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Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by dirtypool, Aug 22, 2005.
Anyone knows the proper tuning for this song?
I cant find it
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.
I tried that one but it didnt sound right
Did anyone find something else?
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.
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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Any other opinions?
Too late to check it out now, since its 0130hrs past midnight...
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.
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.