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    Default Re: Galway Girl (Steve Earle) Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post

    The point is...Whether you play it straight or as Earle does it, doesn't really matter. What matters is enjoying the song! If you can play it more smoothly and convincingly using full chords, do it. If you can play it better with Earle's loose-y goose-y style, do that. Whatever works for you and makes the song fun to play is the right way. Earle changes it up a lot from performance to performance, there's no reason for anyone else to focus on one version as the right way to do it.
    Great comment. I think I have spent a lot of hours chasing down some little bit of technique as if it were Holy Writ when in actuality the artist may have tossed it off without thinking, and do it differently next time. Getting it right is a lot of judgement, I find. Its hard sometimes to suss out exactly what is a necessary part of the tune, what is the artists deliberate ornamentation of the tune, and then, what is the artists just random stuff that he/she is worrying about a lot less than me and can actually go any of many different ways. As Daniel says, play the tune, play the song.
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    When Steve played in Leeds ( UK) last year, he had the name on the headstock obliterated and the word F*** on the headstock . I have a picture of it but didn't think it right to post it. I don't know his reason behind it.
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    I have the chord progression down but I have not figured out the strumming pattern. Is he doing a DDDUD or DDUD DDUD?

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    Sounds like D/D/DU/DU/ within the bar, to me. It varies according to the players feeling at the time, but I am pretty sure the "intro" goes like that.
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    We often play this at gigs and if I have to do the solo bit I always end up playing the solo from Steve's Dixieland. I can't get the 2 straight in my head when i need to...it could be the beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgb View Post
    We often play this at gigs and if I have to do the solo bit I always end up playing the solo from Steve's Dixieland. I can't get the 2 straight in my head when i need to...it could be the beer!
    Same here, and I don't even drink! I've always thought of dixieland musically as being a bit of an update on Galway Girl, and much as I like Galway girl, Dixieland's probably my favourite Steve Earle song.

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    All, I just discovered this song by accident. What a treat! Like finding money in the sofa! I'm amazed I've gone this long without heraring it. This thread answers almost all the questions I had. Thanks! Here's the video where I first caught it. It's in an airport terminal during a delayed flight to Ireland. What do the Irish do to pass the time?.............. And I love how all the young kids know the words...

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    If Iím not mistaken there is a YouTube tutorial for this song. Also for Copperhead Road.
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Orr View Post
    Anyone got the sheet music or tabs? I've figured a version out by ear (in D), but it would be nice to compare it with something more "official". Also, is he lifting a traditional Irish tune for the lead melody lines on this song or is it original?

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    Thereís a few I found this one good

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    the best version is daori farrel playing it in an airport

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    Guys, i have found this tab what i have been practising, its sounds pretty good when i play it, but i need a little help here guys, although i can just about play this tab, i am really struggling to get the pattern of the strum when i try to play some chords with it, anyone know what strum i should be doing....i am only three months into my playing, thanks in advance..
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4L...N3Mkx6N1E/view

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Campbell View Post
    ... really struggling to get the pattern of the strum ... anyone know what strum i should be doing
    "Strums" can be so much of a feel thing that describing them often misses the point or, more literally, the feel. Plus, there's often left-hand muting besides whatever up & down the right hand is doing so, again, it can be tough for the outside observer to describe correctly. That said, it's hard to do better than the source - strumming starts around 0:35. Just go for the feel and... enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUBCeAK7Cg
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    "Strums" can be so much of a feel thing that describing them often misses the point or, more literally, the feel. Plus, there's often left-hand muting besides whatever up & down the right hand is doing so, again, it can be tough for the outside observer to describe correctly. That said, it's hard to do better than the source - strumming starts around 0:35. Just go for the feel and... enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUBCeAK7Cg
    Thanks Ed...yeah, i guess your right, i need to some hours playing under my belt, get a feel for it and not just doing it by numbers so to speak..thanks for the link, i will have a good look at that over the next few days
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    This is a nice version for getting a feel for the rhythm, even has a lefty bouzouki in it...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_7-PM_4aeE4
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskygirl View Post
    This is a nice version for getting a feel for the rhythm, even has a lefty bouzouki in it...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_7-PM_4aeE4
    thanks, great link

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