If I had possession over Judgementday

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  1. dirtypool

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    Anyone knows the proper tuning for this song?
    I cant find it

    Grtz Richard
     
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    Open A tuning, down 1/2 step.
    Starting with the low (6) string, Eb, Ab, Eb, Ab, C, Eb

    Another consideration is that apparently R.J.'s guitar was 1/4 sharp for the recording.

    The information comes from the transcriptions by Pete Billman.
    I think you'll also need a capo on the first fret.
     
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    I tried that one but it didnt sound right :(

    Did anyone find something else?
     
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    What are you using to listen to the song?
    I went back to check the book, and the transcription I mentioned used the original 78s.
    They do mention that to play with "Robert johnson: The Complete Recordings" CD set you need to use a capo on the first fret. They also mention that Robert's guitar was 1/4 step sharp, just like on "Preaching Blues"

    I just listened to The Complete Recordings on tape, and it is indeed a bit sharper than A=400. Of course, with tapes speed will affect pitch. I also checked the CDs "Robert johnson The Gold Collection 40 Classic Performances" and again noticed it is a bit sharper than A=440.

    I did not retune my guitar, but from what I understand these are the most accurate transcriptions, and the authors spent a great deal of time and effort coming up with the most accurate open tunings used by Johnson. I remember when I saw some transcriptions that just said open G, capo first fret, which of course will be played differently and will sound differently.

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    Ill try this tuning tonight again.
    Retuned from open D to that tuning and the C didnt sound nice inthere, perhaps I did it wrong.
     
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    If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, all Musicians & other artists would have our own little bohemian section of Heaven!
     
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    Any other opinions?
    Too late to check it out now, since its 0130hrs past midnight...:p
     
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    Found it, EAEAC#E sounds ok :)

    I see that those are the same intervals between the open strings,
    so I probably tuned wrong last night.

    Thnx :dude
     
  9. Ah Xoc Kin

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    Great :)

    Yes, that's the same tuning posted earlier. I guess that the original tuning is 1/2 step lower in order to reduce some of the tension on the neck. From there you can just use a capo in the 1st fret.
    Remember, though, that Robert Johnson is 1/4 step higher, so you may want to incorporate that too.
     

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