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Another Belated Valentine’s

The title of this entry actually refers to the fact that I’m posting this a few hours after Valentine’s Day has past.  Ideally, if I had done a little bit of planning, I would have created this entry a few days before Valentine’s day.  Oh well.

Anyway, I’m currently stuck on the song Fallin’ For You by Colbie Caillat. I think the the first time I heard it, I was like “Hey, she just ripped off the chorus lick from Man In the Mirror.”  And a second listen through found that true.  It still is a catchy little pop song though.   Ok, actually, I can’t get enough of it.

I decided to learn the song via the Internet.  There were a lot of incorrect tabs, which kind of drove me crazy.  Who are these people writing tabs?  They’re not even close most of the time.  I mean, I hardly play the guitar and even I can tell that the tab is totally wrong.  I finally found a tab that was about how I thought the song should be played.  But even that was wrong. They had a G#m chord as part of most of the pre-chorus, when it should have been a E/G#.  It’s a subtle one note difference when spelling out on the piano, but one chord (G#m) sounds major, and the other one (E/G#) sounds major.

Here’s what I mean:

The tabbed version from the site:

     A...         G#
I am tryin' not to tell you
      F#
But I want to
     G#
I'm scared of what you'll say
      A...             G#     C#m
So I'm hiding what I'm feeling
        F#      G# A...       Bb5
But I'm tired of holding this inside my head

Here’s how I think it should be:

A... E/G#
I am tryin' not to tell you
F#m
But I want to
E/G#
I'm scared of what you'll say
A... G#m C#m
So I'm hiding what I'm feeling
F#m G#m A... B5(barred)
But I'm tired of holding this inside my head

After learning the song on the guitar, I realized it’d make a neat piano solo.  I tried to keep the arrangement fairly close to the original but it morphed it into more of a ballad.  It was hard to capture the rhythm and groove of the guitars without getting too repetitive, so I decided to make the piano a little more sweet.  So for all of you celebrating another belated Valentine’s day, enjoy!

-J

Fallin’ For You arr by Jared Ong