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Chinese Café

Guitar chords transcribed by Sam Stone  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: CGDFCE   "Joni" Tuning: C77374
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written by Joni Mitchell, utilizing the words and music of North/Zaret and Goffin/King from 'Wild Things Run Fast,' 1982

Note:  This arrangement is one of those that just "came to me."  I had been
looking at the chords as noted (in standard tuning) in the "Joni Mitchell
Complete" songbook from 2006 and decided to "fiddle with the knobs," as Joni
says.  By magic or something I accidentally ended up in the good old CGDFCE 
tuning and, after playing through this arrangement a few times, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the tuning Joni actually used for this song, maybe in an early demo or something of that sort.  That said, this is not an exact 
transcription.  It's just a guitar arrangement that seeks to combine the many elements of the full-band recording and synthesize them down, hopefully offering a sufficient "stripped down" version which can be played relatively easily and in a familiar tuning.

 

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greghancock on 2015-May-09 at 00:10:59 GMT-5:
Great stuff! Really helpful - thanks!