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Thu Aug 31, 2023 4:53 pm

been a member for years
site is truly inspiring
brave enough now to offer a post ..lol
moonlight shadow mike oldfield
very much covered but still underappreciated i believe
blackmores night ,guitar instrumental band "the shadows" so many others
attempting to apply my increasing skills and knowledge (thanks much)

im thinking C# minor - almost always female vocal]
his bandmates and others on other sites Am capo IV i believe

wonderful arrpegiated interludes in several differing tones

is this fair assessment ? site worthy? i dont see it

Vanessa would "kill it"

regards
steve from long island


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Thu Aug 31, 2023 4:55 pm

intro has a gimme shelter vibe which i believe (perhaps incorrect) in C# minor as well
Y/N?

stephen from long island


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Fri Sep 01, 2023 9:57 am

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the comments and suggestion. I just checked out Moonlight Shadow. I was very surprised to hear this type of pop song from Mike Oldfield, being a big fan of his first few albums, then even Songs Of Distant Earth. I do have Crisis and somehow it never got into medium rotation.

On the other hand, I am also a fan of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, and it reminds me a bit of their later, less traditional periods.

In any case, you are correct about the feel. I think many of my TG students could use this as an ear training project. And for a clue - you have the key (C#m or E), and it only uses four chords with a basic strumming pattern. Figure out the progression and get back to me.

Neil





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Fri Sep 01, 2023 5:32 pm

thanks neil
i went for capo IV....
oldfields bandmates on live video did same
talented young lady from dubai same below



came up with .....Am F G C
walking it back C#m A B E

pass ? / fail ?

was good ear training for a hopefully intermediate


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Fri Sep 01, 2023 6:12 pm

That's a big pass! Good job.

One advantage to not using a capo is you get the power of the key of E, the beefiest open chord we have on the guitar. The C family at the 4th fret is a much gentler voicing. Sister Golden Hair is another example of one that is a bit easier to play in C at the 4th but you really lose the drive of E open in the chorus, using the E family for the B and A chords, at the 7th and 5th frets before the big landing on the open E.

Neil


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