Monday, June 08, 2009

Midlake - "Roscoe" guitar chords and lyrics

Another 'debut' band for my site! Not that Midlake are a new band ( formed in 1999, according to the ever-reliable Wikipedia ). Hailing from Texas, they list Radiohead, Jethro Tull, Grandaddy and Travis amongst their influences, which was good enough for me to give them a listen.

I liked what I heard too. I could hear the 'Tull influences in "Roscoe", but also, I thought, a hint of the Shins in the vocals and the melody.

The song has a nice gentle flow to it, and with just three chords, is pretty playable, although the chords of G#m, F# and E might be a bit daunting to early learners. If you are among this group, you should learn to transpose songs like this to an easier key, and use your capo ( if necessary ) to bring the song pitch up to the original key.

In this case I would replace the G#m, F# and E with Em, D and C ( in that order ) and put a capo on the 4th fret, so that you're playing Em shape, but actually playing a G#m chord. Check out my beginners guide to chord transposition, you will hopefully find it useful!

I have uploaded my interpretation of Midlake's "Roscoe" to my rock guitar songs page at the link below:

Miscellaneous Rock guitar songs - Midlake 'Roscoe'

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The official Midlake website is at : , and their music can be browsed or bought online at the link below:

Midlake CDs at CD Universe

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