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Discussions regarding the use of alternate tunings, and how alternate tunings can enhance the musicality of guitar music.

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Comment by Ian Miller on December 22, 2011 at 8:17pm

Hey Jud and Guy, check out HyperRust , (the Unofficial NeilYoung Pages)

Comment by Jud Hair on December 22, 2011 at 1:54pm

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.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on December 22, 2011 at 9:02am

@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.

Comment by Jud Hair on November 22, 2011 at 1:55pm

@ 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.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on November 22, 2011 at 12:54pm

@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??

Comment by Jud Hair on November 22, 2011 at 12:19pm

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.

Comment by Guy Carlsen on November 22, 2011 at 11:57am

@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

 

Enjoy

Comment by Rich McDonough on September 21, 2011 at 12:12pm

Wow, love what I have seen on this site.

Thank's.

Comment by Ed Mehollin on August 5, 2011 at 10:16am
Very pretty Mike. Thanks for posting.
Comment by Mike Nepper on August 5, 2011 at 5:31am

http://youtu.be/bBa8Z37TmKg

Here is a link to my 2006 arrangement of Eleanor Rigby in CGDGBD.This is one of those where the song just sort of fell out of the tuning. I'm playing it here on my 1995 Breedlove C10 which carries the bass in this low tuning very well. Laurence Juber does a similar arrangement on LJ Beatles Vol. II, only his is in CGDGAD. 

 

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