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.
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.
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 sound.video 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