Ode to Billy Joe

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Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:59 am

I am struggling with timing on this piece, could you show where the chord changes on the words? Thanks!

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Thu Jan 06, 2022 5:45 pm

Thanks for the message and welcome to TG. I generally do not put chords over words in lessons for a few reasons, which I may elaborate on tomorrow on the Weekly Update.

One reason is that I believe it is really important to understand the chord progression, be able to hear the changes, and have that memorized well before trying to sing the song. Another is that the original performer may not even put them in the same place each time they play it.

I recommend playing along with the original as well, and paying attention to the phrasing in small chunks, like just where the first word of each phrase starts. Listen, listen, listen...


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