|Passing Chord(s)||dim7, add9|
|Position on the neck||Mid-neck (around 5th fret)|
|Complexity||High (the last chord is tricky)|
“The Nearness of you” was written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Ned Washington.
This is an excellent arrangement by Walter Rodrigues Jr., a very interesting jazz guitarist. I like his melodies, arrangements and his playing. They are very close to the style I like.
You can see several Walter’s recordings on his channel on YouTube. I bought a couple of tabs for his original tunes and enjoyed studying and playing them. You can also find more information about Walter on his site.
I see several interesting guitar chord progressions and chords I would like to borrow 🙂 In this post, I just touch the first one, the introduction.
I am not 100% sure what kind of progression is it, but in its simplified view I would play it as G A D. So, I would call this progression as IV-V-I. Em-A-D, or II-V-I would work too.
Enjoy the tabs for intro, especially the last 9th chord 🙂
The first chord, Gadd9 with the bass note on A, can be used as a substitution for Em and G in the key of D. Later in this song, Walter also uses this chord with the first string fretted on the fifth fret. It helps to build the melody and expands the range of this chord to full two octaves. It sounds cool, isn’t it? Definitely, I am putting it into my collection of mid-neck chords, especially as a replacement for Em.
The second chord, Edim7 with bass note on A again, continues the voicing of the previous one. For me, this dim7 chord is unusual, but it sounds nice. It resolves to the last chord in this progression, Dadd9. And … this last one is quite tricky to play. I like how it sounds, but … it will take me a while to achieve the desired accuracy of fretting and playing this chord. If you can’t play this shape, it can be replaced by something like Dmaj7 chord on the with barre on the 5th fret.
That’s it about this progression. I’ll parse a few more progressions from this arrangement in the next posts. Happy playing!