[Powderworks] Hey You
Jeff and Jane Scott
Wed, 18 Jun 2003 19:08:37 +0800
At 17-06-03 10:14 AM -0700, Dave Baker wrote:
>Well that's interesting, what did Gilmour find
>wrong with the transcription?
>And did he mention as to what it should be?
>Is it the Piano/Guitar/vocal book that's wrong?
>or is the Guitar Tab version that is wrong?
>Anyone know more on this?
It's in a guitar magazine from some time in the last decade... Basically
the issue was that the interviewer mentioned that he had seen several
different transcriptions of the intro - with capo on 3rd, no capo etc. So
he asked David what was right, to finally sort it out. Turns out, it's
none of them!
To play that intro as Dave did, you need to totally restring your
guitar! You replace the low E-string with a high E-string (ie two octaves
higher), and replace the A, D, and G strings with thinner strings tuned one
octave higher. Or to look at it another way, get a twelve string guitar and
remove the low strings, leaving the higher octave strings. Then replace
the low E with a high E.
With this re-stringing, the intro can be played with lots of open strings,
and you are able to let all the notes ring out. The magazine in question
transcribed it in TAB form, but basically it's just arpeggios of the chords
using all six strings.
A guitar tuned the same way (in fact, probably the same guitar!) was also
used in the chorus of Comfortably Numb, doubled with a "normal" acoustic
If you are a guitarist, it is absolutely worth the effort of re-stringing
your guitar and trying this out - the sound is heavenly. It sounds so
good, it's just about worth buying an extra guitar just so you can leave it
in this tuning.