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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Chords for Martin's Waltz


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bsed - Posted - 11/04/2020:  07:51:09


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. 



Thanks gang!

Swing - Posted - 11/05/2020:  04:34:15


check out chordify..... there are some unexpected chords in that tune...great waltz.

Play Happy

Swing

Petimar - Posted - 11/05/2020:  08:14:04


D F# G Em A A D D D F# G Em A A D D

A. C#m F#m A E. E. A. F#m. A C#m F#m A. E E A A

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bsed - Posted - 11/08/2020:  18:05:56


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.


Edited by - bsed on 11/08/2020 18:08:02

DougD - Posted - 11/08/2020:  18:30:10


I would certainly try the chords Pete suggested. I don't know this tune, and don't have time to try and figure it out, but the D- F# change seems right to me.


Edited by - DougD on 11/08/2020 18:30:42

ChickenMan - Posted - 11/08/2020:  19:31:33


quote:

Originally posted by DougD

I would certainly try the chords Pete suggested. I don't know this tune, and don't have time to try and figure it out, but the D- F# change seems right to me.






Agreed. 

DougD - Posted - 11/08/2020:  23:06:02


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.


Edited by - DougD on 11/08/2020 23:17:21

bsed - Posted - 11/09/2020:  12:29:23


very helpful.   thanks!

Petimar - Posted - 12/01/2020:  12:08:28


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.

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