Influences (Pt. 2 of 3) – Teenage
Dilate (Ani DiFranco)
Superhero (Garrison Starr)
Spark (Tori Amos)
Trio – the original singer-songwriter web session – typically features original songs, but for the second in a special trio of trios I am covering some of the songs that have influenced me and my songwriting. The first influences trio featured songs of my childhood.
You can download the entire Trio, or start from a past suite of original songs:
See the rest of this post for chords to all three songs.
The chords listed below correspond to my performance in Trio. Since my performance may not match the original recording you should not post these chords to other websites.
If you are still having trouble playing a song even after listening to my performance please leave a comment.
Dilate – This arrangement is similar to the original.
Tune to AADGAD. That means your lowest string is an octave below your A.
Intro/Verse: 00xxx, xx2002, xx4004
Third Line of Verse: 5×0005, 5×0004
B-Section: 2×0020, 4×0040, 5×0050, 5×0040
I occasionally slide up from xx4004 to xx5005 and back after exiting the B-Section.
Superhero – This arrangement is very similar to the original.
Capo 2nd fret. You can also play this song in the same key without a capo by adding two frets onto the value of all chords, and barring where I left high strings open.
Intro/Verse: w/Palm Mute C#m, G#m, A, B
Interlude: w/Palm Mute A, E, B, A, B
Chorus: 577600, 022100, 799800
Chorus ends with 577600, 799800
Bridge: F#m, A, B
Spark – This is an approximate arrangement for guitar.
Intro/Verse: 022100, 332010, 554030
Chorus: C, D, G, Em / C, D, G, Em / 332010, 554030
1st Half: E5, G5, D5, A5 / E5, G5, D5, A5 / E, G, D, A, C, D
Instrumental: E, G, D, A
2nd Half: E, G, D, A / E, G, D, A / E, G, D, A, C, D
On the final chorus i play the first G as 10-10-9-0-8-0
There are many complex compound time changes in “Spark.” If you’d like to play along with the original or Trio, here’s a guide:
- While singing in verses D chords are always 7/8 EXCEPT 1st verse 2nd line (6/8) and 5th line (6/8 + 4/8), and last verse 1st line (9/8).
- In the bridge, both “fins that you’ll never find” are 7/8, as is the end of instrumental passage (count three beats on the D, four on the A).
- The D before the instrumental in the bridge should also be 7/8, but it isn’t on Trio.