My 50’s and 60’s obsessed pal, Matt Armstrong, sent me this wonderful link to an instruction on how to play the most famous guitar chord in musical history. It’s part of a conversation with Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive.
It’s a 12 string F chord with a G on top and on the bottom, plus a C next to the G then add a D on the bass guitar and a Dsus4 (with a G note) on the Rhythm guitar.
This is what you get…
Matt then had a pretty good bash at it himself. See what you think…
Of course, there is another very famous musical chord. It’s the opening chord from Wagners Tristan und Isolde Overture and it’s called the Tristan chord. It’s made up of the notes F, B, D♯ and G♯, and featured heavily in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia earlier this year. It goes like this…
It’s written by John Pryne and has beautiful lyrics. really sad.
We had an apartment in the city,
Me and Loretta liked living there.
Well, it’d been years since the kids had grown,
A life of their own left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
And Joe is somewhere on the road.
We lost Davy in the Korean war,
And I still don’t know what for, don’t matter anymore.
Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello.”
Me and Loretta, we don’t talk much more,
She sits and stares through the back door screen.
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen.
Someday I’ll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks “What’s new?”
“Nothing, what’s with you? Nothing much to do.”
So if you’re walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare
As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in there, hello.”