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Old 07-08-2022, 03:20 PM
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We have an original song, key of Dm. Dm A G Dm with a DM C G Dm chorus.

My mission is to play some resonator licks and comps while everyone else is playing the song.

Should I stay in D? should I go to Dm? Or some other key?

I've messed with it in D but if there is a better way let me know.


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Old 07-09-2022, 09:39 AM
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I don’t know for sure without hearing the melody — but from the chords listed, it sounds like maybe your song is playing ambiguously with the space in between D Dorian, and D harmonic minor. So maybe lean on those as your foundation. You could stick in a major third (F#) as a passing tone but it would probably not quite fit if it was a “main note.”

Some players are up on the modes, some aren’t. With apologies if this is old news to you — D Dorian simply means take the notes from a C Major scale. But play the scale D to D instead of C to C. It should have a sad, spooky, folky sound. Those are the scale tones to use in your riffs. D minor pentatonic scale fits great here too (the notes are all part of D Dorian). The most important chords for D Dorian are D Minor, C Major, G Major, and A Minor (but sometimes with A Major substituted, as you’ve got in your song).

On last thought. You didn’t say what kind of resonator or tuning or playing style your are playing. I don’t have a resonator — but coming at it from the perspective of a flat top player, I would try out Drop D tuning to see if I like it for that song. Gives a great D bass note and D-based keys and modes fall nicely on the frets. Have fun!
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Old 07-09-2022, 12:01 PM
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One thing you might try, with D tuning on your resonator, is to drop that 3rd (F#) to F, so you have an open Dminor; this is fairly common, and frequently works on modal/minor-sounding tunes. (If you need a major sonority, just bar back to the F#.)
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Old 07-09-2022, 01:58 PM
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Tuning to the relative major of Dm (F) gives you the same notes as Dm.

Staying tuned in the key of D will of course have an F#, C# and B natural, none of which fit the key of Dm (or F). So I wouldn't do that.
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Old 07-10-2022, 07:50 AM
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Thanks for the help. I've messed with adding licks and runs in both open D and open Dm, was just making sure I had the right tunings.
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Old 07-10-2022, 10:54 AM
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I'd be a coward and go to regular guitar tuning .
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