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blues in open C

Postby rodman » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:53 pm

I'm pretty new to this site . I tried to post this earlier and I'm not sure if I did it correctly [ I'm also computer illiterate ]
I.ve been playing around with open C tuning and would like to figure out some songs . Can anyone suggest some blues songs in open C .Most of the ones I am familiar with are in open D or G . Thanks , Rodman
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Re: blues in open C

Postby tinsmith » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:25 am

Don't know any blues with that tuning, but Leo Kottke's-Busted Bicycle & Moody Blues-Question is in those tunings.
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Re: blues in open C

Postby rodman » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:42 am

Thanks , I checked those out . Open c tuning sounds cool , but not well suited for blues I guess. I did find an arrangement for Silent Night that I am working on for Christmas. Rodman
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Re: blues in open C

Postby Neal » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:54 pm

Sunflower River Blues, Fahey. While not blues, one of mine in C tuning -
Kinda wish I still had that Bourgeois.
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Re: blues in open C

Postby rodman » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:40 pm

I watched some of your videos , very impressive ! Is this how you make your living ? IF NOT ,YOU SURELY COULD . Rodman
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Re: blues in open C

Postby ricbleu » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:54 pm

Congratulations, that's brilliant, Neal!! :D
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Re: blues in open C

Postby tinsmith » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:51 am

nice job Neal!!
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Re: blues in open C

Postby Neal » Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:19 am

Hey, that's just in "C"... I fail miserably in standard tuning, except on uke. I use an "F" tuning on uke also, that is modeled after C tuning, nose to toes, fCFA. That's on "Throw Me In The River".

And thank you very much for your support!

C, D, Dm, G, these tunings are excellent and instant gratification for playing, especially slide work. To get really good, "Kottke/Fahey/Hedges good" on these tunings is a lifetime of work, but a really fun work. G tuning is my next, I don't play in that tuning at all right now, but I know that bottom string has a function, somewhat like the re-entrant tuning on a uke. Y'know, things you can't do in any tuning but G. A lot of you already play exclusively in G, but I'm yet a novice. I do know the fingering is the same as D, but one course up, or down depending on how you look at it. But that D bottom string, it doesn't fit with the open chord, and there's the challenge.

C tuning is still a favorite. I should get back to that. Rodman, look up Fahey playing Sunflower River Blues, you'll love that one, and it's not that difficult, I'd put it at 3- 5 on a 10 scale if you do any alternate bass with fingerpicking.
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Re: blues in open C

Postby rodman » Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:56 am

Yeah , that was excellent! I've never listened to him before , makes me want to explore open C some more . Once I get Silent Night figured out and some music for a Christmas cantata we are working on I think I will try to find some tabs for that one . I've not done much finger picking , but I love the sound of it . Rodman
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Re: blues in open C

Postby estragon » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:35 am

Neal! Pure class. Great vid. Love it mate!
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Re: blues in open C

Postby tinsmith » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:50 pm

The only song I ever learned in C was "Busted Bicycle"....fun song on a 12 twelve string.
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Re: blues in open C

Postby DaveG » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:51 pm

This is in open C and is a fun song to play:

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Re: blues in open C

Postby rodman » Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:25 pm

Whoa!! There is some major talent on this forum .I think I'm way out of my league , maybe someday [with tons of practice].
But it's still fun at any level . Thanks for your input. Rodman
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Re: blues in open C

Postby Neal » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:16 pm

Dave G, 'zat you? That is most excellent, and the kind of slide I aspire to, clean and dirty.

Rodman, we're all out of our league depending on who's playing before us.. :D
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Re: blues in open C

Postby DaveG » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:32 pm

Neal wrote:Dave G, 'zat you? That is most excellent, and the kind of slide I aspire to, clean and dirty.

Rodman, we're all out of our league depending on who's playing before us.. :D


Nope, not me! Wish it was (both because of the skill and the fact that I would be about 20 years younger). :D

That's David Hamburger, who writes for Acoustic Guitar Magazine sometimes.
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