Drake Nick - Tunings Chords & Tabs

 

Tunings Chords & Tabs

Drake Nick Chords & Tabs

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Tunings Tab

   
From: Harlan L Thompson 

BEST GUESSES ON NICK DRAKE TUNINGS:

--SONG--------------------------TUNING-----------CAPO?--------AT OLGA?--
----FIVE LEAVES LEFT----
Time Has Told Me	        D A D G D F# 	3rd fret	yes
River Man 	                standard	3rd fret	yes
Three Hours	                D A D G D F# ?	no	
Way To Blue	                standard	no
Day is Done 	                D A D G A D ?	no
Cello Song	                D A D G D F# 	1st fret	yes
The Thoughts of Mary Jane	D A D G D F#	1st fret
Man in A Shed	                D A D G D G ?	no
Fruit Tree	                D G D D A D	2nd fret	yes
Saturday Sun	                standard	no	        yes

----BRYTER LAYTER----
Introduction	                D A D G D F# ?	no
Hazey Jane II 	                C G C F C E	no	        yes
At the Chime of a City Clock	standard 	down 1 fret     yes
One of These Things First	standard ?	no
Hazey Jane I 	                D A D G D F#	no
Bryter Layter	                D G D D A D ?	3st fret ?
Fly  	                        D A D G D G	1st fret	yes
Poor Boy	                standard ?	no
Northern Sky 	                D A D G D F#	1st fret	yes
Sunday	                        D G D D A D ?	1st

----PINK MOON----
Pink Moon  	                D A D G D F#	1st fret	yes
Place to Be  	                D A D G A F#	3rd fret	yes
Road	                        D G D D A D	3rd fret	yes
Which Will 	                C G C F C E	no	        yes
Horn	                        standard 	down one
Things Behind the Sun	        D G D D A D	6th fret	yes
Know 	                        standard	no	        yes
Parasite  	                D A D G D F#	2nd fret	yes
Ride	                        C G C F C E	no
Harvest Breed	                D A D G D F#	1st fret	yes
>From the Morning 	        C G C F C F	no	        yes

----TIME OF NO REPLY----
Time of No Reply	        standard	down 2 frets
I Was Made to Love Magic	D G D G A D ?	no ?
Joey  	                        D G D G A D	5th fret	yes
Clothes of Sand  	        D G D G A D	3rd fret	yes
Mayfair	                        standard ?	3rd fret
Been Smoking Too Long	        standard	2nd fret
Strange Meeting II	        standard	2nd fret
Rider on the Wheel	        standard ?	down one ?
Black Eyed Dog   	        standard	3rd fret
Hanging on A Star 	        C G C F C E	down 1 fret
Voice From the Mountain	        standard	no	        yes

[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/d/drake_nick/tunings_tab.html ]
NOTES:  This list is nothing more than a best guess at this point.  I 
don't no actually know how to play any of the songs that are not marked 
as being at Olga.  Some of these are marked with a ? which means I really 
am best guessing and some are not which means I'm fairly certain but 
could still be wrong.  It's impossible to tell until the song is actually 
figured out cos some of the tunings (DADGDF# and DADGAF# for instance) 
are so similar to each other.  Hopefully in the future this list can be 
corrected and eventually most Drake songs actually figured out (someday!).

NOTES ON D A D G D F# AND IT'S VARIATIONS:  Note that this tuning and 
DADGDG are the same as CGCFCE and CGCFCF, just two half-notes apart.  If 
you try tuning to DADGDF# and/or DADGDG, I warn that your odds of 
breaking a string are quite good.  Personally I always tune to CGCFCE 
and/or CGCFCF- then I can strap a capo on the second fret and it's 
exactly the same as DADGDF# and/or DADGDG.  This is probably what Nick 
Drake often did- one song (Hanging on a Star) is even tuned lower than 
that!  

TUNING TO C G C F C E
Note that the 1st string (E) is already where you want it. NEVER change 
this string and it will be easier to get back into standard tuning later. 
To tune the other strings, I would recommend tuning the 4th string (D) 
down to C first.  This can be done by checking with other C notes on 
other strings, such as the 9th fret of the first string or the 1st fret 
of the second string.  Then, drop the 6th string (E) down four frets to C 
and raise the second string (B) up one fret to C.    So now just the 5th 
and 3rd string are off.  The nice thing about having the 4th string in C 
early is that the relationship between this string and the 5th and 3rd is 
the same as before, just two frets lower.  So, you can use harmonics and 
the usual 5th string / open string test to bring the 5th and 3rd string 
into line.  Both the 5th and 3rd string need to go down two half notes.  
So to make sure everything is okay at the end of your tuning, you can play-

6th and 5th strings: 7th fret note (6th string) with open note (5th string)
5th and 4th strings: 5th fret note (5th string) and open note (4th 
string) plus the 5th fret harmonic (5th string) and 7th fret harmonic 
(4th string)
4th and 3rd strings: 5th fret note (4th string) and open note (3rd 
string) plus the 5th and 7th harmonics as in the string before.
3rd and 2nd strings: 7th fret note (3rd string) and 2nd string open note. 
2nd and 1st strings: 4th fret note (2nd string) and 1st string open note.

Some double checking techniques:
3rd and 1st strings: the open third string should be the same as the 1st 
fret note of the first string.
Obviously, make sure all three C strings sound good together.
The 12th fret harmonic on the 6th string should sound good with the open 
note of the second string.  
Once you're in CGCFCE, getting to CGCFCF is a piece of cake- just tune 
the first string up one, by comparing it with the open third string.

GETTING BACK:  Once you're in CGCFCE, getting back isn't so tough, if the 
1st string E has not been tampered with.  Using this E, tune the 6th 
string (now at C) way back up to E.  Once that is done, getting the 5th 
string up to A should be easy (same technique as normal tuning), then the 
4th string can follow and so on.  After you've done this awhile, it's 
better to work on several strings at once rather than one at a time so 
you don't move too quickly on any one string and break it (ditto with 
tuning down).

FINAL NOTES: Comments and/or improvements on this tuning list are greatly 
appreciated.  I hope this inspires those who have never done so before to 
try and figure out Nick Drake songs themselves.  As far as the songs I've 
posted go, I'm better at figuring out chord shapes than figuring out picking 
patterns, so I hope some other people can improve on those especially.  Also, 
Drake tends to through in all kinds of extra notes and tricky bits- if any 
one can post these kinda things, much less figure them out, my hat's off 
to you.
					Harlan (at harlant@hawaii.edu)



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