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.
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
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).
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.
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
I find the G tuning to be pretty versatile.
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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