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stinger22



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Feb 24th, 2016 11:09 AM        

We're trying to nail down a version of South City Midnight Lady for the band. The original is in G I think but due to vocal limitations we are doing in E. Easy enough for the intro and versus and chorus. It's the lead and outro progression we can quite get down.<br /> <br /> Anyone doing this, what is your progression for those parts. Don't worry about the key so much I can transpose it.



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Feb 24th, 2016 05:01 PM        

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Feb 24th, 2016 05:03 PM        

This tune was originally played in open G tuning, so it should be a piece of cake to transpose to E (tune to open E).<br /> <br />



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Feb 24th, 2016 05:10 PM        

See tab on Internet. Lots there. Plus see lesson on YouTube as well.<br /> <br /> The tab below is in G. So when you see the GCD just transpose to EAB etc.<br /> <br /> YT: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=south+city+midnight+lady+guitar+lesson<br /> <br /> Tab: http://www.e-chords.com/chords/doobie-brothers/south-city-midnight-lady



stinger22



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Feb 25th, 2016 07:24 AM        

Yes I know how to transpose, studies music for 5 years a very long time ago. And the verse and chourus are no brainers, it's the middle lead break and then the outro we are trying to nail.



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Feb 25th, 2016 02:08 PM        

Due to the limitations of doing it in E, you will not get the exact fingering and sound of G. The original for that outro passage you are talking about, uses the Aminor shape at the 2nd fret with only the 2nd and 4th strings held down, and that shape is walked progressively up the neck until resolve.<br /> <br /> I don't know if it can be done exactly in E. I'm sure it can, but I've never had call to work it out.<br /> <br /> The Middle lead part should be able to be done from E to D with the top e string lifted, while the second guitar does the noodle. Hard to describe with out viewing it.



stinger22



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Feb 25th, 2016 04:06 PM        

We're not trying to do an exact cover of the song because of the vocal range and the fact I'm staying in standard tuning on stage. I've worked out the intro part so that's OK and the chorus and verse are simple chords. The crowds in the bar ain't gonna know the different ;-).<br /> <br /> I've actually been playing E to D with a B bass on the A string with the high E lifted or playing the Gb during the lead and it's working, it's the outro that is really stumping us.



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Feb 25th, 2016 04:32 PM        

I just gave the recording a listen, and here's what I'm hearing in the outtro. These are the chords in standard tuning for the recorded key of G. <br /> <br /> The slash chords show guitar chord/note played on bass:<br /> <br /> C/E....G/F#<br /> <br /> C/G....Bbmaj7<br /> <br /> Eb....F....G<br /> <br /> Try that and see if it works for you, then transpose to the key of E.<br /> <br /> I'm not an expert in this stuff, but Tyrone Shuz beat me with his Nocaster a few times and some stuff sunk in :o)



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Feb 25th, 2016 07:38 PM        

Have you got the chords behind the break figured out?



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Feb 29th, 2016 03:06 PM        

Bump!



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Mar 1st, 2016 06:06 AM        

Somebody get Pat Simmons on the horn!



stinger22



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Mar 3rd, 2016 08:30 PM        

HA Sorry Peego, just been up to my neck in aligators. Yeah think we have it worked out transpose your chords up there and gave it to the bass player and we should start working on next practice.<br /> <br /> Thanks!<br /> <br /> Wish I had his number, I got to watch Dr. John playing stand with Pat and Tom to the side of the stage before they went on. Nice guys!



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Mar 3rd, 2016 08:35 PM        

Let us know how it goes, brother!<br /> <br />



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