American Tune (Answers and video)

So here are the answer to yesterday’s questions, as promised.

  1. In what key is the song? Does it change at all? C. No.
  2. How many beats in a bar? 4.
  3. How many bars in Verse 1 (i.e. from the beginning of Verse 1 until the beginning of Verse 2)? Are they all the same length? 19 bars of 4/4 and 1 bar of 2/4 (bar 15).
  4. Usually in pop/rock/folk/country music, the 1, 4 and 5 chords are major and the 2, 3 and 6 chords are minor. Are there any examples of this being reversed (i.e. the 1, 4 and 5 being minor or the 2, 3, 6 being major)? If so please give bar and beat numbers. Yes. All three minor chords (2, 3, 6) appear in this song as major also. The 2 chord (D) in Bar 14 of the Verse. The 3 chord (E) all over the song – for example in Bar 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the Verse. And the 6 chord changes from minor to major in Bar 12 of the Verse. 
  5. How many times does a diminished chord appear in the song? Is it always the same diminished chord? I can hear 4 diminished chords. A G#dim appears on the last beat of Bar 11 in the Verse, and a D# dim appears on Bar 4 of the B section.

Here is my take on Verse 1, with a few small reharmonisations, and below again is a complete chord chart for anyone interested.


I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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