Black Friday mania is upon us… Relax you’re not too late, we’re early. Just giving you a heads up that at Chordify Black Friday deals with some serious groovy jams this year. Don’t take our word for it, check out the Black Friday channel. Arm yourself and your setlist for the shopaholic armageddon with some badass tracks. Here are a few to get you started.
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
“Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles is a classic. This song marked the beginning of a successful career in the music business for the Canadian singer songwriter. The track was the second single on her self titled record from 1989. With its characteristic groovy bassline, and catchy chorus “Black Velvet” took the world by storm. For advanced beginners here’s a tip when you play this track: use the “Simplify Chords” feature.
As you can see this song has a lot of different nuances that revolve around around the G#m scale. You can always choose to transpose the track one step up to Am which will give you a bit more play-friendly chords. Want to have your cake and eat it too? Cool! Tune your guitar a step down and transpose the “Black Velvet” chords a step up. Same sound, easier looking chords.
Welcome to the Black Parade – Chemical Romance
For you piano players out there here’s a nice dark track with an intro that has some awesome chords. “Welcome to the Black Parade” by Chemical Romance is a bombastic punk rock song in which all instruments come together, so even if you’re a guitarist, or ukulele player you can join this black parade. Of course there’s a lot of tweaks you should apply to give it your own twist if you don’t play in a band.
The chord progression in any case is a rich one. It takes you on an unusual journey where the chord names seem difficult, but they’re actually pretty doable. In other words give it a try, even if it feels overwhelming. A step by step approach could be using the “Loop” feature to rehearse the song part for part until you’ve mastered it as a whole. Give it a go and see where this quest takes you.
Black Gold Blues – Laura Veirs
Any power chord lovers here? Welcome you rock stars! This track is all about power chords, almost the whole song is built up out of these harmonies. That’s why “Black Gold Blues” by Laura Veirs is a great fiddle for beginners. Here you can learn how simple it is to create, and jam along with a great composition that sounds cool but uses the oldest chord trick in the school of rock book.
There’s not much left to say about this song other than that you just have to grab your axe, hold tight to your uke, or sit behind those keys, and start rocking as hard as you can. This “Black Gold Blues” is definitely worth it.
Black Water – Doobie Brothers
Are you ready for some funky dixieland, ‘cause this pretty momma called Chordify will take you by the hand, and show you some groovy chords. “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers is the first of the two hit singles the band launched in 1975. Story has it that Patrick Simmons was just jamming around on his guitar while waiting in the studio when the producer asked him what the heck he was playing that sounded so damn fine. The rest is history.
When looking at the chord progression you’ll see that the track is all about the Am7 chord and the D chord. Well of course there are four more chords to keep in mind, but the biggest challenge here is the tempo in which the Doobie Brothers keep switching from chord to chord. The song is slow, and that’s why this is the perfect way to practice your transitions. Try it, fail, and try again. That’s the way Black Friday deals with groovy jams at Chordify. Enjoy, and as always happy jamming!