Anyone know the two basic chords for Brian Auger's Happiness Is Just Around the Bend?
And if you have it the chorus as well.
Thanks in advance,
Had a quick listen to it on Youtube.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZPYkTeIF0w
I'm at work so I am limited in time and its not easy to start/stop/pause it etc. Without sitting at a piano I can't be sure that these are accurate. However I'm going to get the album now cause it sounds great!
I generally start with the left doing the bass and right on the main chord and then try to better blend the two after I fine-tune the arrangement.
So.. the intro chords as my rusty ear advises.
(F) (Bb Eb G)
(F) (A D* F) ... * there's a little Db/D accent here. There could also be a C in this chord but I'm not 100% sure.
(F) (Bb Eb G)
(F) (C F A)
Then the main song verse section when the Rhodes is improvising... its essentially 2 chords and variations of same
Cm7/F .. (F) (Bb C Eb G)
F7 9 (F) (A C Eb G)
The chorus section, where some kind of synth layers in is a trickier beast. I bet I'm off here but I think the following is on the right track.
(C) (E G C)
(C) (Eb G Bb)
(F) (Bb C Eb G)
(D) (F C D F)
(F) (Bb C Eb)
Thanks so much, I will give this a try. The album is called CLOSER TO IT and came out in 1973. The current release has 2 versions of "Happiness" both of which are tremendous! (You can get both on iTunes as well)
One of the better Rhodes jams out there IMHO.
I got it this morning on iTunes. Its being sold as a combination of two albums. Closer to It and Straight Ahead. Both are excellent I have to say. A nice combination of hammond and Rhodes and a healthy funky early 70's feel to a lot of the tracks. What more can you want!
Thanks again. One quick question (and maybe a dumb one but) what exactly doe "Ee" mean in your chord voicings?
Typo should be Eb
ahh thanks..it all makes sense now. if I had been at my Rhodes I probably would have figured it out. I guess I thought it was some kind of weird ghost note.
Once again I appreciate it and can't wait to get playin' tonight!
How about puting the words out wuith the chord changes in.
I'm still trying to figure out the lead-in chords. Getting old and my hearing isn't what it once was. Also, Anyone hve the chords to "Compaired to What" off the same album. I want to learn that catchy riff that leads into the vocals.
Check out attached. Most sites have the lyrics messed up. This is correct.
Also pay attention to voicings... I notated a few on the chart on staffs.
Brian uses a lot of 2nd and third inversions to get a scaler or chromatic harmonic motion.
Thanks for posting that, "closer to it" is one of my desert island LP's: full of great songs & a great recording too
I finally got to see Brian Auger play, a couple years ago. Fantastic! Legend
Even got a chuckle when I accused him of using his ipad for everything, and just hauling the Hammond around for show