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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Can you guys straighten me out on "I'm Movin' On" by Hank Snow

Warren Pederson


Jan 19th, 2017 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've looked at sheet music and online chord lyrics but I'm hearing it differently than what I see. I feel there should be a half measure added after bars 4 and 10, no? I've been listening to it on my slowdowner and trying to fit the lyrics in and I distinctly hear those half measures in there.

Te 52

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Jan 19th, 2017 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

You are correct. At least in the original Hank Snow recording, measures 4 and 10 are in 3/2 time, everything else is in 2/2.

I like it when a songwriter throws in something unconventional but makes it sound very natural.

Listen and count

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:31 PM, Feb 1st, 2017)

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Jan 20th, 2017 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's pretty common for country performers of that era to drop or add a couple of beats at the end of a phrase or verse. Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family did this all of the time.

I don't know if they did this as artistic expression or just did it randomly.

My inclination is to straighten it out to regular beats. But sometimes it sounds better crooked. It's just an artistic decision. Whatever sounds better.

When jamming with friends it's good to be aware and talk this ahead of time.

When playing Cajun tunes, the unsquare time is pretty much mandatory. listen and hang on!


Warren Pederson


Jan 21st, 2017 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you guys. Really helped out

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