Guitar and Piano Transcriptions

Down To You

Chord chart with fingering transcribed by Stephen Sevda

Author Notes:

This is NOT a cover for guitar of the faithful piano version as transcribed by
Dave Blackburn/ Michael Dunn, just a simplified interpretation. Prior knowledge
of the rhythm, timing and melody of the song is assumed. Much of this is my own

This transcription is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song.
You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.
Copyrighted material contained in transcriptions is used in accordance with 'Fair Use'.


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bosteph on

Simply copying the piano part note for note doesn't work for someone playing alone with an acoustic guitar. Most of the transcriptions on this site don't give strict rhythm or timing information; that's left up to the individual. The score was studied [not Dave Blackburn and Michael Dunn's, but the one from 'The Complete Joni Mitchell' songbook] and brought down to the basic core for one instrument. OK the intro has been shortened, the interlude ommited and occasionally relative majors have been used instead of minors but it works for me.

beatntrack on

If this is being presented as an arrangement with simplified and substituted chords, fair enough, but Mr. Sevda has not transcribed Joni's chords correctly and this tab style of presentation gives no timing or rhythm information as to where they occur.

While it is true that piano pieces ported to guitar usually need some modifying to make for playable voicings and certain notes may be out of range of the instrument, this song is in fact largely playable on guitar in standard tuning. Mr. Sevda's chart however does not show you how though. He would have done better if he had consulted with the detailed score that Michael Dunn and I posted, studied the piano voicings as they are scored and then applied that to guitar as accurately as they can be played by someone with moderate classical or jazz guitar chops.

Dave Blackburn
guitarist and transcriber.