Robert Johnson Tunings

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RE: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby stumblin » Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:17 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Sep-30-05 AT 02:18 AM (EST)]Oh, I forgot to mention "From Four 'til Late", that one's in standard tuning, key of C.
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RE: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby brass finger » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:36 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-13-06 AT 03:37 AM (EST)]Is this Woody Mann book accurate?
Gotta buy it if it is.

I tried crossroads in E with the capo on 2nd fret but it didn't work, but almost did.
The high slide on 14th fret wouldn't resolve later on into points in the following bars.
So I was wrong and tried tuning off without a tuner and broke a bunch of strings and said that's enough.
I was isolating bits in soundforge and everything..

I have a whole lot more respect for these guys than I did before I got into this delta rural thing.
Forget these overated pentatonic guys.
Patton Skip James, Johnson..they can play!!
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RE: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby caub » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:51 am

-Kindhearted Woman
-Sweet Home Chicago
-When You Got A Good Friend
-Dead Shrimp
-Me And The Devil
-Little Queen Of Spades
-Phonograph take1
-Steady Rollin' Man
-Love In Vein
Open G:
-Come On In My Kitchen
-Walkin' Blues
-Milk Cow's Calf
-Stones In My Passway
-Travelling Riverside Blues
-If I Had Possession
Drop D
-Drunken Hearted Man
-Malted Milk
Double Drop D
-Dust My Broom
-Phonograph take2

This is a very incomplete list. I don't have a track listing in front of me and I'm in a hurry, but I'll try to post the rest when I get time.

Double Drop D-you may find these listed in some places as Aadd9.
This is the same as Double Drop D only a full step higher. It is just easier for me to think of it as Double Drop D
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RE: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby caub » Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:16 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Feb-15-06 AT 11:19 AM (EST)]Here are the rest of the tunings.

I mistakenly put Love In Vain under Standard it is actually in Open G

-They're Red Hot
-From Four Until Late
Open G
-Stop Breaking Down
-Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Open Em
-Hellhound On My Trail
Open E
-Ramblin' On My Mind
-Preachin' Blues

Robert Johnson probably used Open A instead of Open G as well. If you tune to Open G it will be hard to play along with some of the recordings since he goes very high up on the neck at times with his slide.
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RE: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby ricochet » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:47 pm

Of course, some of us believe his recordings were made with the platter slowed down. He sounds better on many of his songs when they're slowed down to G pitch.

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Postby Huddie Ledbetter » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:26 am ... 646587-588

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Re: Robert Johnson Tunings

Postby Ben_Sir_Amos » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:50 pm

mariner1 wrote: Fishing Blues

Fish Tail Blues aka Terraplane Blues

I've spent months trying to figure out what "Fishing Blues" is. I'm probably wrong about this but now I feel I can go and get myself a life.
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