‘St James Infirmary’ is a story within a story, within a song. Big Joe talks about his loss and orders an impressive funeral. We hope you enjoy playing around with this great old standard!
Parting is such sweet sorrow and so is this song. A jazz standard, it can be played many ways and has been recorded by many.
Set your ukuleles to low down and dirty to play this classic Tom Waits tune.
For a few weeks we have been opening with 12 bar blues play alongs. Tonight we spiced it up with some theory! We played around with the basic 12 bar blues progression using three different keys: C, A and G.
So how do you know which chords to play as the fourths (IV) and fifths (V) in a given key? We started with our root note (I) and counted on our fingers up to the fourth and fifth fingers. Here is where it can help to visualise the Circle of Fifths. From any given root note, look anti-clockwise for the fourth note and clockwise for the fifth.