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Chord Req: Barb'ry Allen (Tom Rush)

29 May 07 - 03:04 PM (#2063374)
Subject: Chord Req: Tom Rush's 'Barb'ry Allen'
From: NormanD

My current obsession tune (COT - you've all been there) is "Barb'ry Allen", as recorded by Tom Rush for Prestige.

He plays guitar with a slide, presumably in an altered tuning.

Does anyone know what tuning he uses? Any suggestions of the chord structure would also be helpful.

Thanks in advance.


PS I have looked through most of the threads re. this song (in its various lyrical combinations)

29 May 07 - 03:39 PM (#2063403)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Tom Rush's 'Barb'ry Allen'
From: MissouriMud

According to Tom's web page "It's an open D: starting with the bass string - D,A,D,F#,A,D. Back when I recorded it I seemed to be tuning my guitars down either a half or sometimes a whole step from A=440, so the recording may be pitched lower than D."

In his early years Tom didn't play normal slide guitar with a typical finger slide, although perhaps he does now. He put the guitar face up on his lap and played itsort of of dobro style and often using a common table knife handle as a slide.   He counsels against using a sharp knife.

29 May 07 - 04:00 PM (#2063416)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Tom Rush's 'Barb'ry Allen'
From: Wesley S

He still plays slide guitar lap style. He was just in town a few months ago and played "Wasn't that a mighty storm" that way.

30 May 07 - 07:24 AM (#2063912)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Tom Rush's 'Barb'ry Allen'
From: Bugsy

Open D tuning, Bar on 5th fret, bar on 7th fret and start with playing 1st string 4th fret, then 2nd fret, going straight after that to the 5th fret bar. I think you'll get the idea once you start picking.

Try hammering on 2nd string 2 frets up from where you bar to get a semblance of melody.

I hope this makes some kind of sense to you.



Oh, by the way, if anyone from Australia is reading this, please check out my Thread "What's the deal with AMCOS?" I really could do with some feedback.

30 May 07 - 07:26 AM (#2063913)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Tom Rush's 'Barb'ry Allen'
From: Bugsy

Sorry NormanD, Open D = D A D F# A D, as mentioned above.

Cheers Again