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 #1191  by ElCondor
 Sat Oct 23, 2004 12:18 pm
G-D-C I use for the end of So Many Roads, but G-D-Am for Knockin' on Heaven's Door. :-)

 #1621  by strumminsix
 Thu Apr 28, 2005 10:04 am
[quote="ElCondor"]G-D-C I use for the end of So Many Roads, but G-D-Am for Knockin' on Heaven's Door. :-)[/quote]

No it's not.

Knockin' should be played like this
Line 1 = G D C
Line 2 = G D Am
Line 3 = G D Am7
Line 4 = G D C

 #1634  by jhc
 Mon May 02, 2005 8:12 pm
It's just G-D-C if you're doing the Guns n Roses version ;)
 #1636  by Billbbill
 Tue May 03, 2005 8:22 am
While I believe Dylans version rotates C and Am, if my ear serves me right the dead pretty much always end on the Am. Maintains that somber mood throughout.

 #8220  by bodiddley
 Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:40 pm
It's cool that somebody brought up this combo because I remember thinking at the last show on 7-9-95 that the outro of SMR was sounding a lot like "Heaven's Door" and was hoping Jer would start singing it. In retrospect that would have been mind blowingly prophetic.

 #8231  by st stephen
 Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:15 am
dylan rotates it C and the Am

I like just using the Am, gives it more of a sad feeling!!

 #8269  by HawaiianDedhed
 Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:42 pm
Okay, I have the solution!

Try G-D-Am-C. AM-C in place of the Am or C you folks were talking about.

You can also play that descending bass line from the C to the G at the end -- you know G-n-R style

 #8279  by tigerstrat
 Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:30 pm
That's why I never quite got into SMR: wayyyy too much like KoHD, and I'd be yawning in the 1st set. I know I know everyone loves it. Ask me about Lazy River Road, that one is a gem AFAIC.

Knockin content: the JGB version is up a whole step, and I much prefer its two alternating/contrasting feels to the monochromatic dirge as done by the Dead.

 #8284  by Trystine
 Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:19 pm
I agree. The Knockin' included on the After Midnight's third disc is much more elusive than any version I've heard done by the Dead.

Back to SMR; has anybody heard Keller Williams' interpretation of it? I go back and forth on Keller but this is one that I can listen to any where any time.