Tunings and Timing

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Hey there, here’s a video that covers a Billy Bragg song, No One Knows Nothing Anymore, which is off of his latest CD. As mentioned in the video, I played it with my guitar tuned down a full step which is instead of standard tuning of EADGBE, it was tuned down to DGCFAD.  It’s not an open tuning like the previous post by Pete, but rather a variation on standard tuning. There is also a time signature jump in the tune where he goes from 4/4 time to 3/4 time. I’m not sure I have it nailed yet, but hopefully you get the idea!

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2 thoughts on “Tunings and Timing

    bryanjack said:
    February 25, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Nice work, Colin! I started listening to some Billy Bragg this weekend and resolved to learn some of his songs – he seems to have a great rhythm to his acoustic songwriting, and is a wizard on the electric as well (this cover of of “Tracks of my Tears” has long been a favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_JboeBtj5E <<- David: if you're reading this, I would love a lesson in *this* fretwork!).

    How did you go about 'figuring out' the shift in time signature? As someone who never learned much musical theory, grasping rhythm has occasionally been a struggle (less so since our friend Jeff / Alexithema graduated though… 7/4s, 11/8's…). Do you have any tricks for adjusting to different time signatures/rhythms?

    ColinJagoe responded:
    February 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Bryan! For this one, when I started playing it, I knew something wasn’t right, as I couldn’t the chorus to feel right, so I went back and listed to it a few times. Basically I just started counting bars 1, 2, 3, 4 .. up to the chorus, then it went sour at the chorus, so I tried to count 3/4 and it fit, and then it didn’t fit, so I realized that it was 2 bars of 3/4 then back to 4/4. Trial and error and listening a few times while counting basically. 🙂

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