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Coney Island Avenue

Chords, Riffs and Rhythm

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Coney Island Avenue > Chords, Riffs and Rhythm

Greetings Guitar Wizards!!

Coney Island Avenue! Here we go in the key of A with a song that I wrote a few years ago to celebrate my favorite street in Brooklyn. In this lesson we'll examine the bass run that makes the body of the verse and look at the use of the D9 chord and melody I use to finish it off. The tune itself is simple but I've put it here as a lesson to illustrate, for those of you who may need the encouragement, just how simple songwriting can be when you have a few guitar chops and a slogan. For the most part I wrote this in my head and added the guitar later. It seemed too simple to actually be a song but lo and behold....it is one!! I hope you have fun with it and please let me know if this lesson is helpful, I love getting comments from you all!

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Coney Island Avenue


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:24 What You Will Learn Today

Loop 3:41 Breakdown of Chords and Rhythm

Loop 14:02 How To Write A Song

Loop 18:48 Closing Thoughts

Loop 19:30 Outro





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tim james
tim james Oct 23, 2017



Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Oct 24, 2017

Thank you Tim!

I'm glad you like it. I hope it shows that songs can be built with the smallest of ideas. Not everything needs to be stairway to heaven!

It was fun to throw this one out there...

Yr pal,


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