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How to Play Midnight in Harlem Chods by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Midnight in Harlem is a soulful song by the American blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, from their debut album Revelator (2011). The song was written by Mike Mattison and Derek Trucks, and features the vocals of Susan Tedeschi and the guitar work of Trucks. The song is about finding hope and freedom in the city at night, and has a smooth and mellow vibe.

The Chords

The song is in the key of E major, and uses mostly simple chords. However, some of the chords have variations or extensions that add color and richness to the sound. Here are the main chords used in the song, with their fingerings on the guitar:

[Intro]
 
E E6 Emaj7 E6
E E6 Emaj7 E
E E6 Emaj7 E
Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6
E E6 Emaj7 E
Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6
 
 
[Verse]
 
E           E6                Emaj7 E
   Well, I came to the city
              Amaj7          A6 Amaj7 A6
I was running from the past
E     E6              Emaj7    E6
   My heart was bleeding
               Amaj7           A6 Amaj7 A6
And it hurt my bones to laugh
E  E6              Emaj7 E
   Stayed in the city
               Amaj7              A6   Amaj7 A6
No exception to the rules, to the rule
E         E6           Emaj7  E
   He was born to love me
                 Amaj7         A6     Amaj7 A6
I was raised to be his fool, his fool
 
 
[Chorus]
 
A               A
Walk that line, torn apart
A          G#m        E
Spend your whole life trying
A                A
Ride that train, free your heart
A             G#m   E      E6 Emaj7 E6
It's midnight up in Harlem
 
 
[Bridge]
 
E Emaj7 E6 E
E Emaj7 E6 E
Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6
 
 
[Verse]
 
E         E6                 Emaj7 E
   I went down to the river
                  Amaj7     A6 Amaj7 A6
And I took a look around
E              E6              Emaj7 E
   There were old man's shoes
                    Amaj7    A6 Amaj7 A6
There were needles on the ground
E  E6                   Emaj7 E
   No more mysteries, baby
                 Amaj7       A6 Amaj7 A6
No more secrets, no more clues
E      E6                Emaj7 E
   The stars are out there
               Amaj7      A6 Amaj7 A6
You can almost see the moon
 
 
[Pre-chorus]
 
A
   The streets are windy
G#                C#m   B   A
   And the subway's closing down
A
   Gonna carry this dream
G#              C#m  B  A
   To the other side of town.
 
 
[Chorus]
 
A               A
Walk that line, torn apart
A          G#m        E
Spend your whole life trying
A                A
Ride that train, free your heart
A             G#m   E      E6 Emaj7 E6
It's midnight up in Harlem
 
E Emaj7 E6 E
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
E Emaj7 E6 E Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6

The song also uses a capo on the second fret, which means that the chords are actually played a whole step higher than they sound. For example, the E chord sounds like an F# chord, and the G#m chord sounds like an A#m chord. This makes the song easier to play and sing along with.

The Strumming Pattern

The song has a relaxed and laid-back feel, so the strumming pattern should reflect that. A simple pattern that works well for most of the song is:

D DUDU

where D is a downstroke and U is an upstroke. You can also add some accents or variations to make it more interesting, such as:

D DUUDU

or

D DUDUDU

The main thing is to keep the rhythm steady and smooth, and follow the changes in the chords.

The Intro and Bridge

The intro and bridge of the song are slightly different from the rest of the song, as they use some different chords and have a different strumming pattern. The intro consists of four bars of E, followed by four bars of Amaj7 and A6 alternating. The strumming pattern for the intro is:

D DUD DUDU

where each chord lasts for half a bar. The bridge consists of two bars of A, followed by two bars of G#, then two bars of C#m, then two bars of B. The strumming pattern for the bridge is:

D DUDU DUDU

where each chord lasts for a whole bar.

The Lyrics and Chords

Here are the lyrics and chords for the whole song, with the capo on the second fret:

[Intro] E E6 Emaj7 E6 E E6 Emaj7 E E E6 Emaj7 E Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 E E6 Emaj7 E Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6

[Verse] E E6 Emaj7 E Well, I came to the city Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 I was running from the past E E6 Emaj7 E6 My heart was bleeding Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 And it hurt my bones to laugh

E E6 Emaj7 E Stayed in the city Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 No exception to the rules, to the rule E E6 Emaj7 E He was born to love me Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 I was raised to be his fool, his fool

[Chorus] A A Walk that line, torn apart A G#m E Spend your whole life trying A A Ride that train, free your heart A G#m E E6 Emaj7 E6 It’s midnight up in Harlem

[Bridge] E Emaj7 E6 E E Emaj7 E6 E Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6

[Verse] E E6 Emaj7 E I went down to the river Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 And I took a look around E E6 Emaj7 E There were old man’s shoes Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 There were needles on the ground

E E6 Emaj7 E No more mysteries, baby Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 No more secrets, no more clues E E6 Emaj7 E The stars are out there Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6 You can almost see the moon

[Pre-chorus] A The streets are windy G# C#m B A And the subway’s closing down A Gonna carry this dream G# C#m B A To the other side of town.

[Chorus] A A Walk that line, torn apart A G#m E Spend your whole life trying A A Ride that train, free your heart A G#m E E6 Emaj7 E6 It’s midnight up in Harlem

[Instrumental] E Emaj7 E6 E Amaj7 A6 Amaj7 A6

Conclusion

Midnight in Harlem is a beautiful song that showcases the talent and soul of Tedeschi Trucks Band. The song is not very difficult to play on the guitar, as long as you know the chords and the strumming pattern. You can also improvise or add your own touches to make it your own. The song is a great example of how music can express emotions and stories, and how it can inspire and uplift people. If you want to learn more about the song, you can check out some of the web search results that I used to write this article. I hope you enjoyed reading it and playing along with it. Have fun!

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