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Licks and Riffs: Ray Davies - Waterloo Sunset  
 

Licks & Riffs : Ray Davies - Waterloo Sunset

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Waterloo Sunset, written by Ray Davies, was given special prominence in the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. The main theme is quite simple to play. The chords are as follows.

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The melody starts two beats before the chords, and is based around the following rhythm.

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Part of the reason why the song sounds so nostalgic is the extensive use of suspensions. A suspension is a note in a chord that doesn’t immediately move to become part of the next one. For example:

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Can you work out how the main theme goes from this information? Here's a version that sounds similar:

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Chords Used in Ray Davies - Waterloo Sunset





Sheet Music to buy by Ray Davies





The Kinks "(A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Dave and Ray Davies). By The Kinks. For guitar and voice. Hal Leonard Guitar Signature Licks. Britpop and Rock. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Instructional book and examples CD. I

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You Really Got Me By The Kinks. By Ray Davies. Arranged by Johnnie Vinson. Easy Marching Band. Grade 2-3. Published by Hal Leonard

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Waterloo Sunset By The Kinks. By Ray Davies. Pop; Rock. Fakebook. 2 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music

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