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Ladies Of The Canyon

Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: CGDFCE   "Joni" Tuning: C77374

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You could achieve the correct tuning by tuning all the strings one tone note 
higher (D A E G D F#) and then not using a capo, but this will strain the 
guitar a little more, so the capo option is probably safer.


I'm just going to give you the shapes - there aren't a lot of different
chords to worry about, and the basic picking style is fairly simple to pick
up from the record.



          Chord Shapes used :
        -----------------------

Note, the fret numbers in the chord shapes are *relative* to the capo position.
In other words, with a capo at the 2nd fret, a zero in the chord shape corresponds 
to the "open string" (which is stopped at the 2nd fret). 



 DAEGDF#    DAEGDF#    DAEGDF#   DAEGDF#   DAEGDF#  DAEGDF#
 002200     002000     033000    030000    022000   020000

   D         Dadd4     D7add4    D9add4    D6add4   D6add9add4


 DAEGDF#      D  A  E  G  D  F#    DAEGDF#   DAEGDF#
 x22222       x  0  10 9  10 x     x0767x    x0545x

 B6/7sus4         Amadd4            Aadd9     A9(no3rd-no5th)



Weird names .. but that's what you get if you use strange tunings !


Use the last three shapes for the little introduction bit, then change to 
D alternating with Dadd4 and you go into the verse.


She tends to use the chords in pairs, alternating between them.

  So use    (D and Dadd4)      as a pair.

            (D7add4 and D9add4)  as a pair

   and      (D6add4 and D6add9add4) as a pair.

In other words, you add or remove remove the finger from the G/E string to change 
between the two chords of the pair.

The verse just uses these 3 pairs of chords, plus the B6/7sus4 chord.


Play around with these and you should pick it up pretty easily.

A final point - she tends to hit a few open strings between chord changes, and
sometimes hammers on to a new chord shape after strumming a few open strings.

 

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Marian on 2014-Mar-25 at 03:04:30 GMT-5:
Yes, you are correct about the tuning - CGDFCE - and the capo on the 2nd fret. This keeps the top string at the E of standard tuning, and hopefully the second highest string would not be strained to breaking by being tuned a half step up to C. If you are worried about that, you could tune to BF#C#EBD# (three half steps down) and put the capo on 3.
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sweetdissident on 2014-Mar-24 at 19:01:09 GMT-5:
Tried this tuning and broke a string. =( The instructions say "You could achieve the correct tuning by tuning all the strings one tone note higher (D A E G D F#) and then not using a capo, but this will strain the guitar a little more, [oops, it did!] so the capo option is probably safer." So does this mean if a capo is used (on second fret) that the tuning to CGDFCE? That still seems quite a jump; I'm not understanding this tuning thing too well. So wish I could figure out the standard tuning "cheats."   [ed.]