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Jun 25, 2022 - 3:23:19 PM
330 posts since 3/22/2005

A neat but seemingly not used too often tuning. Can anyone send me basic chords for this tuning?

Jun 25, 2022 - 3:31:19 PM

1623 posts since 4/13/2009

This is probably the most common open D tuning. This site will allow you to generate chords from any tuning you set.  http://chordgen.rattree.co.uk

Jun 25, 2022 - 3:47:14 PM
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atleson

USA

330 posts since 3/22/2005

Oh, I meant to that I think Art Rosenbaum has used this tuning in one of his marvelous books, maybe Ken Perlman too, but I don’t have easy access to them now.
Jim

Jun 25, 2022 - 4:47:54 PM
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dbrooks

USA

4258 posts since 3/11/2004

Jim, I don't really use chords for the few tunes I play in this tuning - for example, "Reuben."  Art Rosenbaum presents tabs for tunes but no chord charts. However, maybe the chart below will help. I found this by searching 'banjo tunings chords" and looking at images.

David

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Jun 25, 2022 - 5:17:18 PM
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834 posts since 12/19/2010

Don Borchelt's Banj'r website has a chord sheets for several tunings, including the Graveyard tuning.

https://banjr.com/tunings.htm

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:24:01 PM
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atleson

USA

330 posts since 3/22/2005

Thanks David, I’ll try D chords. Sara Gray recently played Down in Mississippi in this tuning, and I was very moved by it. My recorder stopped , however, and I couldn’t get any ideas of the chords she used.

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:43:54 PM
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atleson

USA

330 posts since 3/22/2005

Thanks Jack. I had no idea that Don’s list existed.

Jun 26, 2022 - 4:34:40 AM
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carlb

USA

2402 posts since 12/16/2007

quote:
Originally posted by atleson

A neat but seemingly not used too often tuning. Can anyone send me basic chords for this tuning?


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Jun 26, 2022 - 10:46:23 AM

1309 posts since 8/7/2017

atleson

Jim, looked at my copy of Art Rosenbaum's "Old Time Banjo Book". He has 4 songs in what he calls "Open D" or "Graveyard" tuning f#DF#AD , pg 80-84: Graveyard, Old Ruben, Coal Creek March, Lonesome Road Blues. Another song has a high A fifth aDF#AD: Long Steel Rail (in the Pines). I use Open D tuning for Old Ruben, fun to play.

Jun 26, 2022 - 6:02:35 PM
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dbrooks

USA

4258 posts since 3/11/2004

Jim, will this video help you? Shara Grey & Cieron Means/Down In Mississippi - YouTube

She is in D tuning (f#DF#AD) capoed to the 3rd fret - aFACF. The playing starts at about 3:00. I don't see much use of chords (though I have taken only a quick look). The tune seems to play the melody notes with strums on the remaining strings. If you need any help with it, let me know. I suspect you will get what you want from the video alone.

David

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Jun 27, 2022 - 7:07:45 AM
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atleson

USA

330 posts since 3/22/2005

David, You are a marvel. Thanks for this and your many kindnesses.

At banjo camp north, Sara grey did terrific work
playing and signing this tune, and the tune is rolling around in my head- Not that the world is waiting for me to sing anything.

And, ha, I didn’t mentally even think about her capo placement.



Jim

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