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Old 05-16-2011, 05:36 AM
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I'm new to this forum and find it very interesting. For past 3 months I've been learning basic chord positions, a few runs and movable chords in Open D. I find this tuning very melodic adn of course the open chord gives a bit of time for chord changes. I play mainly fingerstyle, accompanying songs to my vocals. Anyone got suggestions for songs where accompanying in open D sounds good.
I've done a few Joni Mitchell and adapted some James Taylor, Tom Paxton, and a few other traditional folk songs like Water is Wide. Any suggestions welcome.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:55 AM
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The cave - Mumford and sons.

Excellent song.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:03 AM
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Leo Kottke's version of "Little Martha"

http://www.tabpigs.org/artists/kottk...ttlemartha.pdf


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Old 05-16-2011, 08:40 AM
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Here are some of the sources for my playing pleasure:

Steve Grossman
Mike Dowling
Dale Miller
Jewel
Allman Brothers
Van Halen
Ed Gerhard
Laurence Juber
Alice In Chains
Led Zeppelin

They all have printed tab or DVD's with Open D tuning. Some of these are capo'd. I have found Mike Dowling's arrangement of Amazing Grace to be very well done, though I have adjusted it to play without a slide.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:51 AM
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If you want to put a few bucks in, John Fahey's instructional material has quite a few great-sounding open D tunes, as well as some in open G. guitarvideos.com sells his stuff.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:59 AM
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Hi,

I'm new to this forum and find it very interesting. For past 3 months I've been learning basic chord positions, a few runs and movable chords in Open D. I find this tuning very melodic adn of course the open chord gives a bit of time for chord changes. I play mainly fingerstyle, accompanying songs to my vocals. Anyone got suggestions for songs where accompanying in open D sounds good.
I've done a few Joni Mitchell and adapted some James Taylor, Tom Paxton, and a few other traditional folk songs like Water is Wide. Any suggestions welcome.
Got these from instruction DVDs:

Fahey, Poor Boy Long Ways from Home
Grossman, Sitting on Top of the World

Both fun.
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The cave - Mumford and sons.

Excellent song.
Love ^ one. I've been digging Mumford & Sons for a while now and they got me into this tuning. Also, they do "Roll Away Your Stone" in open D (with a capo at 2), a song that has a similar vibe to "The Cave" but with a neat-o little Celtic intro part.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP3RJGqn2Pk

The Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels" is normally is open E, but works better for my vocal range at open D. I keep my Silver Creek T-170 in open D most of the time for these songs.
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"Trouble In Mind" by Mike Dowling & Pat Dohohue is a great song to play in Open D.
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It's all over now Baby Blue, Bob Dylan.
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Stephen Stills=Stills Alone is my favorite, just him and a guitar, several songs in drop D.
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John Denver's Poems, Prayers & Promises is in Drop D.
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Stephen Stills=Stills Alone is my favorite, just him and a guitar, several songs in drop D.
Dropped D or open D?
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Neil Young-Harvest Moon is a good one
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestion out there, keep any more coming please.
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Many of the songs that are played in D will sound good in drop D.
You may have to capo up the neck for your vocal range though.
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