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Easy songs you can't wrap your brain around!


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Do you guys have easy songs that no matter how long you play them you cant wrap your brain around them? I have two I play that are stock tunes for the Dukes:

 

Knock on Wood (Piano/Organ)

 

Its Alright (Organ/Vibes for solo)

 

They never seem to go anywhere and are relatively easy to play but for whatever reason I draw a blank playing them and the worse thing is I have been playing for them for years!

 

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Mingus' Fable of Faubus. I'm just not feeling the love on this one yet.

 

Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody. I SO dig this one, but no matter how we arrange it as an instrumental, without having Chaka belting that vocal it just never quite does it for me.

 

Nardis - after hearing any of Bill Evan's versions, I feel like an outsider looking in.

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I did that song with Reggae and wrote horn arrangements, We had a girl singer that sounded like Chaka a little bit.

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Interesting question - two come to mind:

 

1. You're Everything by Chick Corea. It was on the Light As A Feather album. It's absolutely gorgeous, melodic, etc. - - and you almost never sense the always changing (i think) tonal center. I can actually play it, but cannot jam on the changes or improvise on it. I don't think they blew on it on the album either. Jeez what a tune.

 

2. Love and Happiness. The R + B song. Just can't fit myself in with that one. I like it - - at my weekly blues jam gig, I pass my chair off on that tune if there's another player in the house.

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I'm struggling with Move It On Over just now. Is it Hank Williams (2 step) or George Thorogood (rock out/back beat)? The band loves it as do the audience members. I just endure it because I can't find the groove. Dead simple song that is baffling me.
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There are songs I know I've played at least a thousand times, and every now an then my brain takes the moment off and I forget how to play the damned song.

 

What causes that?

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A few songs that I love but draw a blank as far as improvising are "The Way You Look Tonight", "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "Have You Met Miss Jones". Or at least the bridge on the latter.

 

On Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz show, a guest (don't recall who) said that a certain song had such a pretty melody that he never improvised over the changes, just played the melody twice. That's kind of my approach to "It Might As Well Be Spring."

 

"Route 66" is song that I've played and sung for 25+ years and once in a while I start it in straight time like Asleep At the Wheel (we always take it off with a piano solo) instead of the usual swing beat. It's gotten so the drummer asks which it's gonna be.

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Never played the tune, but to me there's a disconnect between the intro and the vocal on Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia". To my ear, it sounds like the guitar chord and percussion establishes the "one", but then the vocal comes in then at the "wrong" time.

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Slow songs kill me because they give my mind time to think. When I think I screw up. Fast songs make me run on autopilot.

 

 

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For years I could not find the downbeat in Spirits in the Material World, until it kicked into the chorus and the backbeat took over.

 

Never played the tune, but to me there's a disconnect between the intro and the vocal on Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia". To my ear, it sounds like the guitar chord and percussion establishes the "one", but then the vocal comes in then at the "wrong" time.

 

 

This could be a whole topic on its own: "Where's The 1?"

 

First time I heard "Sunshine Of Your Love" I thought the riff started on a 2-beat. Try that, it's a brain game.

 

 

 

 

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Stay with me - The Faces (Rod Stewart)

Right after the intro and keyboard run - into the groove of the verses....

I've played it so many times and many time correct.... and it still sounds sloppy to me.

 

I always blame it on the drummer or bass player.

 

 

Oh, and I still just can't get my head around the Clav solo on Trampled Underfoot.

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2. Love and Happiness. The R + B song. Just can't fit myself in with that one. I like it - - at my weekly blues jam gig, I pass my chair off on that tune if there's another player in the house.

 

If you've gotta real B, I'm coming! Maybe my favorite "cool organ" song of all time.

Don't rush me. I'm playing as slowly as I can!

 

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Stay with me - The Faces (Rod Stewart)

Right after the intro and keyboard run - into the groove of the verses....

I've played it so many times and many time correct.... and it still sounds sloppy to me.

 

If it sounds sloppy, you are doing it just like the Faces! :D

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"Have You Met Miss Jones". Or at least the bridge on the latter.
Drop some extra changes in the bridge and you may find it easier

 

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Never played the tune, but to me there's a disconnect between the intro and the vocal on Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia". To my ear, it sounds like the guitar chord and percussion establishes the "one", but then the vocal comes in then at the "wrong" time.
That is an odd duck, isn't it? In my mind's ear, it's simple. But when I hear it on the radio and pay attention, there's something about it I just can't figure out. And then it's over. There are some songs just better left uncovered, and I think that's one of them.

 

On the same lines, my hat's off to anyone who could cover Donald Fagen's "What a wonderful world it would be" without sounding like a bunch of morons.

 

As to the original question, though -- yeah, it happens to me too but I can't think of any good examples.

 

It's funny. Some songs I really like until I work them out and sort of lose respect for them. Like, wassupwiddat? I mean, if it's a good song, being simple shouldn't take away from it. And it usually doesn't, but sometimes ... sorta like some women who look beautiful until you get to know them well, and there's just nobody THERE.

 

And other songs, seem simple but when I work them out I realize there's a lot more to them.

 

Interestingly, Paul Simon songs come in both flavors - those that are deceptively simple, and those that are deceptively complex.

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For years I could not find the downbeat in Spirits in the Material World, until it kicked into the chorus and the backbeat took over.
That's one I didn't think much of but once I learned it, I just loved playing it, even with the cheezy string sound. Having a good rhythm section definitely helped. I think it helped me with syncopation too.

 

It's a good one to try practicing alone with a metronome, with the click on the backbeat (2, 4). Getting started can be a bit of a challenge at first.

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2. Love and Happiness. The R + B song. Just can't fit myself in with that one. I like it - - at my weekly blues jam gig, I pass my chair off on that tune if there's another player in the house.

 

If you've gotta real B, I'm coming! Maybe my favorite "cool organ" song of all time.

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I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I get lost embarrassingly easily in "Hotel California." Not because I can't wrap my brain around it, but because it has changes that are both somewhat counterintuitive, and mind-numbingly repetitive. So my brain starts to wander, and next thing I know I've gone up a 4th instead of a 5th or what have you.
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On the same lines, my hat's off to anyone who could cover Donald Fagen's "What a wonderful world it would be" without sounding like a bunch of morons.

 

I.G.Y.? We do that regularly and it comes off pretty well. Didn't find it that hard to pull off.

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Here's an embarassing one. "Some kind of wonderful". I'm good all the way until the end. At the very end of the tune, I am playing whole notes, and singing bg vocals, and I sometimes get lost as to whether I should be playing the I or the IV.

|   I          | IV        |
. . Some kinda  wonderful

|   IV         | I         |
. . Some kinda  wonderful

|   I          | IV        |
. . Some kinda  wonderful

|   IV         | I         |
. . Some kinda  wonderful

I'm just saying', everyone that confuses correlation with causation eventually ends up dead.
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Anything I ever covered that 'sounded simple' that was originally done by Steve Miller Band. It must be a curse.

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I think sometimes tunes go counter to what we believe or what feels right. Sometimes when you figure a song out it does not become fun anymore. Or it is in key that is a pain in the ass to play in.

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A lot of people tend to over complicate things. Usually when I can't get something it is because I am trying to make it harder than it really is.

"It doesn't have to be difficult to be cool" - Mitch Towne

 

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2. Love and Happiness. The R + B song. Just can't fit myself in with that one. I like it - - at my weekly blues jam gig, I pass my chair off on that tune if there's another player in the house.

 

If you've gotta real B, I'm coming! Maybe my favorite "cool organ" song of all time.

One of mine as well. I played this in a band in the 80's and have made several bands since play it as well. Groovin' tune... :thu:

 

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I always do "Route 66" in straight time, a bit faster that Asleep at the Wheel. It really rocks, and the crowd always loves it. And I'll do "Move It On Over" as almost a Western Swing/Boogie Shuffle groove.

 

Back on topic, for a long time I had a problem with the intro to "Black Magic Woman" I played it right, just in the wrong key. took me a long time to wrap my brain around the key, and I still have to play a Dm7 to remind myself of where it starts.

 

There was mention of songs that gave fits locating "1"

 

To this day, I have a hard time with where 1 is until the verse starts on Deep Purple's "Maybe I'm a Leo", both the original, and Gov't Mule's version. But I absolutely love the song. The riff starts on 2.

 

"In the beginning, Adam had the blues, 'cause he was lonesome.

So God helped him and created woman.

 

Now everybody's got the blues."

 

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