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    Quote Originally Posted by chaim View Post
    Yes, if there's a different tuning in BOML, there are guitars in the standard tuning as well.
    This. It could be something other than an open tuning but Henley said something about Open C which would not sound like the record and may not be able to be done period.
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    At least here Glenn seems to be playing in the same (standard) tuning as everybody else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRBIkHtWr18
    (Incidentally I love Glenn's smile in the beginning.)

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    This is sort of an obscure question but does anyone know what the tuning of what Best Of My Love is? I know Don in a recent concert said itís open C and it came from Joni Mitchell but when I look up the chords for the song I donít see any one say that itís in open C. It sounds like just normal tuning in C major to me. Any help would be appreciated
    I know nothing about guitar tunings but to clarify what Don said about BOML, at least at the Opry concert, he talked about Joni Mitchell and then said Glenn started the song in a drop C tuning. Is this the same as an ďopen CĒ? I thought it was a significant detail that he was talking about how the song began initially.

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    All reports tend to say that Glenn began writing The Best Of My Love with an alternate guitar tuning, which suggests that, although it may have provided some initial inspiration for the music, he may well have abandoned it at some point in the writing and recording process

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah View Post
    I know nothing about guitar tunings but to clarify what Don said about BOML, at least at the Opry concert, he talked about Joni Mitchell and then said Glenn started the song in a drop C tuning. Is this the same as an ďopen CĒ? I thought it was a significant detail that he was talking about how the song began initially.
    This probably isn't going to make any sense to people who don't play an instrument..."Drop C tuning" would, I think, mean that the low E is tuned even lower to C while all the other strings are in standard tuning. This would make sense in the case of BOML since the basic verse progression is C major to D minor and you can't play the D root of the D minor chord on the guitar without detuning a string - not if you play the "third" (f note) on the D-string like they do. If you tune the low E to C you can play the D root with your thumb on the 2nd fret. And, of course, it gives you a very low C for the C major chord. But I don't think it's like that on the album. It's possible that Glenn wrote it that way.

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    Drop C makes a hell of a lot more sense to me, and I can totally see that. Thanks for that bit of info, definitely helps make it easier to think about! lol

    Again, open tunings are mostly for slide players, oh, and Keith Richards (and those who want to be him, like Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes as one example). Keith learned it from Ry Cooder, and Ry is a slide player.

    Drop tunings are very fun. Chaim has it exactly right.
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    At 0:15 mark when it goes to D minor, you can see Glenn placing his thumb on the second fret on the low E (C?) string. So perhaps he's using the drop C tuning here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRBIkHtWr18

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaim View Post
    At 0:15 mark when it goes to D minor, you can see Glenn placing his thumb on the second fret on the low E (C?) string. So perhaps he's using the drop C tuning here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRBIkHtWr18
    Unfortunately that video is blocked in the US but from the way you are describing, yes, that is something commonly done with a drop tuning.
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    I've always wondered where the D comes from before the bass comes in, because the D string is fretted (F note), A string is open, the G-string has an A, the B string a C and the high E is open (Dm9 chord). This would explain it.

    When they later play the G7 arpeggio, there's a low G. How did Glenn play that? Was the other low E in his 12-string tuned to low C and the pair string to G? Genesis's Mike Rutherford tuned some of the string pairs to different notes for some songs.

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    Changed my mind about string pairs tuned differently. See later post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaim View Post
    I've always wondered where the D root comes from (or any D note for that matter) before the bass comes in, because the D string is fretted (F note), A string is open, the G-string has an A, the B string a C and the high E is open (Dm9 chord). This would explain it.

    When they later play the G7 arpeggio, there's a low G. How did Glenn play that? Was the other low E in his 12-string tuned to low C and the pair string to G? Genesis's Mike Rutherford tuned some of the string pairs to different notes for some songs.
    Are you talking about the part in the song where the vocals stop and they play out that one chord one string at a time? Because based on the capital centre footage, i think Glenn strums like a triad or something. I canít tell what it is but heís not doing the chord on the record. Maybe joe or don is.

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