Doyle Bramhall II Tuning?

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  1. Glafser

    Glafser Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm completely stumped. Been trying to figure out this tuning on this video for a while now:



    And I want to think its open A but its just not right I dont think. But then again maybe i'm just playing it wrong.

    (I think i did the youtube embed right... but if not heres the link..)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcADRXDLL1M
     
  2. L_Totti

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    Looks like open A to me. Are you sure you're tuning it right? Open A is EAEAC#E low to high.
     
  3. Glafser

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    thanks totti,

    Yea thats what I tuned it to. I dont know, when he hit that solo with the slide it seems that in open A you would slide up to the 9th fret on the A string, but in the video it looks like hes going to the 7th.... I know the quality isnt that good in the video but it looked like it to me. And also after the first phrase in the solo when he hits the open strings at about 2:12 it sounds different than my open strings... Not to say I can play like Doyle :) but just sounds different. I dont know let me know what you think. Thanks!

    Gare
     
  4. pokey

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    I assume you know he plays with the strings upside down like Dick Dale & Albert King.
     
  5. Glafser

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    ahhh pokey I didnt know that hahaaa....

    Thanks man.. So his open for the rest of us would be:

    EC#AEAE?

    Thanks pokey
     
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    Yep. Upside down strings. Just blows me away; the guys that can do that.
     
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    Wait , he plays it upside down , so the high E string is on top (where the low E usualy is). He doesn't tune EC#AEAE low to high. Understand? The C# still is the B string , etc...
     
  8. Glafser

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    Ah dang totti... So this might be hard to cover accurately... Aside from being able to play like him of course...
     
  9. Sweetfinger

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    The song and guitar are in F#. By looking at where Doyle's hitting the notes I think he's in an "open E" type tuning just up a whole step. so low to high, F#, C#, F#, Bb, C#, F#. That's a bit tight and most players will have an easier time getting around by tuning to "open G" intervals, C#, F#, C#, F#, Bb, C#. Hey, if you're playing along to Doyle, you probably already have a guitar detuned to the general vicinity!
     
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    what about his 12 string tuning on chariot the last song on jelly cream
     
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    sweet leon russell shirt
     
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    Being left-handed, it must have been convenient to learn this way, growing up surrounded by right hand guitars.
     
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    I believe I read once that Doyle found the upside-down method of playing guitar just a natural fit. People who are ambidextrous tell some interesting stories about how one thing is comfortable for them left-handed and another thing is better right-handed. Maybe this fits in here.

    Can I drop in a mention of the Bramhall family here? His father was a big part of the Austin blues scene. Wrote a lot of great songs, had a great smoky voice. He did a duet with Jennifer Warnes of "You Don't Know Me" that is just meltingly beautiful. I couldn't find it on youtube, but it's worth getting Warnes' "The Well" CD just for that track alone, although the whole album gives me the shivers.
    He did just a year ago, way too early.

    Looking at the clip posted in the OP, it's heartening to see that the son has continued the tradition of soulful singing.
     
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    Did anyone ever figure this out for sure?
     

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