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Nov 27, 2020 - 6:05 PM
2 posts since 11/27/2020

Hi all—
New to the forum and found an archived thread suggesting Jerry Douglas mostly plays in open G (bluegrass) and open D. Not surprising, but a great tune of his, Turkish Taffy, sounds very different and I couldn’t seem to make it work in G. Anybody know this tune and does he use a funky tuning to facilitate the very middle-Eastern intervals in it? Any suggestions welcome.

Nov 27, 2020 - 8:21:13 PM

1233 posts since 1/14/2011

Welcome to the forum Chris!

Yes, JD plays mostly in High G bluegrass tuning, but judging from the licks at 2:24 of Turkish Taffy, it sounds like similar licks he plays in Takarasaka (at 2:50), which is in open D tuning.

Edited by - Oboe Cadobro on 11/27/2020 20:23:29

Nov 27, 2020 - 9:04:32 PM

Bob Blair


166 posts since 12/17/2010

Turkish Taffee seems to work fine in G tuning for me. The song is in A minor. I didn't hear him play anything lower than the low A (6th string, second fret in G tuning).

Nov 29, 2020 - 10:57:57 AM

2 posts since 11/27/2020

Thanks. I’ll give it another try. Knowing it’s in Am helps as I can work out the boxes and see what works in whatever tuning. Part of the challenge may have been my lack of familiarity with the bluegrass G tuning, having mostly played upright in blues G or Spanish.

Nov 29, 2020 - 11:41:57 AM

3391 posts since 7/27/2008

One thing to get rid of mentally as a newer player is the term "bluegrass tuning" for high bass Open G (GBDGBD). I realize it is a term used for convenience to make a point. So ot me there's "high bass G" and "low Bass G." 

But bluegrass tuning it "pigeon holes" it into a musical genre, and though bluegrass is sort of Jerry's "home base," he of course has  taken high bass G into many other musical worlds.  

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 11/29/2020 11:44:53

Nov 29, 2020 - 4:15:38 PM
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Bob Blair


166 posts since 12/17/2010

I find the G tuning to be pretty versatile.

Nov 29, 2020 - 6:09:41 PM

1233 posts since 1/14/2011

Originally posted by MarkinSonoma  I realize it is a term used for convenience 

Just like "Dobro" is used for "resonator guitar"...

Edited by - Oboe Cadobro on 11/29/2020 18:09:53

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