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Feb 28, 2021 - 6:00:14 AM
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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?

Many thanks,

Feb 28, 2021 - 6:10:20 AM
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janolov

Sweden

41000 posts since 3/7/2006

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KT_-WNTCy0 

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

Feb 28, 2021 - 8:51:46 AM
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dbrooks

USA

3989 posts since 3/11/2004

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.

David

Feb 28, 2021 - 9:14:26 AM
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carlb

USA

2233 posts since 12/16/2007

Very nice version, staying in the spirit of the recording of Jimmy Driftwood, that I learned this tune from.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR-nmopbB6E

Also, nice recording from Ramona Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZwjfbuN3cQ

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).

Mar 3, 2021 - 9:37:37 AM
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6625 posts since 6/27/2009

quote:
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. 

Mar 3, 2021 - 9:47:21 AM
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dbrooks

USA

3989 posts since 3/11/2004

Thanks, JanetB Why didn’t I think of that? :)

David

Mar 3, 2021 - 10:51:26 AM
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6625 posts since 6/27/2009

Here's my attempt to tab Jake's banjo solo.  

The tune was covered as a Tune of the Week a while back with some details about the tune included.  TOTW, Hunt the Buffalo, 7/4/14.


Edited by - JanetB on 03/03/2021 10:52:32

Mar 8, 2021 - 7:38:32 AM
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carlb

USA

2233 posts since 12/16/2007

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).

https://www.banjohangout.org/song/34381

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