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john lee hooker tunings

Postby big t » Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:23 pm

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 ,



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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby jellyroll baker » Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:10 am

[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.
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby streetslim » Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:26 pm

>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
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby tryeguy » Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:55 am

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.
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby bluesmcgoo » Sat Dec 18, 2004 3:18 am

Open G capoed at the fourth fret? That'd put it in B.
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby boz » Sat Dec 18, 2004 2:35 pm

Open G Capoed at the 2nd (A) ?????
I've been mess'n around with that on my "Lectric CBG".
ALMOST got it.
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby ricochet » Sat Dec 18, 2004 7:02 pm

How about Open A capoed on the second fret?
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby boz » Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:17 pm

That would B.B.
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby gcd revue » Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:05 pm

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.

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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby grady » Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:17 pm

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
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby boz » Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:35 am

YOH Brother G,
Man you got that thing DIALED !!!!!
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby grady » Tue Dec 28, 2004 8:36 am

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 !!!
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RE: john lee hooker tunings

Postby paulmc » Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:33 pm

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)

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