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