One reader wrote:
I don't read notes well but the chords sound a'ight. The rests smack-in-the -middle of the notes does not look familiar, thoughAnother wrote:
OK, I'll take a stab at it (could be very wrong though). At first glance - the key signature and the chord notations don't "shtim".A third wrote:
Not being a musician myself I'm not sure of the technical aspects of the chart, e.g. whether the key signature is correct or not; this mayThe first guess is incorrect. The second and third answers both touch on the main reason I posted this exercise in different ways. That's your hint. Anyone else want to try? I'll give it another day or so and then 'splain.
simply be me not remembering the right way to write sheet music from my lessons that ended thirty years ago. However, I would make the following changes. Not to say they're mistakes exactly, but if I was singing it I'd do it thus:
Measure 1: Change the last note (F) to dotted-1/4, and insert an 1/8 note on E. (I like a little syncopation.)
Measure 2: Change the first note to E, and tie it to the preceding 1/8 note. Change the last note to dotted-1/4, and insert 1/8 note on G.
Measure 3: either tie the first note to the last note in preceding measure, or just replace it with 1/8 rest (the dancers are gonna stomp there anyway). Change last note to dotted-1/4, and add 1/8 note on D.
Measure 4: Change first note to D, tie it to last note of preceding measure. Change last note to dotted-1/4, insert 1/8 note on G, and tie it forward to the first note in Measure 1 on the repetition (are you allowed to do that without having to re-write the whole bar?)
Measure 5: Change first note to D.
Measure 6: change last note to 1/8, add 1/8 note on F, and tie it to first note in measure 7.
Measure 7: Tie 4th and 5th notes.
(Alternate: leave measure 6 as is, and in Measure 7 tie 2nd and 3rd notes, and 6th and 7th notes. Or do it one way the first time around and switch on the repetition.)
Measure 8: similar to Measure 7, depending on which option you picked, you might want to do the opposite here. Also, extend the overhead line (the thing indicating repetition, I forget the right terminology) to cover this measure, since you're gonna play it differently next time around.
Measure 9: replace the second note with four 1/8 notes B-G-Ab-G, and tie the 1/2 note to the following 1/8 note.
Insert measure 9a: 8 eighth-notes, first four notes same as measure 9, last four B-F-G-Ab. Put overhead line connecting it to measure 10.
Measure 10: keep the same.
As for the chords, lemme go get my autoharp...
OK, I'd change that G in measures 6 and 9 to a G7 (works either way, just personal preference). In measure 8, that D7 has gotta be a typo, I'd say Fm belongs there.
(If I was playing it for myself and not in public, I'd consider using Eb at the beginning of measure 7 and go to the Cm at the midpoint; but that's just me. I can't get any fancier than that without hauling out my accordion, the autoharp has only 21 buttons...)
Did I do OK for an amateur, or am I full of you-know-what?