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Early-beg. song: Help Me Make it Through the Night

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(@dustdevil)
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Here's one for the ultra-beginner. I've been playing about a week now and this is the first song I learned (not tried, learned...)
1. The tempo is slow, so chord changes are rel. easy.
2. It doesn't seem to be that stumming pattern sensitive.
3. Remember: A to A7 involves only picking up the middle finger on the A-chord.
4. There seems to be a lot of room for some blues-type riffs in between chord changes when you get better.

This might be too basic for some of you guys, but some of us need a place to start. Play it for your wife...(she'll get a chuckle)

Help Me Make it Through the Night

[no chord or D]Take the ribbon from your [D]hair
shake it loose and let it [G] fall
laying soft against your [A] skin [A7]
like the shadows on the [D]wall

[no chord or D]Come and lay down by my [D]side
till the early morning [G]light
all I'm taking is your [A] time [A7]
help me make it through the [D] night

Chorus:

I don't care if it's right or [G]wrong
I don't try to under [D]stand
let the devil take to[E]morrow
'cause tonight I [A]need a friend

[no chord or D] Yesterday is dead and [D]gone
and tomorrow's out of [G]sight
and it's sad to be [A]alone [A7]
help me make it through the [D]night

Outro:
[no chord]I don't wanna be [A]alone
help me make it through the [G]night [D]

John A.

They say only a pawnshop guitar can play the blues. An eBay one does it better. A guitar's bound to feel unloved if her owner plasters pictures of her over the internet for all to see and then sells her off to the highest anonymous bidder.


   
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(@dogsbody)
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Nice first offering Dustdevil,

Perfect for beginners!

Welcome to the ESD. You're right you can improvise on to this. I'll have to work on it, maybe I could make a real Elvis style job of it.

Hope she does help me make it through the night!!!!

Best regards,

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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(@pamparius)
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Welcome to the forum Dustdevil :)

"Trying is the first step towards failure."


   
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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Waaaaaaay back in the 70's - when Gladys Knight had a huge hit with this - I always thought this would've been a great song for Rod Stewart to cover.......but he never did......

Nice job,nice easy song....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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(@mattguitar_1567859575)
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Welcome Dustdevil, well done for posting a nice easy one, not enough of these recent;y.

All the best

Matt


   
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(@rob-l)
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Wow, I don't think I've ever even heard this song before, but I can get something good going with what you gave us. Thanks and welcome Dustdevil.

Rob

Well I got this guitar and I'm tryin' to learn how to make it talk.


   
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