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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore

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GeorgeG - Posted - 12/19/2020:  05:54:02

In listening to the attached Youtube Mike Iverson video from the Jean Ritchie song, can anyone tell me which key he is playing in? Sounds like a lot of minor chords in there, but my music skills are limited and I'd like to learn the song. Are there any tabs available that anyone knows of? Thanks.

dbrooks - Posted - 12/19/2020:  06:11:21

The key is A minor, and he is playing sawmill tuning (gDGCD) with a capo to raise it to Am (aEADE) . He is playing a longneck banjo with (probably) 3 extra frets, so his capo is at the 5th fret rather than the 2nd fret.


GeorgeG - Posted - 12/19/2020:  06:55:00

Thanks so much, David. Man, I love this site. And, it's a pretty song.

banjered - Posted - 12/19/2020:  07:44:34

I play/sing this song in E minor out of standard G tuning. Start out with an Em chord and go from there. To match the pitch of my voice I use the same relative G tuning but lowered/raised down/up to the key of C or D with Aquila Minstrel strings and a short neck banjo.. This Em approach works very well for Dirk Powell's version of Waterbound, and Poor Wayfaring Stranger too. Wish I knew how to post clips and tabs too but I lack the computer expertise to do so, could have been posting here on BHO the last decade or so if I knew how. Don't know how you all figured it out. Is there a training video somewhere?

Anyway, just start out as above and figure out the notes one by one. I use a kind of abbreviated Am for the chorus as well. Good Luck! banjered

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