TAB FROM BUDDY

"Makin' Believe"
Casey Clark's Lazy Ranch Boys with singer Jimmy Work  (1955)

Here's the tuning:

 

1   E
2   No string.
3   A
4   C# - Pitch is above the A note.
5   F#
6   E
7   C#
8   A

 Here's what Buddy had to say about it:

 

 

 

The steel I put the tuning on was a four neck Fender Stringmaster.  Like everybody else who was blown away by the new E to A pedal sound, I had to have it, and had to have it yesterday. I was about five months away from delivery of a new Bigsby steel, so instead of getting a drill, a saw, and coat hangers out, I came up with a tuning that would calm me down until my pedal guitar arrived.

The first three notes are an A triad with intervals two and three inverted. That allowed me to lower the bottom two strings a whole tone and a half tone at the same time by slanting the bottom note of the bar two frets back. The space between strings one and two was for a truer slant and better intonation of the slanted triad.

Thanks to Bobby Caldwell, premier guitar player from St. Louis, for sending this tidbit from the past. The singer was Jimmy Work, the band was Casey Clark's Lazy Ranch Boys, and we recorded it in 1955 in Detroit Michigan.

 
  Makin' Believe 1
 
    Makin' Believe 2

BUDDY PLAYING THE LICK (In Real Audio)

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