Bohemian Rhapsody (Chords)
Words and Music by Freddie Mercury
Transcribed by Shane McDonald : (shanemcd @ shanemcdonald.org)
This is probably one of the most difficult pieces to learn. Firstly, there are 3 different keys in the song, starting in Bb, changing to A in the middle of the Opera Section and then finishing in Eb. Then, from a timing perspective, the song is mainly in 4:4 time but there are 2 or 3 occasions where 1 bar is 2:4 time and it changes back to 4:4 time the bar after it. Finally, the playing of the piece on piano requires the cross over technique you may have seen in the video and some very quick and awkward chord changes ,e.g. in the No No No No bit of the Opera Section ; as well as having to remember all the chords ... Best of luck with it !
Notes :* The Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Riff requires a crossover of hands and is Bass note, followed by an arpeggio of the chord, followed by the crossover and the two high notes. Play this riff using the above technique where you see the *
Concert Intro : Freddie used the following intro during one of the concerts and its an effective intro ! Use these chords in arpeggios on the lower & upper registers (listen to the concerts and you should pick it up) Each Chord is about 4 beats, medium tempo with the exclusion of the G Ab G Ab combo which is 1 beat each.
-- Faster -- F Eb/F F Eb/F Ab G Ab G Ab C (slows)then start on the Bb Riff of 'Mama, just killed a man'
Album Intro : The start of this song has no chords, and is in the key of Bb. Piano starts on the first Gm below.
Bb6 C7 Bb6 C7 Is this real life, Is the just fantasy?
F7 Cm7 F7 Bb Cm7 Bb Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.
Gm Open your eyes
Bb7 Eb Ab Eb Look up to the skies and see
Cm Cm7 Cm F7 I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
B Bb A Bb B Bb A Bb easy come, easy go, little high, little low [Bass Guitar starts here] Eb Bb/D C#dim F7/C F7/Eb Bb * Any way the wind blows, doesn't realy matter to me to me.
Bb Gm Mama just killed a man
Cm Cm7 F7 put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Bb Gm Cm Cm/B Eb/Bb Abmaj7 Eb/G Mama life had just begun, but now I've gone and thrown it all away
Eb Bb/D Cm Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim Bb Bb6 Bb7 Eb Mama Ooooo____ didn't mean to make you cry, if I'm not back again this time tomorrow,
Bb/D Cm Abm Eb Ab/Eb Eb Adim/Db Bb7sus4b9 Bb Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters.
Bb Gm Too late, my time has come
Cm Cm7 F7 Sent shivers down my spine, body's achin' all the time,
Bb Gm Goodbye everybody, I've got to go,
Cm G+5/B Eb/Bb Adim Abmaj7 Eb/G Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.
Eb Bb/D Cm Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim Bb Bb6 Bb7 Eb Mama Ooooo____ I don't want to die, I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all.
Guitar Solo : Each Bar 4 Beats, terminated by ;
Eb Bb/D ; Cm ; Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim ; Bb Bb Bb6 Bb7 ;
Eb Gm/D ; Cm ; Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim ; Db Db/C Db/B Db/Bb ; A ... (opera section)
Intro to Opera Section : A A A A A A A A staccatto
D/A A Adim A D/A A Adim I see a little silhouetto of a man A D/A A D/A A Adim A D/A A Scarmouch Scarmouch will you do the fan-dan-go? C# G#/C C/E E/G# A Thunder bolt of lightning, very very frightening me
No Chords Galileo Galileo Galileo figaro Mangnifico_oh_oh_oh
B Bb A Bb B Bb A Bb I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me Ab/Eb Eb Ebdim Eb Ab/Eb Eb Ebdim Eb He's just a poor boy, from a poor fam-ily Ab Eb/G F7 Bb (3 Bb notes ... then Ab/Eb Eb Cdim Bb7sus4b9 spare him his life from this monstrosity B Bb A Bb B Bb Bbdim Easy come easy go will you let me go? Bb5 Eb Bb5 Eb Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Bis-mil-lah No, we will not let you go Let him go Bb5 Eb Bb5 Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Bis-mil-lah we will not let you go Let him go Bb5 Eb Bb5 Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Bis-mil-lah we will not let you go Let me go Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Will not let you go let me go will not let you go F#7 Let me go oh oh oh oh oh Bm A5 D Db Gb Bb5 Eb5 --- Eb Ab Eb N.C. Bb no no no no no no no Oh Mamma Mia Mamma Mia Mamma Mia let me go Bb Eb Ab D7 Gm Bb Bb5 Bb B7 Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me for me for me Hard Rock Section
Eb Eb Eb F7 (each chord to the left of this is 1 bar)
Bb7 Eb(BbBass) Bb Eb Bb Db So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye.______ Bb7 Eb(BbBass) Bb Eb Ab Ab/G So you think you can love me and leave me to die.______ Fm Bb Fm Bb Oh,_____ baby,_____ can't do this to me, baby.______ Fm7 Bb Fm7 Bb Eb Bb7 Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.______ (slowly, a tempo) Eb Bb(Dbass) Cm G Cm G7 Cm Bb7 Eb D Gm Ab Eb
Cm Gm Cm Gm Nothing really matters, anyone can see Cm AbM Ab/Bb Eb Ab/Eb Eb nothing raelly matters, nothing really matters to me Ebdim Bb/D Dbmaj13 C Dbdim7 C F Bb F Fdim C7sus4 F Any way the wind blows