Musical Journey – Beginner Guitar Learning

In the last article, I told the story about how I got my first guitar. It was a slow but exciting at at times uneven progress from there. Let me explain….

1) Finding Song Chords: The vast amount of quality content available now is just amazing which is a product of the evolution of our technology that led to the ease of creating contents and obviously amount of contents being published per year. We are now living in an era where we get surprised or disappointed if a particular song we want to learn doesn’t have a YouTube tutorial or does have the chords on popular guitar sites.

This obviously was not the case back in 2007. To be fair, the amount of song chords were burgeoning at the time. They were however concentrated toward the pop genre (pop ballad, pop rock). Needless to say, most guitar sites didn’t have a lot of R&B songs. In addition, YouTube was only 2 year old at the time so the amount of tutorials, let alone R&B tutorials were scarce. You can verify this by googling tutorials for R&B songs and see how many were published 11 years ago or earlier  as of 2018. If you were to find some R&B tutorials, they were not always the most accurate (keep in mind whoever published it at the time likely would have had to learn the whole song by ear so the inaccuracies here and there were totally understandable).

2) R&B songs use a lot of barre chords: This is not always obvious when you just listen to the songs. Take a listen to Brian McKnight’s hit “6 8 12” (tutorial in-bedded in the link for those interested in the chords)

The music can seem deceivingly simple enough from a quick listen . Brian, being a great guitar player (and musician for that matter), actually regularly plays this song with just his acoustic guitar….so here is a video of him performing the song live in Seattle where you can actually see the chords being played:

You will notice that virtually all the chords are actually barre chords. No beginner is gonna touch that song…at least not in the early learning. This was to me the toughest thing to get over. I was quite excited to learn all those 90s-2000s classic R&B songs and initially was under the impression that the chords would be regular chords like G C D. When the first few R&B song chords and YouTube tutorials or live performance of songs first appeared, it became obvious that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Unlike pop or rock which tends to use beginner-friendly chords, the average R&B song has between 70-100% barre chords…and the little bit that is not barre chord tends to be chords that requires gang sign-like fingering. This can make the genre impractical to beginners…..R&B tend to us chords with minor 7th and major 7th so you tend to see a lot chords with names like C#m7, G#m7, Abmaj7, Ebmaj7, Dm7b5….which can be quite intimidating…I mean as a beginner, we generally tend to flee even at the sight of a single barre chord in a song, let alone an entire song that doesn’t have a single non-barre chord.

But….you can do it.

Like anything else worth having in life, with determination and hard work, virtually anything is possible. Learning R&B is no different. I don’t want to give the impression that the genre is impossible to play or is reserved for people with natural talent or requires unreasonable amount of time to learn.  In no way are my comments above intended to discourage anyone in learning to play this beautiful genre of music. Keep in mind things have greatly involved since 2007 (many of you are probably reading this from smartphone…which was not the norm then).

It is true that there is no getting around learning the barre chords (there are YouTube videos that are more than 20 minutes long that simply deal with barre chords). This can take a few weeks to learn and getting used to (typically the F chord will be the first chord you will learn). Then, you will progress to play other barre chords such as Fm, Cm, B, Bb. Then you move on the minor 7th and major 7th which are common in R&B (e.g. Dm7, Am7). This can take a few additional weeks.

However, once past this, your learning will be much faster than mine for the simple fact that quantity of contents available now. The amount of R&B song chords are ever growing and if the song is popular enough or recent enough (anything from 2010 onwards), the chances are greater that you will be able to find the chords of any song that you like. The same thing goes for YouTube tutorial. It is night and day compared to the dark ages of 2007. The quality of the contents has greatly improved as well. I credit those great YouTube videos for inspiring me to do chords for R&B songs which you can find here:  ( I will discuss more in the future about this site came about and the directions it took to get here)

As for my own learning, I re-adjusted and started with simple songs from Madagascar and Western pop/pop rock . This wasn’t that big of deal since I did have plenty of good songs in that genre that I enjoyed when I was a kid.  One of the first songs I learned was in Malagasy (the official language of Madagascar). Although the chords in the videos seem complicated, sonically, it’s just a bunch A D and E chords so everything is playable in the 1st and 2nd fret.

The title of the song “Havako Mamomamo” loosely translates to a lightly inebriated relative, but actually refers to a love interest of the songstress. She is essentially saying she prefers when he had a bit to drink (NOT drunk) because he opens up (talks) a bit more about his feelings. It seems the guy is an introvert (when it comes to his emotions to her) when fully sober. The lyrics can be hilarious and during our childhood we had fun singing them out-loud. Though I can’t relate to any of the lyrics’ message then (or now for that matter), the melody was catchy enough and the chords were easy enough that I wanted to learn it on the guitar.

Another interesting fact about the song is that the singer, Samoela, who is now one of the most successful artists in Madagascar), wrote this song and made it the lead single of his debut album in 1997, but he actually does not sing in the song (for the record, he can sing). Instead, he had two vocalist ladies sing. This is unusual for the fact that a solo artist who is up and coming would generally sing his/her own song so that his/her voice can be recognized especially if it is going to be the lead single to promote an album, and especially if said album is the debut album to introduce him/herself to the public…The song was a huge hit but I can’t think of any example in Western music where this was done successfully…(imagine a young Bruno Marks having just written, his first single, Just The Way You Are for his Doo-Wops & Hooligans debut album and having someone else sing that song..the amount of confusion it will cause to the public when his next single “Grenade” from same album gets released on the radio with him actually singing this time).

The first English song I learned was “Don’t Cry” of Guns N Roses (simple chord progression: Am Dm G C though it had to cool transition from G C).

If you try to just follow the song with your guitar, you may notice that your guitar won’t sound like the song…this is because their guitars are tuned half-step down (so the Am sounds like a Abm, and the Dm like a Dbm ,etc…)…This is quite common in Rock and makes it easier for the lead guitarist to bend the strings for those cool solos and can give the song a darker feel if needed (I am not saying this is why Guns N Roses tune down their guitars but those two are common reasons I found from my experience).

Another fun fact about the song, they have a 2nd version with alternate lyrics (with only the chorus being the same as the 1st version), and the band actually even recorded a music video of it:

And this is the first song that had barre chords that I learned: Cryin of Aerosmith. It has a F#m and a C#m.  I thought the song had a great melody.

As I progressed, I started learning a bunch of Guns N Roses, Bryan Adams, Westlife (Irish pop band that were quite popular in Madagasccar in the 2000s), Scorpions (German rockband with lots of hits in the 80s and 90s). To my peers and the older crowd, I feel silly to even add description or links to some of those artists given their resume but I recognize that someone born in the late 90s or 2000s may not know who they are.

To close this article, I realize the direction of it went from R&B to Rock towards the end, but the point is, our learning can take various directions to get where we need to get to. In order to play R&B on the guitar, one has to actually be able to play the guitar and the fact is pop/rock provides is a great way to learn the guitar (chords are easier, there are more songs available to learn and more tutorials available). In addition, it gives you exposure to different types of music. The fact is our favorite musicians/singers listen to and get inspired by music outside their genre all the time….if they listen to different genres, we should do consider doing the same thing…you will find you it will expand your choice of music significantly and will make you a more well rounded musical person.

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Heart Behind My Eyes (Joe)

A#m7: 6x666x (Am7:   5x555x if capo on 1)
Bmaj7:7x887x (Bbmaj7:6x665x if capo on 1)
D#m7: x68676 (Dm7:   x57565 if capo on 1)
F#:   x98676 (F:     x87565 if capo on 1)
The live version on YouTube is half a step down
(F Dm7| Am7 Bbmaj7)

Intro
F# D#m7| A#m7 Bmaj7

Verse 1
F#                   D#m7
 Sitting in the dark, with so many why's
A#m7                   Bmaj7
 How can I ignore you tears or hear your cries
F#             D#m7
 So many times  I didn't let you in
A#m7                        Bmaj7
 Like a fool I walked away,  I started an argument yeah

     Pre-Chorus
     F#                         D#m7
      Why do I do the things I do
                               A#m7
     When my heart belongs to you
                                 Bmaj7
     I failed to help you truly see
                              F#
     What you really mean to me
     
                               D#m7
     So give me a minute so I can show
                                  A#m7
     The way it looks before you go
                                      Bmaj7       
     The heart you own that beats in me
               F#
     Hear my plea

     Chorus
                 F#                 D#m7
     Baby don't leave please don't go
                           A#m7
     I was a fool not to show
                          Bmaj7       
     How I really feel inside, I was scared
  
     F#                                D#m7
     'Cause I've been hurt a time or two
                                     A#m7      
     But nothing compares to losing you
                                   Bmaj7                
     I'm willing to put my price aside
                                     F#
     To show you the heart behind my eyes

Verse 2
F#                 D#m7
 I can see you're tired 
                 A#m7
Maybe wanna be apart
                     Bmaj7
I can't say that I blame you
                            F#
'Cause I made loving me so hard
      
                  D#m7
Shorty understand, that I'm just a man
A#m7                     
 Who wants to learn your love
Bmaj7
 So don't let go of my hand

     Pre-Chorus
     F#                       D#m7
      I've let you down so many times
                                          A#m7    
     It took saying goodbye for me to realize
                               Bmaj7
     How I failed to help you see
                             F#
     What you truly mean to me

                                     D#m7
     So give me a minute, look in my eyes
                                 A#m7
     So you can see down deep inside
                                      Bmaj7
     The heart you own that beats in me
                  F#
     Is begging please
     Chorus (2x)
                 F#                 D#m7
     Baby don't leave please don't go
                           A#m7
     I was a fool not to show
                          Bmaj7       
     How I really feel inside, I was scared
  
     F#                                D#m7
     'Cause I've been hurt a time or two
                                     A#m7      
     But nothing compares to losing you
                                   Bmaj7                
     I'm willing to put my price aside
                                     F#
     To show you the heart behind my eyes

Bridge
                               D#m7
My heart would die inside (my heart)
                              A#m7
If you ever said goodbye (my heart) 
                           Bmaj7
Is begging for you to stay 
                                  F#
Girl I'm gonna change my way (my heart) 

                         D#m7
It wants to open up (my heart) 
                                 A#m7 
And give you all this trust (my heart) 
                 Bmaj7
Just want give up 
                           F#  
Please don't take you love 

     Chorus

 

Musical Journey – Intro to Guitar

In the last article, I was telling the story of how I came to discover R&B music. So, let’s pick it up from there. The year was 2004…I am in my first year of University and getting immersed in US culture (e.g. food, music, people…not necessarily in that order). We had some allowance to spend on personal effects. I went to Walmart and bought (amongst other things) the following items:

  1. A portable CD player: In all my excitement, I did forget to buy batteries for the CD player so it wasn’t all that portable until a few days later. Thankfully, it came with a power plug
  2. 3 CDs: Never Say Never (Brandy), After The Storm (Monica) and the Chocolate Factory (R. Kelly). I would have bought more but I needed to also get pesky things like… toothbrush and shampoo lol…

Anyway, in the next 3 years, I would eventually get quite a bit of 90’s and 2000s R&B music and get to listen to them with close friends or by myself. My best friend and I eventually started using the term “smooth it out” when referring to any R&B music that had that soulful vibe or practically any activity we thought was cool that we were about to do. I don’t recall exactly where did we get the term from, but I think P. Diddy (who went by Puff Daddy at the time) used it in the remix of the song Honey of Mariah Carey. You can watch him say it in this video

At this point, I had quite a bit of catalog and quite of a bit of music to “smooth it out” to…my English was improving…I could actually remember the lyrics…it was time to learn to play the music that I have been listening to all this time….so I bought a

……….keyboard.

Those who read the title probably were expecting a guitar. The truth I actually have no recollection of the actual reason I bought the keyboard. I do remember buying it from a pawnshop probably thinking I’m gonna Elton John that thang lol…I also got a piano lesson book to teach me how to read sheet music. Part of my motivation in buying a musical instrument was that, up to this point, besides listening to music, my hobbies consisted of the following…on many occasions, all 3 were done in the same day:

  1. Playing basketball
  2. Watching NBA basketball on TV
  3. Playing NBA live/NBA 2k

I was able to play a few songs that had piano like No One (Alicia Keys),Unfaithful (Rihanna), Because of You (Neyo).…thanks to Youtube, but wasn’t able to improve my skills to the point where I can play by ear. If I didn’t play the songs for a few days, I would forget how to play. This was in large part because I didn’t properly learn the chords or didn’t make it through the music theory part of the book (partly because of school and well….see my hobbies above)

Anyway, in the fall of 2007, we were attending a Talent Show and in it, two of my close friends were performing a song on an acoustic guitar (one was singing lead vocal and the other one played the guitar and also provided vocal harmony). As I sat there watching them, that wonderful performance inspired to me to get a guitar. I unfortunately do not have a footage of that specific performance, but here is cover of the song made by a group of really talented people:

There is always something special about “unplugged” performance: just the guitar and the performer (or sometimes with small accompaniment such as drum and bass, but usually absent of electric instruments). You get the enjoy the music in an intimate small setting while not losing the full performance of the artist…and that’s what I wanted to capture while playing the guitar.

Here is my illustration of this. Here is the original music video of Joe performing “I’d Rather Have Love” with the fully produced version.

…and here is that same song but performed acoustically/unplugged in a small venue (and minus all the cigar puffing lol):

Obviously, since I would be playing mostly by myself, I would have to adjust my expectation and hope to sound like this instead:

In any case, the goal was to really have fun playing the music that I got to enjoy listening to the past few years and the guitar was a step in the right direction. So the musical journey began….or so I thought…you may notice if you watched the last two videos that the chords being played were not exactly beginner chords, but this will be covered in a another story (I promise). In the meantime, here is one of the songs that I really wanted to learn at the time (and wouldn’t be able to play for another 10 years for various reasons..which again i will cover in another story as well): Gone by ‘NSync (don’t be fooled by the weird intro and the fact that it was a boyband, this song is straight up R&B with awesome guitar being played in it). You can click on link if you are interested in learning it. Alternatively, just enjoy the music video:

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Musical Journey – How It Started

This is my first article and hopefully one of many to come that will chronicle my journey in playing music on guitar. I am writing this because when I was growing up…I didn’t think I would be playing guitar…or listening to R&B music….let alone playing R&B music...let alone share guitar chords of R&B music with you . My hope is that my journey will allow you to open your mind to experiences (be it music, food, travel, etc..) that you would not naturally be drawn to.

This is also for the guitar beginners who can’t yet play barre chords..(you can do it!!! I know it’s uncomfortable but we’ve all been there…once you get that F chord right, oh so many possibilities).

In early 2002, I was trying to find a way to relax in the evening after school. I usually finished school after 8:30pm that year (and the next) which in the tropical African island I grew up in is dark and late, so (wise) entertainment options were limited generally speaking to TV and Radio. I am sure there were other alternatives, but my adult brain can’t remember them now and my teenage brain couldn’t think of them at the time (because it was trying to relax after school…remember)

The TV only had one channel that seemed to only want to broadcast news and commercials, both of which are useful but aren’t exactly known for their relaxing qualities (at least not to the teenage mind).

The only viable option left was the radio (we had the one with cassette at the time…here is what they looked like). So I flipped through the channels one Friday night and came across a station that play an R&B program (which they played only on Friday night). I can’t exactly recall what the song was, but I think it was Faith Evans “Never Gonna Let You Go”.

Then at some point, it had some Brian McKnight (I think Crazy Love and 6 8 12) and Babyface (With Him). Essentially, the station played a bunch of slow jams and I was hooked. The melody, the harmonies and the soulful voices were so soothing, had that type of emotion that touched the heart ( so corny but I can’t explain it in any other way) and brought that much needed relaxation to my brain. I couldn’t sing and I barely spoke English. It was hard to explain what’s going on because the music seemed so unique and was something I have never heard before, yet it sounded so good.

Up until that point, the only international music I was exposed to were pop and pop rock ballads (think Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and boyband music (Backstreet Boys)….great music but not R&B (the Whitney Houston stuff on the local radio at the time was the Bodyguard Soundtrack stuff and not the R&B stuff like “My Love Is Your Love“)

Anyway, since that fateful Friday, I would make it a habit to listen to this particular radio station at that specific time and I got to hear some of this really great music….I even moved my mattress next to the radio at some point. For the younger generation, the R&B Music I am referring to is the 90’s stuff (Joe, Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, 112, K-Ci & Jojo, Brian McKnight, R Kelly and the likes).

This was of course a bit weird at the time because in the early 2000s (2002-2004), the Nu Metal genre (Linkin Park, Evanescence) became famous in the island and a lot of cool kids were listening to it…the two genres couldn’t be (or sound) more different. I eventually got to go to the US for university in 2004 and enjoyed the last few years where R&B as a whole was still at its peak in mainstream music. In 2004, to name a few, Usher’s “Confessions” album and Destiny’s Child “Destiny Fulfilled” album were released.

The key takeaway here is that some of the things we come to enjoy in life happen by luck/weird odds/coincidence and if we give them a chance, we might get to enjoy them quite a bit. The R&B program I came upon back in 2002 was a 1 hour program at 9pm every Friday night…it would have been very easy to miss, and if I did ( or my folks didn’t own a radio :-)), none of this would have happened…I am not saying it would have been the end of the world ( I love Bryan Adams and Celine Dion’s music), but I am saying it’s pretty cool that it eventually led me to be able to play “Back At One“.

In any case, I didn’t play any musical instruments then…and I wasn’t thinking about learning any either..I was just enjoying the music (this time through a small CD player and later one a desktop computer) and was fortunate to meet great friends who finally shared my love of the R&B. It wouldn’t be another 3 years before I would get a guitar but that’s a story for another article….stay tuned until next time. In the meantime and between time, enjoy this slow jam…

 

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Before I Let You Go (Blackstreet)

A#m11: 6x664x
C#m7:  x46454
D#m7:  x68676 D#7(#9): x6567x
Emaj7: x79897
G#m11: 4x442x

Intro (4x)
Emaj7 D#m7 C#m7

Verse 1
Emaj7               D#m7     C#m7 
 Lately I've been thinking, something's going wrong 
                  Emaj7    D#m7             C#m7          
'Cause you got an attitude,  and you're not in the mood 
         C#m7
Like you used to 

Emaj7         D#m7           C#m7 
 Girl, I can feel it when I hold you in my arms 
                Emaj7       D#m7          C#m7
The feeling is not the same  can I be the one to blame? 

     Bridge 
                    A#m11     D#7(#9) Emaj7  
     I don't wanna lose your love,    mmm 
                    A#m11   D#7(#9) Emaj7 
     I don't wanna say bye-bye, oh no 
                      A#m11   D#7(#9)
     True love is so hard to find 
               G#m11                       C#m7           
     And it's right between your lips and mine
          D#7(#9)
     And mine 

     Chorus (2x) 
        Emaj7  D#m7    C#m7 
     Before I let you go away
                Emaj7    D#m7 C#m7 
     Can I get kiss goodnight

Verse 2
Emaj7                 D#m7 
  Turn the lights down low 
       C#m7 
Let's take it nice and slow 
                  Emaj7       D#m7 
My mission is to keep you mine 
                    C#m7 
Don't want this to be the last time 

Emaj7           D#m7 
 We make sweet love baby
C#m7
 I know you feel it too 
                       Emaj7    D#m7 
 It's bigger than the both of us 
                          C#m7 
There's one thing I'm so certain of

     Bridge 
                    A#m11     D#7(#9) Emaj7  
     I don't wanna lose your love,    mmm 
                    A#m11   D#7(#9) Emaj7 
     I don't wanna say bye-bye, oh no 
                      A#m11       D#7(#9)
     It's always the little things 
          G#m11                                C#m7           
     I remember and I can't just let it slip away
          D#7(#9)
     Slip away

     Chorus (2x) 
        Emaj7  D#m7    C#m7 
     Before I let you go away
                Emaj7    D#m7 C#m7 
     Can I get kiss goodnight

Never Want To Live Without You (Eric Benet)

Abmaj7: 4xx543 Amaj7:5x665x
Abmaj7':4x554x Abm7: 4x444x
Ab/Bb:  6x6546 A/B:  7x765x     
Bb:     x13331 or    688766
Bm7:    x24232
Bmaj7:  x24342 or    7x887x
Cm7:    x35343
Dbm7:   x46454 Db:   x46664
Ebsus4: x6889x Eb:   x6888x
Fm7:    xx354x Fsus4:1133xx
Gm7:    3x333  G7:   3x343x    

Intro
Fm7    Abmaj7  Bb
Bmaj7  Ab/Bb

Verse 1
Abmaj7 Bb
  I'm known 
           Gm7                      Cm7
To have a heart that love couldn't find
  Bb      Abmaj7     Bb   
I used to, come and go 
                Gm7          Cm7
No thought of what I left behind

 Bb     Abmaj7           Bb
But now,  somehow I've grown 
            G7                     Cm7
To see the world through brand new eyes
          Fsus4              F      Ab/Bb
A better world that you've shown to me....yeah

Verse 2
Abmaj7            Bb
   When you were gone
                Gm7                     Cm7
Felt like the stars were pointless to shine
Bb      Abmaj7            Bb
And my,   my days dragged on
           Gm7                Cm7    Bb
Without a cause or reason to find...babe

Abmaj7      Bb
  I'm on my own
            G7              Cm7
I'm just a lonely waste of time
                 Fsus4     
That should be spent 
      Ab/Bb         Ebsus4   Eb
With you   faithfully

     Chorus
                 Abmaj7        Bb
     So I never wanna live without you babe
      Gm7                 Cm7    
     Never gonna live without you
     Bb    Abmaj7              Bb
     Oh I never wanna live without you babe
      Gm7
     Never wanna live
            Cm7                Bb
     Cause you're the biggest part of my life

        Abmaj7                Bb
     I wanna build my world around you babe
      G7                       Cm7
     Never make it through without you
              Bmaj7             Ab/Bb
     All the love you bring to me

Verse 3
Abmaj7    Bb
  I was blind
        Gm7            Cm7 Bb
Such a fool but now I see darling
Abmaj7         Bb        
 Just hold my hand 
            Gm7             Cm7 Bb
Wherever we are is home to me,  and now 

Abmaj7        Bb
 The second chance 
            G7           Cm7    
To start a life and family
             Fsus4    Ab/Bb
I thank the Lord and you 
                  Ebsus4 Eb
For this gift to me
     Chorus
                 Abmaj7        Bb
     So I never wanna live without you babe
      Gm7                 Cm7    
     Never gonna live without you
     Bb    Abmaj7              Bb
     Oh I never wanna live without you babe
      Gm7
     Never wanna live
            Cm7                Bb
     Cause you're the biggest part of my life

        Abmaj7                Bb
     I wanna build my world around you babe
      G7                       Cm7
     Never make it through without you
              Bmaj7             Ab/Bb
     All the love you bring to me
Bridge
G7
 Thank you for the love...oh girl
                      Cm7
When you knew I was wrong 
G7
 Thank you for the chance 
                    Cm7
To run back to your arms where I belong 
G7
 I don't need to see 
                 Cm7
Who or what is there on the other side 
                  Fsus4   F
Cause you are my love my life 
           Ab/Bb A/B
Until the day I die
     Chorus (1/2 step higher)
      Amaj7        Abm7 
     Never wanna, never gonna
      B    Amaj7        
     No I never wanna 
      Bm7               Db
     Never wanna live, never gonna live
     -----------------------------------
     3x
        Amaj7               B
     I never wanna live without you babe
      Abm7                Dbm7    
     Never gonna live without you
     B     Amaj7               B
     Oh I never wanna live without you babe
      Bm7               Db
     Never wanna live, never gonna live


			

Sweetest Love (Robin Thicke)

A:      5x7655 A/B:  7x765x Am7:  5x555x
Bbmaj7: x13233 Bb/C: 8x876x
Bm7:    7x777x Bm7   x24232
Cmaj7:  x35453
C#m7:   x46454
Dmaj9:  x5465x Dmaj7:x57675 Dm7:  x57565
D#maj7: x68786
Em7':   x68786 Em7:  02000x Emaj7:x79897
Emaj9:  x7687x
F#m7:   2x222x Fm7:  1x111x
G/A:    5x543x G':   3x000x Gm7:  3x333x
G#dim7: 4x343x G#/Bb:6x654x G#m7: 4x444x
Intro
Dmaj9 Bm7'|Em7'
G/A-G F#m7 Bm7
Em7 G/A

Verse 1
Dmaj9   Bm7'    Em7'         G/A      G
 Why do  people  smile when noone’s smiling
F#m7       Bm7              
 It's 'cuz  they're thinking  
Em7     G/A
 Of someone they’re loving 

Dmaj9    Bm7'       Em7'     G/A      G
 Keep on  believing  we are meant to be and 
F#m7       Bm7        Em7             G/A 
 Nothing’s  stopping you and me from going to heaven 
Gm7 Cmaj7   Dmaj7
  Sweetest love
 
     Chorus
                 Bm7' 
     I got the sweetest love 
       Em7'                G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 
     G           F#m7         Bm7 
     I got the sweetest love, ain’t nothing beat it 
       Em7                 G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 

Verse 2
Dmaj9      Bm7'    Em7'               G/A      G
 Now we're  clever  is about to_inch just one ladder 
F#m7     Bm7     Em7           G/A
 It gets  better every second we’re together 

Dmaj9      Bm7'
 Oooh baby  it feels so right
Em7'             G/A G
 A new beginning   starts tonight 
F#m7         Bm7             
 The reason for when it’s on 
Em7            G/A           Gm7 Cmaj7   Dmaj7
is because of you and me and   Sweetest love 

Bridge 1
 Dmaj9     Dmaj7              Dmaj9 
Finally I can’t believe, 'cuz you and me, 
            Gm7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7
You’re my swe___etest love
     Chorus (2x)
                 Bm7' 
     I got the sweetest love 
       Em7'                G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 
     G           F#m7          Bm7 
     I got the sweetest love, can’t nothing beat it 
       Em7                 G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter
Bridge 2
Gm7              Dm7 
 Now I got that feeling in my gut 
Gm7               Dm7 
 Now I need your fire in my life 
Gm7           Dm7  
 Now I wanna give you love so much 
Gm7             G#dim7      Bb/C 
 And I keep on feeling my sweet, my sweet 
Gm7 Cmaj7   Dmaj9
  Sweetest love 

   Dmaj9              Dmaj7          Dmaj9 
I can’t believe that you and me, we gotta be 
             Gm7 Cmaj7  Dmaj7 
 You’re my swe___etest love 

     Chorus (2x)
                 Bm7' 
     I got the sweetest love 
       Em7'                G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 
     G           F#m7          Bm7 
     I got the sweetest love, can’t nothing beat it 
       Em7                 G/A
     There ain’t nothing sweeter

     Chorus - 1/2 step higher
     D#maj7       Cm7 
      I got the sweetest love 
       Fm7                 G#/Bb
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 
     G#          Gm7          Cm7 
     I got the sweetest love can’t nothing beat it 
       Fm7                 G#/Bb
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 

     Chorus - 1 step higher
     Emaj7        C#m7  
      I got the sweetest love 
       F#m7                A/B
     There ain’t nothing sweeter 
     A           G#m7        C#m7 
     I got the sweetest love can’t nothing beat it 
       F#m7                A/B 
     There ain’t nothing sweeter

Outro
Am7 Dmaj7   Emaj7 
  Sweetest love 
   Emaj9          Emaj7          Emaj9 
I can’t believe, you and me, we gotta be 
        Am7 Dmaj7  Emaj9
Oh my swe___etest love