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 #1517  by [f]
 Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:39 am
The riff given in the 5/7th position seems a little out of character for Gerry. He seems to me to tend to play as simply as possible (usually near the open position....imagine he's playing bluegrass on an electric guitar...I'm sure that's how HE thought of it...most bluegrass is based out of open position chords).

The way I figured out the main line for Bird Song was as follows (standard tuning).



It is the same as whats given in the tab/lyric section at rukind "note-wise"...but I think it's more accurate "gerry-wise".

After saying that...I've never seen Gerry play I may be way off appologies if I am.

 #1518  by ebick
 Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:27 am
I think the only the thing you might be off on is how (J)erry spells his name. :cool:

As I think I said in that tab, I always play it in C as it is on the Garcia LP, and I posted that after numerous requests to transcribe it to E. What I posted was actually submitted by someone else, I just checked it and, as you say, note-wise, it is correct.

However, I think your assesment is correct.

 #1524  by [f]
 Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:24 am
lol, you think me spelling his name is bad...imagine how badly I was treated when I made my deadhead friend a mix tape and labeled it "the greatful dead"..

 #1525  by ebick
 Fri Apr 01, 2005 7:13 am
10 points off for spelling.

BTW, I mis-posted, Bird Song is in the original key of "D" on the tab, not C.

 #5466  by ssrythm
 Wed May 10, 2006 11:04 pm
I can top it. I had that mirrory silver and black JG sticker on my guitar case back in college, and one night while hanging out with my gal :D I looked at it and said, "you gotta love Marley." She looked at me all puzzled and somewhat appalled. I looked back at the sticker which had adorned my case for well over a year, shook my head, and realized it was Jerry. For some reason :D I initially thought it was BOB M and everytime I looked at it, that is what I saw. The gal moved on to someone who knew their stickers. Oh well.

 #5482  by tigerstrat
 Thu May 11, 2006 9:58 am
There's one other problem with the lead tab post which is that if you do actually watch him, Jerry played it at the 4th fret position.

Makes his rhythm part simpler to pull off too.

 #5485  by waldo041
 Thu May 11, 2006 11:01 am
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 #5488  by tigerstrat
 Thu May 11, 2006 11:24 am
I've also heard him do it plenty of times w/o the 5/7 hammeron, just starting on the 7th fret B.

 #5513  by Billbbill
 Thu May 11, 2006 2:58 pm
Hey Waldo, shouldn't the 2nd 4 on the D be a 7 on the A? If not, I've been playin' it wrong for 20 plus years. Maybe it's a difference between the studio and live versions? Maybe I'm just plain wrong?