#1
I really love the song Travelin' Soldier by the Dixie Chicks. Want to learn to play this song whole heartedly. I'm just a beginner and I'm pretty much teaching myself how to play. The tabs I have say to put a capo on the first fret. Below I have post a illustration for my ? So if I want to put the capo on the first fret do I put it in the gray area in Figure A or on the first blue line in Figure A? Now one of the tabs calls for a D chord. I know a D chord is whats shown in Figure A... So If I put a capo on the first fret and want to play a D chord then do the finger positions stay the same as in Figure A or do they move down to what they are in Figure B counting from the capo that was put on the first fret?


Thanks in advance.

#3
No - play as in A. If you move them up as in B, that will be 1 semitone up (thus a D#).
#4
Quote by Dr.Pain-MD
No - play as in A. If you move them up as in B, that will be 1 semitone up (thus a D#).


Wouldn't that still not be a D? since one of the notes would be off...
#5
Quote by Mosho2
Either listen to the song (duh?) or get a tab with numbers.


Ok that was rude. Thank You.

Quote by Dr.Pain-MD
No - play as in A. If you move them up as in B, that will be 1 semitone up (thus a D#).


Ok so what would be the proper finger position for a D chord with a capo? You totally just lost me. Like I said I'm new. I don't know all the terminology.
#6
Chances are its relative to the capo, so play everything like you would if its in E. So instead of D being

e---2
b---3
g---2

It would actually be

e--3
b--4
g--3
Last edited by The_Bosstone at Jan 31, 2009,
#7
Quote by The_Bosstone
Chances are its relative to the capo, so play everything like you would if its in E. So instead of D being

e---2
b---3
g---2

It would actually be

e--3
b--4
g--3


Like in Figure B right? See thats what I was thinking.

Noones answered the first ? though. Do I put it in the gray area or on the blue line?
#8
Quote by The_Bosstone
Chances are its relative to the capo, so play everything like you would if its in E. So instead of D being

e---2
b---3
g---2

It would actually be

e--3
b--4
g--3

That could also be right if his tab/notation is infact relative to the capo.
TS - What exactly does your tab/notation say in regard to the notation?
#9
Quote by SoakinNKerosene
Like in Figure B right? See thats what I was thinking.

Noones answered the first ? though. Do I put it in the gray area or on the blue line?


Gray area.
#11
Here's the tab

Artist/Band: Dixie Chicks Tabs
Song: Travelin Soldier Tab

CAPPO ON 1ST FRET

Intro: B D A

A
Two days past eighteen

He was waiting for the bus in his army greens
D
Sat down in a booth in a cafe there
A
Gave his order to a girl with a bow in her hair
A
He's a little shy so she gave him a smile

So he said would you mind sitting down for a while
D
And talking to me
A
I'm feeling a little low
G
She said I'm off in an hour
D A
And I know where we can go
A
So they went down and they sat on the pier

He said I bet you got a boyfriend but I don't care
D A
I got no one to send a letter to
G D A
Would you mind if I sent one back here to you
F#m D
I cried never gonna hold the hand of another guy
A
Too young for him they told her

E
Waiting for the love of the travellin soldier
F#m
My love will never end

D
Waiting for the soldier to come back again
A E
Never more to be alone when the letter says
A
My soldiers coming home
A
The letters came from an army camp

In California and Viet Nam
D
He told her of his heart and it might be love
A
And all of the things he was so scared of
A
He said when it's getting kinda tough over here

I think of that day sitting down at the pier
D A
And I close my eyes and see your pretty smile
G
Don't worry but
D A
I won't be able to write for awhile
F#m D
I cried never gonna hold the hand of another guy
A
Too young for him they told her
E
Waiting for the love of the travellin soldier
F#m
My love will never end
D
Waiting for the soldier to come back again
A E
Never more to be alone when the letter says
A
My soldiers coming home

SOLO

A
One Friday night at a football game

The lords prayer said and the anthem sang
D
The man said

Folks would you bow your head
A
For the list of local Viet Name dead
A
Crying all alone under the stands

Was the picolo player in the marching band

D A
And one name read nobody really cared
G D A
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair
F#m D
I cried never gonna hold the hand of another guy
A
Too young for him they told her
E
Waiting for the love of the travellin soldier
F#m
My love will never end
D
Waiting for the soldier to come back again
A E
Never more to be alone when the letter says

My soldiers coming
A
My soldiers coming home.
#13
That tab is extremely odd. I actually think they might want you to play like in figure B because otherwise there would be no need for them to tell you to use a capo on the first fret and you could have just played the whole thing without it. Odd...
#14
I've been playing it without it and it sounded fine but trying to do that f#m chord was the hardest part. I figured thats what the capo was for because the f#m requires you put you index on the whole first fret and i figured the capo would eliminate that right? where you only have to put the fingers on the 033000 for the f#m chord. am I right or no? maybe I have the f#m chord all wrong but thats what it says on the guitar proffessor I just got.
#15
Ohhh. I see now. The tabbers are just lazy.
Yes - play it wihtout the capo. The F#m is just a barre chord. Yes, they are tricky, but with practice they will become easy for you to play.
#16
LOL listening to the song the f#m chord seems like it should be alot higher than what i'm getting lol
#17
you put the capo on the first fret (in the grey area) and then play the chord shapes that are noted. all chords will actually sound half a step higher than indicated. so while it says play a D chord, it is played as in figure B but with the capo on the first fret. then the actual chord will sound as a D#. that is how its played, anyone who says anything else is incorrect.
#18
No it's like this. For ease of use in learning songs, a capo only raises the pitch, so if you have a capo on the 3rd fret, then the hitting the "2nd" fret would technically be hitting the 5th fret. But it's referred to as the 2nd. So a if the capo is on the first fret and it says play a D, then just play a D like you normally would, only now theres a bar going across one of your frets.
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