Solo?

Solo?

Postby Counterstriker » Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:04 pm

In the solo what key is he in? It sounds like A blues but at first I thought he was playing over the chords but when I do that it doesn't sound right.

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Re: Solo?

Postby strumminsix » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:05 am

The song is sung in A then the jam jumps up 1.5 steps to C.

Very typical bluegrass. Think Midnight Moonlight!
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Re: Solo?

Postby DenverEd » Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:25 am

Yikes! We tried to work this up the other night. A much harder song than it would appear. Everyone's timing on this seemed to be different.
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Re: Solo?

Postby tcsned » Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:50 am

strumminsix wrote:The song is sung in A then the jam jumps up 1.5 steps to C.

Very typical bluegrass. Think Midnight Moonlight!

Yep. It's ironic 'cause the bluegrass guys all do this in one key. A lot of the Dead's versions I've heard it seemed like they struggled a bit with the change up a minor third.

These guys a really good.


Arthel "Doc" Watson does a nice version too:


Here's a version I did with Scott Fore kinda swingy:
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Re: Solo?

Postby natedog4201 » Sun May 08, 2011 8:32 pm

I have had this song stuck in my head lately but its this version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt5CoyhXMyQ :hd:
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Re: Solo?

Postby old man down » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:35 pm

C pentatonic minor for the first lead break (Grateful Dead first album), and then C pentatonic major for the second lead break.

Blisteringly fast, Jerry is. They said they were all on speed that day, and it shows.

The lead breaks just go crazy, and are virtually impossible to learn as played by them. You can get close, but life is hell trying to get too close.

From slowing things down on my JamMan, and slowing that snippet down, and doing it yet again one more time, the note sequences are truly strange, and not obvious.

Why Jer did it that way, I don't know. But he does connect the notes coherently, but I bet he could never duplicate his feat from those takes.

I also get the feeling the lead breaks are edited from a bunch of takes. The stuff is just too incoherent.

Gotta love those bass notes that define the song. Just wish I could get an innate feel for the lead breaks, for what he was trying to capture, other than just blister fast picking.
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