Does anybody play this waltz (the Benny Martin tune in the key of D and A)? I'd like to know what chords work best so I can help out the guitar player I've been playing with. I can get some of them, but there might be some passing chords I won't get w/out help.
So far I've been able to piece these chords together for the first part:
D--- Bm---G---G---A---A---D---D--- :| where each dash = a strum
Then for the second part (in A) I came up with this fairly unimaginative chord sequence. Charlie Walden would tell me that it is very "un-Rules" -like. Still, since I don't consider myself much of a guitar player, I just wanted to find something that worked:
A--- --- --- --- E--- --- A --- ---
And after I play the B-part the second time, I hit 3 notes on the A string (0 1 4) for a bass run which leads to the D chord in the first part.
I've not heard Benny Martin play this , but I just listened to Erica Brown (a fine young fiddler from Maine), Patti Kusturok, and Charlie Walden and I'd say Pete's chords for the A part are right. That D-F# change is essential to the tune, and the Em chord is pretty obvious. The B part seems a little more variable. Charlie plays something like what Pete suggested, but those minors might be considered "extras" or passing chords (substitutions really). I think Erica gets along with just A and E. Hope this helps.
The B part can definitely play just A and E and work fine, the others are substitution chords but move very nicely. It's been years since I heard Benny's version so I don't recall the chord played on that. I play this tune often and the chords I wrote are what everyone in the NW plays for this. When I started attending Weiser in the 70s, a LOT of folks played this, not so common anymore. Too bad, great tune.