“So what do you say we take a look at a well know song that utilizes open d tuning? Today I’m going to use Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist of Fate off of Blood on the Tracks, an awesome song from an awesome record. I recommend you check it out.
What I’ll do is I’ll run through one round of all the chords he uses and I’ll break them down one by one and show you the fingering so you can follow along at home. You’ll see this is a great way of applying this really open sound to give the listener something really different. It creates a whole different vibe that Dylan is great a providing. Anyone can apply this to any piece of music they are working on, you don’t always have to play the same chords in the same standard tuning.
So he keeps doing that cycle over and over again. It has a little bit of a blues element in it, but we will cover the technical aspects of that in a later video. Lets walk through how he is fingering it because it is very minimalist and utilizes simple fingering and chord structures:
The song starts with two fingers: ring finger on 5th fret of the 2nd string and my middle finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string and I’m just letting that ring out. This is “home base” for the song. Then we just descend a bit.
All I’m doing for the second chord is moving down one fret on the second string while staying on the same spot on the third string. Can you guess the third chord? It’s just down one more fret on that same string. It is dissonant for a minute.
Then he comes in with a chord that almost looks like an E7 in standard but it is slightly different. What I’m doing here is: my middle finger is on the 2nd fret of the second string, my pointer finger is on the 1st fret of the fourth string and my ring finger is on the 2nd fret of the fifth string. Again, just let everything ring out. If you want to throw in the bottom D you can do that as well. Every once in a while he will lift the ring finger up to let that A ring out.
Then that chord goes from Major to Minor. So here this is where I’m muting the top strings because we don’t want them in the chord and I’m just letting the other four strings ring out which are: middle finger on the 5th fret of the third string, pointer finger on the 4th fret of the fourth string, ring finger on the 5th fret of the fifth string and letting the top string ring.
Then go back to the very first chord. Then he walks down in a sequential way. So I’m coming from that first chord, which again is on the 5th fret of the second string and the 4th fret of the third string. Then walking down to the 4th fret of the second string and the 2nd fret of the third string. Then back to the chord I played earlier: 2nd fret second string, 1st fret on the fourth string, and 2nd fret on the fifth string.
Then to wrap it up he goes back to the tonic, hits the 5 chord quickly (with middle finger on 2nd fret of the third string, pointer on the 1st fret of the fourth string and ring finger on 2nd fret on the 5th string). Then back to the tonic.
That’s the quick run through in Open D Tuning today. I really recommend that you rewind and watch this as many times as necessary until you get it down pat.”
This one is a blast, hope you enjoy it!