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If I Ain’t Got You was written, recorded and produced by Alicia Keys. It was released in 2004 and was peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 9 different triads used in the song. Several of them are played as “7” chords of different types and the intro uses chords with bass notes other than the root – so we’ll cover slash chords. As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In some cases I will show you the specific inversions that Alicia uses in the recording. In the song specific techniques section, I’ll spend time talking about the little licks that she plays on the way to a chord – and how to use rhythms to get the feel of a whole band behind you when all you’ve got is piano.