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The Doobie Brothers chords for Listen to the music

Guitar chords with lyrics

I play listen to the music with what I call the Tom Johnston shuffle:

e-------------------------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------------------------
G-------------------------------------------------------
D--9-----9---9---9-----9-----9---9---9---9--------------
A--9_10-10--10--10-----9_10-10--10--10---9--------------
E--0-----0---0---0-----0-----0---0---0---0--------------

e-------------------------------------------------------
B---------------------9_10-10-10-10-10_9----------------
G---------------------9--9--9--9--9--9-9----------------
D--9-----9---9---9----9_11-11-11-11-11_9----------------
A--9_10-10--10--10--------------------------------------
E--0-----0---0---0--------------------------------------

This can be played while barring the 9th fret and doing the hammer-ons and
pull-offs (_) with the 2nd and 3rd fingers.

(Shuffle)
Don't you feel it growing, day by day

Half the shuffle going to:    A chord diagramC#m7C#m7
People gettin' ready for the news

           A chord diagramBB              A chord diagramA augmentedA     A chord diagramAsus4Asus4     A chord diagramA augmentedA     A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA augmentedA
         (at 7th fret)    (At 5th fret)
Some are happy, some are sad                   Gonna let the music

(Return to shuffle)
Play

What the ..
It ain't ..
Gotta get ...
Lordy mama, ...

         A chord diagramC# minorC#m             A chord diagramA augmentedA
Whoa-oo-whoa  Listen to the music

         A chord diagramC# minorC#m             A chord diagramA augmentedA
Whoa-oo-whoa  Listen to the music

         A chord diagramC# minorC#m             A chord diagramA augmentedA
Whoa-oo-whoa  Listen to the music

         A chord diagramF#F#              A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramAsus4Asus4 A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramAsus4Asus4 A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA augmentedA
All the time

Bridge (with flanger)

A chord diagramE MajorE                              A chord diagramD MajorD
   Like ...

                 A chord diagramA augmentedA
   Surroundin' cas...

A chord diagramE MajorE                                  A chord diagramD MajorD
   And the ...

   A chord diagramA augmentedA
Listenin' ...

Return to verse (and shuffle) and end

(Apologies for any lyrical mistakes; this was from memory)


I play this song by sticking a capo on the 4th fret.  Since I have
no clue how to write tab, I'll just give it to you verbally.

1. The opening bars are basically just two chords, A chord diagramE MajorE and A.  Since
you're capoed up, you'll play these chords with the open A chord diagramC majorC and A chord diagramFF
chord shapes.

2. The "shuffle" rhythm will take a bit of practice.  In order to
get a good approximation, I start off by strumming the open strings
and hammering-on the A chord diagramC majorC chord shape.  Try it and you'll recognize
the sound.

3. Helps to use right and/or left hand muting to get the rhythm feel.

4. When transitioning to the A chord diagramFF shape from the A chord diagramC majorC shape, just lay your
first finger over to bar the bottom two strings for the F, then do
a hammer of the other two fingers in the same way as you did for
the A chord diagramC majorC shape.

5. You can play the rest of the chords for the verse as open shapes,
too.  I'll write 'em out for the first verse, putting the chord shape
over the part you change.  Since you're capoed up, this won't be the
correct chord name, but I'm trying to make it easy on ya!

A chord diagramC majorC                                A chord diagramFF
Don't ...

A chord diagramC majorC                            A chord diagramA minorAm
People gettin' ...

         A chord diagramG+G                  F--Fsus4-F
Some are happy, ...

For the A chord diagramFsus4Fsus4 thingy, you just drop your pinky down on the 3rd string,
3rd fret for a few strums (it's actually an A chord diagramAsus4Asus4 in this postion).

6. You can play this with open chords (no capo), too.  If you can get
a bud to play the open chords while you play the capo part, it sounds
pretty good.  Here's the real chord names in open position:

A chord diagramE MajorE                                A chord diagramA augmentedA
Don't ya ...

A chord diagramE MajorE                            A chord diagramC# minorC#m
People gettin' ...

         A chord diagramBB                  A--Asus4-A
Some are happy, ...

For the A chord diagramAsus4Asus4 thingy, this time drop your pinky on the 2nd string, 3rd
fret.  You can hammer on the E's and A's here, too, to get the rhythm
feel.


7. That's about all I have to offer.  I was only interested in figuring
out the first little rhythm piece when I first played this.  The rest I
leave for you to agonize over!

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