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Thread #66961   Message #1117805
Posted By: M.Ted
17-Feb-04 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: lyr/chords: Cancion Mixteca
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Cancion Mixteca chords required
Ry Cooder would be better--I am sorry that I don't have time to count all the measures it out, Big Daddy, but the song is actually really easy to play--here is a kind of rough outline of the way the chords go, but it you''ll really have to sit down and fine tune it yourself.


The thing to keep in mind is that the tune is in a compound tempo, 12/8, which is to say that each measure is four beats, each of which is three beats--like this:
|Da da da-Da da da-Da da da-Da da da-Da da da|

Although the melody seems to be sixteen measures long , in reality, there are a couple of extra pick-up beats before each line of lyrics, which, in other versions of the song, are really pauses or held notes--It works out to a couple extra measures over the length of the song, and makes the chord changes sound slightly unpredictable--The long and the short of it was that I didn't have the time to keep playing the recording over and over and counting out the measures(though I can now accompany the song on my guitar, and can even pick out the melody along with the recording)--

Good luck--