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Re: Other than strumming?
Posted by Steve Rich on 1/25/2017, 4:11 pm, in reply to "Re: Other than strumming?"
As far as the song books are concerned, I think the people who did it just listened to the records and put down on paper what they heard. If they heard it in Eflat, for example, they wrote all the chords for that key. This ignored the use of capos. So if they heard it in Eb, that's the way they wrote it; but it was more likely being played in C or D form, with a capo on the third or first fret, respectively. Another factor may be that some of the earlier recordings were speeded up after being recorded. In the stone-age technology of the day, that may have caused the pitch to rise a little above the original key. I wonder if Jim Moran has some thoughts on this issue.
: Oh, man, Rick, those books were the worst. How could the chords be so wrong? Did they
: ever notate any of those songs in a playable key? Who were the people who prepared
: that sheet music? Let's also not forget that they sometimes included songs that
: never even appeared on a KT album.
: Eventually, I gave up on the books and learned how to figure out the chords from
: playing along with the records (a lost art nowadays with chords for everything on
: the Internet).
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