Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Rhythm bone (J.J. Cale)

Why they did not include this in the Tulsa and Back album, I could never understand!

It's a simple progression, but I love the groove:

Here's the video from the sessions in Tulsa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7rbsqfG2Tg

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Feels like rain (J.J. Cale)

Basically this one is E chord for the most of the time (plus I tend to pull of from 2nd string 3rd fret to 2nd string 2nd fret at the end of a bar, or something like that):
[E]It feels like rain fallin' on my pillow

Then a walk up G, A, B, D... back to E, for this bit:
It feels like [G]storm [A]cloud [B]over[D]my[E]he-ead

The intro walks up the Em pentatonic, from open low-E to high-D (2nd string 3rd fret) almost two octaves up) and back to low E:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Brown dirt (J.J. Cale)

[E]Brown dirt, [A]stickin' to my [G]fingers
[E]Brown dirt, [A]clingin' to my [G]feet
[E]Brown dirt, [A]Mississippi bottom [G]land
[B]Pickin' that [A]cotton for the [G]man down the [E]street

Friday, July 17, 2020

Unemployment (J.J. Cale)


[D][E] Beating down the pavement,[A][B][G][A] looking for a job
[D][E] I'll do anything except  [A][B][G][A]  steal and rob

[G][A]  Unemployment [G][A][G][A] is something I can't [D][E] use 

If you [B]can't use me, [A]can you tell me something [D][E] new 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

She's in love (J.J. Cale)

This one just goes back and forth between F# and B, please check Telejazzman's fine cover on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTd9g9fwaFY

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gypsy Man (Sonny Curtis)

D ...
D D (stab of E at the end)

I'm a [D]gypsy man, on a [C]one-night [D]stand
I'm fit to be [C]loved by [A]you
I'm with a [D]gypsy band, just [C]travelling the [D]land
They'll be leaving in the [C]morning, I'll be leaving [D]too
Things like [G]love don't tie me [F#m]down
I just [Em]spread my love [D]around
Like [G]small change on [F#m]girls I don't [C]know

Friday, July 3, 2020

King City (J.J. Cale)

This one's a bit like the unknown early out-take of Drifter's wife. (Don't say I didn't tell you so!)

He apparently played it capo 2nd fret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQtbXl42zmo

"King City"

[G]I am walking to [B7]King city
[Em]Not a friend who I [C]know
[B7]I can see the lights now
[D]I can feel the city [C]glow

Well I'm [Em]walking to King [A]city
got my [G]straight walking [A]shoes
I'm [G]walking to King [A]city
got them [Em]hitchhikers [A]blues

the intro is something like this: 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Long about sundown (J.J. Cale)

[F#]Long about sundown, I [B]think about you [F#]babe
[B]Long about sundown, I think about you [F#]babe
Well I [B]work in the factory and I [A]work real hard
I [Ab]do what they say and I [G]do my job
But [F#]long about sundown, I think about you babe

Friday, June 26, 2020

Katy kool lady (J.J. Cale)

[F]Katy kool lady kool lady kool lady
Katy kool lady kool lady kool lady [C]Walking down the [Bb]street
Can I meet [F]Katy kool lady kool lady kool lady
She is a mystery
[C]She will not talk to me
[F]Katy kool lady kool lady kool lady

In the intro, the lick is a bit like:

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Go downtown (J.J. Cale)

Go downtown, gonna find myself a woman
Bring her home with me, put her in my house
Go downtown, gonna find myself a woman
[Bb]One who wants to play cat and [Cm]mouse
Go downtown, gonna walk around 'til I find her
I need some loving in my place
Go downtown, gonna find myself a woman
[Bb]Just a small taste of silk and [Cm]lace

Blonde-headed Woman (J.J. Cale)

Blonde-headed Woman (J.J. Cale)

[Gm]Blonde-headed woman
hauntin me 
In my [C] sleep
Sweet mise[Gm]ry
Blonde-headed [C]woman
Can you give me the [Gm]night
I'll be [Bb]up and [F]gone [C]over daylight

Friday, June 19, 2020

Hang ups (J.J. Cale)

This funky groove goes just C#m to E... ad nauseam. :)

Now I'm [F#]blind, crippled and crazy
And I'm [G#]hung up over you

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Maria (J.J. Cale)

Oh [Eb]Maria please call me and tell me you want me to[Bb]night
[Eb]Keep one candle burning in your bedroom, [Bb]for light
Then [F]I'll make love to you Maria, [Ab]this [Eb]very [Bb]night

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Too much for me (J.J. Cale)

[A5]Somebody touched me late last night
[C5]Last night was [D5]brother was too much for me [C5][A5]...[C5][D5][A5][E5]


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

New lover (J.J. Cale)

This one is basically Abm - Db all along. 
The instrumental bridge bit at the end I think is Abm Eb

Friday, June 5, 2020

Midnight in Memphis (J.J. Cale)

This is a straight blues, but love his classic JJ style soloing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x-FkLAdl5g

12-bar blues in G (GGGG CCGG DCGG) with this kind of a trad blues riff:
(raise a string for C and then another two frets up for D)
Solo (G minor pentatonic) at 0.25 kicks off like this:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Girl of mine (J.J. Cale)

G C G Bb A G
Well she's been [G]gone, many days now
She's been [C]gone, quite some [G]time
It ain't the same, it never [D]will be
Since I [C]lost that girl of [G]mine

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tell Daddy (J.J. Cale)

Main part is:
Am Amaj C F#7b5
Fmaj E7 Am E7

...where the chords are like this:
Am: xx755x
Amaj7: xx655x
C: xx555x
F#7b5: xx455x
Fmaj7: x879xx
E7: x767xx

then this for the "Don't try to make it by yourself" part:

and this for the instrumental bridge at the end:

Check telejazzman's take on this song, to see and hear it for yourself:

Monday, May 25, 2020

My baby blues (JJ Cale)

This is a simple throw away 12-bar blues:
Dm Dm Dm Dm
G G Dm Dm
A G Dm Dm

Bassline with the chords is like root-fifth-octave, like this for the chord of Dm (where at 'x' I strum a muted chord or a note):

The solos are Dm pentatonic.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Oh my my (J.J. Cale)

This may be off a bit, but let me know if it is, so I will fix it!

Oh My My (J.J. Cale)

Capo 2nd fret

R#1[C]She got [G]legs, R#2[C]oh my [F#m6]my
R#3[C]She got a [G]body,R#4[Fm6] caught my [Em]eye

riff #1
—————————— C G 

riff #2
—3—5——————- G F#m6

riff #3
—3—5——————- G F#m6

riff #4
—3—5————0—0— Fm6 E

[C]Talk to [G]me, [F#m6]pretty [Em]lady
[C]Pretty [G]woman you're [F#m6]hot

Fm6 = 2x12xx

Monday, August 26, 2019

Don't Call Me Joe (J.J. Cale)

Gm C Eb Bb D D
Gm D Gm C Eb Bb D D

Well I [Gm]heard that phone [D]ringing,
[Gm]ringing off the [D]walls
[Gm]I ain't going to [A]answer [F]it at [Gm]all[D]

I've [Gm]got me a pretty wo[D]man, [Gm]tucked up in my [D]bed
[Gm]I ain't going to [Eb] talk to[Bb]day, [D]messes with my head

So, [Gm]don't call me [D]Joe
Pretend [Gm] I ain't here no [D]more
Don't you know this[D]ain't no dis[Gm]guise
Just [Gm]figure I'm [D]in bed
So, [Gm]don't call me [D]Fred
[Gm]I just can't [Eb]hang out [Bb]with you [D]guys

instrumental bridge:
Gm D Gm C Eb Bb D D
Gm D Gm C Eb Bb D D

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tell you 'bout her

Am / C G / Am / Am
C G / Am / C G / Am
Am / C G / Am / Am

[Am]Let me tell you 'bout her
[C]Shout a little [G]louder
Gonna [Am]tell you 'bout her

[Am]She's one of a kind, boy
You won't [C]find another [G]like her [Am]

[C]She got a [G]thing that [Am]makes me moan
[C]She got a [G]thing that [Am]takes me home

[Am]Let me tell you 'bout her
[C]Shout a little louder
Gonna [Am]tell you 'bout her


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stay around

Stay a[G]round, stay a[C]round, [G]girl
And [A#]lets make [C]love one more [G]time
Stay a[G]round, stay [C]around, [G]girl
Ain't [A#]nothing like [C]you, you're so [G]fine

[F]Let's slip a[C]way, away into the [G]night
[F]Let's make [C]love 'til it feels just [G]right
Stay around, stay a[C]round, [G]girl
And lets make [C]love one more [G]time

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lights down low

B / F#m / F#m / B A / F#m
F#m / F#m / B A / F#m

[F#m]Keep my lights down low
Keep my lights down low
Keep my lights down [B] low
No trouble you [A]know
Keep my lights down [F#m]low

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Chasin' you

While we wait for the new album... the 1st single is Chasin you which I listened to one the day it came out and noted quickly that it is a:
12-bar blues in E (with a IV-I-IV-V bridge/B-section)

The song title list for the new album has been released, but need to wait until end of April to hear it!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rio (JJ Cale)

OK, I am (olympic) game, I'll give this timely song a try:

It's a 12-bar blues in D#m:
D#m D#m D#m D#m
F#m F#m D#m D#m
G# F#m D#m D#m

And the 8-bar bridge is:
F#m D#m F#m D#m
F#m D#m D#m D#m

The intro slide appears to be between the 4th to b3th in the key of C#. Like sliding from 5th to 7th and back on the 2nd string.

The solos appear to be from C# minor pentatonic.

....And if it ain't, just let me know, as usual! :D

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bringing it back from mexico

I've so far not touched the songs that have been in the two Cale songbooks. But this one I have seen the songbook version, but I don't play it the same, I think. Plus I tabbed out how I hear the bass part.

So here it goes, the main part goes like this:
[E]Thirty days has September[E][A][Asus4] [A] [E]

Where the latter part of it chord stab by chord stab:
[E][A][Asus4]    [Asus4][Asus4][A] [E] [A]
where the last A might be optional, but fits nicely.

The bridge is:

Bass line is something like this:
E.... G A (G) , E.... D A
...which is same as this: 
Bridge is:
E G D A... D B A... G D 
equating to this as tab: 

Friday, October 25, 2013

The place to be for JJ fans on Facebook

Just in case not everybody knows, the virtual place to be for JJ Cale fans is nowadays: https://www.facebook.com/groups/331298470326024/

I am in the process of transcribing a tape of my recent interview with Jimmy Karstein (Cale's drummer)... I hope it will be published online soon.

Friday, March 15, 2013

New lover (J.J. Cale)

This one's in Ab. If anybody has any changes for this please let us know! I just play the darn Abm all the way through, and mimicing the riffs 7s6 part by quickly playing D chord to Db chord.

I only have the the main repetitive riff:


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Perfect woman" (J.J. Cale)

I still don't hear any chord changes in this, just the Cm (or C5)....

The main riff varies somewhat along the way, but here's approximation of the way it's played at around 51s:



Basically that looks to me like a Cm7 arpeggio.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Clapton album has JJ playing on one song

Clapton's new album is streamable this week on Wall Street Journal's site: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/03/05/exclusive-hear-eric-claptons-new-album-old-sock-first/

"Angel" has JJ Cale on guitar and vocals (according to Amazon).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Some youtube covers

It's been long time, coming back home...

Some great new JJ covers on the toob now:
Crazy Mama with the slide and all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg4d0fad30

This guy has put up a dozen terrific covers: http://www.youtube.com/user/telejazzman

a Great version of Clyde: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyyO-3g12jo

Mandolin Cocaine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNotawLHbyk

An eerie After mindnight take: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYyxH5UGs84

Acoustic jam of a Breeze: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or81Tx3P0sI

It might also be worth checking some Paul Benjaman band versions of JJ Cale, like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6eggjk7QM

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZZvgj1iLCE


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: http://tela.sugarmegs.org/alpha/j.html

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDiCJIJqwHU
Some rarish (not ultra-rare though) songs popping up also, like a couple posted by this guy: http://www.youtube.com/user/mylomaster

Also, as a bonus, found this small and extinct blog about Mark Knopfler guitar style: http://mkguitarstyle.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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, ...it'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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFOzPY_ZF0c 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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My gal

I was watching the "To tulsa and back" DVD and realized he played this little tune acoustically.

Looking visually at what he plays, it was basically:
open E chord all the way except
B, A as a quick turnaround.

Don't even have the original here to listen, nor my guitar in my hands to check, so I'll just accept it is like that and the same on record too. :D

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Super blue

Super blue... another Grrrrrrrreat mood setter here!

Here's cover with a cello! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeph019rpoI

The chords are:
G , C, G, C... for the main part
and then Eb, D, G for the "got yourself another man" part

The intro lick is approximately like this:


If You're Ever In Oklahoma

This fun little country blues number goes like this for the main part:
A, C, D, A

To mimic the country V-I feel of the bass, you can play it like this for example (playing bass strings with thumb while muting them palm of the picking hand):

...and then D, A for this part:

And they don't [D]care about Dallas, [A]Texas
And they don't [D]care about Wichi[A]ta

Here's a great youtube cover of this song:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Youtube JJ covers, part 2

Yeah, haven't been active with the blog. Just too busy with family to do any playing, really.

I did visit Paris over the weekend, and saw this ad on TV:


I thoroughly dig it, though not getting a Citroen anytime soon. 

Anyway, I was checking Youtube for some new JJ covers. There's plenty of them, favorites a long bunch. Here's some of the top ones I found this time around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jd2JhHUwgk (Dewey Paul is planning to release a Cale cover album!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chuf10X4fKQ (creat JJ style guitar on this)

...and gotta love a John Cale getting pissed off as being mistaken for another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2t4K2sUI34

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"End of the line"

This is an approximation, again, and none of the bluesy licks tabbed now...

[A]Trains don't run forever[C#m7]
[D]Fire goes out sometime [A][F#m][A]
[A]Gotta tell you, baby
[B7]We've come to the [E]end of the [A]line .... [A][E]






Saturday, October 16, 2010


One of these elusive simple tiddies again...

This is and stays in Dm. The groove is a bit difficult get into (or out of! :D ), maybe. But it's all fretting hand muting and loose strumming hand stuff.

The bass line is: D D D A C. It can be played all on the 5th string, for example: 5th fret D note, open string for A, and 3rd fret for C.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

City girls

This is one true classic, only just realized I hadn't covered it in my blog...

...must be because I was too lazy or scared to pick the wonderful guitar solo. Sounds like Reggie Young on a stratocaster, to me. Could be that I am wrong. It might be a telecaster. :P

This a simple country number in E. Basically the chords are A A E E B B E E*. Where the last bar of E is cut after the first beat.

[E, no chord]City girls they're all right[A]
They just want you for the [E]night
But when the morning comes at [B]dawn
City girls they all [E]gone
This is an approximation of the 1s intro kick off (that's also used in place of the [no chord] part):

Saturday, August 28, 2010


This one's to honor the greatest JJ Cale cover band I know of: TALK TO THE CAT!  Please go their site and check their music (Oh, man the the stone JJ groove they have for Right down here!):  http://talktothecat.nl/Intro.php ...And book them for gig!

If Talk to the cat had not recorded this small gem, I would never have realized how good a song it is. And I still think of their version first, not the original. Although Number 10 is the first JJ album I bought the day it hit the shelves, I never liked it, it's also the most disappointing record of his, due to the sound. I wish he re-recorded all of it!

Anyway, I copped this off the Talk to the cat version:

The chords are:
Gm D
Gm C

Chorus ("Now she's gone... the passion ... still lies in me")
Gm Bb
Gm D

For their CD, the singer and main guitarist of this band played a Gibson Standard USA 1990 and through a Rivera Jake Studio and the other guitarist played a (rosewood fingerboard) Telecaster. Not that anybody cares, but I asked about it once, as I was interested about the tone they got. You can see their gear listing on the site, too.

...and while all you guys are at it, do check the Dutch JJ fan site too: http://www.jjcale.nl/index.html

...and go listen sneak preview's of new Eric Clapton album, with two JJ songs and JJ himself on it: 'Eric Clapton' Sounds good, almost as good as Talk to the cat! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Old Man And Me

Haven't got much on this, but just to mark a celebration here:
If I have my stats right, I started of with a list of 69 * 2 = 138 JJ songs to tab... and now have tabbed (to some extent) exactly half of them!

Anyway: Old man and me.

This just stays on Bb chord with alternating bass (Bb and F alternating). You can take a Bb barre chord at first or sixth fret and alternate between the 6th and fifth strings (with strums in between)

The solo bit at around 1min into the song is Bb major pentatonic, I think, and starts approximately like this:

Former Me

This is a great track! He just keeps putting out great stuff, I say!

The chords:

The main part is: 
Bm F# ...6 times, then the ending:
Bm A Bm

the "Those days..." bridge is:
G A Bm.... 3 times, then the ending:
A G F#

And don't forget the great youtube cover by Harry de Visser.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Roll on mama

Number 10 is the record I never listen to... just don't like the sound of it at all. So I'll skip the screechy solos...

The chords are:
Fm Bb Ab again again and again...
except for the "chorus" bit that goes:

I gotta [Ab]roll on, Mama
[G]Things been movin' too [F]slow


This is in C, and I don't hear any changes, just C all the way through.  (SEE COMMENTS FOR SUGGESTION THAT IT'S MORE LIKELY FMAJ7 CMAJ7)

This is the intro (C major pentatonic):