Tutorial Three

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How to read jerryssongbook Tutorial Three – Home

The 3rd and last tutorial that I picked is the beautiful HOME by Michael Buble. It is not an easy song to play and sing in time. I truly believe that if you can master this song, then you are ready to tackle any song in my Songbook – provided you know the melody of course. 


HOME - Michael Buble

Let’s examine the…



1st Bar.              | # An=oth=er sum=mer^day   # has=come=and gone=a^way |


There are only 2 new symbols,  and  @  left to learn.

# is in the beginning of the 1st bar and @ is in the end of the last two bars, which will be explained later.


# equals ¼ beat (or ¼ bon).


The 1st bar appears to contain too many syllables to add up to only 4 bons, doesn’t it?


Let’s count…

# An=oth=er           equals one ¼ beat and three ¼ notes, which total 1 bon.

sum=mer^day        equals two ¼ notes and one ½ note, which total 1 bon.

# has=come=and    equals one ¼ beat and three ¼ notes, which total 1 bon.

gone=a^way           equals two ¼ notes and one ½ note, which total 1 bon.


Making a grand total of 4 bons.



2nd Bar.              | ~ ^In Pa=ris=or=Rome e^but=I wan=na=go=home |


Let’s count…


~ ^In                            equals one ½ beat and one ½ note, which total 1 bon.

Pa=ris=or=Rome       equals four ¼ notes, which total 1 bon.

e^but=I                       equals one ½ note and two ¼ notes, which total 1 bon. (Note that the ¼                                                                                          notes are added first, else it would total 1 ¼ bons.)

wan=na=go=home     equals four ¼ beats, which total 1 bon.


Again, making a grand total of 4 bons.


Please note that “Rome” is ¾ beat long and must be sung accordingly.



                             BbM7 C

3rd Bar.                | ee / /    /  |


Please note that the chord BbM7 should have been written Bbmaj7 but the more songs I transcribed the more I was persuaded that a capital M should be enough to convey a Major chord. It is also more economical spacewise especially when there are plenty of chords in a bar.


17th Bar.              | 2/4 / / |


Like I have said before, unless otherwise stated, all bars have a time signature of 4/4. Well, the  17th bar is a fine example of only 2 beats – as stated. My question therefore is this. Unless we have an immaculate sense of timing and rhythm, how the hell would we know that if we were  just reading lyrics with chords?


22nd Bar.               ho | oo o^o   ^o oo ^o | me


When there is a “run” in a note as in the word “home” here, I try and convey it as best as I can, according to the music sheet. Hopefully, it will jog your your memory as to how the run is done.


Last 2 Bars.     | r=ig^@ht=Ill  be^home=to   n=ig^@ht=Im com=ing^back | h=o^me ee @ ee ||


The @ (at) symbol tells you that a note can be sustained for more than its customary value.


That’s it folks.

Thank you for your patience.

For the musicians (with sincere apologies) and the curious among you, below are two tables that show how I have interpreted the music symbols of the real music world.



Proper Music


 My Transcription

 My Transcription Value


Doh hh hh hh


 4 notes (or 4 bons)



 Ray yy

 2 notes (or 2 bons)



 1 note (or 1 bon)



 ½ note (or ½ bon)



 ¼ note (or ¼ bon)




  / / / /

  4 beats (or 4 bons)


  / /

  2 beats (or 2 bons)





  1 beat (or 1 bon)



  ½ beat (or ½ bon)



  ¼ beat (or ¼ bon)


 The above tables show are also useful as they tell us when to pause and when to start singing again. And, something I’m hopeless at, when to breathe.

Remember that EVERY note, beat and bar of every song is transcribed onto all my songs. 

So, as long as you can “hear” the melody, then you should be able to sing the song to time.