Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

We've Only Just Begun was written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams, starting as a jingle for a California bank, which did not attract desirable customers, but was heard by Richard Carpenter, who brought new life to it when looking for songs for The Carpenters. A longer story is told in the Preview, but it was the second #1 hit for them (and the first for the songwriting team), and is certainly identified as a signature song for the duo fronted by Karen's voice.

This lesson goes through the jazzy chord progression (with its unusual key changes), double time strumming, and a couple thoughts on incorporating the piano intro. It even includes an unplanned or rehearsed run through at the end.