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How to Play The Music of the Night Chords on Guitar

“The Music of the Night” is a song from the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is sung by the Phantom to Christine, the female protagonist, as he seduces her with his voice and his music. The song is one of the most famous and popular songs from the musical, and has been covered by many artists, such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, and Josh Groban.

The song is written in the key of C major, but it uses a lot of chromaticism and modulation to create a mysterious and haunting atmosphere. The song also has a complex structure, with several sections that vary in tempo, rhythm, and melody. In this article, we will show you how to play “The Music of the Night” on guitar using chords, tabs, and video lessons.

D         A         D                 A
Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
D        A         G           A
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
G            D       G              D
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
G             C        G       D
Helpless to resist the notes I write
    Em            A     A7     D
For I compose the music of the night
 
D       A       D                 A
Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendour
D         A         G             A
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
G            D         G          D
Hearing is believeing, music is deceiving
G                  C       G     D
Hot as lightening, soft as candlelight
Em                 A     A7     D
Dare you trust the music of the night
 
          C                            F
Close you eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth
        Bb                           E7
and the truth isn't what you want to see
       A          A7         D
In the dark it is easy to pretend
         F#m      C#               F#
That the truth is what it ought to be
 
D       A       D             A
Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
D        A        G           A
Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you
G            D              G           D
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
        G                  C        G      D
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
    Em              A     A7     D
The darkness of the music of the night
 
           C            G                 F
Close your eyes start a journey through a strange new world
          Bb                             E7
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
           A            A7            D
Close your eyes and let music set you free
     F#m      C#            F#
Only then can you belong to me
 
D                    A                  D           A
Floating (floating), falling (falling), sweet intoxication
D                    A                    G               A
Touch me (touch me), trust me (trust me), savour each sensation
G               D             G           D
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
       G            C     G      D
To the power of the music that I write
Em               A     A7     D
The power of the music of the night....
 
[Instrumental]
[Chorus two lines]
D      A       D      A
D      A       G      A
 
G           D
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah..
G           D
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah...
G    D
Ah-ah-ah...
A     A7       D
Aaaaaaaaaah... oooh..
G             C       G         D
You and I can make my song take flight
Em      A        A7           G    Em   Ebm   C#   D
Help me make the music of the night.
(starts on "night")
Help me make the music of the night

 

The Chorus

The chorus of the song starts with the Phantom singing “Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams”. The chorus has twelve bars, with four chords per bar. The chorus uses a lot of major chords and dominant seventh chords to create a contrast with the verse. The chorus also modulates from Db major to C major in the last two bars.

The Outro

The outro of the song starts with the Phantom singing “You alone can make my song take flight”. The outro has eight bars, with four chords per bar. The outro uses a lot of major seventh chords and minor seventh chords to create a romantic and passionate sound. The outro also modulates from F major to C major in the last two bars.

Conclusion

“The Music of the Night” is a beautiful and complex song that showcases the musical genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the vocal talent of the Phantom of the Opera. The song has a lot of chord changes, modulations, and variations that make it challenging but rewarding to play on guitar. By following this article, you can learn how to play “The Music of the Night” on guitar using chords, tabs, and video lessons. We hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new. Happy playing!

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