IMAGINE – J. Lennon

Imagine – played the melody with the bass. I did this arrangement for my students to enrich and support the melody a bit, making it sound fuller.

This time it took me a bit longer to arrange a song, because this one is rhythmically complicated, and I wasn’t sure in which key to put it. Original is in C major, I tried that option, but it felt a bit difficult in the left hand. Then I tried a couple of other keys and finally ended in D major, which felt more natural in the left hand. Any key I tried, and despite of the many open strings, I felt that the challenge to learn this song will be basically because of the RHYTHM! That seems to me the main complication. John Lennon himself sings it rhythmically more or less freely and it was hard for me to write down his singing in notes and rhythms! 🙂