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Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:58:44 pm »
I picked this song for Stage 4, Intermediate to try and transcribe. I’m also studying the Music Theory lessons, but only absorbing parts here & there. Will definitely have to go back through that again. IM-146 mentions that we know our way around E- & A-Shape Barre chords. It also says the songs listed use I-V-VI-IV chord sequences. Says to use the key of G - G, D, Em, C.   I can’t figure it out. I was trying to play AMaj - G#min - F#min. I stopped there & decided to see if I could get help. Anybody know where I should go at this point?  Thanks for any assistance.

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Edit:  Lesson # should have said IM-147.
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Re: Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2020, 12:40:37 am »
Try all arpeggio bar chords AMaj  G#Maj  F#min (all E shape shape.)
DMaj  (C shape bar chord)  the A shape D and open D just don't sound right.
I tryed it on both guitar and piano and it sounds right.
The arpeggio changes half way through but the chords stay the same I think.
The bass line on the piano goes lower than you can play on the guitar and I
think that's why the C shaped D chord sound better on the guitar.

I should mention I didn't go thought the whole song.

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Re: Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2020, 04:32:06 am »
If you want to play along with the record AFAIK the song is in the Key of A.  These chords sound right to me.   
I'm not sure if you wanted the chord progressions so I used the spoiler function.  Only the chorus uses the I V vi iv progression.
 
Key of A

Verse              I iii vi iv    (A  C#m  F#m  D)

Pre Chorus     V vi IV      (E  F#m  D)

Chorus           I V vi iv     (A  E  F#m  D)




Is there a reason your transposing to the key of G?

Key of G

Verse              I iii vi iv    (G  Bm  Em  C)

Pre Chorus     V vi IV      (D  Em  C)

Chorus           I V vi iv     (G  D  Em  C)







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Re: Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2020, 05:16:44 am »
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Is there a reason your transposing to the key of G?

Her transposing is inthe ke of A.

If you are right about the C#m it would be a C#m/G#.
The song is played on a piano and the bass note is a G#.
Which would make sense because the C#m contains a G# so it is and inversion
with the help 5th as the bass.

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Re: Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2020, 05:17:48 am »
Says to use the key of G - G, D, Em, C.   I can’t figure it out. I was trying to play AMaj - G#min - F#min.
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Why A - G#m -  F#m?

How did you arrive at this? 

There is no G#m in the key of A or G.  The chord G#dim is the vii chord of A.

EDIT:  Thanks stitch. I posted a millisecond after your post.

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Re: Transcription Help on “Someone Like You” by Adele
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2020, 02:35:52 pm »
Thanks Stitch & Matt.
Stitch, my transposing was just by my ear which is most certainly incorrect here. Yeah, at one point the bass on piano did go lower than even the FMaj. I haven’t gotten to the point of C Shapes but will certainly look it up.

Mat, I’m not sure why the lesson said to use key of G. Hopefully more study of Music Theory will help me to understand. Thanks for helping with spoilers in both keys. I’ll try them both.

I did try using the Key of G (G, D, Em, & C) but couldn’t get it to sound right. I’ll keep trying though.

I also just noticed I typed the wrong lesson. I meant IM-147.




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