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Old 11-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #21
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I'm not sure if this is the same guitar he was using in the video I saw, but this one was given to him by the Ampeg rep, and he played it a few times onstage.

His most common guitar setup at that time was a Telecaster with a humbug neck pickup, low E string removed, and tuned to open G. Brown Sugar only uses the 2nd through 5th strings.

Ry Cooder played on Beggar's Banquet, and taught Richards open G tuning. I don't think he played in anything other than standard tuning before that, but I certainly could be wrong.

Edit: that is the same guitar as in the video, and has a single bridge pickup. I don't think he got that guitar until a couple of years after they recorded Brown Sugar (they recorded it here in AL in 1969, but didn't release it on an album until 1971 because of a dispute with their manager, Allan Klein).

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Old 11-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #22
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We were all there man. Soon enough you'll be stressing over a new technique and you'll be barre chording all over the shop.

Watch the video, do what he does, do it a lot slower, to the point where you can comfortably do it, even if that is ridiculously slow and eventually you will get.

It really is just a case of muscle memory and neurology and as you can already barre I'm confident you'll get it. Plus, its not that hard so with patience you will get there.

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