Tuning - Steven Stills Black Queen?

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lindsay jones

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Jan 5, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/5/00
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I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.

Help!

Aiki1

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In article <850a3q$7hq$1...@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk>, "lindsay jones"
<Lin...@pocmahon13.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:

> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.

It's DADGBD.


John Chamberlain

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Jan 5, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/5/00
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Does anyone have the tab or chords for Black Queen?

Thanks!

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Howard Wright

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Jan 6, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/6/00
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John Chamberlain wrote:
>
> Does anyone have the tab or chords for Black Queen?
>
> Thanks!
>

lindsay jones wrote:
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> Anybody know the tuning...

The low E is definitely tuned down to D. Not sure if the top E is also
tuned to D.

Try this:

E---------------------------
B----1--1------------1--1---
G----2--2------------2--2---
D----0--0-------0----0--0---
A-----------3---------------
D--0----------3----0--------


Howard

mcdonald

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Jan 6, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/6/00
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Stills said in an interview in AG magazine that he used double drop D (D
A D G B D) for Black Queen.


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Exnay43

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Jan 6, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/6/00
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According to a Stephen Stills songbook I have from a long time ago the tuning
is indeed DADGBD but it also says' to play with the record tune down one 1/2
step.'
Also in this book is a transcription and tab of the song.It's very accurate
and well done but it's 8 pages long- too long to put on the NG.If anyone really
wants it ,let me know and I'll try and get you a copy.
Later,
Johnny

Kimboth007

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Jan 10, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/10/00
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I believe if you own the record album (big vinyl disc that transmitt sound by
dragging a needle across grooves on spinning disk) in the liner notes Mr.
Stills give the tuning as " Jose Quervo Gold"

Sorry I couldn't resist
kim

Hmemerson

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Jan 10, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/10/00
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Kim wrote:>I believe if you own the record album (big vinyl disc that transmitt

sound by
>dragging a needle across grooves on spinning disk) in the liner notes Mr.
>Stills give the tuning as " Jose Quervo Gold"

Hi Kim,
Actually, what Stephen wrote was "Performance courtesy of Jose Cuervo Gold
Label Tequila".
Yes, I'm that old.

Howard Emerson

Bobs Dorgan

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Jan 10, 2000, 3:00:00 AM1/10/00
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We knew that.
Bob Dorgan

robl...@gmail.com

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Nov 23, 2014, 4:29:32 AM11/23/14
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On Wednesday, January 5, 2000 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, lindsay jones wrote:
> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.
>
> Help!

Well 14 years or almost 15-- later--
on youtube lesson -- very detailed-- guy has tuning in "C" -which he says is drop D tuned down another "tone".

So try this C tuning or if not dropped D.

Steve Daniels

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Nov 23, 2014, 4:37:08 PM11/23/14
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On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:29:29 -0800 (PST), against all advice, something
compelled robl...@gmail.com, to say:
I have a book around here somewhere that has it tabbed out in double drop
D.

There's another thing you need to factor in. Apparently when Stills cut
that track on the pink giraffe album, he had consumed most of a bottle of
tequila. So, maybe that's the secret.

Chris Dunkle

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Nov 24, 2014, 11:34:06 PM11/24/14
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In article <dok47aludfj4p146v...@4ax.com>,
sdan...@gorge.net says...
Stills sometimes uses DADDAD tuning. You might want to check that as
well.

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Steve Daniels

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Nov 25, 2014, 2:48:39 AM11/25/14
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On Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:33:54 -0800, against all advice, something
compelled Chris Dunkle <cdunk...@gmail.com>, to say:

>In article <dok47aludfj4p146v...@4ax.com>,
>sdan...@gorge.net says...
>>
>> On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:29:29 -0800 (PST), against all advice, something
>> compelled robl...@gmail.com, to say:
>>
>> >On Wednesday, January 5, 2000 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, lindsay jones wrote:
>> >> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
>> >> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.
>> >>
>> >> Help!
>> >
>> >Well 14 years or almost 15-- later--
>> >on youtube lesson -- very detailed-- guy has tuning in "C" -which he says is drop D tuned down another "tone".
>> >
>> >So try this C tuning or if not dropped D.
>>
>>
>> I have a book around here somewhere that has it tabbed out in double drop
>> D.
>>
>> There's another thing you need to factor in. Apparently when Stills cut
>> that track on the pink giraffe album, he had consumed most of a bottle of
>> tequila. So, maybe that's the secret.
>
>Stills sometimes uses DADDAD tuning. You might want to check that as
>well.


Plus, you don't have to get locked into tequila. Vodka, bourbon,
anything like that would probably do. Hell, it's the blues. Loosen up.


erik0s...@gmail.com

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Dec 7, 2016, 5:54:02 AM12/7/16
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On Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at 9:00:00 AM UTC+1, lindsay jones wrote:
> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.
>
> Help!

it is C-G-C-F-A-c tuning and u can find a lesson on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StPLLEdMpRs
Erik

erik0s...@gmail.com

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Dec 7, 2016, 5:57:16 AM12/7/16
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On Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at 9:00:00 AM UTC+1, lindsay jones wrote:
> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.
>
> Help!

here is the note by note lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsYWDNq1_9w

Erik

climb...@yahoo.com

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Oct 25, 2017, 2:40:31 PM10/25/17
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On Wednesday, January 5, 2000 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, lindsay jones wrote:
> I've been trying to figure out the tuning to Steven Stills Black Queen for
> years......any ideas....the nearest I've got is daddad.
>
> Help!

I use my "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" tuning I figured out years ago and it seems to fit quite nicely. I go DADDAD. THe twin D's in the middle sound pretty cool played together.

ohthatwin...@gmail.com

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Mar 17, 2018, 3:59:02 PM3/17/18
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DADDAD is where I'd start. Ive heard called "Stills Tuning" and also "Double Dulcimer". Stills uses it on "Four and Twenty", on Buffalo Springfield Again.

guldndr...@gmail.com

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Apr 4, 2018, 5:19:31 PM4/4/18
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Its C#G#C#F#A#C#

willw...@yahoo.co.uk

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Apr 24, 2018, 7:05:37 AM4/24/18
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Actually Most of that CSNY stuff is in what has become known as "Palmer/Stills" tuning as it was first used by Bruce Palmer and then Stills in Buffalo Springfield as far as I know. The tuning is like DADDAD but is even more extreme i.e. DDDDAD or EEEEBE i.e. the 5th string also tuned down. This allows those drone strums to happen while a melodic line is being played on the treble strings. As far as I know they never used DADDAD in any pitch.

willw...@yahoo.co.uk

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Apr 24, 2018, 7:13:23 AM4/24/18
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On Wednesday, 4 April 2018 22:19:31 UTC+1, guldndr...@gmail.com wrote:
> Its C#G#C#F#A#C#

I think you mean 'Double Dropped D', tuned down a semi-tone. This is instantly more recognisable than 'C#G#C#F#A#C#'.

shake...@gmail.com

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Jul 11, 2018, 1:36:42 AM7/11/18
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The tuning for black Queen is dadgbd tune down whole guitar to D then just double drop d. Carry on 4+20 St.Judy Bluesman Bruce Palmer tuning from Buffalo Springfield either EEEEBE or DDDDAD

shake...@gmail.com

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Jul 11, 2018, 1:43:26 AM7/11/18
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Tune whole guitar down one step to D (DGCFAD) then double drop D's.

shake...@gmail.com

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Jul 11, 2018, 1:47:42 AM7/11/18
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Nope Tune guitar down 1 step so it would be DGCFAD NOW DROP double drop E stings

shake...@gmail.com

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Jul 11, 2018, 1:52:48 AM7/11/18
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Drop whole tuning 1 step from EADGBE to DGCACD THE DOUBLE DROP STRUM D5 CHORD (D LESS IST STRING ,,3FRET DIG IN 5,STRING 2FRET TO ,6TH STRING ,3RD FRET

jfiss...@gmail.com

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Nov 29, 2019, 3:18:47 PM11/29/19
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Here is Steven's exact tuning for 'Black Queen'
C G C F A C from low to high.
The low E is tune two whole steps down to C.
The A string is tuned one whole step down as is the D, G, and B.
The high e string is tuned down two whole steps, the same as the low E string. I have jammed with this song for 50 years and there is no other way to get the sound of Stills

Red Duke Teleman

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Sep 25, 2020, 8:58:02 AM9/25/20
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I'm going to try that straight after work. Thanks jfiss. I used to have the Stephen Stills songbook with BQ in. Beautiful book in kind of parchment colour. I lost it. Can buy it now on ebay for 200 GBP...........wow :-(
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