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Old 11-30-2017, 07:03 AM
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Default Frosty the Snowman - Willie Nelson chords?

Anyone know the swing version of Frosty that Willie does on Pretty Paper?

I've picked out the melody and can throw in the cool bass runs while playing the basic major and minor chords. But I can hear they're really playing some of those two-handed jazz chords as Doc Watson put it.

I could sit down and figure it out, but I got lazy and put it off. Now I need it for a free, town-festival slot this weekend. So help the lazy man, please.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:26 AM
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:34 AM
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Well, I don't have time to figure out his whole version, but it seems to be in G, so here's a good starting point:

| G6 | G6 G7 | C C#dim | G6 |
| C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | 1. G6 D7 | 2. G6 G7 |

|C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | G6 |
| Dmaj7 | B7b9 | Em7 A7 | Am7 D7 |


repeat the A section, take the second ending.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:44 AM
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Well, I don't have time to figure out his whole version, but it seems to be in G, so here's a good starting point:

| G6 | G6 G7 | C C#dim | G6 |
| C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | 1. G6 D7 | 2. G6 G7 |

|C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | G6 |
| Dmaj7 | B7b9 | Em7 A7 | Am7 D7 |


repeat the A section, take the second ending.
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:59 AM
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Just to add... Willie Nelson's changes aren't quite as fancy as that (especially in the bridge) but I guess Jeff's are the originals, and they do sound good.
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I dunno how original, just how I play it!
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:14 AM
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Just to add... Willie Nelson's changes aren't quite as fancy as that (especially in the bridge) but I guess Jeff's are the originals, and they do sound good.
Right. Here's what I heard figuring it out on guitar by just singing from memory:

G G7 C C/C# G
C C/C# G E7 C D7 G D7

C Bm Am D7 G
D D#dim7 A7 D D7

But his Am7 sounds more like Willie's version.

Appreciate the helpful posts!
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Right. Here's what I heard figuring it out on guitar by just singing from memory:

G G7 C C/C# G
C C/C# G E7 C D7 G D7

C Bm Am D7 G
D D#dim7 A7 D D7

But his Am7 sounds more like Willie's version.

Appreciate the helpful posts!
Pretty close - you hardly need our help!

The only things I think you got wrong are the C after the E7 which should be Am7 (C with A bass, so not very wrong at all ).
And there's no D#dim7 in the bridge, it's just D for 2 bars. D#dim7 sounds good though (rootless B7b9 as Jeff posted), so keep it!
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Well, I don't have time to figure out his whole version, but it seems to be in G, so here's a good starting point:

| G6 | G6 G7 | C C#dim | G6 |
| C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | 1. G6 D7 | 2. G6 G7 |

|C C#dim | G E7 | Am7 D7 | G6 |
| Dmaj7 | B7b9 | Em7 A7 | Am7 D7 |


repeat the A section, take the second ending.
Just to ammend, after getting home and actually playing it, I like Dmaj--D7 as the last bar of the bridge.

And those B7b9''s can totally be D# diminished to be more guitar friendly.
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