I was listening to this in the car and thought it might be a fun "stretch goal" but right off the bat I am struggling with the tuning. A search shows that this tune is often played in A, or D, or even G, but none of those seem right. Can someone point me in the right direction?
I think the tune goes in E minor so some good guesses it some kind of G tuning (eDGBD) or double C capo 4 or D minor (aDFAD) tuning with capo 2.
Edited by - janolov on 02/28/2021 06:10:51
This is a tough one. He tunes to the fiddle in this video: (307) Buffalo with Jake Blount and Tatiana Hargreaves - YouTube
With the capo on the 2nd fret, I get the strings to be bEBEG. The audio is faint, but I think he calls it double-D tuning capoed to E with the 5th string tuned to (unintelligible to me but it matches a B note or the 5th string tuned to G and capoed at the 9th fret). That's the best I can do.
I have tabbed a couple of Jake's tunes, but my first impression is that this one would be especially difficult.
Very nice version, staying in the spirit of the recording of Jimmy Driftwood, that I learned this tune from.
Also, nice recording from Ramona Jones
PS I did adapt the specific fiddle tuning that Jimmy plays it in (BEGB) so it could be played in standard tuning. You just have to remember to play the B note on the G string, every time you go down to play that string (I never sound the open G string).
Originally posted by dbrooks
With the capo on the 2nd fret, I get the strings to be bEBEG. The audio is faint, but I think he calls it double-D tuning capoed to E with the 5th string tuned to .....
I was able to contact Jake and he confirmed what you think about the tuning, David. He said it is aDADF, capoed 2.
I did record this back in 2014 (away from home so the recording is not of the best quality). The tuning was gEGde (i.e. Last Chance tuning from Hobart Smith).
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