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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:23 pm 
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I tried for some time to figure out
the exact tuning of Northern sky.
If you trust Dann Trevor (Darker than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake (2006), (Hardback) Portrait. ISBN 0-7499-5095-1
the tuning should be DADGDG

On youtube I found some good renditions
using another tuning, BEBEBE

I tried the song with both tunings,
but BEBEBE seems really near
the Nick's guitar on disc


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:00 pm 
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This a good cover of the song tuned in BEBEBE

Northern sky

This one is a how to play the song at 4th fret
(exactly like the original song), in BEBEBE

Northern sky


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dowland58 wrote:
If you trust Dann Trevor (Darker than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake (2006), (Hardback) Portrait. ISBN 0-7499-5095-1
the tuning should be DADGDG


This is the exact quote from Trevor's book

Image

I do not know anithing about the sources used by Trevor
(Nick's drafts, annotations, studio skethches)


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I play it in standard tuning (in E) but hook my thumb over the neck to fret bottom E string so I can leave the top 2 strings open throughout. It's not how Nick played it but it sounds nice if you don't have time to re-tune :)


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Matt (admin) wrote:
...if you don't have time to re-tune :)

:D

When one use open tunings,
it seems mandatory to use
a digital tuner.

Using it, tune and retune becomes
faster

(or you have to use different guitars!)


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Anyway, listening to songs by Joni
Mitchel and Nick Drake, I started
using open tunings thirty years ago.

And probably they influenced my
own compsitions

(two or three songs, in fact)


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I wouldn't trust the Trevor Dann tuning at all simply because it's not the only mistake in the book. Him being a writer and not a musician, it's not surprising. Chris Healey's tabs are mostly correct.


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LostBoy wrote:
Chris Healey's tabs are mostly correct.

and his tuning for Northern sky is BEBEBE with
a capo on 4th fret
(that is the most common realization
of many versions on youtube)


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LostBoy wrote:
Chris Healey's tabs are mostly correct.

thanks for the suggestion


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