TIP OF THE DAY

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: 2nd Line

This tip uses KtabS. Look at the tip for Tuesday, July 25, 2006 for information on using KtabS.

I should have mentioned last week that we were talking about the CHORD LINE from Bob Dylan's song Don't Think Twice It's Alright-- not the melody line. So you can use what we did last Wednesday and what we'll do today as accompaniment to your voice singing the song.

There are two very important points that can be seen in today's example, which will be the second line of this song.

First, look at measure 5. The correct chord here would be an A major. The Alto Kalimba's native tuning is in the key of G, which has a C natural, but the A major chord requires a C sharp. We don't want to retune the kalimba to have a C sharp, because later on in the song we need to go to the C chord, which has a C natural. What do we do? We ignore the issue by not playing the C at all. Hence, it is not really an A major, it is an A with no 3rd in it. The vocal part does not have the C sharp in it. So, we are relying upon the listener's memory to fill in the C sharp!

This happens even if the listener has never heard this song before, because there are actually several songs with this type of progression. But if a guitar player is nearby, they can fill in the C sharp by playing the full A major chord.

Second, look at measure 4. We are zooming along with E minor, playing R-L-R-L-R-L-R (right-left...), but measure 5 plays the A which starts on the left side. If we played 8 eighth notes in measure 4, we would have ended on L, and it would be difficult to "re-cock" your thumb to do two L's in a row. Instead, we make life easier for you by taking a rest at the end of measure 4 with a quarter note which takes more time and doesn't force you to do two quick lefts in a row. The same thing happens between measures 6 and 7 as well. Use this trick everywhere and anywhere.

Don't Think Twice: 2nd chord line

If you want to hear how this riff sounds, download a trial version of KtabS and also the KtabS file for the second line of Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.