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Hi guys,

So I'm trying to learn Michael Buble's version of All I Want for Christmas is You, which seems relatively simple (compared to the original), plus it's in a male key + jazzy arrangement.

The "tutorial" online has the chords written out but I don't understand what the 1/2 or 3/4 means? Is that to indicate a chord inversion?

Here are the chords:
Chords:
F# | F#(LH on E) | B (LH on D#) | D | F# 3/4 A# 1/4 | D#m 1/2 D 1/2 | F# (LH on C#) 1/2 D#m 1/2 | G#m (F# on top) 1/2 Bm 1/2 | F#
[repeat: 1st time to bar 1, 2nd time to bar 5]
A# | D#m | A# | D#m | D | F# (LH on C#) | D#m 1/2 G#m 1/2 | Bm | F# | F# (LH on E) | B (LH on D#) | D | F# 3/4 A# 1/4 | D#m 1/2 D 1/2 | F# (LH on C#) 1/2 D#m 1/2 | G#m | Bm | F# | F# (LH on E) | B (LH on D#) | D 3/8 C# (just the bass note) 1/8 B 1/2 | F#

Here is the link on youtube for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Itc3hbO5E

Thanks in advance!

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Just based on your chart I assume it's telling you to play the first chord for 1/2 of the measure, then the other chord for the second half. or for 3/4 then 1/4. etc...


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Oh duh, that makes sense. I downloaded the sheet music, but instead of F# they have the original key as Gb (ugh). This means double flats and a lot of other stuff I'm not used to . I should have ordered it transcribed to an easier key like G.lol

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Originally Posted by PianoGamer
Oh duh, that makes sense. I downloaded the sheet music, but instead of F# they have the original key as Gb (ugh). This means double flats and a lot of other stuff I'm not used to . I should have ordered it transcribed to an easier key like G.lol


Give it a try in Gb and in G. Sometimes a key that's "harder" in the notation and reading sense turns out to be much easier on the fingers. Not sure about this specific piece, but I had the same thing with an excerpt from "Warsaw Concerto" that turned out to be extremely comfortable to play in B rather than C, which is probably why it was written in B.



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Don't like the way the chords are written out, never seen that before. Usually piano music with guitar chords is fine for convenient reading, with bass notes written for simplicity, like F#/Eb. I can just about manage stuff like that! Popular music isn't easy to read IMO.


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