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hey just thought it would be a good idea to get an idea of some songs in alternate tunings, maybe learn some so i can get into it.
just list a song and what tuning its in...preferably one thats not completely unknown
muchas gracias

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a drummer.

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Here's a few off the top of my head:

Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up - Open G

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir - DADGAD

Have fun! :D

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Open E:
Bob Dylan:
In My Time of Dying
Simple Twist of Fate
Buckets of Rain
Shelter from the Storm

Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones, Keith's rhythm part)

The lead slide guitar of Duane Allman

Open G:
Much (most?) blues slide guitar, both electric and acoustic. Dust My Broom, Walking Blues, Death Letter Blues come to mind.
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)

Rolling Stones (Keith's rhythm parts):
Start Me Up
Honky Tonk Women
Brown Sugar

Drop D:
Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan)


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Hope you can make this out - not the best quality, but a web-cam pic.

Just to give you an idea of the chords used.....

Keith Richards uses those chords a lot - whatever fret you're at, play the top 5 strings, then play the Am7 chord shape above it. Although technically it's not a 4/6 chord; if you're playing C and C4/6, as shown in the pic, the C4/6 chord is actually an Fadd9 chord. Street Fighting Man is another song in open G that uses that particular trick.

"Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job" by George Thorogood is in open G, and uses a similar chord structure. George uses open G a lot - uses it for lead (slide) and rhythm.

"Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealer's Wheel, and "Shelter From The Storm" by Dylan are both in open D - and they're both in the "Easy Songs" forum, too!

"Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh is in open E, although I like to play it in open G - suits my voice better!

:D :D :D


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"Dust My Broom" in Elmore James style is done in Open D or E.

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