For today’s song we’ll be playing along to Pentatonix version of Hallelujah. Its not only a cappella, but its also on a very interesting scale that’s not normally used a lot and we need the practice. The song is in the A# scale and plays on a somewhat odd rythm.
So, without further ado, lets try to play along to Hallelujah (originally by Leonard Cohen who passed away on the 7th of this month) as performed by Pentatonix.
Remember we are playing on the A# scale, I find that its easier to position my fingers on the Gm scale. All white keys except the E and the B are playable, and the only black keys you’re allowed to play are the D# and the A#. Scroll down to the end to find the video and play along.
A#GmA#GmI've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the LordEbFA#FBut you don't really care for music, do you?A#EbFGmEbIt goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major liftFD7GmThe baffled king composing HallelujahEbGmEbA#FA#GmA#GmHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.A#GmA#GmYour faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roofEbFA#FHer beauty in the moonlight overthrew youA#EbFGmEbShe tied you to a kitchen chair She broke your throne, and she cut your hairFD7GmAnd from your lips she drew the HallelujahEbGmEbA#FA#GmA#GmHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.A#GmA#GmBaby I have been here before I'd see this room, I've walked this floorEbFA#FI used to live alone before I knew you.A#EbFGmEbI've seen your flag on the marble arch Love is not a victory marchFD7GmIt's a cold and it's a broken HallelujahEbGmEbA#FHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.A#GmA#GmWell, maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from loveEbFA#FWas how to shoot somebody who outdrew yaA#EbFGmEbAnd it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the lightFD7GmIt's a cold and it's a broken HallelujahEbGmEbA#FHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.EbGmEbA#FHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.EbGmEbA#FEbHallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelu uuu jah.
So, how did it go? If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment. This is a very smooth song, take your time and don’t try to over play the melody (that is, don’t try to sing it with your piano first – try to play the chords to familiarize with the rhythm)