Originally sent by Harlan Thompson, Corrections/additions by Howard Wright Howard's notes: This song is played in the key of E. You can tune up to open E (EBEG#BE) and not use a capo if you like, but that means you are tuning strings *up* from concert pitch which is likely to put them under extra strain. If you're using light strings, this might be OK. The safer option, and the thing to do if you're worried about breaking strings when tuning up to the open E tuning, is to tune to open D (DADF#AD) then put a capo on at the 2nd fret to bring you up to the key of E. Harlan's comments: On the first two lines of the chorus and frequently on the verse, it is better to somewhat muffle the chords so that the rhythm can be heard but the actual notes barely heard. Also, the song can be played in regular tuning with the same chords, but I think it sounds much better this way (and this is what J.M. actually does).
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