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George Benson: Live at Montreux 1986
George Benson: Live at Montreux 1986

George Benson is one of the finest guitar players in the history

of jazz. Over the years he has worked in many different genres

from soul to jazz to blues to pop and achieved success in all of

them. He has one of the rare artists who has managed to combine

critical acclaim and commercial success in equal measures.

A frequent visitor to Montreux (he has performed there 11 times

including 2005), George Benson has selected this show from

1986 as the first he would like released. Taken from the height of

his commercial success the concert includes classics and hit

tracks throughout the set including Lady Love Me (One More

Time), Love Ballad, In Your Eyes, Love x Love, 20/20, On

Broadway, Turn Your Love Around and Never Give Up On A Good

Thing among many more.



I did this arrangement many years ago after hearing George Benson's version. It is a beautiful melody, and one of my favourite Benson (and there are many) pieces.

Chord Shapes

I found this tune very easy to arrange. Many of the chords are the same name, just different inversions and voicings. Measure one is a good example of this. The first Ab Major (beat one), is the second inversion. Chord spelling is Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root), C (third). This chord could also be an Fm7. Chord spelling: Eb (seventh), Ab (minor third), C (fifth). In this case there would be no root. The second Ab Major (beat 3), is the root position. Chord spelling: Ab (first, or root), C (third), Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root, octave higher).

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are very interesting. On the guitar fretboard, diminished loosely translates to one fret lower. Mostly used as passing chords (chords that are used to connect two chords, rarely used as the basis for a song), the chord repeats four frets higher. For example: G dim7 contains the notes, G (root), Db (diminished fifth), E (diminished seventh), Bb (minor third). Four frets higher (based on the eighth fret), the chord contains the same notes in a different order: Bb (root), E (diminished fifth), G (diminished seventh), Db (minor third). Four frets higher than that (based on the eleventh fret), the same notes again in a different order: Db (root), G (diminished fifth) , Bb (diminished seventh), E (minor third). Four frets higher (based on the fourteenth fret): E (root), Bb (diminished fifth), Db (diminished seventh), G (minor third). Every note in the chord can be thought of as a root note. When playing a G dim7, you are also playing Db dim7, an E dim7, and a Bb dim7.

In old movies and cartoons, this progression was commonly used when the villain entered the room. I employed this movement in the arrangement for God Bless The Child.

Chord Shapes In Playing Order

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lucybell21 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Of course once again great hub! And lots of great info.

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Lorne Hemmerling 5 years ago from Oshawa Author

Thanks so much, lucybell21. You are my biggest fan :•)

rick 2 years ago

many days at the hub

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