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Offline mojo

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« on: December 10, 2007, 06:48:42 PM »
"Money" by Pink Floyd

I need to learn "Money" by Pink Floyd.  We’ll play it during a program at church about Financial Planning from a Christian perspective.  (We’ll also play “Too Much Stuff” by Eric Bibb.) Wish me luck.

This is what Wikipedia about “Money.”  It’s a riff-driven song, is notable for being mainly of the unusual 7-beat time signature.  As stated in the song's sheet music, the predominant time signature is in 7/4. Most rock music is in 4/4, or common time, and most of the exceptions are in 3/4 or a similar triple meter.  The typical rock offbeats on two and four are instead on two four and six, leaving two notes in a row without a beat.  

During the guitar solo the song changes to 4/4, then returns to 7/4, then ends in 4/4 again.  This was done because David Gilmour thought it would be too complicated to write the solo in seven beat form (this was stated in Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon). Critics have commented that the change in dynamic (maintaining tempo but changing from seven beats to the bar to 4 beats, making the song feel quicker) is one of the track's strengths.

The form and chord progression are based on the 12-bar blues in B minor key.  Two 12-bar A verses are followed by a 12-bar instrumental section that features a funk-style tenor saxophone solo along with keyboard, bass, and drums.

See Pink Floyd: "Money" (documentary bonus feature) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trlNhT8ebqo


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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007, 07:04:51 PM »
Sure I'll wish you luck, but not much will be needed - this was one of the first songs I ever learned to play on bass.  If you don't own the CD buy it, there's a reason why it was one of the best selling albums of all time.  Headphones listening encouraged.

Interesting choice for a  "Financial Planning from a Christian prespective..." program... wouldn't that be to just give all yer money to the poor?  Are y'all singing the "do-goody-good BS" line?
 

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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007, 08:23:29 PM »
I wonder if that's where Foo Fighters got the idea to do the same thing in "Times Like These"?

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007, 09:26:48 PM »
hmmmm maybe

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 09:48:17 PM »
there are a hundred tabs on that song....just keep focussed as the bass drives the song
 

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007, 10:54:57 PM »
GOOD LUCK MARK,but , i think you don't need it

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2007, 07:50:18 AM »
Sounds like a cool program. Be sure to let us know how you dial in the 'Money' bass tone. Oh, and when you've mastered 'Money', give Tower of Power's 'Credit' a try. Classic Rocco intensity.

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2007, 11:41:10 AM »
A.  The riff is easy, and putting the song together shouldn't be a problem unless the idea of 7/4 throws you (like it did Gilmour).
B.  Financial planning from a Christian perspective wouldn't be "... just give all yer money to the poor..."  It will likely be about being an effective steward of what God has given you.  There's a popular one by Dave Ramsey that focuses on wise choices, getting out of debt, understanding compound interest, insurance, investments, and debt.

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2007, 12:53:24 PM »
The Dave Ramsey course is a good one.  A lot of common sense stuff that unfortunately, people need to hear.


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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2007, 12:11:07 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by mojo

This was done because David Gilmour thought it would be too complicated to write the solo in seven beat form (this was stated in Classic Albums: Pink Floyd - The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon).




Wuss.  John Myung would laugh sinisterly at that.


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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM »
One of those 'claasic rock' standards that needs to be inb the repertoire.  I love the version from 'Delicate sound of Thunder' with Guy's fretless/octave box solo, then the next section where they go to a reggae beat!
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