GREAT WESTERN THEMES MEDLEY FOR ACOUSTIC STEEL GUITAR IN OPEN D

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GREAT WESTERN THEMES MEDLEY FOR ACOUSTIC STEEL GUITAR IN OPEN D

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This arrangement for Weissenborn or Dobro acoustic steel guitar was directly inspired and influenced by the brilliantly-conceived TV Western Medley recorded in the 1980s by Boston-based fingerstyle standard guitarist Guy Van Duser. The songs in the medley are: Red River Valley, Have Gun Will Travel, Rawhide, The Rifleman Theme, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, Hang ‘Em High, and High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me).

Open D tuning is found in the folk music of many countries around the world. In American Folk and Blues circles, it was often referred to as Vestapol tuning, after a popular 19th Century song played in that tuning. It remains probably the most popular tuning for Weissenborn and Dobro after Open G. 

The array of notes in Open D allow you to create unusual chord combinations and interesting sustained tonal clusters that would be difficult or impossible in standard guitar tuning. D tuning is composed of the notes that form a D major triad: D (root or 1); A (perfect 5th);  and F# (major third). The root appears three times and the 5th twice. The third string (F#) is the 3rd of the D major scale.

OPEN D MAJOR TUNING (Notes & Scale Steps): 

                         STRING #    6   5  4    3  2  1

                   NOTES:     D   A   D   F#  A  D 

           SCALE DEGREE: 1    5 1   3    5  1   


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Note: Midi audio usually sounds closer to a keyboard than a steel guitar but it is useful for demonstrating the rhythms, feel and overall intent of an arrangement or musical passage. Make this music come alive on your steel guitar!