Explanation of “I Don’t Want to set the World on Fire” – it’s all about the “pinky”!


At the last meeting I tried to “stretch” people to playing “I don’t want to set the world on fire”.

I dont want to set the world on fire – click here for music.

First sticking point: The original Inkspots version is actually too slow for any sane person to attempt to play.


It’s horribly slow. So I try to play this a little faster – in order to not fall asleep between notes.

Second sticking point (s)

There’s a Ebdim and a Dm7.

Ebdim is enough to give you nightmares unless you think about it from a different angle.


Here’s the trick: Play the C chord, at the start of the song,  with you little finger. Then at “on” you press down your first, middle and ring finger as if you are playing a G on the remaining three strings.

Ordinarily you’d be playing C with your ring finger, but to change from C to Ebdim – you need to play with your little finger.



Thinking of it this way – playing C with your little finger – make the Dm7 easy too. Simply keep the little finger on the C chord position and play Dm – this make Dm7




. . .  and the final two “odd chords”
C9 – which is just a C7 and a middle/ ring finger onto the C string on second fret – not impossible.


The last “odd” chord is the G7+5


This is just a G& with that lovely little finger pressing down on the third fret of the C string.

Please try this. Once you’ve master the timing between C, Ebdim and Dm7 you’ll actually enjoy it.





“Inkspots Intro”.

(possibly play twice)




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