In this old tune we revisit the world of musical contrasts, discover a new key signature, time signature and the richness of dominant 9 chords.
The Sheet Music:
"Joe Clark" is based on the notes of the D major scale. This makes the key signature of "Joe Clark" two sharps; F# and C#. This means that when playing this piece, whenever we come across a F or C note in the music we need to remember to play the F# or C# instead.
The 2/4 time signature means that we will need to count 2 beats in a bar (the top number of the time signature) and that each of these beats have the value of a crotchet or quarter note (the lower number).
In the left hand the C9, D9 and G9 symbols indicate that you need to play dominant 9th chords. All you need to do is to locate and add the 9th note to the LH major triad which is located 14 semitones from the main or root note of the chord. It is also located 2 semitones from the root note and is the same note as the add2 note. In this case, it is referred to as the 9th because the chord needs to include the dominant 7th note as well.
Check your instruction manual for your instrument's specific information regarding which keys to play in the left hand to get dominant 9th chords to sound and remember to have a look at your screen which will tell you which chord is playing.
Style: Rock Ballad
Keyboard Accompaniment - Rock Ballad
Instrument tone - Synthetic Brass 1 and 2
Tempo - 100
Intro - alternate the I and IV chords
Verse 1 - as written
Verse 2 & 3 - interlude based on chords and change tone
Verse 4 - add in droning lower chord note
Ending - arpeggio with keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add the key of D major the 2/4 time signature and dominant 9th chords 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 covered in previous tutorials:
Time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 2/4
Note range: B below middle C to upper A
Key: C major F major G major E minor D minor Bbmajor D major
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, naturals, repeat dots, first and second time bars, Da Capo al Fine, crush notes, arpeggios
Left hand chords:
Major A B Bb C D E Eb F G
Minor Bbm Dm Em Gm
Dominant 7th Bb7 C7 D7 G7 A7
Minor 7th Am7 Dm7 Em7
Major 7th CM7 FM7
Augmented 7th: C7#5, G7#5
Diminished: Edim F#dim, Adim
Half Diminished: Dm7b5
Suspended: Bbsus2 Bbsus4
Suspended 7th: C7sus
Major 6th: Bb6 F6
Dominant 9th: C9 D9 G9
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.
Some lead sheets with these features:
Dream a Little Dream (1930) – Wilbur Schwandt, Gus Kahn, Fabian Andree
Maggie May (1971) - Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton
Shake, Rattle and Roll (1954) – Charles Calhoun
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