Jimi Hendrix still had a year left on the planet, the Beatles were about to release Abbey Road, and readers all over the world were already getting involved in GP content when Gerd Geerken of Germany sent in this lyrical phrase to “Swap-A-Run,” the predecessor of more recent GP reader submission columns such as “Lick of the Month” and “Reader’s Challenge.”
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The heart of Geerken’s pleasing intro/outro descent to F major is the recurring major-7th/dominant-9th shift you see in each of the first three bars. Strum the chords (see grids) or arpeggiate them as notated.