New Musical Facts
In addition to being an example of a three chord song, this song introduces a few other new musical things that you need
to know. The song has dotted half notes. A dotted half note is held for three beats. What a dot does is increase the time
of a note by half it's original value. A half note is two beats. Half of two is one. Two plus one is three beats for the dotted
half note. In the tenth measure, we have a d sharp. Since it isn't a normal note for the key it's called an accidental. An
accidental is only good for the measure that it's in. Of course the f sharp in the key signature applies to every f in the song
and tells us we are in the key of G major.  We also have a first ending with a repeat sign that repeats the song. But the
second time through, it skips the first ending and goes to the second ending. We also have ties in the first and second
endings. Ties are used to tie notes together across bar lines. The two notes are held as one note, so in this case, the
word me is held for six beats. Click on the player and listen to the lead sheet melody. Watch for the new musical facts
that we have discussed.
Careless Love Lead
Careless Love lead sheet in G
Playing  The Melody
Back in music7, I showed you how to play the melody for the song "some Folks Do" by the numbers on a piano or
keyboard. It was easy. You used five fingers for the first five notes of any major scale key  and you were playing the song
in that key. Playing the melody for "Careless Love' on the piano or keyboard is a bit more difficult. The timing is easy but
you have to move your right hand to different positions for the different phrases. Once you have mastered these
positions, you will be able to transpose "Careless Love" into different keys just as you did "Some Folks Do". I have put
the lead sheet with the fingerings for the melody on a separate page for those who want to play the melody on the piano
or keyboard. Click
piano music the to learn how to play the melody.
Playing  The Chords
Below are some of the fingerings for the left hand of some piano chords to back up our song. I am using inversions of all
but the tonic or I chord so you won't have to jump around the piano or keyboard. For 7th chords, you can leave out the 5
note of the chord and it will still sound okay. For D7th, that means you could leave out the a. That makes it a lot easier to
play the f sharp with your pinkie. You will notice that in the measure before the IV major, C, we change the I major, G, to a
G7th. That is very commonly done but if you find it hard to do at first, just play a G. Also if you want to play it as a G7th, you
can leave out the 5 note d. Listen to the sound sample below. We are playing a chord on every beat as we count 1,2,3,4
over and over. Play the chords on your piano or keyboard while you sing. Once you master the melody with your right
hand, try playing it with the chords. You should be able to do this without music just from the lead sheet. I f you want to
see the music click on
piano music.
Chord Set One, Tonic In First position.
D7 chord third inversion
G chord root position
G7 chord root position
C chord first inversion
G Chord
G7 Chord
C Chord
D7 Chord
Careless Love Chords Ex 1
Playing  More Chords
The chords below are the same chords that we have used already. The only difference is that we start with the first
inversion of the G or I chord, instead of the root position. Then we use the form for the other chords, that keep us from
jumping around. Using this series, the G7th is a lot easier to play. Notice though as you go from G to G7th, you substitute
finger 4 for 3 on d. It's very easy to go from G7th to the root position for C and easy to go from C back to G. The D7th since
it has the 7th note as the root is really the fourth inversion. It is not hard to play either, even including the a or fifth note.

For sound example 2, I continue with the quarter note chords, one to a beat. I think you might agree this sounds kind of
boring. For sound example 3, I have eight note chords, two to a beat, on some of the beats. Notice I didn't do every
measure the same. See the music by clicking on
piano music. I don't want you to play the chords exactly in the rhythm
that I show on the music. As you sing the song or play the melody, create the rhythm with quarter and eight note chords
as you go along. In the beginning you may want to pick one pattern at a time and play it all the way through to learn it. After
that mix it up any way you want.
D7 chord first inveresion
G chord second inversion
G7 chord third inversion
C chord root position
G Chord
G7 Chord
C Chord
D7 Chord
Careless Love Chords Ex 2
Careless Love Chords Ex 3
Bass Chord Backup
You may have noticed that the above chord examples sound a little heavy handed, especially Example 1 and to a lessor
extent examples 2 and 3. The melody is overwhelmed. As you will hear in our next example, using fewer notes all at once
sounds a lot better. We have bass notes on beats 1 and 3,  followed by just two chord notes on beats 2 and 4. This
means that the notes of the chord are spread out over the whole measure. Also the melody contains notes that belong to
the chords, so their is no doubt as to the harmony for that measure. This example and those that precede it are only a
few of the many ways that this song can be played. I will be showing you more in the future and hope to give you enough
knowledge to make your own arrangements. We are now getting to the point where trying to  explain what to play without
using music is almost impossible. This will be a good time to show you, how you can use music to learn even though
you are not a good reader in real time. Go to the example on the
piano music page. There is a lot of repetition. You only
have to figure out what notes to use on four different chords. I will offer some explanations with the music on that page.  
Careless Love Bass Chord
Backing the Singer
In the first lesson, I made a promise. I said "if you want to be a play an instrument, accompany yourself and write your
own songs, you will need to know more. I will show you how to build on your natural musical ability to become a real
musician." Now I'm going to keep that promise. I am going to show you how to back up your singing, first with a piano or
keyboard and then with a guitar. The sound sample below is the bass chord accompaniment  without the melody. This is
what you need to play on your keyboard, backing your self up as you sing the song. One new thing is a four measure
introduction. If you've done karaoke, you know that there is always an introduction before you have to start singing. This
allows you to come in on pitch and at the right time. The introduction for this song uses the last four measures, with the
first ending to naturally lead into the melody. Listen to the sound sample below. Try singing to it. It is the same as the
example above with the melody removed and an introduction added. Try playing it on your keyboard and singing to it. This
is the skill that you really have to master. Go to the examples on the
piano music for more help.   
Careless Love Accompaniment
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