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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Nation Brothers Lincoln county blues. What key?


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Jacques - Posted - 11/21/2020:  09:01:30


Nation Brothers Lincoln county blues. G or A? works either way on fiddle, I like A a little better. Maybe a guitar player can figure it out from the (wonderful) backup.
Thanks, jacques

DougD - Posted - 11/22/2020:  00:54:57


I'm not sure I understand your question Jacques. The recording is in A, but I'm not sure exactly how that was achieved. My two cents: I think the fiddle is playing in A, because of the sound of the A notes - sounds like an open string to me. I think the guitar is playing in G with a capo, because of the chord choices and runs, and because I don't hear any low notes.
I'd be curious to know what others might think.

DougD - Posted - 11/22/2020:  09:11:41


Thinking about it further, if the fiddle is not playing in A, what could it be doing? Playing in G tuned a whole step up? I doubt it.

RobBob - Posted - 11/24/2020:  06:30:25


It's in A but I think the guitar is capoed pretty high to get those runs in. That is one unusual tune.

Jacques - Posted - 11/25/2020:  11:44:52


Thanks Doug and Bob. With these old recordings you never know just from the pitch. But A is the winner ,if only because it's an unusual key for a Mississippi fiddle blues. I just love the Nation brothers ,have slaved long and hard on Bankhead blues. Pity there's so few sides.

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