Luckenbach Texas

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  1. Don Miller

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    Anyone got a good one guitar voicing for the G-Gmaj7-G6 etc. riff that runs thru the chorus of the song? Its like two guitars on the recording. Found a couple YouTube videos where it is played with two guitars....however, I need to play it on one while keeping a rhythm part going underneath....

    There is the G-G6 "tequila sunrise" cowboy chord voicing but that doesn't sound quite right and left on my own, devolves into...Tequila Sunrise....
     
  2. McGlamRock

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    Don't have a guitar handy but... maybe:
    G GM7 G6
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    --3--3---3---------------------
    --4--4---4--------------------
    --5--4---2--------------------
    ---------------------------
    --------------------------

    Or:

    G GM7 G6
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    --8---7---5------------
    --7---7---7------------
    --9---9---9------------
    -------------------
    --------------------

    Or maybe this:

    --3---2---0--------------
    --0---0---0-------------
    --0---0---0----------------
    --0---0---0----------------
    --x---x---x----------------
    --3---3---3----------------


    I always just played a G over the beginning of the chorus. Hope this gets the juices flowing for you!
     
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    I tried doing a song with very similar transitions up at the 7th fret. It can be done but your fingers don't want to go where they need to go for the G6. You may do better with cowboy chords and a capo at the 7th fret, especially if you're trying to sing and play at the same time.
     
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    hey thanks..that helps...I wont be singing it so I can try and contort my fingers as needed...
     
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    I usually pick a riff incorporating open strings on this tune.

    Over the G (let that F# sustain against the open G that follows):

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    --------------------------------
    --------0----------------------
    -----4-----2--0----------------
    --------------------------------
    --3----------------------------

    Over the C (hammer on from the B to C note and hold the C against the last two notes):

    ---------------------------------
    -----0-1-------------------------
    -----------2--0------------------
    ---------------------------------
    --3------------------------------
    ---------------------------------

    In both cases let the initial bass note sustain against the arp.
     
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    That's kind o how Joe Dalton explains it in one of those Guitar Player "25 country licks you must know" articles...its also real close to Tequila Sunrise....which tends to take over when I use that voicing....

    Thanks...amid all the replies Ill figure something out!
     
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    If you play it in A as Waylon did the movement is more accessible and the bass note is easier to sustain. I will note that the live cut I watched did not have the same movement that the original studio version has.
     
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    You can also bring out that movement by playing it G Bm Em
     
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    for the original version, kingpin is on track there, to my ear. Of course, you have to have a phaser going ...unless you have a nice, slow Leslie.
     
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    Where is the "G-Gmaj7-G6 etc. riff" in this song? I have never played those chords. I just play G G7 C walk down to Am. Am I misunderstanding? Have I been playing it wrong?
     
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    If we look at Kingpin's example on how to play it, we see that it is NOT the same as that Tequila Sunrise thing. Luchenbach does utilize the maj7, 6th and the 5th in the walk down. Tequila Sunrise merely merely rocks back and forth from the 5th to the 6th while o n the G, ime. there is another Eagles song in G that does work from the 8 to the maj 7 and then emphasizes the E...6th for the G but a 5th in the chord used which is a C...."Lyin' Eyes".

    The first video I watched of this Waylon tune is a live concert cut. He plays it in A..maybe Ab if he is tuned down but in the first position 'A' form....and this maj7,6th, 5th movement is not used.

    This little Luchenback lick is cool...... I will admit that I never paid it much attention because of the phasing. In 1975, I got back to the 'World' from my two overseas assignments while in the USAF. when I heard all of the phasing in this and other country songs, I stopped listening.
     
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    and..to answer your question... You are doing nothing incorrectly. That is the rhythm guitar that you are playing. What the OP has asked about is that little signature lick that is being played by another guitar on the original recording.
     
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    Ok, I see where the confusion came from. G Gmaj7 G6 are chords, but the riff is made up of single notes, not chords. OP is talking about just that repeating G F# G E D riff? (Going from memory, don’t have a guitar in my hands.) I have always played that as Kingpin says, but I play the first G with the open string. I’ll have to listen to the record and see if it’s actually an octave lower.

    Thanks!
     
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    Cool thread....lots of great info, thanks!
     
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    I hit this little lick yesterday and a young fellow who plays it recognized it immediately. Then, I got sidetracked showing him the wild thing that Jerry Reed does in one version of ‘Guitar Man’ that requires a dropped E low string...along with one other string oddly tuned. After that, I went back to thinking about this W&W song in this thread...and used a straight dropped D tuning to play this lick in A with the bass note on the 7th fret on the low string. Lol..... there is more than one way...almost always.
     
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    The descending Luckenbach lick also reminds me of this Danny O'Keefe tune:



    Similar, but not exactly the same.
     
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    Gmaj7:

    -
    -
    -----0-----0---0
    ---4---2-----0
    -
    -3

    Cmaj7:

    -
    -----1----1---1
    ---4---2----0
    -
    -3
    -

    chords:

    3x443x > 3x243x

    x3545x > x3225x

    or just one chord apiece, as said above

    320002 > x32010
     
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    This is mostly how I do it, except I repeat the open G note (in the first example), as a pedal tone. I do the same with the second example. Sounds fuller and flows better, but this is close to what I do.
     
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    Ask Reggie Young. He is the one who played this for Waylon, in the studio.
     
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