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Any experts in DADGAD here ? Cara live - Mike's Ride

Started by Phalaina. Last reply by Frank Kilkelly Mar 16, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi !Probably a big challenge for most guitar players to find the right tuning and chords used in this brilliant piece of music by Cara, Mike's Ride :…Continue

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Mícheál O' Domhnaill at the 1981 Milwaukee festival

Started by Tradconnect Reviews. Last reply by Jean Banwarth Jan 28, 2015. 2 Replies

This is an interesting clip of Míchéal O' Domhnaill at the 1981 Milwaukee festival for you guitar playersContinue

Guitar Cords in DADGAD or Dropped D

Started by Tradconnect Reviews. Last reply by Richie Lloyd Jan 31, 2013. 16 Replies

Would anyone have a good guide to guitar cords in DADGAD or Dropped d, by Key with good cord progressions, alternative positions etc. Can only find the Michael Eskin one's online. Most guides don't…Continue

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Playing session tunes on guitar

Started by Paul Dengate. Last reply by Paul Dengate Sep 5, 2012. 4 Replies

After playing backup guitar in sessions for quite a number of years, about a year ago I thought I’d start learning to play some of the popular session tunes at session speed. I had a number of…Continue

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Comment by Bruce Evans on August 24, 2011 at 16:59

I chose the videos below to demonstrate two different styles. In the first video the guitar player seems to be playing in standard tuning using first position chords. I am guessing from what I hear as his fretting hand isn't visible. He is strumming most of the strings with each pick stroke in a simple pattern. 


In the second video the guitar player - who unfortunately is not at the best camera angle either - is in some kind of "mostly open" tuning, perhaps DADGAD. I have arrived at this conclusion by noting that the tune is in D and he slides his capo above the nut when he joins in and plays mostly open strings. He changes chords, or at least fingerings, much more often than the first player. 


I am trying to make these observations without bias towards or against either. I have a couple other styles I would like to discuss also, but I do not have video examples yet. For now, is either of these two styles common in your area? I am going to guess that there are yet others which you would like to reference. Please do so with video examples if you can. Personally, I am somewhere between those two styles and a fair bit to one side. (I have no idea what that means.)



Comment by Bruce Evans on August 24, 2011 at 16:45
Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on August 24, 2011 at 8:08
Great idea Bruce and best of luck with it. As someone who plays a bit of guitar as well I have found that getting good information online has always been a bit hit and miss. This could become the new home for all things trad guitar related.

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