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Lesson notes

Don’t Worry Baby was written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. It was recorded and released by the Beach Boys in 1964 on the album Shut Down Volume 2. It was also the B-side of I Get Around.

In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 9 different triads used in the song. Several of them are played with an added 6 or 7 so we’ll talk about how to do that. One chord is played with a bass note different from the root of the chord – 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 the song specific techniques section, I’ll discuss the theory behind the chord progressions of the verse and chorus. I’ll also show you how to play the chords of the chorus such that the keyboard essentially sings the backing vocals for you.