Table For Two---Caedmon's Call
Transferred by Asa Gaston
Capo 4. At a moderate, mellow tempo (one bass note per second, I
think they used a digital watch for a metronome) in 6/8 time, pick
and strum primarily using down strokes as follows:
Beat 1 2 3 4 5 6 B = bass note
B x x B x x x = strum
The first (smallest) string is not played throughout most of the
song. I often mute it with my fretting hand, by just wrapping my
fingers a bit too close around the neck (you know, the way we all
do by accident when first learning to play). Or with your picking
hand you can rest a finger or two on the 1st string for muting
plus increased pick control. This "anchoring" technique is
considered a bad habit by many, but I've also seen professionals
do it, and it just seems really "folky" to me.
Sidenote: A more common form of anchoring--in fact, standard
practice for bluegrass banjo players--is resting a finger or two
(pinky and maybe ring finger) on the edge of the sound hole (or
banjo head) when playing fingerstyle. The main reason anchoring--
with or without a pick--is a bad habit for guitarists is that
while it makes easy music easier, it makes difficult music more
difficult by encumbering your picking hand. Because "Table For
Two" is built on its bass line, it's a good song for practicing
accuracy without anchoring. You got that fer free.
Another cool way to "cheat" would be to tune the first string down
a whole step to match the 2nd string 3rd fret, so xxxx30 sounds
like one note. Thus you wouldn't have to mute the 1st string;
most of the time you'd just play it un-fretted. The chord I'm
calling D (which is actually a Dsus9) could be fingered like a
regular D, xx0232, and A7, Asus4 and A would be x02022, x02232 and
x02222. Or if you played the A chords the regular way with the
open 1st string, you'd have a nice dissonant sound.
And, of course, another variation on the above trick is to partial
capo. First capo 2, then at the 4th fret capo all but the 1st
string. The fun never ends! For more on partial-capoing, go to
Chord - Name
XX0230 D (adlib hammer 1st and 3rd strings on 2nd fret)
3X000X Gh (hammer 3X201X on and off)
[intro] D, /C#, /B, /A, G, D/F#, Em7, A7sus4 (2x)
D, /C#, /B, /A, G, D/F#, Em7, A7sus4Bm, /F#, E7, /B, Gh
D, /C#, /B, /A, G, D/F#, Em7, A7sus4Bm, /F#, E7, A7, D
G, /F#, Em7, D, Asus4, AG, /F#, Em7, D, Asus4, AG, /F#, Em7, D, Asus4, A
Gh (this time short Gh without the hammer on, right into verse 2)
Danny and I
Spent another late night over pancakes
Talkin' 'bout soccer
And how every man's just the same.
We made speculation
On the who's and the when's of our futures
And how everyone's lonely
But still we just couldn't complain.
And how we just hate being alone.
Could I have missed my only chance,
And now I'm just wasting my time
By lookin' around
But ya know I know better,
I'm not gonna worry 'bout nothin'.
Cause if the birds and the flowers survive,
Then I'll make it okay.
I'm given a chance and a rock;
see which one breaks a window.
See which one keeps me up all night and into the day.
Because I'm so scared of being alone
That I forget what house i live in.
But it's not my job to wait by the phone
For her to call.
Well this day's been crazy
But everything's happened on schedule,
from the rain and the cold
To the drink that I spilled on my shirt.
'Cause You knew how You'd save me
before I fell dead in the garden,
And You knew this day
long before You made me out of dirt.
And You know the plans that You have for me
And You can't plan the end and not plan the means
And so I suppose I just need some peace,
Just to get me to sleep
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