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Nov 4, 2020 - 7:51:09 AM
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bsed

USA

4182 posts since 6/23/2007

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. 

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Nov 5, 2020 - 4:34:15 AM

Swing

USA

2070 posts since 6/26/2007
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check out chordify..... there are some unexpected chords in that tune...great waltz.

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Nov 5, 2020 - 8:14:04 AM
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Petimar

USA

154 posts since 9/13/2007

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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Nov 8, 2020 - 6:05:56 PM

bsed

USA

4182 posts since 6/23/2007

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

Nov 8, 2020 - 6:30:10 PM
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DougD

USA

10334 posts since 12/2/2007

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

Nov 8, 2020 - 7:31:33 PM

5501 posts since 9/26/2008

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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. 

Nov 8, 2020 - 11:06:02 PM

DougD

USA

10334 posts since 12/2/2007

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

Nov 9, 2020 - 12:29:23 PM

bsed

USA

4182 posts since 6/23/2007

very helpful.   thanks!

Dec 1, 2020 - 12:08:28 PM

Petimar

USA

154 posts since 9/13/2007

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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