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Old 09-14-2010, 02:37 PM
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Default "Both Sides Now" - Joni Mitchell - Tutorial/TAB

This is a beautiful song that I originally transcribed from memory many years ago, having listened to Randy Scruggs version some ten years previous. Its in open G tuning: DGDGBD - fingerstyle.

The TAB sounds very robotic as I have only transcribed WHEN you should pluck a note. In practice, you should generally sustain all the notes as long as possible. Bass notes naturally are played with the thumb. You should vary the tempo of this piece, particularly by slowing down at the end of sections. Where there are two notes played with the thumb and finger together, I tend to play the bass note a fraction before the melody note. In all places in the slow sections where there are more than two notes played together, I arpeggiate rather than play them all together.

If you have trouble with any section or have a question, please quote the bar numbers that you can see in the TAB. Its not a particularly difficult piece.

Download the Tuxguitar TAB here: Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:24 PM
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This is a beautiful song that I originally transcribed from memory many years ago, having listened to Randy Scruggs version some ten years previous. Its in open G tuning: DADGBD - fingerstyle.

The TAB sounds very robotic as I have only transcribed WHEN you should pluck a note. In practice, you should generally sustain all the notes as long as possible. Bass notes naturally are played with the thumb. You should vary the tempo of this piece, particularly by slowing down at the end of sections. Where there are two notes played with the thumb and finger together, I tend to play the bass note a fraction before the melody note. In all places in the slow sections where there are more than two notes played together, I arpeggiate rather than play them all together.

If you have trouble with any section or have a question, please quote the bar numbers that you can see in the TAB. Its not a particularly difficult piece.

Download the Tuxguitar TAB here: Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Isn't open G tuning DBDGBD?
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:17 PM
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Isn't open G tuning DBDGBD?
Its actually DGDGBD. Sorry for the typo!
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:25 AM
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Thank you Backslider, I'm adding this gorgeous song to my learn list.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:41 AM
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Thank you Backslider, I'm adding this gorgeous song to my learn list.

You are welcome. Let me know if you need a hand with any of it.

Once you get it happening on guitar, you will find it sounds infinitely better than the TAB robot.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:16 PM
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I can't get any of you Tutitoral Tabs to open, any suggestions?

Thanks, can't wait to learn Both Sides Now!
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:21 PM
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I can't get any of you Tutitoral Tabs to open, any suggestions?
What software are you using? I only uploaded this for Tuxguitar, which is 100% free software.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:41 PM
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PDF would be my only resourse to use.

Sorry for the trouble.

Thanks again.

Barry
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:20 PM
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PDF would be my only resourse to use.

PDF it is: Both_Sides_Now.pdf
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:33 PM
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Thank you very much for the PDF file tab, I truly appreciate it.

One last thing.....I can't get your YouTube link of the tutitoral to open up either.

Sorry to be such a bother

Thanks
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:51 PM
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One last thing.....I can't get your YouTube link of the tutitoral to open up either.
I don't have a Youtube link

I will be throwing up some stuff on Youtube later on, but am still organising a decent recording environment.

Please feel free to post here is you have difficulty with something or have a question. Please quote the bar numbers if referring to a particular section.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:16 AM
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Hi,

The song Both Sides Now is actually not in an open G tuning!
It is in open D with the capo on the 4th fret.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:13 AM
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Thanks Backslider. I had sent a PM asking for a scanned copy ... this is just as good.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:00 AM
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Hi,

The song Both Sides Now is actually not in an open G tuning!
It is in open D with the capo on the 4th fret.
Trust me, this is in open G, no capo required.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:33 AM
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It is in open D with capo on 5th fret:
see this Joni clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg
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