Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fonda-Lina (J.J. Cale)

Well, there's the Gm, bu I just don't know if the other chord is Dm(7) or F(6). Your pick. I like to strum it like this:

Throwing [Gm]flowers out her [Dm]window
And [Dm]smiling like she [Gm]can
Must try it [Dm]hard to attract the [Gm]men
With her [F]bosoms hanging [G]over [F]the window [Gm]sill
It's a story as old as [F]Jesus
Fonda-Lina has a void to [Gm]fill

Digital blues (J.J. Cale)

I always found this song very dull. But I guess that was the point. :D The only positive is that it reminds me of the old "In the year 2525" tune.

But here's my best guess now:
I got the [C#]digital blues, my soul is just another number
I got the [F#]digital blues, my soul is just [C#]another number
[G#]You check it out, we're all the same
[F#]You check it out, we're one again
[C#]I got the digital blues, my soul is just another number

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Okie (J.J. Cale)

This one is in Eb. I assume this was played tuned down a fret, but here is what I managed to "transcribe" for the first 12s in standard tuning:





Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shanghaid (Audie Ashworth, J.J. Cale)

Verse is: F# A B

[F#]Hong Kong, Tokyo and [A]Singa[B]pore

Chorus is F# A B F#

[F#]Shanghaid, [A]Shanghaid
[B]Been locked up and [F#]Shanghaid

Woke up this morning (J.J. Cale)

kicks off with: E... A G E

For the vocal parts, it is just G and E, G and E, G and E...
[G]I woke up early this [E]morning

Then for the rest it sounds like just E (bass line is something like E E A B   E E A B)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Where The Sun Don't Shine (J.J. Cale)

Maybe I need to confirm this another time, but the progression appears to be like this:



and is the one part before solo actually:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hard love (J.J. Cale)

Revisiting the very first song I tried to tab in this blog... now I hear it like this:
This ditty, to me, is just: Fm E D E
And the bridge section is: B Fm B Fm...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Old Friend (J.J. Cale)

This song appears revolve around a simple D/// C/G/ D/// progression.

How you [D]been
It would [C]be so [G]nice to [D]see you
My old friend

Except there is a longer "my old friend" ending (check around 2m40s):
I've gotta [C]call my old [D]friend

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Leaving In The Morning (J.J. Cale)

I don't know if this is all correct... but. oh well... please correct if I am wrong! :)

Tell ol' Jesse he can have a guitar
Tell ol' [A]Bob he can have my dog
Tell ol' [G]Frank he's welcome to it
If he [D]thinks he wants my job
Tell every[G]body they can have my home
They're gonna [D]have it anyway [G]
I'm [D]leaving [A]in the [D]morning
And I[G] won't be [A]back [D]as well

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No progress here, anybody have any helpers?

I have not been posting anything as I haven't been able to get together anything worth posting.

Here's an approximate list of songs that I have not been able to post tab to yet (with some guesses about the key for some of them):

 10 - She's in love -- F#
 11 - Shady grove
 07 - Durango
 05 - Too Much For Me
 01 - Death In The Wilderness
 01 - Long Way Home --- B
 03 - New Lover-- Ab
 04 - Down To Memphis --- F
 06 - Borrowed Time -- Dm
 07 - I'm a Gypsy man
 08 - Brown Dirt  -- E
 08 - Perfect Woman  -- C
 09 - Old Blue  -- D
 09 - Rio -- C#m
 11 - Motormouth -- D
 12 - Nobody Knows --- G
 13 - Another Song
 13 - Humdinger

Anybody have some pointers for these songs? ...Pleeeeease... :) Chords, licks, solos, anything...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Let me do it to you

Well, this funky ditty is in B, don't hear any changes, again. The short solo thing around 45s onwards appears to be B blues scale. 

The first riff, up to like 56s,  is something like this. 

in all sorts of variations... then it's this kinda thing:



That's all for now. Anything to add, or correct? 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Guitar Man (J.J. Cale)

There's like 30 songs left to "tab", and I have trouble in getting into any of them now. :/

This one appears to be similar to "Bringing in back", and I only here this for progression:

There might be more to it than that, but I just don't hear it. :/

Friday, August 26, 2011

Steve's Song (J.J. Cale)

I could never got the purpose of this "song". So I am not really all that worried if my chords below are not 110% correct. Please do tell me if they aren't!

main part:
C7 Gm
C7 Gm
C7 Gm
Bb F D


Ride Me High (J.J.Cale)

Well, this tiddy has eluded me... because chordwise there's nothing happening.

I think it's:
Dm ... for forever... then drops down two frets to C for the instrumental break part. At least live versions appear to be like that.

The bass line drives the songs. Sometimes live it's been just D A D A bassline, but other times with a A C walk-up back to D.

Looks like it was played two frets down here in 2004:


Like You Used To (J.J. Cale)

[F#m]Cry me a [A]tune [E]in the [F#m]morning,
[F#m]sing me the [A]blues [E]every [F#m]night
[F#m]Tell me that you [A]really [E]love me [F#m]baby,
[C#]and everything is [F#m]alright

[B]Home, I've been away from home, [F#m]I'm a travelling man
[B]Welcome me back any time, [C#]you are the only one who can

A lovely tune to strum to! :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Playing In The Street (J.J. Cale)

Chord progression, solo... I don't know, I don't hear any.

I do hear the bass track, which appears to be all in G major:
the main part is a basic Root-Fifth bass line

and for the instrumental parts like this:

and this:


JJ Cale bootlegs online

Just in case somebody doesn't know, there are a bunch of JJ bootlegs as low quality WMAs at:

I dig them, and I know JJ is fine with bootlegs. I just wish he released all the stuff that he has in his archives! The last tour was recorded in it's entirety, for example.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Orleans (J.J. Cale)

I still think the Travel-log album never received the praise it fully deserves. Also it has the last songs with a real vintage JJ solo tone (I mean I assume he played his Harmony on record for the last time here...). Lovely noodlings on this one too, will come back to them.

Have you [E]ever been down to [B]New Orleans
[E]Lord, lord, them [A]crazy queens
[E]Crying the blues [B]is what they do down [E]there

[D]Money dripping from a willow tree
[E]He never wanna leave
[D]Lazy bones, I ain't got a dime [E]
Just [B]biding my time
[A]If I [B]find a [E]way to [A]choose
[E]New Orleans, where they're crying the blues

E blues scale solo kicks off at 1m10s like this:


Crying Eyes (J.J. Cale)

Ok, not much to go with,...
but I'll throw it out there, maybe somebody has more and can comment... :)

F# all the way through except:

I get so lonely, [B]lonely, [A]lonely
It ain't [F#]easy

intro takes of like this: 
...which basically spells out a F# minor pentatonic scale 
(here tabbed in what some call the Box #2). 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bluebird (J.J. Cale)

Just the chords, as I hear them:

[Bm]Bluebird, [D]bluebird [E]where you [Bm]been
[Bm]Man it's been a [D]while since I've [E]seen you [Bm]friend
[Bm]Looking out my [F#]window [Bm]all I ever [E]see
[Bm]My re[D]flection, [E]bluebird and [Bm]me

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stories of Tulsa music in the 50s on Rock of Ages

Here's a nice clip about JJ Cale and other Tulsa musicians in Tulsa:

Bill Raffensperger played great but I guess his name was just too much to some...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm still here, plus a couple of youtube clips

Yeah, it's been a while, but just letting you know that I'm still here... :) Been busy and lazy.

This is a fun Cocaine cover with a set of Swedish lyrics:
Some rarish (not ultra-rare though) songs popping up also, like a couple posted by this guy:

Also, as a bonus, found this small and extinct blog about Mark Knopfler guitar style:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fonda-Lina (J.J. Cale)

[Gm]Throwing flowers out her [Dm]window
And smiling like she [Gm]can
Must [Dm]try it hard to attract the [Gm]men
With her [F]bosoms hanging [Gm]over [F]the window [Gm]sill
It's a [Gm]story as old as [F]Jesus
Fonda-Lina has a void to [Gm]fill

Devil's Nurse (J.J. Cale)

The main part of verse sounds like just Ebm all the way through, then the "chorus" is like:

A devil's [Ab5]woman
With the devil's [Ebm]curse
Satan's [Ab5]lady
She was the devil's [Ebm]nurse

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Roll On (J.J. Cale)


Chorus ("roll on, just keep rolling on"):

I wonder how come then it's marked as key of F# in the set list of Seattle 2009?

Strange Days (J.J. Cale)

Strange [B]days
That's come up[E]on us
Strange  [B]ways
This time of [E]ours
There is no [A]meaning
For this to [E]happen
Strange [B]days
It seems so [E]far
Used to [A]be
Everything was [E]falling
Right in [B]place
Where it all would [E]be
Something's [A]changed
I sometimes [E]wonder
Could I get [B]back
Where we used to [E]be

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ain't Love Funny (J.J. Cale)

Intro: D (except a drop to G at the very end)

[D]She brings me flowers from the waterwell
Aint' love [A]funny that [D]way
This [Bm]woman's touch, [F#]it is too much
Tingles right to the [Bm]bone
Her [Bm]hand's so slight with a [F#]wink in her eyes
Keeps me comin' back [Bm]home

Crying (J.J. Cale)

Not many would kick off an album with this sad and simple "reggae" ditty...?

Anyway, not much for me to say, but I'll say it anyway.

To me this just stays on the one... which is Gm, upstrummed on the high strings (like xxx333, for example).

The bas(s)ic bass riff is:
G.. D.. F G x
...where the x denotes a muted note.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

This Town (J.J. Cale)

The basic chord progression is
4 times |Fm      | Bb Fm|
where, for the first Fm chord, pick through the chord, so these notes before changing to Bb chord:
F, C, Eb, C.

Then I think it's this the "chorus":
| Fm     | Ab      | Fm     | Ab
| Fm     | Bb Fm|
| Fm     | Bb Fm|

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Since You Said Goodbye (J.J. Cale)

This is a simple 8-bar blues in E:

Yeah, a nice solo in there, in E minor pentatonic. Played with a wah wah pedal, I think? Anyway, a classic JJ tone of old.

Santa Cruz (J.J. Cale)

This goes approximately like this:
Em | G A | ... endlessly.

Except for the "Well we didn't play long it booed too soon" part:

[A]we didn't play long it [Em]booed too soon
ending with:
[A]I thought we had played his [Em]favorite song[B]

Friday, April 15, 2011

Keys to JJ songs tabbed so far

So, here's the list of keys to the tabbed songs on this blog.

I am not listing minors separately. So I am technically wrong on many of them. So key of Am I consider to be just key of A, not key of C of key of Am etc.

No songs in C# then, eh? Maybe Cloudy day is? Don't know, haven't tabbed it, but the tab on the net kicks of with C#m. 

Key of E is the top choice, then... well, blues in E is the basic vehicle for blues guitarists... did Lightning Hopkins every do anything but? Jimmie Lee Vaughan does play in other keys too, but it's only becayse he owns a capo. :D

...and for something rather different, here's also a nice "Drifter's wife" cover I found the other day: 

Change your mind (J.J. Cale)

Sounds like a simple three chord ditty in E:
[E]I detect a side-effect of a [A]complicated life
[E]The edge is on, [A]sharp as a knife
[E]Underground tremor, [B]stop it with a dime
[A]Hey girl, call me if you change your [E]mind
(Now added the key of the song as a search key to this post, will add to all others too. So If one wants to play in key of E, just click on the "key of E" label to see all post with songs in key of E. etc) 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Closer To You (J.J. Cale)

Hi,'s been a while!

This little ditty appears to go like this:
Verse: D C D
Chorus: G F G D

[D]Wish I was a stocking clanging to your [C]thigh
Everytime you'd move around I'd view you walking [D]by
[G]Closer, [F]closer, [G]closer to [D]you

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


As per request from Julian, here's a quick one:

"Traces" to my ears is like this:
[B]Traces of [G]loving a [D]life I re[B]member

Except the bridge section that kicks off with "Time has brought some changes" is:
[G]Time has [D]brought some [B]changes"

[G]Where is the [D]seed, [A]that we [B]need
[G]Keeps our [A]love a[E]live
...Could be that I am wrong in so many ways, so let me know if I am!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Low Rider (J.J. Cale)

[See Matteo's comment for corrections! :) ]

Key of F#(m) again...

Intro start off:

[F#5]She is my [B5]low rider
[F#5]She is my [B5]low rider
[F#5]Some say she's [A5]bad, but she's [Ab5]better than [F#5]no rider

(I am not 100% on the last line of this progression though... so any help/ideas?)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stone River (J.J. Cale)

As per request from Ray, here's the Stone River song. He's released two versions.  You can hear them back to back here: I am basing my post here on the version you hear on the vid first, the version that sounds basically just acoustic guitar and organ.

Anyway, sounds like the key of F# minor.

The intro licks are using the F#m pentatonic (like on 9th fret on e string and then playing around the 5th and 7th frets on B and e strings).

Intro is F#m chord, except for a drop to A at around 19.5s and then to B and then back to F#m. .

For the verse it's just the F#m chord, except for a quick stab to B once in a while:
[F#m]Water ain't runnin' no more[B][F#m]

This is the chorus progression:
[F#m]Man he done [B]cut if off
And [F#m]moved it all [B]around

The outro is a bit like this (still the same F# minor pentatonic as before):

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Days Go By (J.J. Cale)

This simple smoky ditty is just
Abm(7) Ebm(7)
back and forth...

The solo picks off in Ab minor blues scale.

(post #100, song tab #86, still 54 to go!)

What Do You Expect (J.J. Cale)

This is another great groove.... 

What I hear is basically just two chords. For most of the song it's the Hendrix chord (which also features in JJ's Money talks) E7#9.

The only chord change is that there's an A7 at this point for two bars:
What do you ex[A7]pect
Caviar and candlelight[E7#9]

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You Got Me On So Bad (J.J.Cale)

Intro: E9 Eb9 D9
[D9]Oh Baby, you got me on so bad
[C#9][A7]I think that you're the wickedest woman that I ever had
[C#9][D9]Sometimes you make me [C#9][D9]feel so complete
[A7]You take away my [G]troubles, [F)put my mind at ease
The quick drops to C#9 vary a bit, so you have to hear for them yourself, I've just notated some of them above.
JJ solo starts off like:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chains of love (J.J. Cale)

Nice little number, this is what I got for it, don't know if it's full or 100% correct, but it's my best shot with the time I had... :D

[Gm]Chains of [Gm]love, won't [F]let me be
[C]They keep haunting, [Gm]haunting me


[Dm]That old key, I've yet to [Gm]find
[Dm]That unlocks, those [Gm]ties that [Eb]bi[D]nd

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Step Ahead Of The Blues (Roger Tillison)

The progression for this one is:
D E x 2; for the verse
D A E; for the "It's bad for your brain and that's true" or "one step ahead of the blues" kind of parts, intro and the short solo bits)

Great searing lead in this one. Maybe ought to check who actually played it. Sounds like E minor pentatonic around the 10-15th fret.

Doctor Told Me (J.J. Cale)

This one is simple and not all that memorable. It's a 12-bar blues with the first 4 bars doubled... so a 16-bar blues, then...?

F#5  x  8
B5 B5 F#5 F#5
C#5 B5 F#5 F#5

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Feeling In Love (J.J. Cale)

In the Key of F (mixolydian) and the solo bits appear to be in F minor pentatonic.

[F]Feeling in love, [Eb]I want to testify
[Bb]Little time it will [F]take me

[Eb]The way you [F]make my day
[Eb]The things you [F]do and say

Wish I Had Me A Dollar (J.J. Cale)

This  simple number only to be found on the multiple disc collections, AFAIK. Like The 3CD Collected or the 2CD Anthology.

This one's a 12-bar blues in D:

Again, most eveident through the V-I bass line.

The solo takes off going back and forth between C and A notes (on the B-string 13th and 10th fret) and then landing on the 12th fret B. So basically I guess you could say the solo is in D mixolydian.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Louisiana Women (J.J. Cale)

Oh I looove the mood of this song.

It's a 12-bar blues in A:

The bass line follows a country style V-I figure. So A-E for A and D-A for D and E-B for E. With some nice walk-ups in between.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Takin' Care Of Business" (J.J. Cale)

The #8 album has some nice suprises. I never liked the album, really, sounds thinner (due to first time digital recording?) and all that.

Anyway, this one's a nice little boogie number that introduces the band members, so wonder why he doesn't play this live much?

Key: F#.The intro is mostly the F# minor pentatonic.

Chords are:

[B]Tim Drummond's on bass, Jim Keltner's on the [F#]drums
[B]They'll put it right on you for a shot of [F#]rhum
[B]I'll tell you right now it's a [F#]funky [C#]beat
[A]Downtown, [Ab(m)]takin' care of [F#]business on the street