Song's in alternate tunings

Y'all come on in and sit a spell. All things Slide and alternate tuning. Celtic, country...whatever. Get your fill of DADGAD, open G and whatever tickles your fancy. Strictly on topic please.
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Song's in alternate tunings

Post by frankthetank9991 » August 26th, 2007, 5:41 am

hey just thought it would be a good idea to get an idea of some songs in alternate tunings, maybe learn some so i can get into it.
just list a song and what tuning its in...preferably one thats not completely unknown
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Post by Dan T. » August 26th, 2007, 8:52 pm

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A sampling of famous ones by my favorite artists

Post by jewtemplar » August 26th, 2007, 10:54 pm

Open E:
Bob Dylan:
In My Time of Dying
Simple Twist of Fate
Buckets of Rain
Shelter from the Storm

Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones, Keith's rhythm part)

The lead slide guitar of Duane Allman

Open G:
Much (most?) blues slide guitar, both electric and acoustic. Dust My Broom, Walking Blues, Death Letter Blues come to mind.
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)

Rolling Stones (Keith's rhythm parts):
Start Me Up
Honky Tonk Women
Brown Sugar

Drop D:
Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan)

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Post by Vic Lewis VL » August 27th, 2007, 2:09 am

Hope you can make this out - not the best quality, but a web-cam pic.


Just to give you an idea of the chords used.....

Keith Richards uses those chords a lot - whatever fret you're at, play the top 5 strings, then play the Am7 chord shape above it. Although technically it's not a 4/6 chord; if you're playing C and C4/6, as shown in the pic, the C4/6 chord is actually an Fadd9 chord. Street Fighting Man is another song in open G that uses that particular trick.

"Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job" by George Thorogood is in open G, and uses a similar chord structure. George uses open G a lot - uses it for lead (slide) and rhythm.

"Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealer's Wheel, and "Shelter From The Storm" by Dylan are both in open D - and they're both in the "Easy Songs" forum, too!

"Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh is in open E, although I like to play it in open G - suits my voice better!

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Post by Ricochet » August 27th, 2007, 5:20 am

"Dust My Broom" in Elmore James style is done in Open D or E.
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