Saturday, May 07, 2011

Guitar Chords and Lyrics "Aretha" by Rumer

Rumer is a British female pop/soul singer born in Pakistan. Her voice has been compared to many great female singers, including the late Karen Carpenter, but her vocals are a unique brand of sweet, bluesy and sultry, and I believe she will go on to be a huge star in her own right.

I had previously posted my chords and lyrics version of her first single "Slow", from her debut album "Seasons of the Soul". "Aretha" is the second single taken from the album, and is another gorgeous soulful ballad.

Rumer is already a hit with some top names in the business, having toured with Jools Holland and Joshua Radin among others, and has the distinction of having had a number of songs written especially for her by the great Burt Bacharach.

I have worked out my chords and lyrics version of "Aretha", and added it to my Soul Songs Guitar Chords page at the link below. The song is in the key of F major, which means there is a tricky enough selection of chords involved.

The chords are F, B flat, G minor, E flat, E flat minor, D minor and C minor. I would normally suggest transcription to a lower key, using a capo to bring the pitch up to the correct key, but in the final verse there is a key change from F to G, the chords here being G, C, A minor, F, F minor, D minor, and E7th.

Transcription would produce an easier set of chords for the main body of the song, but even more difficult chords for the last verse. In any case, the original chords just fit the bluesy feel of the song, so it is worth while putting in the extra effort to practice these chords.

You can try out my version of the song at the link below:

Guitar chords and lyrics to "Aretha" by Rumer

Play along with the video above, or on Youtube at Rumer "Aretha" on YouTube

Go to CD Universe to browse Rumer albums and other works: Rumer music at CD Universe

Rumer's official website is at

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