TENDERNESS ON ONE ACOUSTIC GUITAR
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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song
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‘Tenderness’ is a song from the studio album ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ by Paul Simon.
This chordal masterpiece would have to be studied in detail to be fully understood. Huge extensions, slash chords, key changes and odd time signatures make this tune a proper challenge to work out.
You get a full breakdown, with complete TAB when you take the master course.
Chord progression tricks
The first chord, a G9b5 is a trick!
It sounds like it’s the V chord going to chord I but it’s not, this is chord I, leading to chord IV.
Straight away we’re in for some seriously clever chord movements.
Looks like Paul Simon picked up a thing or two since his days in Simon & Garfunkel!
The original song is in a different key to what I’ve recorded it in.
I’m in the key of G, the original recording is in C. I did this as my singer was female and it sounded much better for her in this key.
To change key is easy if you use roman numerals, even when the progression is as complicated as in ‘Tenderness’.
Time Signatures and feel
If the chords seem complicated in ‘Tenderness’, check out the time signatures!
First of all, the original version is more straight forward in 4/4. My version has more of a triplet feel which puts it in 12/8. 12/8 is like 4/4 with a triplet over each beat.
When ‘Tenderness’ eventually gets the extra beat, instead of calling those bars 5/4, they become 15/8 time. This is not actually as complicated as it may sound, you simply add one more “beat of 1 2 3″.
You get every single chord in TAB and all time signatures for ‘Tenderness’ when you take the master guitar course.