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  • François RAVEZ 11:59PM

Douce Ambiance Intro

MusetteMusette New
edited June 2010 in Repertoire
Does anyone know what chords did Django played for the intro of his song?? you know, those that he played while the clarinet plays the D repeatedly.
I'm not very good at transcribing chords by ear. :oops:


Thanks

David

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  • BonesBones Moderator
    edited May 2010
    The ones I always play are these (not sure if that's on the recording or where I got them)

    D7
    EbMaj7
    E7
    F(6)
    Bb(6)
    EbMaj7
    Am7(sus)
    D7
    Find the inversions that you like the sound of over the D pedal in the melody.
    I like:
    D7/A
    EbMaj7/G
    E7/G#
    F(6)/A
    Bb(6)
    EbMaj7/G
    Am7(sus)
    D7/A

    I don't know how to notate this on the computer but if you're having trouble finding chord forms that you like I can write it out on a piece of paper and try to scan it in and post it.

    Hope that helps :-)

    PS- using Periclimenes' notation (next post) here's what I use:

    5x45xx
    3x13xx
    4x24xx
    5x35xx
    6x57xx
    3x13xx
    5x55xx
    5x45xx

    I like the 3 note chords, darker and stays out of the way of everyone else.
  • periclimenespericlimenes Santa Ana, CANew
    Here's what I hear on the Django recording:

    Strings:
    654321

    Chords (top to bottom)

    00023x (D)
    x1203x (E half diminished)
    0x213x (E7)
    13323x (F)
    x1333x (Bb)
    x1103x (Eb maj 7)
    5x555x (A min 7)
    55455x (D7)
  • Thank you guys, i'm gonna try them right now and see which ones do i like more and sound the closest to Django.
    Thanks again.
    David
  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    he's recorded it twice, the first time he recorded it , he used very simple voicings that clashed with the D pedal

    like

    D9 = 554555

    and he'd move it up chromatically

    then Bb = 688788

    etc...

    the second time he recorded it he used open voicings
  • JackJack western Massachusettsâś­âś­âś­âś­
    Here are two versions I sometimes play (neither is off a record, though)

    x547xx
    x657xx
    x767xx
    x877xx
    6x57xx
    x657xx
    5557xx
    x545xx (stop)

    More open version:
    2x023x
    3x033x
    x2013x
    x3023x
    1003xx
    xx103x
    x0203x
    x5453x (stop)
  • gotgenesgotgenes Blacksburg, VA, USANew
    Here are two voicings that, from what I can surmise by restricting the use of my own hand, Django could have presumably still played with his disability. They both keep the pedal tone of D through all the chords, which is of central importance.

    First is a fuller voicing, which appears in large part in Michael Horowitz's [i]Gypsy Rhythm[/i] book (much worth purchasing if you don't have it yet).
    [code]
    EADGBE
    654321
    ------
    x0023x D(7)/A
    x1103x EbMaj7/Bb
    x2213x E7/B
    x3323x FMaj6/C
    x1333x BbMaj6
    x1103x EbMaj7/Bb
    5x553x Dsus4/A
    x0453x D7/A*
    [/code]

    This second one mostly uses three-note voicings, which Django was quite fond of, making it another candidate.
    [code]
    EADGBE
    654321
    ------
    x547xx D(7)**
    x657xx EbMaj7
    x767xx E7
    x877xx FMaj6
    6x57xx BbMaj6
    x657xx EbMaj7
    5557xx Dsus4/A
    x547xx D(7)**
    [/code]

    * [b]Note:[/b] Horowitz instead denotes this D7 using a standard fingering:
    [code]
    x5453x
    [/code]
    It's unclear to me that Django could have ever used this voicing of a dominant 7th chord, given that his ring finger and pinky were all but inseparable on his fretting hand. Instead, by using the open A, it's quite conceivable he still could have achieved the voicing having to fret only three out of the four strings using, from top to bottom, the middle, ring, and pointer fingers, so I present this D7/A variant.

    ** [b]Note:[/b] I admit, this is a very tough to do with the first three fingers of the fretting hand, but it can be done. It didn't seem Django had too great an impairment in the span between the middle and ring fingers, so presumably he could have made this voicing. The flat 7th (C) is implied.
  • Yeah, that sounds just like Django, thank you so much.
    About that weird D7 position, maybe Django played it this way:

    ---------------------------e
    ---------3-----------------B
    ---------5-----------------G
    ---------4-----------------D
    ---------------------------A
    --------------------------E



    Thanks again.

    David
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