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Its Almost Summer Chords

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IT'S ALMOST SUMMER
Written by Billy Thorpe 

2 beats per chord
` = 2 beats
~ = unnamed extensions (notes E and B)
    added by open 1st and 2nd-strings

INTRO:

E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~  (four times)

VERSE:
E      F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
  It's almost summer
E           F#m7~  G#m7~     F#m7~
  And I can almost feel that sweet sun-
G7~  `         F#m7~    B7b9
Shine  thawin' out this heart of
E   F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Mine____________
E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Ooh____________

VERSE:
E          F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
  Yes it's almost summer
E            F#m7~      G#m7~   F#m7~
  And I will spend each weekday slowly
G7~   `         F#m7~        B7b9
Fryin'  I can't wait I can't wait for the
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime                yeah
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime______

BRIDGE:
Bm7          Bb7           A       `
  Livin' and lovin' life's so damn easy
Am7             Ab7       G         `
  When days are sunny and skies are blue
C#m7      C7             B                Bbm7(E-bass)
  Dancin' all night some parties till the daylight
Am7           Ab7          F#m7        Baug
Drink tequila sunrise with the morning dew and
E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
You__________ my lady
E        F#m7~       G#m7~          F#m7~
  Makin' love in the sand while the surf keeps time
G7~  `         F#m7~        B7b9
       I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime              ooh
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime__________________

VERSE-SOLO: (two times)

E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~

E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~

G7~  `  F#m7~  B7b9

E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~

E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~

BRIDGE-LONG:
Bm7          Bb7           A       `
  Livin' and lovin' life's so damn easy
Am7             Ab7       G         `
  When days are sunny and skies are blue
C#m7      C7             B                Bbm7(E-bass)
  Dancin' all night some parties till the daylight
Am7           Ab7          F#m7        Baug
Drink tequila sunrise with the morning dew and
E  F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
You__________ my lady
E        F#m7~       G#m7~          F#m7~
  Makin' love in the sand while the surf keeps time
G7~  `         F#m7~        B7sus4
       I can't wait I can't wait I can't
G7~  `         F#m7~        B7sus4
Wait   I can't wait I can't wait I can't
G7~  `         F#m7~         B7b9
Wait   I can't wait don't be late please
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime                ooh
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime____________    yes the

TAG:
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  F#m7~
Summertime____________    ooh
E         F#m7~  G#m7~  G7~
Summertime_________________
F#m7~  F7~  E  Emaj9
-ime______

================================================================================

These 'jazzy' chords utilise the open 1st and 2nd-strings which add
extensions to the basic chord.  The  ~  symbol has been used rather
than clutter the chart with elongated names.
A barre is not used - fingering is indicated.

CHORDS-VERSE:                                           EXTENSIONS:
    E   F#m7~  G#m7~  G7~  B7b9  B7sus4  F7~              F#m7~  11
E|--0----0------0-----0-----2-----0------0--|             G#m7~  b13
B|--0----0------0-----0-----1-----0------0--|             G7~    13
G|--1----2------4-----4-----2-----2------2--| <- ring     F7~    #11 maj7
D|--2----2------4-----3-----1-----2------1--| <- middle
A|--2----x------x-----x-----2-----2------x--| x = mute
E|--0----2------4-----3------------------1--| <- index

CHORDS-BRIDGE:
Identical three chord progression in three different positions
finished with a turn-around lick.
*** UPDATED fingering and "daylight" chord - April 2007
                                                          F#m7    Baug
    Bm7  Bb7  A      Am7  Ab7  G     C#m7  C7   B   Bbm7  1 + 2 + 3 + 4
E|------------5---|------------3---|------------7-------|-----------------|
B|------------5---|------------3---|------------7-------|-----------0-----|
G|--7----7----6---|--5----5----4---|--9----9----8---6---|-2-2-------0-----|
D|--7----6----7---|--5----4----5---|--9----8----9---6---|-2-2-------1-----|
A|--x----x----7---|--x----x----5---|--x----x----9---x---|-x-x---1h2-------|
E|--7----6----5---|--5----4----3---|--9----8----7---6---|-2-2-------------|

                                                          F#m7    Baug
    Bm7  Bb7  A      Am7  Ab7  G     C#m7  C7   B   Bbm7  1 + 2 + 3 + 4
E|------------5---|------------3---|------------7-------|-----------------|
B|------------5---|------------3---|------------7-------|-----------0-----|
G|--7----7----6---|--5----5----4---|--9----9----8---6---|-2-2-------0-----|
D|--7----6----7---|--5----4----5---|--9----8----9---6---|-2-2-------1-----|
A|--x----x----7---|--x----x----5---|--x----x----9---x---|-x-x---1h2-------|
E|--7----6----5---|--5----4----3---|--9----8----7---6---|-2-2-------------|

The basic rhythm technique as heard in the INTRO:
For each chord...
  1  pluck the 3rd 4th and 6th-strings with the thumb and fingers
  +  brush the 1st and 2nd-strings with an upstroke
  2  mute all the strings with a slap
Note that syncopation shifts the downbeat to 2+ and 4+
but the first F#m7 of the pattern is always on Beat-3.
In the SOLO the first two lines have no syncopation.

   E       F#m7~ G#m7~     F#m7~   E           F#m7~
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 +
E|---0-------0-----|---0-------0-----|---0-------0-~~|
B|---0-X-----0-X---|---0-X-----0-X---|---0-X-----0-~~|
G|-1-------2-----4-|-------2-------0-|h1-------2---~~|  h = hammer on
D|-2-------2-----4-|-------2-------2-|---------2---~~|  X = mute all strings
A|-----------------|-----------------|-------------~~|     (right hand)
E|-0-----0-2-----4-|-------2-------0-|-------0-2---~~|

Slight variation in the cadence with a rhumba pattern:

VERSE:
   G7~               F#m7~ B7b9  E
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 e + a   1 + 2
E|---0---0-----0---|---0---2-------------|---0---~~|
B|---0-X-0-----0-X-|---0-X-1---X---------|---0-X-~~|
G|-4-----4^^-X-4---|-2-----2------h1-0h1-|-1-----~~|  ^^ = vibrato
D|-3-----3-----3---|-2-----1-----0h2--h2-|-2-----~~|
A|-----------------|-------2------h2--h2-|-------~~|
E|-3-----3-----3---|-2-------------------|-0-----~~|

The E-chord shape is formed on Beat-4
All fingers are hammered on but only the indicated strings are picked.

ENDING:
                                                        (let ring)
   E       F#m7~ G#m7~     G7~     F#m7~     F7~         E   Emaj9
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4     1   2
E|---0-------0-----|---0-------0-----|---0-------0-----|-0-------|
B|---0-X-----0-X---|---0-X-----0-X---|---0-X-----0-X---|-0-------|
G|-1-------2-----4-|-------4-------2-|-------2---------|-1-/-8---|    / = slide
D|-2-------2-----4-|-------3-------2-|-------1---------|-2-/-9---|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-2-/-9---|
E|-0-----0-2-----4-|-------3-------2-|-------1---------|-0-------|

A commercially published arrangement of this song includes several
chords which are different from this interpretation.
The  maj7  in place of  dom7  in the bridge are particularly irksome.
Example: Bm7 Bbmaj7 Amaj7
It's A 2-5-1 progression: Bm7 E7 A
with A tritone substitution:  Bm7 Bb7 A

Rock On 'xCo100'
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