: I haven't lisened to this tune in quite a
: while. Are you referring to the short
: pattern of chords at the beginning?
: --Previous Message--
: I'm trying to play Dave's instrumental intro
: to this song on my newly completed 12 string
: banjo, but I can't seem to get it (i.e. the
: chords). Any suggestions out there?
: Thanks in advance.
So Meade Stith answered on Xroads as follows:
Glen Ė I havenít completed registration at Rickís so here we areÖ
Hereís my take on the tune. The key is in C# so itís capoed at the first fret and played in C. This could be one of those recording tricks discussed earlier here where the engineers speeded up the tape to brighten the sound. Letís ignore that and just discuss this in the key of C. The starting chord sounds like a C7(flat 5). From the 5th string thru the 1st the notes are: C, E, Bflat, Eflat, E. (Itís a C7 chord with the E-flat added at the 2nd string.) The first string E can be played or not. Dave is lifting that chord and leaving all strings open on the up beats and then resolving the dissonance into a standard C chord before he starts singing.
The song is a straight C,F, G format, but its filled in a lot. I suspect Bob might have capoed up and played in A and Nickís tenor could be in there too. That gives the tune a rich filled-out sound when added to Daveís 12-string. Hope thatís helpful. Ė All the best, Meade
And my two cents' worth:
I hear it just slightly differently Meade - same key but different form.
I could tell when I first heard the tune that the 12 string was the main instrument, but I was surprised when I didn't hear the bass boom (even a Gibson 12 should have that), so I figured it the guitar was capoed up. I began playing it capoed at the 4th fret in A form chords, the intro being a snappy and rhythmic shift between the opening A chord and a regular old C. It works pretty much the same as your reading though with easier chord forms - a great song either way.
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