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