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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Chord changes needed . . .


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sethb - Posted - 12/22/2020:  16:11:45


Does anyone have the harmony chord changes for the 16-bar verse of "Whispering"?   I have the original 1920 sheet music, but like most pre-1925 sheet music, it doesn't include any chord change symbols above the melody line.  That's because back in the day, I think banjoists were expected to figure the changes out themselves from the piano part.  Unfortunately, I know just enough music theory to be dangerous, and definitely not enough to accomplish such a feat. 



Any help with this would be much appreciated.  Our band already plays the chorus, for which leadsheets are readily available, but I'd like to add the verse, too.  Thanks!  SETH 


Edited by - sethb on 12/22/2020 16:13:13

Steven Ayres - Posted - 12/22/2020:  16:26:32


Here's the sheet from the Creole Jazz Band book.


beegee - Posted - 12/22/2020:  16:31:47


musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd....084600_U4

sethb - Posted - 12/22/2020:  16:56:10


My goodness, all these riches at my doorstep! Thanks very much gentlemen, I really should have checked these resources before bothering you!!

But thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Now we'll be able to give this 101 year-old tune its due. I've always felt that in most cases, the verse lyric helps to "set up" the rest of the song, and it's true for "Whispering" as well. I also like to add the verse instrumentally in between the choruses sometimes, so the number has a little variety to it, instead of just playing the chorus over and over again.

Thanks again for your help! SETH

jan dupree - Posted - 12/22/2020:  17:18:43


I have the melody chord tab with the chord fingering numbered. Each melody note is a full chord and it's all written out with the chord fingering. It's over 50 years old in pencil, and I will have to darken the numbers for the frets in. I will try to scan it and post it.


Edited by - jan dupree on 12/22/2020 17:19:15

jan dupree - Posted - 12/22/2020:  17:54:14


I was able to attach it. You may have to look up some of the chords. I have a chord book with all the positions, message or email me if you can't find the chord for the correct position.


Edited by - jan dupree on 12/22/2020 18:01:10


sethb - Posted - 12/23/2020:  16:06:13


Jan --- Thanks very much for the interesting leadsheet.  I've usually played this tune in the key of C, which seemed to be a better fit on the fretboard (although it did require one or two cheats on some low notes). 



I'll take a look at this version in F and see how it goes, it's always interesting to try something new!  SETH

jan dupree - Posted - 12/24/2020:  10:37:03


It's chorded note for note solo. Some inside 3 string chords.

jan dupree - Posted - 12/24/2020:  11:04:12


quote:

Originally posted by sethb

Jan --- Thanks very much for the interesting leadsheet.  I've usually played this tune in the key of C, which seemed to be a better fit on the fretboard (although it did require one or two cheats on some low notes). 



I'll take a look at this version in F and see how it goes, it's always interesting to try something new!  SETH






F is the most common key for tenor banjo solos. Back in the late 60's I played it perfect "Memorized" my Teacher wrote that at the top and had me memorize it. I also played Deep Purple and Lady Godiva by Peter and Gordon, Dream a Little Dream of Me Mamas and Pappas. But in College Bluegrass hit, I bought a 5 string, and hardly touched the tenor for 20 years. I pick it up every now and then, but some songs I stumble through now, I just stopped playing it for so long.

Omeboy - Posted - 12/24/2020:  14:22:03


Buddy Wachter's stellar version is played in Eb and F. F also allows nicely for the duo-style heard in his version performed on the plectrum.

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