How to play “Serenade” on guitar

"Serenade"
testi e musica (c) 2016 Farmboy (Antonio Bonifati)
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This song is based on the Amaj chord and it is in the romantic style
of the great Elvis Presley. This only chord is broken up and
arpeggiated in many ways to form both the melody and accompaniment and
interplays with only another suspended one to build and release
tension. This is an example of a funny and profound way to learn
chords. Better yet, do not learn bare chords, only make songs with
them!

La+/Mi (A/E)

Mi  (E) |--|--|--|
Si  (B) |--|-3|--| r
Sol (G) |--|-2|--| m
Re  (D) |--|-1|--| i

La5/Mi (A5/E or Esus4(omit 5))
Mi  (E) |--|--|--|
Si  (B) |--|--|--| r
Sol (G) |--|-2|--| m
Re  (D) |--|-1|--| i

The easiest way to play the whole song is to keep pressed the Amaj
chord and move only your ring finger for Si. I know it hurts at the
beginning. It is tiring as well. You better have a guitar with a low
action to avoid fatigue, but classical guitar have almost all a quite
high action!

So this song is based on a chord, not on a scale. This is the Amaj
scale:

 A  B  C#  D  E  F#  G#
 La Si Do# Re Mi Fa# Sol#

but the song does not use notes Re, Fa#, Sol#. I think there is really
no scale for this song or just a half-scale. Who cares? All this scale
stuff sounds artificial to me :-)

Each verse could begine with either Mi or La, you choose. I have
alternated them. The reason is the melody could be constructed on just
the three notes La Si Do# and Mi is just an addition and a variation
on La, a sort of a similar but lower sound, used to break the monotony
of 2, 3 or more La's in a row and to begin a verse  with a lower tone.
BTW Mi is the dominant, the fifth note of the above diatonic scale.
The first one (La) is the tonic. The dominant is opposed to the tonic
and has a suspended mood, that is why cannot you cannot replace an
ending La with a Mi in this song. You can also double check that in
the whole song after a Mi always comes a La, if not immediately, La is
at the beginning of the next verse, so that tension and instability is
built and released. That is how you learn music theory... you discover
it by writing songs :-)


	La+          La+
Mi  La  Do# Si  La   Mi  La  La
Eve I'm un- der your bal-co- ny

         La+         La5
La   La  Do#  Si La  Si
play-ing this se-re- nade

        La+                 La+
Mi La   Do#  Si   La  Mi    La
I  will stay here all night long

               La5        La+
La    La  Do#  Si    La   La
'till the moon-light will shade / waiting to see your pretty face


           La+         La+
Mi     La  Do#   Si La Mi
Though the night is so cold

             La5     La5
La  La Do#   Si   La Si
and I  don't know if you're_in

           La+         La5
Mi     La  Do#   Si La Si
though the chances are odd

         La+           La+
Mi La    Do#  Si  La   La
I  still hope you will yield


       La+        La+
Mi  La Do#  Si La Mi   La  
For my love is a  true one

       La+            La5
La  La Do#   Si  La   Si
for my heart doe-sn't lie

          La+           La5
Mi    La  Do#   Si   La Si  Si
Since the first time I  saw you

La+         La+       La+
Do# Si  Si  La  Si La La
I   wan-ted you to be mine


    La+            La+
La  Do#    Si La   Mi  La
You stayed at this win-dow

        La+          La5
La  Si  Do#  Si  La  Si
dry-ing your gol-den hair

        La+          La5
La  La  Do#  Si   La Si  Si
and you said me  "I  can-not

         La+           La+
La    Si Do# Si     La La
since my boy-friend is there"
or
since a  boy-friend I  have"


             La+        La+
La   Si      Do# Si La  Mi
Eve, there's not in the world

        La+         La5
La Si   Do# Si  La  Si
be-tter lo- ver for you

       La+          La5
La  Si Do#  Si La   Si
For a  beau-ty like yours

         La+              La+
La    Si Do# Do# Si  Si   La
or
         La+     La+      La+
La    Si Do# Si  Do# Si   La
needs a  ten-der man like me


        La+             La+
Mi La   Do#   Si  La    Mi
I  sang there all night long

        La+           La5
La  La  Do# Si   La   Si
but she di- dn't show up
                 a-   ppear

        La+          La5
Mi   La Do#   La     Si
Then a  light turned on

       La+           La+
La  Si Do# Si   La   La
and a- no- ther girl smiled

or

       La+                     La+
La  Si Do# Do#  Do#  Si     La La
and a- no- ther girl smiled at me