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 Post subject: Bilbo's Last Song
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:54 pm 
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So, I've been listening to Stephen Oliver's lovely version of "Bilbo's Last Song" and noodling around a little with it on Guitar. I'm happy enough that I have the basic chords, but I'd be interested to see if my musical Halofirien friends could help to flesh it out a little.

Here's the song. I'll post my chords later, but in the meantime would anyone like to have a stab at as arrangement?


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Do you have a music notations program, such as Finale?

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Nope, I was just looking at simple chording with fingerpicking.

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Intro:

Am G Am G (Rocking bass line)

This pattern continuing under the first line
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         Am    G      Am   
Day is ended, dim my eyes,
             F              E
but journey long before me lies.
             Am      G         Am
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
             G                 Am
The ship's beside the stony wall.
Am Am/B  C        Fmaj7       C
Foam is white and waves are grey;
?           Dm7              Am
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Dm7      Am       Dm7    Am
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
Am/B     C     E         Am
I hear the rising of the Sea.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilbo's Last Song
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I don't have access to a piano at the moment, but can you try the 1st and 3rd lines with Am - Dm - Am instead of Am - G - Am?

I can be more use when I get back to Canada...

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I've always loved this ....well, I guess it's supposed to be a poster. {edit, yes, it's a poster by Pauline Baynes}

Here's Donald Swann's setting, which I find much easier to listen to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp6nmOjqXAo


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 Post subject: Re: Bilbo's Last Song
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It sort of works with Dm, but feels better with the brightness of the G.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilbo's Last Song
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Shouldn't this thread be in the Shibboleth forum? Any objection to my moving it?

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I thought it might have a better chance of a response here. Its really more music related than Tolkien related?

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Fair enough! That's why I asked rather than just going ahead and moving it. I'll leave it here, and continue to read with interest, even though I have nothing of substance to add.

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So I've started working on learning this for guitar. It'll take me a little time, because both the vocals and chords are more complex than what I usually sing/play, but thanks for posting it!


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 Post subject: Re: Bilbo's Last Song
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So here's me doing the first verse on guitar using Alatar's chords. It's recorded on my laptop mic, has a couple mistakes, and is a pretty simple arrangement. So it's a rough take:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5mjtgz8hwebls ... t.wav?dl=0


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