Help with a song.

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Help with a song.

Post by phatboy » June 2nd, 2018, 6:27 am

First, I just want to say, Hi, My name is Matt from Florida. Thanks for letting me be a part of this. I have been playing around 6 years. I am pretty good with the majors below the first fret, I can solo on the pentatonic and have kind of learned the fretboard, just not fast, and am on bar chords now. But I haven't learned any songs yet.

I am trying to learn the song Jeremy by Pearl Jam. I believe the song has many guitars and many ways it can be played. I think it sounds best the way Boyce Avenue plays it in his youtube video. But I am having a hard time figuring out what he is tuned to and what exactly he is doing. It sounds and looks like drop A, but that can't be right. Can anyone help?

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Re: Help with a song.

Post by MisterLutherMan » June 24th, 2018, 12:20 pm

Hi phatboy,

I think its just in standard tuning. I gathered this from a cover of the song, where the guitar part sounds just like that of the original. I hope this helps.
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Re: Help with a song.

Post by unleashedfury » July 17th, 2018, 9:18 pm

First off welcome, and I am a huge Pearl Jam fan,

Mike McCready is one of my biggest influences to learn guitar.

The Intro is played on a 12 String Bass Guitar, that's why you get that bright sound.

The guitars are following the bass line. and they are playing chords underneath the 2nd half of the bass line. Respectively A and G,

The Song is played with 2 guitars and have a slight chorus effect as well. while Stone Gossard is playing the main chords, Mike McCready is playing double stops and short fills underneath.

You stated you do know the Pentatonic scale quite well. The Song is actually played around the entire A Minor Pentatonic. he's using the 1st postion and the 4th position, primarily for all the short leads and riffs.

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Re: Help with a song.

Post by Alan Green » July 17th, 2018, 9:37 pm

My score is from the "Recorded Transcriptions Guitar" book for the album, published by Hal Leonard.

The song's written in two sharps - D major or B minor - but it's tonally ambiguous from the start. The opening riff and most of the verse accompaniment can be payed around the 5th position using the basic pentatonic shape, but not using all of the scale. Once you get to 'Jeremy spoke in class today' you change key to F, using F (over an Am arpeggio), Dm and C chords, although an A chord in the third and fourth bars of that section remind you that you've only left the original key for a while.

Standard tuning will be fine. Yes,you need two guitars to make some of the sections work properly - I play it with my advanced students in lessons.
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