“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson is in four-four with three beats of pick-up notes played by the guitar, mi-sol-mi-re-do-la. These notes give a little preview for the notes that are most often used in the melody and they are also important because they give the song its slightly swingin’ beat. It’s got some bluesy/jazzy chords and a swing quality because the eighth notes are not straight but more uneven. There are about four measures of guitar before the verse comes in. It sounds like there could be some sort of acoustic bass which plays mostly do-sol-do-sol so the chords are mostly tonic and dominant. The only other instrument is some sort of drum which definitely has a few pitches, maybe congas. The song has a very laid back, swingy feel. There are not set verses, but there seems to be one main melody for most of the phrases, mi-sol-la-sol-mi-re-mi-re-do, mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-mi-do. There is not one ti throughout the entire melody, mostly la-dos but no ti-dos. The chord changes are not very fast or very often.
This song is great because is a mixture of genres but it has that overall laid back Jack Johnson feel.