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Discussions regarding the use of alternate tunings, and how alternate tunings can enhance the musicality of guitar music.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Latest Activity: Nov 27
Started by Gary McNaughton. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 27.
Started by Ian Miller. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 26.
Started by JD Ellis. Last reply by Gary McNaughton Nov 1.
Merry Christmas all! I happened upon this tuning several years ago and posted my first YouTube video using it on Silent Night / Silver Bells. I finished this arrangement on the eve and just got around to posting it on my AG groups today. Anyways, I thought it appropriate for this group. Hope you like it. DGCGBD kicked up a half step on my new custom Yamamoto Talus.
@ Jud and Ian, thanks for the tips. I just downloaded tab, looks great. This is what I think the alternate group should be doing, helping each other to learn new (well in terms of our playing) songs.
Hey Jud and Guy, check out HyperRust , (the Unofficial NeilYoung Pages)
Greg ... yep, that's what makes Neil a fantastic player in my opinion. His command of techniques like that which really make his sound unique.
@Jud thanks for leads on playing Old Laughing Lady. I've just started to work on the piece and from a chord point of view it falls nicely into place. Now about those beautiful runs on the lower strings...... that's why he's Neil Young and I'm not. Gonna keep trying.
@ Guy ... I don't have the tab. After I finally found out it was in Double Drop D, I learned it by watching a fellow play a cover on youtube.
There are two different versions of this song. One is an upbeat country-style version, and the other is a slower, darker, more introspective version. Tabs for the country version are readily available. The other version is sort of a mystery. The only time Neil can be seen playing it is at the end of the documentary of his "Heart of Gold" concert documentary and frustratingly, he's only viewed from the side so you can't see his chords.
Still, several people have figured it out and there was one youtube that was particularly helpful to me.
Basically to get started, if you're tuned to Double Drop D, then just form a normal "D" chord in the regular place, but lift your middle finger. Hitting all 6 strings will give you a lovely droning effect that is the hallmark of the song. Most of the song is just moving up and down the neck two frets at a time with that chord formation.
I'll try to find the youtube that finally helped me crack the code since there don't seem to be any chords or tabs on the net.
@Jud, Embryonic Journey - just go to homesputapes.com and look for Jorma lessons on DVD, one of them has the song with excellent tab. You just can't leave your house until after the snows melt (a Northern thought I know) but I'll bet you'll be dazzling yourself and others.
Do you have tab for Old Laughing Lady??
Hey Guy ... thanks. I also like to play Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" in Drop D and "Old Laughing Lady" in Double Drop D. "Rocky Mountain High" by Denver as well.
Heh heh, I wish I was good enough to play "Embryonic Journey", sigh.
@Jud - guess I am following you from the Seagull group. Songs for Dropped D
Embryonic Journey - Jorma Kaukonen
Beeswing - Richard Thompson
Country Roads - James Taylor
Poems and Prayers and Promises - John Denver
If you feel adventuresome try Come Toghether by the Beatles with dropped D
Double Dropped D
Cinnamon Man - Neil Young
Every night When the Sun Goes Down - Tom Rush
Wow, love what I have seen on this site.
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