Your Tunes

If You Could Read My Minored

1

I wanted to develop my ability to solo over minor chord progressions, but really, how much Santana can one guy play? So I thought, what if I take a song in a major key and turn it into a minor key, and adjust the melody to fit, and any other bright Ideas I might come up with. And heck, why not do it to a Gordon Lightfoot song like "If You Could Read My Mind." So I started working out the changes, and came up with a somewhat swingier rhythm, and by the time I got done with it, it was dang near danceable, 30-bar verses notwithstanding. I never got around to trying to solo over it, at least not yet, but I started to like it, and wrote out a chart for it, then promptly changed the key up a step so I could sing it better, and last night I felt like recording a demo of it. So here it is.

After putting this up on Facebook, one of my long-time musician friends challenged me to do the same thing to another Lightfoot song, the somewhat more whimsical "Rainbow Trout," and even though I wasn't drinking, I took up the challenge. That's up on my channel, too, but much rougher than this demo.

2

That's pretty imaginative. Keep it up.

3

The theme song from from the original cartoon Spiderman show is a great minor blues with a swinging beat. I've heard a killer manouche/gypsy version as well, but it seems to have disappeared from the internet airwaves.

4

This is a neat experiment, but I think going minor requires a slower tempo for the sake of the lyrics. Maybe wider intervals, too, but it's hard to say! Really challenging from a technical standpoint.

5

Another possible project: You Only Live Twice, which sounds minor, but isn't. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again is the same way, IIRC. Chorus has a similar shape to this tune.

6

Comes down to modes more than key sigs, really.


Register Sign in to join the conversation