Posts Tagged ‘David Wilcox’

Songwriting and the guitar

November 17, 2011

This article by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers in Acoustic Guitar magazine includes 21 songwriting tips from Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, David Wilcox and others, as well as example videos and tabs.

Here’s tip 5, just to whet your appetite.

5. TUNE DOWN. Conversely, you can lower the tuning of all the strings a half step or a whole step to put the guitar into a less familiar range while still being able to play normal fingerings. When I was a beginning guitarist trying to learn “Yesterday,” I wish I’d known that Paul McCartney was playing in standard tuning down a whole step. Instead of wrestling, as I was, with F and Bb barre chords, he used easy key-of-G shapes that sounded in the key of F. Since then I’ve been repeatedly surprised to learn how many songs were written in lowered tunings, from John Fogerty classics (“Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son”) to more recent tracks by Keller Williams and Ben Harper.

Read the full article here.


David Wilcox – Crude Greed

June 13, 2010

David Wilcox teaches on YouTube

August 14, 2009

David Wilcox

In a previous post, we reported that David Wilcox had made available the guitar info (tuning, capo position, etc) for every song on every one of his albums. This is a text listing in pdf format.

Now I see he has a David Wilcox YouTube channel. Learn how to play his songs. He shows you the tunings he uses, the capo positions, the chords, the licks, everything! Fun.

David Wilcox guitar tunings for every song/album

June 29, 2009

This just seen on Facebook: the complete list of tunings from David Wilcox. David’s die-hard guitar-playing fans probably already know about this, but if not, here is specific tuning and capo info for every song on every album.

Capo tricks

January 26, 2009


First I want to dispel a myth. Somewhere along the way I was told that capos are for amateurs.

Maybe it was my elitist tendency, but I bought into the idea that a good guitarist doesn’t need a capo. That’s a bit like believing that nothing good comes without pain, which I don’t buy. In some cases, good begets more good and pain leads to more pain. But I digress.

As a songwriter I use a capo all the time, for example, to try out new keys without relearning chords. It’s also a quick way to try out a different timbre on your guitar. You can be sure your guitar will sound different when you put a capo way up on the 9th fret.

So use a capo. Experiment with it. It can save you time when searching for the right key for your song.