DADGAD - Finally giving Celtic a try.

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  1. Censport

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    Which loads of spare time on my hands lately, and inspired by a "quarantine gig" from a Scottish accordionist, I've decided to finally try to play a musical genre I've always enjoyed listening to - Celtic. Got up this morning, tuned one of my Teles to DADGAD, and... now what? I'm headed over to YouTube, anybody have any recommendations? Other sources?
     
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    Richard Thompson often uses that tuning.
     
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    Pierre Bensusan. I play a lot of Celtic, but usually in standard tuning and mostly in a single note style. I've tried DADGAD and found it cool to mess around with, but the only song I really learned how to play that way was "Women and Men" by They Might Be Giants.
     
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    I love DADGAD. It was my standard tuning for years.

    Here's a chord scale in D, using the top two strings as drones:

    D 004200
    Em 22x000
    D/F# 45x200
    G 55x400
    A 77x600
    Bm 99x700
    A/C# 11 12 x 9 0 0
    D 12 12 x 11 0 0

    That plus a capo will get you pretty far.

    It's cool to play around with using drones against moving chord shapes in DADGAD, like in this A mixolydian sequence:

    A x0767x
    G x0545x
    D x0425x

    Since there are only three note on the open strings, it's easy to come up with different chord shapes, too.
     
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    I highly recommend this book:

    DADGAD.JPG

    And, for more challenge:

    Richard Thompson.JPG
     
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    Lots of Neil Young songs use DADGAD... I am new to it, but it's fun to try new things.
     
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    Led Zeppelin's Black Mountain Side might be a fun place to start. There are no doubt tabs available. Orkney tuning (CGDGCD) might be interesting to you as well. The top five strings work like DADGAD transposed to G and the low C sounds huge when you drop to the 4 chord.
     
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    Which NY songs use it? I know he uses double drop D a lot, but I'm not familiar with any in DADGAD.
     
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    Kashmir, Black Mountain Side, Midnight Moonlight, all by Jimmy Page.
     
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    I've been fooling with DADGAD myself recently, mostly just making stuff up, and seeing what sticks. My wife says my playing sounds more Celtic, but I think that I sound like Jimmy Page on lots of Mad Dog wine playing English folk music.

    Digital Larry: I knew a couple guys in Madison, WI, that played Celtic as you describe. It sounded great!
     
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    Also check out John Doyle.Great DADGAD player and writer.
     
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    His rhythm playing is extraordinary.
     
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    So glad you posted this, I saw it and got inspired to try it myself ... tuned the Martin down and I'm having a ball just working out various cool sounding chords and coming up with some fun progressions and picking. I'm sure I tried this when younger but it's been a long long time. Coincidentally just recently was listening to Pat Metheny Group's album Imaginary Day, and the last song, the Celtic-y "The Awakening", one of their favorites of mine, may well be in this tuning; gotta re-check it out.
     
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    make that, one of my favorites of theirs, haha! (And not that I'm going to be able to play that song by any stretch)
     
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    My mistake... Neil is Double Drop D, you are correct. My brain is fried lately.
     
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    If you take that g down to an f sharp you can use banjo chord shapes on the middle four strings and the high and low d’s as drone notes. Endless hours of fun.
     
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    No worries. Everyone is a tad bit discombobulated nowadays. ;)
     
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    Might try that during this long spring of discontent. Thanks.
     
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    sadly I’m guitarless for the time being or I would make a quick video with some ideas
     
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