playing piano. I always wanted to learn how to play the piano, and now at age 20 I am trying to make my dream a reality. But as the title states, I would like to play a song for my Dad who is dying of cancer. He has been battling it for most of my life, but now I'm afraid he is too weak to fight it anymore. I live with him at home as he spends his final days, the doctors think he only has a year or so left to live. I want to play and sing a song for him, I'm sure it would make him smile. I was searching on youtube for songs I could possibly play and sing along to, and I found the perfect one. It is a jazzy version of "Folsom Prison Blues" by Kristy Kruger. I know my Dad will love it, it is one of his favorite songs, and he loves jazz. I also sound a lot like Kristy Kruger, so singing it will be no problem. The problem is that there is no sheet music on this version of the song. I have been trying to figure out the chords, but I'm afraid I am not very good at this. I think she is playing it in a-minor, but then it sounds like she changed something during the song. The song itself does not seem that hard to play, if I just knew the notes or the chords. Can someone please help me figure out the chords/notes, I would really appreciate it. I don't know anyone who plays the piano, this is my last option. I really want to do this for my Dad, it would be great to see him smile again. Here is the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh6m-iwux8I Thank you all very much!

Peace and love,

Linda

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#2045061 - 03/08/13 01:02 PM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: jazzandpeace]
dire tonic Offline
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Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 1460
Loc: uk south
Hi Linda, very sorry to hear about your dad - it would be nice if you can pull this off...it's not too difficult if you've got some basic 'natural' ability, if you know what I mean.

She's playing basic 12-bar but in a minor key so that's

¦Fm / / / ¦Fm / / / ¦Fm / / / ¦Fm Gm Ab Bdim¦
¦Bbm / / /¦Bbm / / /¦Fm / / / ¦Fm / / / ¦
¦C / / / ¦Db / [C-Bb-Ab-G]¦Fm / / / ¦Fm / / / ¦

The [C-Bb-Ab-G] in bar 10 is just root notes in octaves, not chords - feel free to ask if something needs clarifying.

The metronome count here is slow. Each beat is a left hand bass note followed by a right hand chord although she later brings in a little skip (when she says "I like that")in the right hand which you could look at later once you've got the simple rhythm under your hands.

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#2045113 - 03/08/13 02:58 PM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: jazzandpeace]
Newman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 700
Loc: Australia
Linda.

I wish you and your Dad the best. Dire Tonic has given you a good start.

BTW. It's a great version of the song. (I might have a go at it myself)
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Guitar since 1966. Piano (Kawai DP80) since 2011.

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#2045149 - 03/08/13 03:54 PM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: jazzandpeace]
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4269
Loc: Arizona.
Hi Linda. I too wish the best for your dad. I tried to help by listening to this tune and playing it by ear (which I did), but realized very quickly that this tune is not about any specific melody. Instead, it is primarily comprised of a sassy beat with a whole lot of soulful singing.

This tune does not depend on the piano melodies but rather the soulful singing and input of the performer.

Simply performing this tune and singing it for him will mean so much more than any specific fingering of the basic 'beat' melody.

I would suggest spending only a few minutes figuring out the basic melody and rhythm of the tune because the success of this tune will depend entirely on the emotional input of the performer. You see, nobody will be able to sing this piece more beautifully to your dads ears than you will. This is why your performance of this piece will be nicer than anything else he has ever heard.

You can do it. He will absolutely love it too.

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#2045316 - 03/09/13 12:20 AM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Bobpickle Offline

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Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 1383
Loc: Cameron Park, California
Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Hi Linda. I too wish the best for your dad. I tried to help by listening to this tune and playing it by ear (which I did), but realized very quickly that this tune is not about any specific melody. Instead, it is primarily comprised of a sassy beat with a whole lot of soulful singing.

This tune does not depend on the piano melodies but rather the soulful singing and input of the performer.

Simply performing this tune and singing it for him will mean so much more than any specific fingering of the basic 'beat' melody.

I would suggest spending only a few minutes figuring out the basic melody and rhythm of the tune because the success of this tune will depend entirely on the emotional input of the performer. You see, nobody will be able to sing this piece more beautifully to your dads ears than you will. This is why your performance of this piece will be nicer than anything else he has ever heard.

You can do it. He will absolutely love it too.


a very nice 4000th post

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#2045358 - 03/09/13 02:58 AM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: jazzandpeace]
Brian Lucas Offline
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Registered: 09/04/11
Posts: 989
It doesn't help that the vocals are so much higher in the mix than the piano. Let us know if dire tonic's chords aren't enough, or if you're struggling through a part of it. Once you get the hang of the feel, it should get easier.
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#2046169 - 03/10/13 08:57 PM Re: Help playing a song for my dying Dad [Re: jazzandpeace]
jazzandpeace Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/07/13
Posts: 2
Thank you all very much for the help and the support. I think I am getting the hang of it, you guys are amazing!

Love and Peace,

Linda

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