Help please. I'm kind of a new musician and trying to learn some Dead tunes. I've figured out most of A.M. Dew, except with the final ending chords. You know the kind of "shrill" ending chords that Jerry does? I know it's pretty high up on the neck. Maybe at the 15th or 17th frets? I know he ad libs a lot on the end. And by the time those chords start, the place is usually going nuts! Please help if you can suggest chords or riffs right towards the end of the song. Thanks so much! Great forum here..
Those chords at the end - the shreddy ones - are just F C Em D triads - rinse and repeat. That keeps repeating that part of the progression - the "I guess it doesn't matter" part.
The triads are all up above the 12th fret and there's a few different places that you can play them that create slightly different voicings.
Do a search for the CAGED method. It will teach you the main chord shapes and voicings all over the neck - and there you will find the triads that you are looking for!
Here's a video of us doing it and at the very end you can kinda make those chord shapes.