This Week's Challenge


Season 2 Challenge #17 - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues was written by Elton John, Davey Johnstone and John's regular lyricist and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. It was the first single off John's album Too Low for Zero and was one of his biggest hits of the 1980s.

The first two questions are designed for students at the Start-Up level and (***NB) are related to the piano track in the video above.

The next 4 are designed for students at the Well Able and Pro Levels and are related to the track itself. You can listen to it here.

***NB Always listen through headphones or a speaker, never through just a phone or laptop. I would encourage you to try as many questions as possible.

1. In what keys is the song this week??? It's slightly tricky - as the intro and chorus are in one key and the verse is in a different one. So I'm looking for two answers, even though as we will see in Q4, the two keys are linked, and in fact when you look at it closely, there is only one key.

2. Can you find the lowest and the highest note of the melody?

3. The 1 chord opens both the intro and the verse (even though they are in different keys). What is the second chord in each? Answer numerically please.

4. What chord used regularly in the verse is not a common chord from the verse's key? And in what key would you expect to regularly find this chord?

5. So which key is the song in?

6. In the verse, you will find chords starting on all the 7 letters in music (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) bar one. Which letter does not feature?

Subscribers will find answers to these questions, a full tuition video and a chord chart here from Friday 14th May.

Other users can sign up here.

And...all previous weekly challenges are available on YouTube here.

Finally, if you would like some immediate help with learning to play the melody - a tuition video is available here.



To gain access to the full video lesson and chord chart for this song click the link below


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