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Nick Drake tuning

Big Al Whittle 02 Dec 11 - 02:46 AM
Richard Bridge 02 Dec 11 - 03:02 AM
The Sandman 02 Dec 11 - 06:27 AM
Big Al Whittle 02 Dec 11 - 07:15 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 02 Dec 11 - 08:49 AM
GUEST 02 Dec 11 - 11:28 AM
Big Al Whittle 02 Dec 11 - 09:47 PM
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Subject: Nick Drake guitar tuning
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 02:46 AM

Currently having a lot of fun with Nick's tuning on The Time of No Reply.
BEBEBE

Anybody had any adventures with this?


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 03:02 AM

I once put my Martin in that tuning for a bloke who played it a lot better than I did!


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 06:27 AM

al, is that 6 string e.
answer i havent tried it yet.


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 07:15 AM

Yes its from low B to top E.

Its really quite fun.

You can do Martin Carthy's Famous Flower of Serving Men riff on it.

For the tonic you fret the first string on the 4th fret unlike Martins tuning where you fret the second.

The change from the long A shape to that tonic on the fourth fret of the Ist string is particularly pleasing.

Here is apublic spirited guy showing the chords for Time of No Reply.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuIvubcNvK0&feature=related


I never really listened to drake til a few months ago. I was doing a gig next to bookstall at a country market. And there was a mucky copy of Parick Humphries biog. of drake. When I got home I found I could have bought a new copy off Amazon for two quid.

Anyway when eventually I started reading - I recognised a kindred spirit. I felt I knew him better than his biographer, because I'd lived through much of the same period - been to school and college in the 60's and Les Cousins!

He was a very capable guitarist, rather in the way that clever public school boys can do stuff really well - facile, shall we say. And thats very attractive.


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 08:49 AM

you doing this with a regular string set, or changing individual string gauges as required ?

I enjoy an advantage having too many reasonable quality cheap ebay guitars and a box of salvaged spare strings..

good fun experimenting with drone tunings..


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 11:28 AM

I've always been convinced Nick Drake used DGDGAE (old Flamenco) tuning (for Chime Of A City Clock and a couple of others) but have never seen a mention of this tuning in any books/websites about him


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Subject: RE: Nick Drake tuning
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 09:47 PM

Here is a page about Nick's tunings and tabs

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/nick_drake_tabs.htm


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