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(@ghost-rider)
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(For the aspiring folkstars, like myself)

Gordon Lightfoot--Sundown.

Capo 2--All chords relative to capo
E (022100)
B7 (X21202)
A (X02220)
D (XX0232)

E
I can see her lyin' back in her satin dress
-------B7-------------------------------E
In a room where you do what you don't confess

Chorus 1:
E-------------------A
Sundown, you'd better take care
-------- D-----------------------------------E
If I find you've been creeping 'round my back stairs
(twice)

E
She's been looking like a queen in a sailor's dream
------------ B7-----------------------------E
And she don't always say what she really means.

Chorus 2:
E----------------A
Sometimes, I think it's a shame
------------D------------------------------E
When I get feeling better when I'm feeling no pain
(twice)

E
I can picture every move that a man could make
------------B7------------------------E
Getting lost in your lover is the first mistake.

Chorus 1:
E-------------------A
Sundown, you'd better take care
--------D------------------------------------------E
If I find you've been creeping round my back stairs

Chorus 3:
E---------------A
Sometimes I think it's a sin
----------- D----------------------------------E
When I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again

(electric guitar solo)

E
I can see her looking fast in her faded jeans
----------- B7----------------------------E
She's a hard-lovin' woman got me feelin' mean

Chorus 2
Chorus 1
Chorus 1
Chorus 3

(electric guitar solo) fade.

Additions, corrections, comments welcome...

~ghost~

"Colour made the grass less green..." 3000 miles, Tracy Chapman


   
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(@wes-inman)
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Ghost Rider

Is that from the old song Ghost Riders in the Sky? That was a great song.

I also play this song, but use different voicings and no capo. Same progression though.



E5 B7 A D

e----0----------0--------0--------2--
b----0----------0--------2--------3--
g----4p---------2m-------2--------2--
d----2m---------4p-------2--------0--
a----2i---------2i-------0-----------
e----0-------------------------------

See what you think.

Thanks for the tab. Gordon Lightfoot is great.

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Thanks Wes,

The different voicings certainly work. Sounds good. I'm going to practice the suggested fingerings. Esp. the pinky stretch!

Actually, Ghost Rider is an excellent song from Rush's album, Vapor Trails. I have great respect for Neil Peart and Rush. The song is about dealing with personal tragedy. As a sometime motorcyclist, I can appreciate the therapeutic solitude and freedom of riding....

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Anybody have the tab for the solo part? I'm trying to work it out myself and would like to compare notes. I don't have a copy of the song so I am trying to do it strictly from memory.

Regards,

Mike

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Mike (Slipperman)

I sat down and learned the solo for this song today. It is awesome. Unbelieveable tone and nuances. I forget who Gordon Lightfoot's lead guitarist is, but he is fantastic.

Note- I found this song to be in G. Maybe it was my recording. If it is in F# as Ghost Rider showed, just move everything down one fret.

If you use the chords I showed earlier, put a capo at the 3rd fret (or 2nd for F#).

Even if the rhythm guitar was played using a capo, the lead guitarist most likely played without a capo.

Anyway, here is the solo. I think you'll find it very close.

Solo starts in G Minor Pentatonic 5th position scale.

h ~~~ h ~~~

e----------------------------------------------------
b----------------------------------------------------
g----------12--15^--12----------------12--15^--12---- Phrase 1
d--12--15---------------------12--15-----------------
a----------------------------------------------------
e----------------------------------------------------

On the bends just raise the pitch a half-step.
~~~ = Vibrato, h = half-step bend, r = release bend

hr h h h ~~~

e--------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------
g--12--15^p-12—15^--12---------12--15^p-12—15^--12- Phrase 2
d-----------------------12--15---------------------
a--------------------------------------------------
e--------------------------------------------------

On the first bend, bend the note a half-step, release bend to
normal pitch and pull off. This is done in a quick fluid motion.
On the third bend, bend the note a half-step and pull off without
the release.

Solo goes to G Major Pentatonic 1st position scale.

wr ~~~ w ~~~

e-------15------------------15--------------------
b—15^-----------------15^-------------------------
g-----------12-------------------12--------------- Phrase 3
d-------------------------------------------------
a-------------------------------------------------
e-------------------------------------------------

Bend note a whole step and release. 2nd bend is very slow.

Solo goes to G Minor Pentatonic 4th position scale.

w wr wr w ~~~~

e---13^---------------------------------------------
b-----------13^p-11------13-13^p-11------13^--11----
g--------------------12--------------12------------- Phrase 4
d---------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------

First bend is slow. 2nd bend has release and pull.

Solo goes back to G Minor Pentatonic 5th position scale.

h h h ~~~

e------------------------------------------------------
b------------------------------------------------------
g---------12--15^--12-----------12--15^p-12--15^--12--- Phrase 5
d--12--15----------------12--15------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------
e------------------------------------------------------

This last run goes thru the G Minor Pentatonic 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and
1st positions.

wr ~~~
~ ~ ~
e---------------------------------
b---------------------------------
g---------------------------------
d--12--10--8----------------------
a-------------10------------------
e-----------------8^---3--6--3----

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I really can't remember if Gordon had a hit over here.....the only songs of his I can remember are, "If you could read my mind" "Sundown" and "the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"........

I've probably heard more, but it must be 20 years ago since I heard ANY songs of his......this tab brought "Sundown" back, great song, nice tab - thanks!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

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For you guys that like fingerpicking, Gordon Lightfoot recently released Inspiration Lady. Check it out. I plan to learn it as soon as I can find a tab.

http://www.linusentertainment.com/artists/gordon/gordon.shtml

Cheers,

Max


   
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Wes:

Thank you for tabbing out the solo. I'm gonna print it out and give it a try!

~ghost~

I've been "down" for the past couple of days with a sore back. Not guitar related. Just overdid it on the weekend--working around the house. Haven't touched the guitars for two days! Missed my first guitar lesson in over a year!

So I'm really looking forward to tryin' out the solo!
As a beginner guitarist, I appreciate all your help, and experience.

~ghost~
:D :)

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For you guys that like fingerpicking, Gordon Lightfoot recently released Inspiration Lady. Check it out. I plan to learn it as soon as I can find a tab.

http://www.linusentertainment.com/artists/gordon/gordon.shtml

Max:

Thanks for the link. Nice ballad.
I didn't realize that Gordon Lightfoot had a burst artery that put him in a coma for weeks. I'm glad that he's recovered, and putting out good tunes....

I haven't done much fingerpicking yet, but it's certainly something that I could get into....

~ghost~ 8)

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Ghost Rider

I hope it's ok I put that solo on your thread, didn't mean to hijack it.

I didn't know about Gordon's medical problem and coma either. I'm glad he's getting better. He is one of the best songwriters ever.

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Wes,
On the contrary: I appreciate you tabbing out the solo!. By no means did you hijack this thread...As I see it, once its out there, it belongs to everyone.
Guitarnoise is a great collaboration!

I went out and got Gordon Lightfoot's, Complete Greatest Hits (so I can get rid of the couple of songs I downloaded :oops: ) Am gonna listen to it tonight..

Also, got The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely (Courage, Fifty Mission Cap, At The Hundredth Meridian--all excellent songs...The Hip are coming to Vancouver in November...that would be an excellent show!)

~ghost~ 8)

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Awesome, Wes! Thanks for working that out. It looks to be somewhat above my ability level right now but perhaps I can take what you have and simplify it some for my own use. I'll let you know how it all works out. I love the song, though. I think this is one I'm going to focus on for my still limited reprtoire.

I think I spoke too soon there- looked at the solo last night and it's not really that bad at all. I was at first intimidated by the hammer-ons and bends and the like, since I've really been focusing about 99% on chords so far. But that back and forth between frets 12 & 15 aren't bad at all, and since the fingering is not so bad it's a good opportunity to work on the techniiques. Great!

Regards,

Mike

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I sat down and learned the solo for this song today. It is awesome. Unbelieveable tone and nuances. I forget who Gordon Lightfoot's lead guitarist is, but he is fantastic.

Wes,

The liner notes say that for most of his greatest hits, Gordon's main guitarists were Red Shea and Terry Clements. On the Sundown album, Red Shea plays guitar and dobro,... 8)

~ghost~

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It's harder to play but I think maybe it's a B7sus4 instead of plain ole B7.

B7s4 = X 2 2 2 0 2

Sure sounds right when compared to the original recording.

I also like to do the simple E7 inner mixed with the E inbetween verses.

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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Here's a great Gordon Lightfoot site where you can get the lyrics and accompanying chords for all of his recordings:

http://www.lightfoot.ca/

jonnyt wrote:...I think it may be a B7sus4 instead of plain ole B7

That is correct, according to the aforementioned website. Great aural skills, jonnyt. Nuances like this make a whole lot of difference, but great post in the first place, Ghost Rider. :)


   
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