From: Aaro J Koskinen
[Song: Roy Harper "Highway Blues"]
[Transcription by Dave Coniam (B096770@vax.csc.cuhk.hk)]
I dunno which open tuning Roy uses but you'll a lot of stuff is
in some open tuning or other - as Gordon's naming of chords like
G1 and Bm1 suggests.
I play a lot of stuff in open E tuning - just crank the 3rd, 4th
and 5th strings up so that when you hit them you get the E chord
without holding down any strings. I find it's a great tuning for
a lot of old Joni and Beatles songs.
Here's an attempt at Highways Blues, which, like a lot of Harper
songs, requires very few chords.
In the "main" verses you hammer a sort of E and a vague D6;
following Gordon's line, I've called these E1 and A1.
The chorus then shifts to a good old E - A - B run.
I've only included a few of the words. Mebbe some kinder soul cd
stick the whole song on the list: the last verse I cant
remember/work it all out.
:0... _ _ _ _ _ ... _ _ _ _ _ ... _ _ _ _ _ ... _ _ _ _ _
1 |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
2 |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
3 |_|_|_|_|_| |_1_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
4 |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
5 |_1_|_|_|_| |_|_4_|_|_| 1_1_1_1_1_1 |_|_|_|_|_|
6 |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
7 |_|_4_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| 1_1_1_1_1_1
E1 D1 A B
Intro : E1 - D1 - E1 - D1 - E1 - D1 - E1
E1 D1 E1
Take a walk down your highway, tell me what you see
E1 - D1 - E1 - D1 -
E1 D1 E1
If you're down my way, well it could well be me
A E1 A E1
Please give me a lift man, you know it won't be for far
A E1 A B
The way that you shift man, in your empty car
E1 D1 E1 D1
I got the Highways Blues in my holey shoes
E1 D1 E1
and I cannot choose what I look like
Like anything in an open tuning, this is pretty approximate, but
hammer away at it after a beer or two and it shdnt sound too bad!
"Once" goes pretty OK in open E as well- you basically fiddle
around on the top and second strings, picking out the melody, and
plonking a few chords (A, G# and B) in here and there. I'll bung
that up on the list as well if anybody's intrested.