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intro to ALTERNATE TUNING. DYLAN SHELTER FROM THE STORM

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(@mattguitar_1567859575)
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Ever since i started logging onto this site i couldn't get out of my head David Hodge's comments about "Blood on the Tracks" being a great Dylan album (see lesson on Tangled up in Blue). So i went out and bought the CD Last week (yes I know, old fashioned, don't do downloading yet...!!). What a great album that is, very melodic and some great songwriting on there. So by way of saying thanks to David and this site, i thought it might be cool to do a song for beginners but in open tuning. An EASY ONE!!!!

Firstly DON'T BE SCARED by this "Alternate tuning" stuff. Its easy. And often, like this song, it adds a couple of dimensions. First off, the "voicings" of the chords will sound different from those played in standard tuning, secondly it can make some chords VERY easy to play.

So, how do we go about tuning the guitar for this song?

Take your HIGH E string (thinnest) and LOWER it to D. Easy eh?
Take your B string, and LOWER it to A. Just as easy!
Take your G string and LOWER it to F#.
Leave your D string alone tuned to standard D.
Leave your A string alone tuned to standard A.
Take your low E string and lower it to D.

You should now have this (from thin to thick) D A F# D A D.

Right the good bit. Strum all the strings "Open" - that is, do not touch them with your fretting hand at all. What do you hear? A nice sounding chord? What is your tuner saying? It should be telling you that it is "hearing" a D. If so, congratulations, you are tuned to open D tuning.

For this song now stick a capo on your 2nd fret at we are going to be playing in the key of E.

A few things about the song. First, this is NOT how Dylan plays it. I am using the open strings to form our fourth chord. He would actually play the 054300 E again that starts us off. The song rolls along, if you listen to the recording its actually quite fast. I would suggest playing this as D D d/u/d all the way through to get this rolling feeling.

As far as fingering goes try this. Form the first chord 054300 using first finger for the 3, middle for the 4 and ring finger for the 5. Keep your first finger on the strings until "o". First chord change you just take your middle finger off and put your ring finger on the 4 of 040300. Next chord change just slide this all down to 020100. Last change, take all your fingers off for "O" ("open") and get ready to put them back on 054300 back where we began. This cycle repeats throughout the song.
SHELTER FROM THE STORM (Alternate Version)
By Bob Dylan

TUNING: D A D F# A D CAPO: 2nd fret

E(3) Emaj7 Esus4
E -0-----0-----0---|
B -0-----0-----0---|
G# -3-----3-----1---|
E -4-----0-----0---|
B -5-----4-----2---|
E -0-----0-----0---|

Intro E x 8 bars

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
'Twas in another life time, One of toil and blood.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
When blackness was a virtue And the road was full of mud.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I came in from the wilderness, A creature void of form.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
"Come in" she said, "I'll give you, Shelter from the storm."

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E x 2

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
And if I pass this way again, You can rest assured,
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I'll always do my best for her On that I give my word.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
In a world of steel eyed death and men Who are fighting to be warm,
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said,I'll give you Shelter from the storm.

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E x 1

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Not a word was spoke between us There was little risk involved.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
everything up to that point, Had been left unresolved.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Try imagining a place Where it's always safe and warm
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm.

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E x 2

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I was burned out from exhaustion I was buried in the hail.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Poisoned in the bushes An' blown out on the trail
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Hunted like a crocodile, Ravaged in the corn
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E x 2

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Suddenly I turned around And she was standing there
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
With silver bracelets on her wrists And flowers in her hair.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
She walked up to me so gracefully And took my crown of thorns
E Emaj7 Esus4 E
Come in she said I'll give you,Shelter from the storm.

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Now there's a wall between us Something has been lost.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I took too much for granted I got my signals crossed
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Just to think that all began On an uneventfull morn
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Well the deputy walks on hard nails And the preacher rides a mount
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
But nothing really matters It's doom alone that counts
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
And the one-eyed undertaker He blows a futile horn
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I've heard newborn babies wailin Like a mornin' dove
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
And old men with broken teeth Stranded without love.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Do I understand your question, man Is it hopeless and forlorn.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm.

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
In a little hill top village I gambled for my clothes
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I bargained for salvation And they gave me a lethal dose.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
I offered up my innocence And got repaid with scorn
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E

E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Well I'm livin' in a foreign country But I'm bound to cross the line.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Beauty walk a razors edge, Someday I'll make it mine.
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
If I could only turn the clock back To when God and her were born
E Emaj7 Esus4 “O”
Come in she said I'll give you Shelter from the storm.

Emaj7 Esus4 “O” E X 2 , SLOW RIGHT DOWN AND END ON SLOW STRUM “O”

Last comment, not all the chords are in exactly the right place versus the lyrics, but you'll get the idea.
Hope you enjoy this song as much as my girlfreind did last night, she reckoned it was fantastic (even with me singing it ha ha) :wink:


   
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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Hey Matt, I just tried this out now, and I have to tell you, this is great!!! I love those voicings!!!!

One tiny thing though - the third chord you play in the sequence is not actually an Esus4, its an Aadd9......for an Esus4 you'd need to play it virtually the same, just play the 5th string open.....which doesn't sound as nice.......

for an Esus4 you'd need the following notes in the key of E - E A and B, while the notes you are actually playing are E, Db,E,A,B and E, reading from sixth to first.... so if you drop the Db down to B,playing the string open, then it's an Esus4.......

if you look at the key of A, you'll notice that for Aadd9, you need the I/III/V/IX notes of the scale, which are A,Db,B and E........

You can actually tune the guitar to an alternate open E, ie

6 5 4 3 2 1
E B E G# B E

fairly simply, if you don't have a capo.......I presume you've done it this way because you'd rather tune down than up, I know I would!!!

Once again, great job Matt, and thank you for this!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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(@mattguitar_1567859575)
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Vic

Thanks for your kind comments, i feel exactly the same the voicings are great aren't they!

Thanks for pointing out the correct chord name. I am musically challenged on the theory front, i picked up the chord names i gave straight from another person's tab, excuse my plagiarism ha ha.

But great song, and one that beginners should try, its a nice easy introduction to alternate tuning.

All the best

Matt


   
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Something else I discovered this afternoon, it's pretty easy to use a slide on your little finger to play a few little licks and fills (I've had problems using a slide on my pinkie for a few years now, till the solution finally came to me...duh, buy a bigger slide!!!!) because you only need 3 fingers for the chords.......!!!!

Vic.

:) :) :)

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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