Thank you for sharing Jag. Enjoy.
Information Part 1 (Playing Come On In My Kitchen)
I play this song in Spanish Tuning. Sometimes I play this in the key of G (DGDgbd) or I will tune down a whole step to the key of F (CFCfac). I can also tune up a whole step to the key of A (EAEac#e) or using Open G tuning, capo fret 2. To get the tone similar to the old 78 RPM Robert Johnson's recording, I capo to the key of Bb (capo fret 3). It is essential that you tune the guitar to match the singer's vocal range. Regardless, because all the string relationships (from their repective major scales 515135) stay the same, all the positions on the fingerboard are the same too. Think of this as the same way a (diatonic)harmonica player has a different harmonica for each key of music. Although the notes are different, they are arranged in the same tonal progression based on the major scale and sound in a different key.
I teach this song on CD 5 arranged for 4 string CBG tuned in Spanish tuning key of G (Dgbd). Notice this is the 4 highest strings of the full 6 string tuning DG(Dgbd), but also notice a few other important simularities too. The two lowest strings (DG)Dgbd / (Dg)bd and the two highest strings DGDg(bd) / Dg(bd) are the same notes. So, going from 6 string to 4 string is very easy to understand. See CD 2.
Here is the beginning of the 4 string CBG lesson:
Here is this song in performance on 4 string CBG.
Compare it to the 6 string arrangement.
I originally learned the Bottleneck Blues style on 6 string, but through my exploration of 3 and 4 string CBG (and 5 string banjo too), I greatly improved my understanding and skill.
In the next installment, I will talk about the relationship of 6 string and 3 string CBG using Spanish tuning.
It is my hope to clarify this material to my students, so they can take it a lot further in their applied practice.
Enjoy your practice, Keni Lee
Thank you Wayne. Glad to hear you are finding the info useful. Enjoy your practice.
Food For Thought - Learning to Play Guitar
Your favorite guitar player or band has probably been in the business for decades. They are professionals. Don't assume you are going to cover their songs without a lot of effort and time. Just because you go to your local music store and purchase the best accurate note for note tablature, that it is now going to be a snap. I guarantee if you purchase that big book of 10,000 chords, you will probably only use a handful, unless you are planning to play progressive jazz.
Why do I know this? Been there, done that! LOL
Do yourself a favor and learn some basic music theory. Learn how to apply it, while refining your fundamental skills through exercises.
Consider this, regardless if you are playing in standard or open tunings, the notes on the fingerboard are not going to change. Taking the time to learn to name the notes and find them easily will serve you for many years ahead.
Then when you make a chord, you also know what notes it contains. This will then help you understand how scales, double stops (2 note chord fragments) and chords fit together. Knowing the notes contained in a chord will help you find the same chord in various other positions on the fingerboard too. (chord inversions) You don't need to rely on chord charts or books. Studying this way will also train your ear to hear tones better. (Play by ear)
Certainly, you can learn songs off of tablature too, but now you will start to see and understand how songs are actually constructed. This will lead to figuring out or arranging songs yourself. Real freedom of expression.
I offer this information to save you time and make your practice lead to higher abilities.
Live the dream. Don't limit yourself. Enjoy your practice.