Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Every Stitch

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Every Stitch

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eason of the Witch" is one of Scottish S folksinger Donovan's earliest forays into gritty psychedelic rock, but the 1966 classic also makes for a cool, solo-fingerstyle arrangement.

The Halloween-ready original, released 50 years ago on the Sunshine Superman album, is powered by a groove-heavy repeating bass line, which you'll see in the downstemmed notes of the notation beginning in bar 3. While the song originally was played in the key of A major, here it's in D, so that the line sounds more bass-y. This is facilitated by double drop D-tuning, in which the highest and lowest strings are tuned down a whole step, to D. If you'd like to match the original key, just put a capo on the seventh fret. The vocal melody is in the up-stemmed notes, and so is the occasional instrumental lick. Organ fills are approximated in the pre-chorus, and an electric-guitar riff is borrowed in the interlude. This strategy gives the song an attractive polyphony. …

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