About Our Song
Below are lead sheets for our folk song "Some Folks Do" in three different keys. We've already played
it without music starting in free music lesson 1 "Music Is Easy". The timing is very simple and it only
uses the first five notes of the major scale. This makes it a very good song for beginning to learn to
read music. The vertical bar lines divide the staff up into measures. Some musicians like to call
measures bars.  At the beginning of the staff, you see a number 4 on top of a number 4. The top 1, 2,
3, 4 over and over. The bottom 4 tells you that the quarter note gets one beat. You can see how our
first measure has four quarter notes, one on each beat. In the second measure we hold the whole
note for four beats. In the third and fourth measures, we have quarter notes on beats 1 and 2 and
then a half note held  for the last two beats in the measure. The remaining measures are either all
quarter notes one to a beat or whole notes held for the whole measure.  Of course the timing is the
same for any key.
Playing The Melody
As we look at our lead sheets in three different keys C, G and F, each has different notes if you go by
letter names and actual pitches. But remember,
it's not the actual notes that make the melody,
it's the spaces between the notes.
If we look at each lead sheet in terms of the major scale they
are all the same. The song only uses do, re, me, fa, so, no matter what key it is in. I've added the right
hand finger numbers over the notes to help out. A normal lead sheet wouldn't have the finger
numbers.  As you will see, the fingering is the same for all three keys. For reading, playing, arranging,
and composing music, you have to know your notes as they relate to a key. In other words you have
to know and understand the key. You start playing the song "Some Folks Do" with your third finger on
the third note of the scale me. For C major that's e, for G major thats b and for F major that's a. Then
you can play the whole song in that key without moving your hand. For this song do,re, me, fa so and
fingers 1,2,3,4,5 match up. Do, re, me, fa so is c,d,e,f,g for the key of C. Do, re, me, fa so is g, a, b, c,
d for the key of G. Do, re, me, fa so is f, g, a, b flat, c for the key of F.  Play the melody for  "Some
Folks Do" in all three keys on your piano or keyboard. Make sure you are thinking of how the notes
relate to the major scale of the key you are playing in. In other words not unrelated letters but do,re,
me, fa, so. I've placed the sound sample for each key below it's lead sheet. I've also put the
equivalent fingers, notes, and scale name to help you out. Make sure you can read and play these.
Playing The Chords
This song is a two chord song. It uses the I chord based on the first note of the scale and the V7
chord based on the fifth note of the scale. We play the chords with the left hand in the octave below
the melody octave. We are going to keep the chord rhythm simple for now. We are playing chords on
beats 1 and 3 or 1,2,3,4 for variety. Playing on 1,2,3 at the end is common. You can do this even if
you are going to repeat because it tells you've reached the end. Listen to the sound sample to hear
how to play the rhythm. I've placed keyboard pictures of the chords under each song. I'm using the
root position of the I chord and an inversion of the V7 chord so you can play the chords without
changing position. We are not using musical notation for the chords. That would be giving you only
one rhythm. Once you learn them you will be able to play them in varied rhythms, just from the letter
names of the chords above the lead sheet.
Some Folks Do lead sheet in C
do,re,me,fa,so = 1,2,3,4,5 = c,d,e,f,g
Some Folks Do, Melody, C
C major chord  in root position for piano
G7 chord inverted position for piano
You can see that to change between the
C chord and the inverted G7 chord, you
can leave your thumb at g and just shift
your other fingers slightly. Even though
I've shown finger 4 playing d on the G7,
since you can leave the fifth note out on a
7th chord, you can leave it out.
I, C
V7, G7
Some Folks Do, Melody & Chords, C
Some Folks Do lead sheet in G
do,re,me,fa,so = 1,2,3,4,5 = g,a,b,c,d
Some Folks Do, Melody, G
D7 chord in inverted position for piano
G major chord in root position for piano
Changing between G and D7 is the
same as changing between C and G7.
Just like on G7, you can leave out the
fifth of the D7, in this case a. The only
difference is that finger 5 is playing a
black key instead of a white key
because the third of  D7 is sharped. It
is the f sharp required by the key of G.
I, G
V7, D7
Some Folks Do, Melody & Chords, G
Some Folks Do lead sheet in F
do,re,me,fa,so = 1,2,3,4,5 = f,g,a,bflat,c
Some Folks Do, Melody, F
C7 chord in inverted position for piano
to changing between C and G7.  As
Changing between F and C7 is similar
always, you can leave out the fifth of
the 7th chord, in this case g. The
difference this time is that finger 2 is
playing a black key instead of a white
key because the seventh of  C7 is
flatted. It is the b flat required by the
key of F.
F major chord in root position for piano
I, F
V7, C7
Some Folks Do, Melody & Chords, F
The  Whole Story
so. We know that it is backed up by the I chord based on the first note of the major scale and V7
chord based on the fifth note of the major scale. The I chord is major and the V7 chord is dominant.
We know that the notes in "Some Folks Do" are the first five notes of the major scale, do, re, me, fa,
The only thing left is to see how the notes relate to the chords. The melody notes in the major chord
measures are all chord notes.  They are the root, 3rd or 5th of the  I chord. The melody notes in the
V7 chord measures are the 5th, 6th and 7th of the chord. Remember we are counting these in
relation to the 5th note of the scale, the root of the V7 chord not, not the root of the scale. The V6 is
common in the dominant position harmony. We could also look at it as a passing scale tone in this
song.
Applying The Knowledge
Let's cover this information again in the key of C to make it less confusing. I've put the lead sheet
below for quicker reference. The first two measures are the C chord. We start out with e's in the first
measure. This is the 3rd note of the C chord. In the next measure we have g. This is the 5th note of C
chord. The 3rd measure is the G7 chord. Here we have the 7th note of the chord followed by the 5th.
The 4th measure is the C chord again. This time we have the 3rd e, followed by the root c. The 5th
and 6th measures are the same as the 1st and 2nd measures. The 7th measure is G7 again. We
have the 5th d, skip up to the 7th f, and then go down one note at a time with the 6th e and then the
5th d. The final chord is C and the final note is it's root c. Songs almost always end with the root chord
and the root note of that chord. Notice we can look at e in the 7th measure as the 6th note of the G
chord or as a run note between f and d. Play "Some Folks Do" in C, F and G. Look at the music for
each as you play and understand the notes in relation to the key and chords, not as unrelated notes.
Some Folks Do lead sheet in C
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Some Folks Do, Piano
About This Page
This page is part of free music lesson 8, "Timing The Notes". The free music lesson 8 lesson is part of
the free music lesson series that teaches you how to read music. This page teaches you how to play
"Some Folks Do" in three keys C, G and F through the use of lead sheets. It shows you how to play
melody with the right hand and accompaniment chords with the left hand. It also teaches you the
theory of the song.  Two of the links below bring you to free music lesson 8, "Timing the notes" and
the Music Site Map. Both of these pages give you access to the rest of the music pages and also the
rest of the website. The other two links, "Skip To My Lou" and "Tom Dooley" bring you to pages like
this one for those songs.
fingers of the left and right hand numbered for keyboard playing
For reference I've repeated the information that
numbers the fingers for playing keyboards. The
picture to the left shows how fingers of the left and
right hand are numbered for playing the piano or
key board. We start with the thumbs as number 1
and count up to the pinkies as number 5.
I've repeated the links here at the bottom of the page that let you explore the rest of the website. Two
of the links below bring you to free music lesson 8, "Timing the notes" and the Music Site Map. Both of
those pages give you access to the rest of the music pages and also the rest of the website. The
other two links, "Skip To My Lou" and "Tom Dooley" bring you to pages like this one for those songs.