Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Guitar Chords for Randy Newman "Jolly Coppers" and "My Old Kentucky Home"

Continuing with my improvement and audit project for the older songs on my website PJs Guitar Chords and Lyrics ,  today I'm taking two songs from my Randy Newman page, "Jolly Coppers" ( from the "Little Criminals" album ) and "My Old Kentucky Home" ( from the "12 Songs" album )

You can check out the updated pages with these songs, complete with embedded videos of the songs to play along with, at the links below.

Note:  for "Jolly Coppers", I've chorded the song in the key of G - in the video Randy plays it in F#.  This would lead to a really complex set of chords, so I figure most learning guitarists would prefer to play it in G, just a semitone higher.  This means that to play along with the video, you will need to tune each string on your guitar down one semitone, i.e.  Eb Ab C# F# Bb Eb ( or put a capo on the 11th fret! ).  In this case it would be best to just listen to the song, learn the rhythms, strumming patterns and vocal nuances, and then pick up the guitar and try to play the song in G, having learned how the song should sound and 'feel'.   

"Jolly Coppers" features the chords G  D6 ( x00230 ) Cmaj7  Am7  Em7  Bm7  C and C/D ( 030210 ) ( see Guitar Chords for Jolly Coppers )

"My Old Kentucky Home" can be played with just the chords G  D7 and C ( with Capo on 2nd Fret ). You could play without Capo, using chords A E7 and D, but I thing the song sounds better played in the key of G, see Guitar Chords for My Old Kentucky Home )

I've added these transcriptions to the other Randy Newman songs on the page, which will be updated later, you can find them all at the link below:

Guitar chords and lyrics to songs by Randy Newman

Video - Randy Newman "Jolly Coppers"

Video - Randy Newman "My Old Kentucky Home"
Play along with the videos above to help you learn the tempo, strumming etc.

Go to CDUniverse to browse Randy Newman albums and other works: Randy Newman music at CDUniverse
If you're looking to improve your guitar playing, check out my friend Dan Denley's great Acoustic Guitar Lessons site.

Enjoy your music!

P.J. Murphy
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