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Figuring out chords - River Guard by Smog / Bill Callahan


(@faultythinking)
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I was watching Bill Callahan's Black Cab Session version of his song River Guard, and wondered if I could figure out the chords to this simple-seeming, but beautiful, song. Here's what I reckon the 3 chords are:

B A C#m
E:--7------5------4---
B:--7------5------5---
G:--6------6------6---
D:--9------7------6---
A:--9------7------4---
E:--7------5------x---

He seems to play a Down-Down-Up-Up-Down pattern on the first 2 chords, then complicates it a bit on the third.
Does that sound about right?
Cheers all,

FT
I think I can rock and roll
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(@fretsource)
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Yes, right shapes - but his guitar is tuned a whole tone lower than standard - so he's actually playing A-G-Bm


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(@faultythinking)
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Yes, right shapes - but his guitar is tuned a whole tone lower than standard - so he's actually playing A-G-Bm

Brilliant, thanks! That'll teach me to try and figure it out, watch some TV, and then go back to playing it without watching the vid again.

So, I could re-arrange that as:

A G C#m
E:--5------3------2---
B:--5------3------3---
G:--6------4------4---
D:--7------5------4---
A:--7------5------2---
E:--6------3------x---

I guess?

I've just gone to listen to the album version (it's on the Smog album Knock Knock) and that seems to be another semi-tone lower!

FT
I think I can rock and roll
Probably just twisting...


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(@coolnama)
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I guess you could play it like the Tab on top but wouldn't it be A - G - Bm ( it says C# up there )?

Edit: I just looked at the tab again O_O thats the Bm shape o.o guess u put C#m by mistake

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(@faultythinking)
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I guess you could play it like the Tab on top but wouldn't it be A - G - Bm ( it says C# up there )?

Edit: I just looked at the tab again O_O thats the Bm shape o.o guess u put C#m by mistake

Ah, yes, copy'n'paste failure there. So really it's now this:

A G Bm
E:--5------3------2---
B:--5------3------3---
G:--6------4------4---
D:--7------5------4---
A:--7------5------2---
E:--5------3------x---

I also needed to correct the A chord fingering there.

FT
I think I can rock and roll
Probably just twisting...


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