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scott briggs



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: NORTHERN SKY Reply with quote

tried sending this to harlan thompson but he wasnt home, so.... no, NORTHERN SKY is not in alternate tuning.


Finally had some time to sit down and figure out Northern Sky,

using your own tabs I found online, thanks for the help. the thing is,

I would never play this song in alternate tuning. It sounds dead exact

to the Bryter Layter version this way-- standard tuning, with capo at 1st fret,

(absolutely 1st fret) and your chords as given are exactly correct!! a great help.

but I doubt they recorded this song in anything alternate to standard tuning,

except maybe the celeste but even that seems in standard to my ears.

Not sure if you're still taking revisions but I am certain the standard tuning

with capo at 1st fret is THE way to play this.



yours,

Scott Briggs


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dowland58



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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dowland58



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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


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Matt (admin)



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Smile
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dowland58



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

Very Happy

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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dowland58



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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LostBoy



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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dowland58



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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dowland58



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LostBoy wrote:

Chris Healey's tabs are mostly correct.

thanks for the suggestion
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