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Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?

MikeL2 15 Sep 12 - 10:51 AM
Bernard 15 Sep 12 - 09:05 AM
MikeL2 15 Sep 12 - 06:28 AM
GUEST 15 Sep 12 - 05:53 AM
GUEST,Stim 14 Sep 12 - 05:56 PM
Marc Bernier 14 Sep 12 - 05:16 PM
Peter Butler 14 Sep 12 - 04:15 PM
Betsy 14 Sep 12 - 04:00 PM
Harmonium Hero 14 Sep 12 - 03:57 PM
gnu 14 Sep 12 - 03:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: MikeL2
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 10:51 AM

Hi Bernard

Yes that's what I thought. You can see it more clearly on the Darcy Farrow clip.

Thanks

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Bernard
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 09:05 AM

It's simply 'dropped D' - the bass 'E' tuned down to 'D'. He used it a lot, even on his 12-string - Annie's Song, for example . The video is a bit fuzzy, but eventually you get a reasonably good shot of the bass run.


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: MikeL2
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 06:28 AM

hi Guys

Many thanks for your interesting comments.

Gnu....thanks for that but it doesn't really help me.

Peter, Stim & GUEST appear to have cracked it. They are the chords for the verse ending bars.

However I have been doing a bit of research myself and have found this link that confirms this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRqU-CEN-D4

It also shows that John was using some form of D tuning not standard tuning. ??   

I always though that this was one of John's own compositions but note
from Guest's excellent link that it was written by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell.

Shows that even after all these years I am still learning.

Many thanks again.

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 05:53 AM

It was released on his fourth album, Rocky Mountain High.
TRY THIS AND SEE IF IT HELPS


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 05:56 PM

If you look at the chords that you,youself, have provided, you will see that Peter Butler is indeed right, and they are the chords to the song.


      G    A       D G         D      A       D
3. she promised to wed before the snows came that year
5. and to young    Van-dy whose love   was      true.">


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 05:16 PM

Chords to the intro would be my guess. I don't have a JD recording infront of me, but that tuning you suggest would sound alot like DADGAD. And I don't recall him sounding like a DADGAD player.


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Peter Butler
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 04:15 PM

Perhaps GADGDAD is the chord progression of the intro before the singing starts.


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Betsy
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 04:00 PM

You might try and ask / Google Pete Huttlinger - a terrific guitarist and performer who was in Johns band .


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 03:57 PM

Well....that doesn't seem to be the answer. Thanks anyway gnu. Anybody got a seven-stringer they can try it out on?
JK


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: gnu
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 03:48 PM

Does this help?


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Subject: RE: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 03:45 PM

I haven't heard the record for years, and can't remember how the introduction went, but suspect that those are the chords for the introduction. Or maybe not. Perhaps somebody who has the record could check it out when they get a minute...
John Kelly.


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Subject: Did John Denver play a 7 string guitar ?
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 03:22 PM

Hi

I was skimming through the net to search for the chords for the song Darcy Farrow - I remember John Denver did it on his first ( I think ) Album.

I found the words and chords below -:

<"Darcy Farrow                      Gilette/Campbell sung by J.Denver

G A D G D A D

                D                         G             D
1. Where the wal-ker runs down thru the    Carson Valley Plain
2.          Her voice was as sweet as the sugar    can-dy
4.       But her pony did stumble      and she did       fall

                         Dmaj7       e7                  A A9 A
1.         there lived a maiden Darcy Farrow was her name.
2.      Her touch was as soft as a    bed of goose down
4. her dying touched the hearts of    us one and all

         D                               G          D
1.   The daughter of Old Dundee and fair one was   she
2.   her eyes shone bright like the      pretty    lights
4. Young Vandy in his pain put a bullet thru his brain

       G   A       D       G    D       A       D
1. the sweetest flower    that bloomed over the range.
2. that shine in the night out of Yerrington    town.
4. we buried them togeher as the snow   began to fall.

   D   D/C                   G    e       D
3. She was courted   by    young Vandamere
5. They sing of Darcy Farrow where the Truckee runs thru

                        Dmaj7 e7            A A9 A
3.       a fine lad was he as I am to hear.
5. they sing of her beauty in Virginia City, too.

      D      D/C                      G    e    D
3. He gave her silver rings and       la- cy    things
5. At dusky       sun-down to her name they drink a round

       G    A       D G         D      A       D
3. she promised to wed before the snows came that year
5. and to young    Van-dy whose love   was      true.">

No problem with that except at the top left under the Title Darcy Farrow are the letters GADGDAD.

This can't be right can it??

Cheers

MikeL2


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