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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: tuning of ElkRiver Blues


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cmic - Posted - 06/24/2020:  10:13:51


I love this tune, but I am not sure of the tuning.

I guess it is gDGBD, but not sure of the 5th string, in this rendition by Kendl Winter:

facebook.com/omebanjos/videos/...33568642/



Any one can help ?

TYA

dbrooks - Posted - 06/24/2020:  10:19:36


Yes, I think it's open-G tuning, though her banjo is tuned up to G#. You can match this with a capo on the 1st fret. Here's some tab I wrote several years ago for this tune. A bit simpler than Kendl's but it may be helpful.



David


carlb - Posted - 06/24/2020:  12:36:52


Me, I like playing it in gDGde, has a bit more sorrowful quality.

m06 - Posted - 06/24/2020:  14:00:02


Beautiful tune. One that always seems to cry out to be played a little slower than the tempo fiddlers often kick it off. As Carl said it's a tune that lends itself to sorrowful and wistful in whatever amount fits with how you feel on any particular day. Here is Ernie Carpenter playing Elk River Blues.



Find a fiddle player that can slow this tune down and it's a lovely tune to play in duet.

carlb - Posted - 06/25/2020:  05:03:03


For those of you who might not know, the story behind Elk River Blues.

tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:E...ver_Blues


Edited by - carlb on 06/25/2020 05:03:42

banjo_brad - Posted - 06/25/2020:  10:09:45


Thanks, Carl. That's the first time I've seen the new Fiddlers Companion site. the larger print does make it easier to read, so I'll have to explore it some more, even if I am a grumpy old curmudgeon who likes the old site, since that's the first place I found the tunes.

maryzcox - Posted - 06/27/2020:  10:14:27




this is in open G

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