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Playing "Big City" in a band w/o Fiddle & Steel

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by AJ Love, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. AJ Love

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    Wondering how you guys approach playing the intro to Merle Haggard's "Big City" in a band that doesn't have a fiddle player or steel player? i.e. as a guitar player how would you approach playing that intro?
     
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    It was always easy for me to do intros/outros for almost any song and play any instrument needed. I used benders and Roland synth:cool::twisted::D. Still have the Roland stuff and will always keep it, but i don't gig any more, sssoooooo....
     
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    Play it with doublestops.
     
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    yup Doublestops..thats how I do it...you can get away shortening to the the V-I too
     
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    I did this song back in the early '90s in a band without a fiddle or a steel. I copped the same melody as the fiddle part on guitar and replicated the steel part pretty much note for note. It is pretty doable on a Tele even without benders.
     
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    I would do it with double stops as well. In these situations, I usually just try to make it sound like it's meant to be played on guitar. In other words, don't be afraid to alter things a bit to make it stronger sounding on your instrument.
     
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    I play it with my trio all the time

    In the key of E

    Code:
    e -----------------------------------
    B --------12-------------------------
    G --11-13----13-11-9-9-11-9-8--------
    D ----------------------------11-----
    A -----------------------------------
    E -----------------------------------
    
    e --------9--------------------------
    B -----------12-9-10-----------------
    G -----9-----------------------------
    D --9--------------------------------
    A -----------------------------------
    E -----------------------------------
    
    e ---7--9---10--11-------------------
    B -----------------------------------
    G -8--9-----10--11-------------------
    D -----------------------------------
    A -----------------------------------
    E -----------------------------------
    I didn't put any timing in here, but if you know the intro you'll get the feel. You can embellish it a bit by hitting some of the notes twice, so this is just the basic part - play around with it to make it feel comfortable to you. The first 2 notes are the lead in (on the 3 and 4 beats of a count off), and then the B note played on the B string/12 fret is the first beat of the first full measure.

    Also, on the last part, play the double stop as kind of a quick slide on the 9-10-11 part (which is a double stopped harmonized B). And the way I do it, the first 2 pairs of notes are not picked simultaneously, but, the last 2 (on 10 and 11) are picked simultaneously.

    You can also re-use this as the solo if you want to keep it simple.

    Cheers,
    Doug
     
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    I'd play something like this. Or with 3rds and 6ths perhaps.
     
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    Thank, everyone, for your responses... The Fiddle part seems pretty straight forward to play as a melody, but the Steel part is proving tougher (for me at least) to cop

    I recently joined a band that is playing this song, and for the better paying gigs we'll have a Steel Player on board, but most of the gigs it'll just be me on Electric with an acoustic player playing rhythm
     
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    Here's something that may or may not help. Sorry about the flubs.

     
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    Wonderful! Thank you so very much....
     
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