The Streets of Laredo
In this old classic we venture into our new key of F Major and we learn how to interpret first and second time bars.
The Sheet Music:
Not all music will be written in the key of C major. The key of a piece of music is the group of pitches, or the scale upon which the music is created. The Streets of Laredo is written based on the notes of the F major scale. The scale of F major consists of the notes F G A Bb C D and E.
The key signature of The Streets of Laredo is one flat B or Bb. The key signature of a piece of music is the sharps or flats that are written that the beginning of each staff after the treble or bass clefs.
All of this means that when playing this piece, whenever we come across a B note in the music we need to remember to play the B flat instead which is the black note to the left of the B key.
The following are the style and settings choices that I used in the video demonstration. As always, let your own creativity be your guide and develop an interpretation of this song that feels right for you.
Style: Slow waltz
Accompaniment: Viennese Waltz (066)
Tone/Instruments: Strings and Wide Strings (105 and 108)
Keyboard Intro: 4 bars
Verse 1: as written using the strings (105)
Verse 2: accompaniment variation
Verse 3: as written using the wide strings (108)
Ending: repeat last phrase and slow down last bar with keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add the key of F major and first and second time bars to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include the following from previous songs that we have learned:
Time signatures: 3/4, 4/4
Note range: B below middle C to upper A
Key: C major F major
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, repeat dots, first and second time bars
Left hand chords:
Major - Bb C D F G A
Minor - Dm
Dominant 7th - C7 D7 G7 A7
Minor 7th - Am7 Dm7 Em7
Major 7th - CM7 FM7
I have located some more lead sheets in the fake book that I am using as a reference for this course that are suitable for the skill level that we have developed so far.
Bye, Bye, Love (1961) – Boudeleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
Chantilly Lace (1958) – J. P. Richardson
Hang on Sloopy (1965) – Robert Blackwell
The House of the Rising Sun (1964) – Alan Price
I Walk the Line (1956) - John R. Cash
Stand By Me (1961) – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ben E. King
Perhaps these are songs that you would like to add to your repertoire?
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne