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#2490345 - 05/03/13 01:11 PM Intro for "At Last"
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I am trying to get the intro to "At Last" in the key of "E". I have seen it in "F" but I am have a really hard time trying to covert it over to "E". I play it using standard tuning.
Thanks in advance.

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#2490361 - 05/03/13 02:20 PM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Wskip49]
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It's definitely in F. Are you playing it on guitar? If so, just drop everything down a fret to play it in E.
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#2490388 - 05/03/13 04:01 PM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: A String]
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You can google it looking for chord changes for At Last
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#2490389 - 05/03/13 04:06 PM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: desertbluesman]
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I tried looking for it but ran outta time
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#2490412 - 05/03/13 07:49 PM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: desertbluesman]
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I do a few jazz standards and can pick it up by ear. That intro is a bit difficult to figure out due to the chord voicings compared to what the strings are playing on the uTube Etta James version, assuming that's the one you want.

There are various inside diminished or flatted 9th chords and possibly a suspended 4th in there. If they aren't done in the proper position for that tune it won't sound right.

If I have time tomorrow I'll run through it.
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#2490413 - 05/03/13 08:12 PM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Wskip49]
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Originally Posted By: Wskip49
I am trying to get the intro to "At Last" in the key of "E". I have seen it in "F" but I am have a really hard time trying to covert it over to "E". I play it using standard tuning.
Thanks in advance.


I play this song with a female singer as a duo... in E... I'll give you the chords

E - E7 - A - F#/Bb - E - D - C#7no5addD - C -B7no5

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#2490681 - 05/05/13 09:28 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: p90jr]
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http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/etta_james/at_last_crd.htm <--- this is a great website for jazz standards...

for the most part you can intro and even do the song with one of my favorite simple turnaround patterns: E C#m7 F#m B7 cool

Ps. Welcome aboard Wskip49!


Edited by Larryz (05/05/13 09:39 AM)
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#2490686 - 05/05/13 09:49 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Larryz]
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Good Call, Larry.

The changes on that "Ultimate Tab" website are much better.

I thought the standard chord changes listed above were much too "plain vanilla" and lacked the "jazzy" sound required by the music.
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#2490689 - 05/05/13 10:04 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Fred_C]
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the chords I gave above were only the intro as recorded, which is what I thought was specifically what he was requesting... tab sites never post it because it's just a string section intro without guitar.

This guy plays the intro (capo'ed up to F) the same way I do:



that's the standard guitar interpretation of the intro that I've heard hundreds of people do.



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#2490691 - 05/05/13 10:20 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: p90jr]
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Very nice!
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#2490695 - 05/05/13 10:44 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Fred_C]
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strumming it now, and speaking of "jazzing it up," I guess I tend to go to major 7, and augmented 7, and ninth chords all through the song when I can... but I have a trained singer who appreciates that... I did fill in for someone with another (mediocre) singer who turned to me in the first verse and told me I was "throwing her off" and to play it straight, harmonically and rhythmically, which made it sound like a country song to me

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#2490697 - 05/05/13 10:46 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Fred_C]
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Thanks everyone. This seems like a great site. I've been playing for a number of years but only for fun. In the last year I have become more interested in learning chords and different arrangements of songs. Once again thank you so much.

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#2490702 - 05/05/13 11:02 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
strumming it now, and speaking of "jazzing it up," I guess I tend to go to major 7, and augmented 7, and ninth chords all through the song when I can... but I have a trained singer who appreciates that... I did fill in for someone with another (mediocre) singer who turned to me in the first verse and told me I was "throwing her off" and to play it straight, harmonically and rhythmically, which made it sound like a country song to me


Hey P-90,

Yeah. Although the tune follows a basic I-vi-ii-V progression, it certainly benefits from being harmonized in 7th's rather than 3rd's. It gives it a much more uptown, sophisticated sound. Standard chords (harmonized in 3rd's make it sound like a country (or maybe a doo-wop)tune as you observed above.

With regard to the singer who was confused by the harmony, I had commented earlier about the difference between a "female vocalist" and a "chick singer". I think a lot of us have stories like that.
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#2490709 - 05/05/13 11:24 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Wskip49]
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Originally Posted By: Wskip49
Thanks everyone. This seems like a great site. I've been playing for a number of years but only for fun. In the last year I have become more interested in learning chords and different arrangements of songs. Once again thank you so much.


Welcome aboard! It is a nice community, and a great place to ask questions about almost anything.

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#2490712 - 05/05/13 11:31 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: Fred_C]
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Originally Posted By: Fred_C


Hey P-90,

Yeah. Although the tune follows a basic I-vi-ii-V progression, it certainly benefits from being harmonized in 7th's rather than 3rd's. It gives it a much more uptown, sophisticated sound. Standard chords (harmonized in 3rd's make it sound like a country (or maybe a doo-wop)tune as you observed above.

With regard to the singer who was confused by the harmony, I had commented earlier about the difference between a "female vocalist" and a "chick singer". I think a lot of us have stories like that.


oh yeah... and nobody is annoyed more by the "chick singers" than the female vocalist I work with...

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#2491261 - 05/07/13 10:40 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: p90jr]
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I don't think the Etta James version of the song is a carbon copy of Harry Warren's original arrangement, so somebody else had to come up with the intro. That makes it fair game for anyone who wishes to do this tune to come up with their OWN intro, if the James' intro gives them a lot of trouble.
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#2491275 - 05/07/13 11:00 AM Re: Intro for "At Last" [Re: whitefang]
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I love the song and the Etta James version. I think the intro would be much easier to do on a keyboard using the strings settings. Doing the same sounding chords on the guitar offers us a challenge and you just have to do what you can with it...+1 on writing your own.


Edited by Larryz (05/07/13 11:02 AM)
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