Saturday, April 13, 2019

Long Rugged Road

This song in Dropped D tuning started out as classical guitar piece but eventually the instrumental inspired some words to appear.  Here is a demo recording of the original classical guitar piece:





And here is the song the instrumental eventually turned into.  This is just the guitar and vocal with no overdubbing:






This song is in Dropped D tuning and uses the following chords:


The D5 and other chords can be played as usual in standard tuning, except for the Bb/F which in standard tuning is probably best replaced with a standard Bb chord.  The open circle in the G chord diagram indicates a fingering that is included when the chord is first played and then removed.  The numbered circles in the A chord diagram represent a  little turn around that is done at the end of a verse with finger 1 played and then removed and then finger 2  played and removed.

D5 is a power chord and can also be played in Dropped D with just the low three strings open which is the way I play it in the second last line of each verse.  D5 is technically an interval rather than a chord, but neither D nor Dm seemed to work when I was moving from the instrumental to the song and figuring out what chords should be used.

Here are the lyrics and chords:


 And here is the music including the guitar tablature for the verse instrumentals, the chords and the melody:





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