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Rev. Gary Davis Was Funny That Way

G-major is a key well suited for alternating bass. In the basic G-chord, you get all the chord notes in the bass: G on the 6th string, B on the 5th string and D on the 4th string. This makes it easy to find some good bass figures.

The tune on this page is based on Rev. Gary Davis' «She's Funny That Way». It has 8 bars, but does not follow the 8-bar blues form that we have been discussing in previous lesson.

Notice the chord progression G-E7-A7-D7. Another example of this progression in G-major can be heard in Blind Blake's «That Will Never Happen No More».

In generic musical terms, we can call this progression a I-VI7-II7-V7 progression. You can find a little more on this progression in the A salty dog at Alice’s Restaurant in the Chord Progression series.

     
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She's Funny That Way

I got a gal that is crazy 'bout me
She's just as crazy as any gal can be
She ain't crazy, she's just funny that way

One thing 'bout this gal I can't understand
I found out she's just a fool 'bout one old man
She ain't crazy, she's just funny that way

She got to the place that she got no woman friends
She don't want no woman be shifting around taking her man in
She ain't crazy, she's just funny that way

Now some people say this gal is just tight like that
But when she calls her man she always wants him to be right there
She ain't crazy, she's just funny that way

This gal will work hard for you every day and buy your clothes and shoes
Come in and look for you and can't find you, she'll begin to have blues
She ain't crazy, she's just funny that way


A little more G-major
Acoustic Guitar has made available a lesson called Your first guitar rag where Dale Miller takes you through an arrangement based on the same chords as She's Funny That Way.

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