October 2017

“I Was Here” for You

Beyoncé gave songwriter Diane Warren’s “I Was Here” a powerhouse rendition. What will you do with it?

Click on the thumbnail images below to access “I Was Here” accompaniment charts for standard Modern Band ensemble instruments (guitar, keyboard, bass, drums). If you’d like to check out Beyoncé’s live performance video of the song, scroll down.


A few notes about the symbols and terms here:  1) The guitar, bass, and keyboard charts all include thick, straight lines that denote the starts and ends of measures. In between these lines are smaller diagonal lines that stand for beats. There are six beats to each measure, meaning that the song is in 6/8 time. 2) The guitar chord diagrams show how the chords should look on the fretboard. Their positions on the neck are indicated by the numbers to the left of the diagrams, which tell you what the lowest fret is. The numbers inside the black dots indicate which fingers of your fretting hand to use on which notes. 3) The Xs above the guitar and bass diagrams represent strings that shouldn’t be played, while the Os are strings that should be played open. 4) The chord diagrams in the main section of the keyboard chart show that chords can be formed a few different ways by changing the order of their notes. A fancier word for this is inversion, which you may notice in parentheses next to the C chord, which is played with the root note (C) as the highest note. It’s still the same chord as it would be if you played the root note as the lowest note, but changing the note order brings out interesting new characteristics. 5) At the bottom of the keyboard chart, the Iconic Notation and Standard Notation sections both show how to approach the rhythms of the chordal accompaniment, also known as “comping.”  In the iconic section, the left hand (black) plays the root note on beats 1 and 4, while the right hand (light gray) breaks up (or arpeggiates) the chords, alternating their highest single note with their two lower notes.

If you still have questions about what’s in these charts, ask your teacher.