Mandolin: Friend of the Devil

Mandolin: Friend of the Devil

I play the FOTD intro using a split string technique. I do the G major walkdown on the G string starting at the 12th fret. I only play the walkdown part on 1 of the two G strings, leaving the other G to play as a drone. I also use the bottom D string as a drone. The other D string gets muted as my fingers are just a little to wide.

E-----------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
D--------0-------------0--------------0------------0--------
D-----------------------------------------------------------
G---^12---12--------11---11--------9----9--------7----7-----
G------0--------------0-------------0-------------0---------

E----------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------
D--------0------------0--------------0-------------------
D----------------------------------------------------------
G-----5----5--------4----4--------2----2-------------------
G------0-------------0-------------0--------0---------------

I play the standard first position G major scale during the versus.

I am trying to work up new variations to add a little more color to this pattern, it gets too predictable after awhile.

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Here some advice on the FOTD intro given to me by Niles Hokkanen AKA mandocrucian.

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I tend to avoid "inside splits" if I can. For example, on the G, F# and E, I would opt for the "outside split" on the D-strings.

E===================================
A===================================
D--5--4--2--0--0--0--0--0-----------
D--0--0--0--0--x--x--x--0-----------
G==0==0==0=-0--5--4--2--0-----------
G:0--0--0--0--0-----------

Fingering, I would walk it down with the index (1) finger on both the D and G strings. Which is the easiest way.

However if you wanted to work on your string-splitting precision, you could finger it 3 2 1 0, 3 2 1 0, playing the split with a different finger each time.

Friend of The Devil

G
I lit out from Reno,
......C
I was trailed by twenty hounds
G
Didn't get to sleep that night
..........C
'Till the morning came around.

D
Set out runnin' but I take my time
...Am
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
...D
If I get home before daylight,
...Am.................C.......D
I just might get some sleep tonight.

Ran into the devil, babe,
He loaned me twenty bills
I spent the night in Utah
In a cave up in the hills.

Set out runnin' but I take my time,
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine,
If I get home before daylight,
I just might get some sleep tonight.

I ran down to the levee
But the devil caught me there
He took my twenty dollar bill
And vanished in the air.

Set out runnin' but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight,
I just might get some sleep tonight.

D
Got two reasons why I cry
D
Away each lonely night,
....C
The first one's named Sweet Anne Marie,
....C..........................C..C#
And she's my hearts delight.
....D
The second one is prison, baby,
....D
The sheriff's on my trail,
....Am
And if he catches up with me,
.....C................D
I'll spend my life in jail.

Got a wife in Chino, babe,
And one in Cherokee
The first one says she's got my child,
But it don't look like me.

Set out runnin' but I take my time,
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine,
If I get home before daylight,
I just might get some sleep tonight.

Extra Verse

You can borrow from the devil
You can borrow from a friend
The devil?ll loan ya twenty
But your friend got only ten
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Re: Mandolin: Friend of the Devil

thanks for the translation! i'm gonna give it a go.. having trouble finding the right Am and C# variations, any suggestions?
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Re: Mandolin: Friend of the Devil

......Am............C..to..C#...to...D.....or...C...C#..D........
E-----5--------------X--------X---------X----------X----X---X--------
A-----3--------------3--------4---------5----------3----4---5--------
D-----2--------------2--------3---------4----------2----3---4------
G-----2--------------0--------1---------2----------5----6---7--------
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