Hi all,Keith here,i have only just joined CBN so pretty new to it all,im doin my best to play the 3 string but need a little help on a certain piece of music,can any body help in my quest to find TAB on Ry Cooders Feelin bad blues?but has to be for the 3 string,i have viewed various cats playing it but without TAB i am at a loss!!! thanks for what i hope shall be a fruitful search.

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Comment by Denbo on October 1, 2019 at 12:49pm

I found this which may be helpful to you on this subject

Comment by Denbo on October 1, 2019 at 10:17am

Hi Keith, welcome to the Nation, plenty of info on here,& good folks from all around the world. Ok, about this piece of excellence from Ry Cooder. I recently did a my 4 string version cover of it on here & it ain't easy with less strings than 6. I'll add a link at the end. No-one can play like Ry Cooder so I didn't try but the fact is on his recording (according to my research) there were 2 guitars on it. So condensing that into 3 strings is a tall order & that's probably why I couldn't find any tab on it neither. However, I could get something resembling with 4 strings as although you can't hit the lowest notes you can hit the high which is more important. The main guitar on Ry's recording (I think) is tuned to open D, that is D,A,D,F#,A,D. ~ On my version my guitar is tuned A,D,F#A, using the middle 4  A,D,G,B strings from a 6 pack. Therefore I could hit the high notes on the top string. ~ In the absence of tab, I worked it out from another cover version, (Link follows too) which I mulled over for hours pausing etc., & then lots of practice, but I haven't tabbed it out. Now then, I doubt enough of it could be done on 3 strings to get the right vibe. You would have to string the guitar using trial & error to get a string guage/& open note blend that doesn't break strings with the tension and is playable. Now someone else may come up with a solution as I'm no expert & everyone has their own opinion. I hope this info helps, but 4 strings in my opinion is the lowest you could go to get anywhere near. You could of course build one Mate :)) Links to videos follow

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21tY81uIWxE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xnP0iq1QhY

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