Please help an old feller with identifying this youtube demo's tune
October 9, 2018 6:42 PM   Subscribe

Can someone identify the song this guy is playing? Going nuts, it is so familiar!
posted by Chitownfats to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Link?
posted by maudlin at 6:52 PM on October 9


the popup video icon links to this

I'm not sure if there's enough there to identify a song, unless the details of the little guitar embellishments are identified with one. He's playing Am-C-G and then going to F for a chorus or B section, with no singing, and there are hundreds of songs that use those chords.
posted by thelonius at 7:07 PM on October 9 [2 favorites]


I don't know, but it's got to be the intro to some Led Zeppelin song. That sounds like Jimmy Page, for sure.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 7:22 PM on October 9


Is it like the intro to Stairway to Heaven?
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 7:26 PM on October 9


maudlin: Sorry, I hoped the little youtube arrow would've been sufficient. I'm lame at this stuff.
everyone: Sorry, here's the corrected little arrow (I hope).
posted by Chitownfats at 7:29 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


It's not any Zeppelin song.

Seconding that it probably sounds familiar because it's just a common set of chords with common acoustic guitar embellishments. It's i III VII i repeated twice (with different embellishments) followed by VI III (AKA amen). i III VII i is one of the standard Phrygian chord progressions. Time, by Pink Floyd, uses the same progression, but with different timing.

The embellishment style reminds me of stuff that's common to everything from Texas outlaw country to Skynard.
posted by Candleman at 7:46 PM on October 9 [3 favorites]


The embellishment style reminds me of stuff that's common to everything from Texas outlaw country to Skynard.

Reminds me of Jorma Kaukonen, although I think he mostly plays fingerpicking style
posted by thelonius at 8:05 PM on October 9


I think the guitarist is Kimberly Smith, sister of Patti. Here they are on Ghost Dance.
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:20 PM on October 9


(Sorry about the link issue: I have inline video turned off in my profile settings, so adding an explicit link is probably safest.)
posted by maudlin at 8:49 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


[Added the link to the post, carry on.]
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:54 PM on October 9 [1 favorite]


As others have mentioned, there’s a bunch of different things it could be based on both the chord progression and embellishments - one example would be Steve Earle’s Taneytown, and there’s a bunch of others.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:38 PM on October 9


Honestly it just sounds like what I play when I’m demoing an acoustic guitar: Just some chords kind of sounding like a song.
posted by argybarg at 10:21 PM on October 9 [3 favorites]


I agree with argybarg, it's more riffing than anything.
posted by humboldt32 at 11:49 PM on October 9


I think think he's playing around but it is very similar to a Devil Makes Three song, maybe Bangor Mash?
posted by fshgrl at 12:22 AM on October 10


Never mind my earlier answer. He's playing bits of Mr Mudd and Mr Gold by Townes Van Zandt. I was confused because the lead singer of DMT covers it.
posted by fshgrl at 12:35 AM on October 10


It sounds very similar to the intro to Tribute (but is not exactly the same) - maybe that's what it reminds you of?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:09 AM on October 10 [1 favorite]


To me, it sounds similar to the opening on Heart's Crazy on You.
posted by Lunaloon at 7:44 AM on October 10


I hear a lot of songs in that intro, but the first one that came to my mind was Swan Swan H by R.E.M.
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:57 AM on October 10


The first chord / embellishment makes me think of Working Class Hero.
posted by beyond_pink at 9:07 AM on October 10


I hear a lot of songs in that intro, but the first one that came to my mind was Swan Swan H by R.E.M.

but that is in 6/8
posted by thelonius at 9:32 AM on October 10


The very first few notes/chords/whatever made me think of Tenacious D - Tribute
posted by namewithoutwords at 12:14 PM on October 10


He's playing bits of Mr Mudd and Mr Gold by Townes Van Zandt.

Townes is one of the first places I went too but it's a different chord progression. Mr. Mudd is i III iv V.
posted by Candleman at 2:22 PM on October 10


Oh I guess it is. Even the intro?
posted by fshgrl at 2:28 PM on October 10


It also sounds a lot like Simple Kind of Man by Skynyrd, without the finger picking. I wonder if that's what everyone is picking up on but unable to place.
posted by fshgrl at 8:55 PM on October 10


The opening bit strongly reminds me of Tribute by Tenaciousness D
posted by The Violet Cypher at 1:45 PM on October 12


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