American Fingerstyle Guitarist

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

Sheet music - PDF download, 2 pages

Intermediate advanced level

MP3 guide track included with download


This song was written in 1921 by Benton Overstreet and Billy Higgins, and recorded that year by Ethel Waters, achieving immediate success which it has maintained over the years as a jazz and pop standard. Both Overstreet and Higgins made their reputations as performers of various African American styles in the years leading up the the jazz age, while Waters was at the very beginning of her career as a mega-star when she recorded the song. Among the dozens of memorable recordings that followed we might mention those by Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Bob Wills, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday.

The harmonics in the bass line of the first 8 measures here take some getting used to, but once that is done that part of the arrangement is not very difficult. It is interesting in that the harmonics pitch the bass line higher than the melody in a couple of places, but students may find the reliance on barre chords to be the most challenging part of the arrangement, not because they are actually difficult but they may make the fretting hand tired. At least when it is learned, one doesn’t have to hold those positions so long!

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