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john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:23 pm
by big t
Can anyone help me with j.l.h tunings , i know its not just about the tuning there are alot of things you need to play homage to the great man , but the right tunings would help a little , please help i am on a search for my holy grail ,



big t

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:10 am
by jellyroll baker
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Dec-15-04 AT 08:10 PM (EST)]He played most slow blues in standard tuning and most boogies in Open-A.

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:26 pm
by streetslim
>He played most slow blues in standard tuning and most
>boogies in Open-A.

I think it was Open-G because in one of the live solo recordings I bought last year you can hear him tuning the guitar down

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:55 am
by tryeguy
On probably his most well known cut, "Boogie Chillin" (you know the one, " One night I was layin down, I heard mama and papa talkin, I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie woogie, its in him and its got to come out" , What key is that in? And is it an open tuning? It seems to be in B. Is there an open B tuning? Ive got this book/cd '101 Must Know Blues Licks', and the have it in an open G tuning. But thats not what the recording is.

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 3:18 am
by bluesmcgoo
Open G capoed at the fourth fret? That'd put it in B.

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 2:35 pm
by boz
Open G Capoed at the 2nd (A) ?????
I've been mess'n around with that on my "Lectric CBG".
ALMOST got it.

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:02 pm
by ricochet
How about Open A capoed on the second fret?

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:17 pm
by boz
That would B.B.

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:05 pm
by gcd revue
I've found open A or E works best with electric...at least with "normal" (.010) strings. And I've been playing a bit with a local sax player, and use a capo at the 1st fret to get to Bb. Open A is fun on the strat.

Semper fi,

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:17 pm
by grady
I play Boogie Chillen in Standard Tuning,,,,,,sounds right to me.

You can hear me playing the "Chillen" Lick in the Reveiew of the Kustom Tube 12 amp at my website.....

Here's the link........

http://www.gradymusick.com/Reviews.html

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:35 am
by boz
YOH Brother G,
Man you got that thing DIALED !!!!!

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:36 am
by grady
Thanks BOZ,

I gotta get around to putting some Soundclips of my new Maxon OD-808
on there sometime this week.

I been real busy with Christmas and stuff.

Me and little Stevie Ray are still breakin' in his new toys,,,,LOL !!

That's the great thing about having a little kid,,I get to be a little kid too at times,,,,LOL !!!

Well, at least until Mommy gets home from work,,,,LMAO !!!

RE: john lee hooker tunings

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:33 pm
by paulmc
Open A.

No capo.

At least, not back in 1988 when I saw him live and I was sitting in the front row and saw him tune up his guitar.

;)

You can also see the lack of capo in the American Blues Festival DVD (Vol 1, I think)

-- PaulMc